The Hillbolts & Round Top Help Shape One Another’s Fortunes

In 1962 Grover and Charlotte Hillbolt saw an ad for a 70-acre property just outside of Round Top. They liked Bellaire in Houston, but, having both grown up in small (make that tiny) Texas towns, they were craving a return to a more rural environment. The ad had been placed by Annie Knutsen Schatte, the sole real estate marketer in Round Top at the time.

Schatte was a well-known local character, back when small Texas towns were full of characters. “She kept her listings on a ruled Big Chief tablet,” Charlotte recalled. She also “cussed like a sailor,” went (mostly) barefoot and knew even back then that big things were in store for Round Top.

 

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