Born in a log cabin in Guadalupe County, Texas, to German speaking parents, Henry Theodore Brauchle began school in Comal County. At age nine, he first learned to speak English. By age 20, he was clerking at Mumme's General Store in San Antonio and attending Alamo Business College where he studied bookkeeping and penmanship. Upon earning a teaching certificate, he taught at Agua Dulce in Ditto, Texas for a term before moving to Helotes School in what is now Northside Independent School District. During summers, he continued his education at Peacock and Brackenridge Normal Schools.
Brauchle soon met Eleanor Jane 'Schatzie" Robinson and after a year - long courtship, presented her with a piano as an engagement gift. The couple resided in one room of the two Helotes School. Because Helotes was a German community, none of the Schoolmaster Brauchle's 48 students spoke English. For four years, he taught seven miles away at Los Reyes School before returning to teach at Helotes.