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GIN DELIVERS Rowlett’s Electricity

6 December 2018

The first pioneer settlers in the Rowlett area used candles or flames from the fireplace as a light source. They were frequently off to bed right after sundown, up at daybreak and rarely used candles since they were considered a precious commodity.  They had not even heard of electricity. Kerosene lamps were later introduced and […]

CHIESA ROAD, Rowlett Landmark

29 September 2018

Oversize, reflectorized exit signs on Dallas expressways are among the more striking reminders of the community’s past. A particular example is the sign on Interstate 30 near the new Lake Ray Hubbard pointing to Chiesa Road, which is named for Giovanni Chiesa, pioneer landowner and settler in the area on the Dallas County side of […]

ROWLETT’S FIRST BUSINESSES

11 April 2018

Additional businesses began to sprout up near downtown Rowlett in the early 1920s.  The southwest corner of Main and Commerce housed a filling station and a store.  Herman Buhler, J. E. Coyle, Jr., and Charlie Thompson ran the business at vari­ous times. Albert Henning then added a garage. Behind these businesses were three tourist cabins. […]

ROWLETT’S FIRST CHURCH, 1876

11 April 2018

Church services in the old Liberty community were held at the “Union Church” during the early pioneer days of Rowlett. This church building was located near present day Raney and Yeager Roads on land that is now part of the Waterford Housing Development. The so called union churches were common during the early pioneer era […]

ERNEST W. HILL, Rowlett School Principal

31 March 2018

When the school bell rang on June 3, 1971, ending classes that year for Rowlett Elementary School, it also marked the final day for Ernest Hill (1906-2003), who had served as principal of the school since 1947. Hill received his High School diploma from Burleson H. S , his Jr. College diploma from Jacksonville College, […]

SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, Rowlett TX

19 February 2018

Some fifty years before Sacred Heart became a Catholic Church, William Crabtree received a Mercer Colony certificate for land which he assigned to Frederick Smith sometime around 1850.  Smith then patented 320 acres in the northeast section of Dallas County with this certificate and apparently lived on or near the property for a number of […]

ROWLETT CHRISTIAN CHURCH

7 February 2018

Rowlett was a tiny farming town of less than one hundred people when a church of the Disciples of Christ was founded there in 1893. It was the first church to be organized in downtown Rowlett area. Thirteen church pioneers led by Aunt Ebb Coyle, who donated part of her farmland for the church home […]

ROWLETT CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Rowlett TX Rowlett was a tiny farming…

7 February 2018

ROWLETT CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Rowlett TX Rowlett was a tiny farming town of less than one hundred people when a church of the Disciples of Christ was founded there in 1893. It was the first church to be organized in downtown Rowlett area. Thirteen church pioneers led by Aunt Ebb Coyle, who donated part of her […]

INTERURBAN LINE Rowlett Tracks For Interurban Never Finished The electric…

1 February 2018

INTERURBAN LINE Rowlett Tracks For Interurban Never Finished The electric train was all the rage in the early 1900’s. The Texas Traction and the Southern Traction Companies merged and formed the Texas Electric Railway which operated from 1917 until 1948 and at one time was the longest Interurban railway west of the Mississippi River. Construction […]

LUE ETTA WOOD & EDGAR ROGERS Rowlett Farmhand Falls for…

26 January 2018

LUE ETTA WOOD & EDGAR ROGERS Rowlett Farmhand Falls for Farmer’s Sister-in-law. Edgar Rogers arrived from Mississippi on January 5, 1912 and stayed with an Aunt in Rockwall while he worked on different farms. It was while helping Addison & Josie Spence that he met Etta. He went to the house to get a drink […]

OLD VETERANS CEMETERY, Vanished-NE of Rowlett

22 January 2018

SAD ENDING TO A MEMORIAL CEMETERY – VETERANS CEMETERY at Liberty Grove. The below headstone base is one of the last traces of a cemetery that was once known as the Veterans Cemetery because many of those buried here were Civil War veterans. The cemetery contained about 22 headstones in this once peaceful cemetery. Many […]

DR. W. A. MAUPIN Rowlett’s Frontier Dr.

12 January 2018

A horse, a new saddle, and a brand spanking new pill bag. With these as his sole possessions, a new doctor rode into Rowlett around five o’clock in the afternoon on October 3, 1892. With the ink scarcely dry on his diploma, a genuine sheepskin, incidentally, W. A. Maupin became Rowlett’s young “Doc.” Today, (1953) […]

ROWLETT’S FIRST CHURCH, 1876 John Anderson Loaned Money, Charged 15%…

5 September 2017

ROWLETT’S FIRST CHURCH, 1876 John Anderson Loaned Money, Charged 15% in Gold Coins. Church services in the old Liberty community were held at the “Union Church” during the early pioneer days of Rowlett. This church building was located near present day Raney and Yeager Roads on land that is now part of the Waterford Housing […]

JESSE R. KIRBY, Wylie Area Pioneer

11 February 2019

Jesse Randolph Kirby may well be remembered for his fashionable home that once amazed Wylieites as they passed by its manicured lawn in their little horse drawn buggy on the way to Sunday morning church service. The impressive structure originally stood at Birmingham and Kirby Street back in 1930. The house was moved to Jackson […]

SACRED HEART Guadalupe Cathedral

11 February 2019

On June 17, 1898 the corner stone of the Cathedral was set. It is still very evident today on the corner near Ross and Pearl Street in downtown Dallas. When dedicated in 1902 the Souvenir Brochure describes the Sacred Heart Cathedral as a “stately structure of pure Gothic architecture 104 by 160 feet in size. […]

JESSIE TUCKER Farm, Garland

9 February 2019

Jessie Fitzgerald, the third son of Kibby Kirby and Charles Masters Tucker, was born on November 6, 1870 at the home place on the present-day site one block west from Centerville Road on Castle Drive (near the Rowlett & Garland city limits). Centerville used to head north through Mills Cemetery, cross Highway 66 (the old […]

RAYMOND & OLA ROSS CROSS

26 December 2018

Ola Mae Ross was the sister of my grandmother, Mary Eula Ross. She and Elmer lived in the same neighborhood near the Dallas, Collin and Rockwall County line before they married on October 12, 1918.  Raymond Andrew Cross was born in Gordon, Texas on June 18, 1900. Raymond married Ola Mae Ross of the Liberty […]

ETHEL LAVERNE BUTLER SELLERS

18 October 2018

Ethel Laverne Butler Sellers was born at Liberty Grove (NE unincorporated Dallas County) on January 27, 1930. Her cemetery marker indicates that she was born in 1929, but that is because her dad had the date of birth changed so that she could start work a year early. She was born during the great depression […]

SALLIE LOVING DAVIS, Early Pioneer

17 October 2018

Mrs. Sallie Loving Davis, 80, of 2303 Maders, whose family history is entwined with early history of Texas and Dallas County, died Friday at her home after an illness of many months. Mrs. Davis’ parents, Mr. And Mrs. James Loving, with an uncle, Oliver Loving, for whom Loving County was named, came to Texas from […]