Rowlett

GRANDMA PELTON Leaves Handmade Quilt

18 July 2018

GRANDMA’S HANDMADE QUILT There’s a lot of history behind this ole handmade quilt. A history that would have easily faded had we not paused to record its unique origin. It’s one of many made by my great-grandmother, Carah Belle Poovey Pelton (1877-1967). ‘Carry’ was born in a log cabin near Raney and Yeager Road. Her […]

G. W. Nelson, Entertained Area Residents

13 July 2018

George and Miley Nelson  were the first residents of the Liberty Grove Community to own a television.  Miley Hatley Nelson was born in the foothills of the Ozarks alongside the Arkansas River. She was the only child born to Martin and Willis Hatley. However, her father already had six children before he married Willis, and […]

VERNON & LORENE COYLE SCHRADE

1 July 2018

The unofficial Mayor and First Lady of Rowlett would have been celebrating their 95th birthdays this week had they remained with us. But, Vernon Schrade passed to his reward on December 12, 2015 and Lorene followed on August 16, 2016. They were married for 69 years. Vernon was the son of Gottlob and Martha Bryant […]

RICE & SADIE FORSTER WELLS

22 May 2018

Rice Wells was born March 15, 1892 at Brown County, Texas. He was one of nine children born to James Madison “Uncle Matt” and Louisa Ballard Wells. Matt and Louisa were married on December 24, 1881 by J. L. Robertson, minister of the gospel.  Matt had a little grocery store in the Liberty Grove Community, […]

THOMAS N. MERRITT, Gave His Life

19 May 2018

Thomas Newell Merritt, another Dallas County lad who gave his life for his country will be laid at rest Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, not far from Rowlett. The soldier for whom the final services are to be held Sunday is Thomas N. Merritt, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. […]

GEORGE W. & EMMA SPENCE BOYD,

15 May 2018

George William Boyd was born in Chester, South Carolina on June 30, 1876 near Chester, South Carolina.  He was the son of Henry and Martha J. Cannon Boyd.  George didn’t own a farm.  He worked for Jake Sachse for five years and then he worked at the Henry Barger farm. Emma Lela Spence Boyd was […]

NELL FOSTER BRAWLEY, 1915-1999

5 May 2018

Nell Lorraine Foster Brawley, Lorraine Foster Brawley, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and treasured friend died Thursday, October 7, 1999 surrounded by her family and friends after a long struggle with heart disease. She was born in the Liberty Grove community of northeast Dallas County on September 10, 1915. She was the daughter of James […]

MEMORIES RECALL OLE WOODEN ICE BOX

25 April 2018

My earliest memories of an old ice box date back to sometime around 1946 when I was just a small child.  Guess I was born with an inquisitive mind.  I will always remember opening the door of that old wooden ice box and wondering about that big block of ice.  Even wondered what would happen […]

LEN THOMAS WELLS, 1882-1960

24 April 2018

Len Thomas Wells, a resident of the Liberty Grove Community on Route 2, Rockwall (mail RFD, but lived in Dallas County) died at 4 a. m. July 28th in a Dallas hospital.  He was 78 years of age. Mr. Wells was born in the Liberty Grove Community and was a retired farmer.  He was unmarried.  […]

ELM GROVE AREA’S EARLY BAPTISMS

13 April 2018

This early photo (about 1895) is from my great-grandfather George Washington Forster’s pond in the Elm Grove community.  This area, located northeast of Rowlett, Texas, is one of the last remaining unincorporated communities in Dallas County.  This one of the very few ponds in the community in those days and the site of many early […]

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 […]

SAMUEL & SAVANAH LEMONS SAULS

1 April 2018

Samuel Jackson Sauls was born in 1874. He was required to remain at home until his twenty first birthday. This was customary in those days. He came to Texas in 1895 and lived in “German Town” at Forney, Texas. He met Savanah Lemons at a church social and they courted for about six months before […]

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, […]

WILLIAM H. and JANET SIMPSON COYLE

14 March 2018

Janet Elizabeth Simpson Coyle was born at Brownwood, Texas on April 7, 1910. She was the daughter of Dr. Charles Jefferson Simpson, a dentist, and Sarah Jane Hoge.  Her maternal grandfather left his home in Virginia and traveled by steam boat, working as a cabin boy, to Jefferson, Texas in 1869. Somehow he worked his […]

BEATRICE PELTON & OSCAR MERRITT

22 February 2018

Oscar “Runt” Merritt was born to Robert N. Jr. and Udorah Flowers Merritt at Rowlett, Texas on August 29, 1902. Robert N. Merritt, Jr. was born in York County, South Carolina on May 18, 1864 and Udorah Flowers was born in Tennessee on August 8, 1866. Oscar was the sixth of eight children and an […]

JOHN & BERTIE ROAN HERFURTH

22 February 2018

John Samuel ( “J. S.” or “Johnny”) Herfurth was born at Castorville, Texas on March 29, 1879. He was the son of John C. and Anna Barbara Etter Herfurth. J. S. Herfurth came to Dallas County in the 1890s searching for a place to settle. His quest was successful when he found the fertile, promising […]

BONNIE & CLYDE MOVIE Recalled by Burkhart & Schrade

20 February 2018

Ten years after filming scenes of the Bonnie and Clyde movie, Ed Burkhart and Vernon Schrade stand in front of the old Burkhart house where much of the filming for the Bonnie and Clyde Movie took place. They discuss how state troopers diverted traffic during the filming. They also mentioned that part of the house […]

VIRGIL & SADIE ANDERSON FISHER

20 February 2018

Virgil “Virge” Thomas Fisher was born at Rowlett, Texas on August 8, 1888. He was the son of William N. “Pa” and Margaret Jane “Ma” Wilson Fisher.   He married Sadie Anderson in June of 1909. Sadie was born in the community of Rose Hill on February 6, 1889. (Rose Hill is located at Rowlett and […]

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 […]