Rowlett

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 […]

DONALD EUGENE SPERLING, 1928-1953

15 February 2018

Don Sperling was born November 14, 1928. He was the son, and only child, of Frank and Nora Pelton Sperling. Frank was born in the Dal Rock community and Nora was born in the Elm Grove community northeast of Rowlett, Texas. Frank was of German descent. He met the former Miss Nora Pelton after World […]

MARTHA COMPTON BEAVER Recalls Wagon Train

10 February 2018

Martha Louise Compton Beaver may be ninety-four (in 2000), but she can still recall her family getting into a wagon just north of Pleasant Valley (now Sachse) and making the trip over to visit her Aunt Sarah and Uncle Andy near Rowlett, Texas. The aunt and uncle that she refers to was Andrew Barland and […]

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 […]

OLD SOLDIERS REUNION, Veteran Tells About 1902 Reunion.

20 January 2018

Letter from William Gill Cooper, northeast of Rowlett, Texas, tells about attending the 1902 Old Soldiers Reunion at Dallas Texas. 150,000 Visitors Trooped Into Dallas. Letter from W. G. Cooper of Rowlett: June 1902, to his nephew, Robert A. Cooper at Florence, Miss. Dear Bob, I guess you think I am rather slow in writing […]

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) […]