WILBUR ROE’S Early Wylie TX Life

16 September 2018

Pioneer member Wilbur Roe has shed some light on his early years spent at the Wylie Hotel. Wylie had several hotels back in the earlier days. The drummers would take the train to the Wylie Depot and then check into one of the hotels before calling on the local merchants in an effort to drum […]


8 July 2018

According to Beatrice Pelton Merritt, it was sometime around 1922 when the old Liberty Schoolhouse (northeast of Rowlett) and the Elm Grove Schoolhouse were closed.  These schools were merged and the principal of the new Liberty Grove School would be Professor J. K. Wells. This new modern school had four rooms for grades one thru […]

J. W. HOUSEWRIGHT Joins Tennessee Wagon Train

18 May 2018

Jichonias W. (Uncle Jake) Housewright, his wife Sally and eight of their children—William, Nig, Lewis, Napoleon, Hoss, Sis, Mattie and John—were the first Housewright’s to lay foot on Wylie soil. They came via wagon train from Churchill, Hawkins County, Tennessee where Jichonias was a well-known millwright with his own gristmill powered by water from the […]

WYLIE, TEXAS GIN Operation, 1905

7 May 2018

An early Wylie Gin – Those identified at the McCauley-McAdams Gin are Mr. Blackburn, R. N. Merritt, Dr. Baldwin, J.M. Clayton—proprietor of Clayton Ginning, H.B. Ragsdale, W.H. O’Kelly, H. Clayton, Wallace Grantham, Joe Meyers—Bailer Boss #1, Jonnie McCauley, John Bradley—Bailer #2, Bob Jackson—Cotton Buyer, C.M. McCauley—ginner, Jackson—cotton seed buyer, L.D. McCauley—owner, W.T. Reeves—Weigher, Jess Kreymer—engineer […]


6 May 2018

According to Oren Hensley, Wylie had several hotels back in the earlier days. The drummers would take the train to the Wylie Depot and then check into one of the hotels before calling on the local merchants in an effort to drum up business. Oren Hensley said that his mother worked at the one featured […]


5 May 2018

Mrs. Caleb Watson died last Thursday, December 30, 1953 at her home in Wylie.  She was eighty-one years of age. The former Miss Cordelia Rice was born February 20, 1870 at Holly Grove, Mississippi.  Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. William Rice.  She married Caleb H. Watson in 1889 at Augusta, Arkansas.  The two packed […]

T. J. McCLAIN Helps Found Christian Church

18 April 2018

Thomas Jackson McClain, Civil War veteran, was born in Granada, Pennsylvania, on January 29, 1835, and died on the same day of January in 1888. He was an early pioneer of the Pleasant Valley area, having arrived there sometime prior to 1862.  He would later be instrumental in the organization of a Church of Christ […]

JACK PARR, Wylie School Bus Driver

12 April 2018

Jack Parr was born at Lucas across Muddy Creek to James C. and Leona Moss Parr at the home of his grandfather, W.M. Parr, who owned 180 acres of land there. While Jack was a young child, the family moved two miles north of Wylie. Papa farmed and bought and butchered cows to sell to […]

Percy F. Brooks, Early Wylie Doctor

25 March 2018

“Brags about Texas” and asthma brought one of the best loved doctors of Wylie to come here, and, oddly enough, he and his new bride came on their honeymoon and stayed. He was Dr. Percy Franklin Brooks, who was born on George Washington’s birthday, February 22, 1881 at a very small settlement called Center Star, […]

DR. T. M. TRIMBLE, Wylie Texas

25 March 2018

In 1955 Dr. Terrill Marshall Trimble Jr. moved from Ft. Worth to Wylie to take over an existing practice at the Wylie Clinic. Thirty years later he would be joined in this practice by his son, Ted Dawson Trimble. The young Wylie doctor was born at Ft. Worth, Texas back in 1928 to T.M. Sr. […]

WAVERLY J. RATCLIFF, Saw Wylie On Way to Fair

12 March 2018

When Jack Ratcliff saw Wylie first, he was a little “shaver.” On the way to see the State Fair in Dallas via railroad, he viewed Wylie first through the window. That was when horseracing was held at the fair and trains made stops from Lavon to Wylie. Waverly Jackson “Jack” Ratcliff was the oldest child […]


6 March 2018

The migration of the Brown family started with Samuel P. Brown. They came to the Wylie, Texas area from Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas around the year of 1852. Traveling with them were his brothers and families. Jesse, William and John along with his sister Martha and her husband, Michael Millirons.Their eldest son, William Thomas, would […]

MILLWOOD Sawmill & Cemetery

6 March 2018

My father moved to Millwood in Southeast Collin when I was too young to remember.  Millwood was east of Wyie and south of Lavon.  I remember back to when I was about 6 years old. We lived in a little log house a short distance east of the cemetery. I have seen several letters written […]

PAT HOUSEWRIGHT of WYLIE Recalls Depression Days

5 March 2018

Pat Housewright starts off as follows: I had $7.40 left, and me and four kids, and 200 miles from home so we had to leave the motel. We started downtown Mineral Wells and we stopped and went under a tent and there was some hay in it and I guess they must of been some […]


3 March 2018

Fred Callaway was born in Nickleville on January 29, 1886. Nickleville was located in an area now known as the east side of Wylie, Texas. Wylie became a town in October of that same year. The Civil War ended and many from the Southern States headed to Texas. Among them were the three strong Christian […]

NEW MODEL T FORD by Pat Housewright

26 February 2018

We made a good cotton crop and had so much money I didn’t know what to do with all of it. So I took the old 1914 Model T. Ford and traded it for a brand new 1924 Model T. Ford. We thought we were sitting on top of the world. I will tell you […]

MARK L. MORRIS, 1823-1909

20 February 2018

One of the first settlers in the Wylie, Texas area was mark L. Morris. He was born n Alabama in 1823. He was of Scottish ancestry. He and his family were among those who came with Andy Burns, Fayette Summers and Adam Scott to Texas from McNary, County, Tennessee. They came with their slow moving […]

MEMORIES ALONG THE WAY, Pat & Lucy Housewright

12 January 2018

So as time went by Lucy tried to be a mother to the children (children of Pat’s brother) and they haven’t lost their love for her. She tells Percy Fay that she put a lot of diapers on him and told him that his hips were so small she had a time trying to fasten […]

PAUL MAURICE AKIN Wylie Elementary School Principal, 1956-1976 P. M….

2 January 2018

PAUL MAURICE AKIN Wylie Elementary School Principal, 1956-1976 P. M. Akin Elementary School Named in His Honor in 1988 Paul Maurice Akin taught and was the Elementary Principal to many, sometimes spanning “three generations.” He was born April 8, 1912 in the Clear Water Community, the son of John Weldon Akin Sr. and Hester (Hillis) […]