15 December 2018

On November 20, 1892 at Judsonia, Arkansas James W. “Jim” Russell wed Lelia O. Edens. Jim was born on what is now North Ballard at Wylie, Texas in the year of 1867 at the log house of his parents, James Vaughn and Nancy Jane Harper Russell. Jim and his brothers attended the old Nickleville College, […]


5 December 2018

Complete harmony reigned in the home of Alverga Clarence “Kid” Moore and his wife, the former Effie Willis. Theirs was a home where Christ came first and family next. Friends were always welcome at 101 South Second and later at 311 South Fourth Street in Wylie, Texas. A.C. Moore was born in Wylie October 1, […]

WILLINGHAM, William & Elizabeth Family

30 November 2018

I remembered Mama Willingham. I remember her laughter and her zest for life and her love of God, family and friends. I remember the tales she told me of her life as a tomboy in Airmont, Mississippi and her move to Collin County as a young lady via train. I remember the day she became […]


5 November 2018

According to Beb Fulkerson, “For several years it was my privilege to work for Truett Smith at the Wylie News, which was owned and operated by him.   A staunch Democrat, he once asked me who I was voting for as Governor. I blurted out, “The first one who asks me personally.” Shortly thereafter, he […]

W. J. SCANLAN Built Baylor Dental College

3 November 2018

WILLIAM JAMES SCANLAN, 1877 – 1947   Born in Painesville, Ohio on February 5, 1877, William James was the son of James and Mary Masterson Scanlan.  James was a builder in Dallas who constructed the old Baylor Dental College in 1886, among other works of art. When the building was demolished, two of his children […]


27 October 2018

Wanda Smith, of Garland, tells about her mother’s early life:  My mother, Rosa (Willeford) Pelton, was a legend in her own right and I didn’t have to look beyond her to know who my hero in life was. She died just two months prior to her 104th birthday, but left a legacy ordinarily unobtainable by […]

Robert & Fanny ELLIS, Taffy Party Introduction

25 October 2018

Robert E. Ellis was born January 2, 1868. Then, 20 years later, Fannie Thomas was born at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Kinchole Thomas. Robert and Fannie had met at a candy breaking party (taffy pulling) in Van Zandt County. Fannie was 12 and Robert was 32. They knew each other […]


22 October 2018

Ella Fields was born in Missouri during 1873 and came to Liberty Grove at the age of seven. She married Pat Crabtree who was born sometime during 1879. Pat died at Liberty Grove in 1908. He was only twenty-eight years old. This left Ella with three small children to raise. George Washington Foster then built […]

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 […]