Wylie

CHARLIE ANDERHUB, Organ Maker’s Son

17 February 2019

From Vienna, Austria to Meade County, Kentucky immigrated the family of William Andreas (Andrew) Ànderhub. He was an organ maker and creator of fine rifles in Vienna. With him and his wife, nee Susannah Hefner, came their children to this foreign country. They were Anna who married Joe Anderson, Andrew, Beverly who married John Parr, […]

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 […]

NORMA SEALS Remembers Ernest Tubb

20 January 2019

Norma Maye Hamilton Seals says that she grew up in Wylie, Texas. Her father was William L. Hamilton. “It was a small town where we knew practically everyone in town, Norma says.” She graduated Wylie High School around 1950 before she was wooed and wed by Howard Thurman Bentley. Mrs. Seals says she is retired […]

J. B. MINNIS, Early Circuit Rider

9 January 2019

One early Pleasant Valley (Sachse, Dallas County TX) area settler was a preacher man that ran a mule powered cotton gin to supplement his income. J. B. Minnis settled here in the 1870’s. He had even invented a sucking machine for unloading cotton, and was offered $30,000 for the invention (about $7500, 000 today). He […]

PIONEER HOGGE-HERRING Families

9 January 2019

Details of the Hogge and Herring date back to early pioneer days.  From a home, high on a hill overcooking Dallas and Collin County, the Daniel Herring family could clearly see the surrounding area in any direction. Daniel came to Collin County in 1848 from Illinois with his wife, family and mother. It is interesting […]

JERAMIAH SHERWOOD, McCormick Reaper Dealer

26 December 2018

According to John H. Cochran, pioneer and early civic leader in Dallas County, Texas, here is an account of the McCormick reaper. The earlier pioneers had to use primitive methods to make meal for bread, some had steel mills, others had to resort to mortars and pestle. They had to cut their wheat and cradle […]

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 […]

JAMES “Jim” W. RUSSELL Family

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, […]

EFFIE WILLIS MOORE Never Drove

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 […]

C. TRUETT & RITA GALLAGHER SMITH

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 […]

ROSA WILLEFORD PELTON Family

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 […]

ELLA FIELDS CRABTREE

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 […]

NELSON & PELTON SCHOOLHOUSE FEUD

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 […]

DOWNTOWN WYLIE, TEXAS HOTEL, 1910

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 […]