FARMERS BRANCH, SITE of FIRST SCHOOLHOUSE

The Dallas Philological Society will dedicate a marker of Texas granite Sunday, Oct. 16, 1958 at 3 p.m. The site, in Farmers Branch, Texas, is that of the first school house in Dallas County. Site of the ceremony is on Valley View Road west of Webb Chapel Road.  School children of Farmers Branch will sing and provide a color guard. Taking part on the program will be: Lourania Miller, Society President; the Rev. Richart T. Perry, Webb Chapel Methodist Church; Frances E. Thomas, secretary, and Robert T. Gill, vice-president of the Society; Farmers Branch Mayor Lawson Lewis; Mrs. John Donaho, who will speak for the West family, and Due and Vicki West, youngest descendants of the West family pioneers.

The pioneer school house was built by Robert Jentry West in 1845 for his wife, the former Mary Ann Ryland, who had been a teacher in Tennessee. The Wests had come to the Peters Colony in a carriage, Conestoga wagons following with their household goods and servants. They brought with them an excellent library of classics and the best magazines of the day, all of which circulated among their nHistorical Marker for First Dallas County Schoolhouseew neighbors.

The school house, a one-room log building with split logs for seats, housed all grades. Robert Jentry West laid out the street plan for the town of Dallas and was county treasurer from 1854 to 1858.  Note: Most local schools in those days did not teach beyond eighth grade.

A son, John, was a surveyor, and a grandson, John R., was the County Surveyor. Another son, Robert H., was the first county judge, 1876-1878. Bob West, present Dallas County surveyor, is one of the descendants.
A daughter of the pioneers, Ann West, married William Winn and many of their descendants will be present.

The Dallas Morning News – October 16, 1958