Tag: Rowlett TX History

KIRB MERRITT, Wagon Wheel Fellow

6 October 2018

Kirb Merritt was born at the old Merritt homeplace located on the corner of Liberty Grove Road and Merritt Rd just northeast of Rowlett. He married Kate Newman. Kate was the daughter of Flora Nelson and the granddaughter of Angeline Forster which was my grandfather’s sister. Kirb and Kate only had one son.  Duane was […]

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 […]

VERNON & LORENE COYLE SCHRADE

1 July 2018

The unofficial Mayor and First Lady of Rowlett would have been celebrating their 95th birthdays this week had they remained with us. But, Vernon Schrade passed to his reward on December 12, 2015 and Lorene followed on August 16, 2016. They were married for 69 years. Vernon was the son of Gottlob and Martha Bryant […]

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. […]