Tag: Rowlett TX

GIN DELIVERS Rowlett’s Electricity

6 December 2018

The first pioneer settlers in the Rowlett area used candles or flames from the fireplace as a light source. They were frequently off to bed right after sundown, up at daybreak and rarely used candles since they were considered a precious commodity.  They had not even heard of electricity. Kerosene lamps were later introduced and […]

CHIESA ROAD, Rowlett Landmark

29 September 2018

Oversize, reflectorized exit signs on Dallas expressways are among the more striking reminders of the community’s past. A particular example is the sign on Interstate 30 near the new Lake Ray Hubbard pointing to Chiesa Road, which is named for Giovanni Chiesa, pioneer landowner and settler in the area on the Dallas County side of […]

McENTEE Donates Catholic Church Land

26 September 2018

An Irishman by the name of Patrick McEntee (1846-1921) then purchased the land in 1893. The Patrick McEntee family had been living in a community known as “Irish Ridge” near Forney, Texas before moving to the Rowlett area. Mr. McEntee had grown increasingly aware that the religious needs of the Rowlett area Catholics were not […]

LEITA BEL WOOD, Match Maker

20 September 2018

Leita Bel Wood (1910-1994) was born northeast of Rowlett, Texas in the Liberty Grove community.  She was the daughter of James W. “Polk” and Ida White Spence Wood.  After Leita Bel was grown, she operated a store on Elm Grove Road. Leita Bel latter married William L. “Bill” Nichols (1908-1985).  Bill always stood out as […]

GRANDMA PELTON Leaves Handmade Quilt

18 July 2018

GRANDMA’S HANDMADE QUILT There’s a lot of history behind this ole handmade quilt. A history that would have easily faded had we not paused to record its unique origin. It’s one of many made by my great-grandmother, Carah Belle Poovey Pelton (1877-1967). ‘Carry’ was born in a log cabin near Raney and Yeager Road. Her […]

THOMAS N. MERRITT, Gave His Life

19 May 2018

Thomas Newell Merritt, another Dallas County lad who gave his life for his country will be laid at rest Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, not far from Rowlett. The soldier for whom the final services are to be held Sunday is Thomas N. Merritt, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. […]

MARTIN L & MINNIE BUTLER Family

12 May 2018

Martin Leonard Butler was born in eastern Tennessee on September 13, 1868.  He was the son of Calvin M. (1831-1890) and Ellen Virginia Roland Butler. His father, Calvin Martin Butler, was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee on September 8, 1831.  He served in Company C of the 1st Tennessee Calvary during the Civil War.  He […]

MEMORIES RECALL OLE WOODEN ICE BOX

25 April 2018

My earliest memories of an old ice box date back to sometime around 1946 when I was just a small child.  Guess I was born with an inquisitive mind.  I will always remember opening the door of that old wooden ice box and wondering about that big block of ice.  Even wondered what would happen […]

ELM GROVE AREA’S EARLY BAPTISMS

13 April 2018

This early photo (about 1895) is from my great-grandfather George Washington Forster’s pond in the Elm Grove community.  This area, located northeast of Rowlett, Texas, is one of the last remaining unincorporated communities in Dallas County.  This one of the very few ponds in the community in those days and the site of many early […]

ROWLETT’S FIRST CHURCH, 1876

11 April 2018

Church services in the old Liberty community were held at the “Union Church” during the early pioneer days of Rowlett. This church building was located near present day Raney and Yeager Roads on land that is now part of the Waterford Housing Development. The so called union churches were common during the early pioneer era […]

LOU VELIA RANKIN, Best Christmas I Ever Had

9 April 2018

Janet Coyle was my third grade teacher. She was a good teacher and a wonderful person. We have been friends for many years and she had helped me in so many ways. She is also a cousin by marriage. I missed a lot of school growing up. I had the whooping cough and then I […]

MARTHA JANE HAMILTON HARBIN

2 April 2018

Martha Jane Hamilton was born at Clarksville, Texas on October 19, 1844. She was the daughter of Thomas S. and Elizabeth Jane Ballard Hamilton. Her grandfather, Colonel Robert S. Hamilton was born in 1783 and immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1807. He settled at Granville County, North Carolina, but later moved to […]

SAMUEL & SAVANAH LEMONS SAULS

1 April 2018

Samuel Jackson Sauls was born in 1874. He was required to remain at home until his twenty first birthday. This was customary in those days. He came to Texas in 1895 and lived in “German Town” at Forney, Texas. He met Savanah Lemons at a church social and they courted for about six months before […]

ERNEST W. HILL, Rowlett School Principal

31 March 2018

When the school bell rang on June 3, 1971, ending classes that year for Rowlett Elementary School, it also marked the final day for Ernest Hill (1906-2003), who had served as principal of the school since 1947. Hill received his High School diploma from Burleson H. S , his Jr. College diploma from Jacksonville College, […]

BERTIE GIBSON, GENE FORSTER Family

24 March 2018

After World War II, some of the children of George Washing Forster changed their last name to the more modern version of “Foster.”  The reason for the change stems from the fact that Forster was a common German name and there was much resentment toward Germany after the war.  Eugene (Gene) Forster never did change […]

CHARLES MASTERS, KIBBY KIRBY TUCKER

20 March 2018

As we know it, Charles Masters Tucker grew up in the parish of Litton in Somerset County, England, and may have helped his father in his dairy business. According to parish church documents we have found, Charles was baptized in the Church of England on March 12, 1834. His sister, Jane, was baptized on April […]

WILLIAM H. and JANET SIMPSON COYLE

14 March 2018

Janet Elizabeth Simpson Coyle was born at Brownwood, Texas on April 7, 1910. She was the daughter of Dr. Charles Jefferson Simpson, a dentist, and Sarah Jane Hoge.  Her maternal grandfather left his home in Virginia and traveled by steam boat, working as a cabin boy, to Jefferson, Texas in 1869. Somehow he worked his […]

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 […]

JESSIE FITZGERALD TUCKER, 1870 – 1945

25 February 2018

Jessie Fitzgerald, the third son of Kibby Kirby and Charles Masters Tucker, was born on November 6, 1870 at the home place on the present-day site one block west from Centerville Road on Castle Drive (near the Rowlett & Garland city limits). Centerville used to head north through Mills Cemetery, cross Highway 66 (the old […]

BEATRICE PELTON & OSCAR MERRITT

22 February 2018

Oscar “Runt” Merritt was born to Robert N. Jr. and Udorah Flowers Merritt at Rowlett, Texas on August 29, 1902. Robert N. Merritt, Jr. was born in York County, South Carolina on May 18, 1864 and Udorah Flowers was born in Tennessee on August 8, 1866. Oscar was the sixth of eight children and an […]