Tag: Rowlett TX

JOHN & BERTIE ROAN HERFURTH

22 February 2018

John Samuel ( “J. S.” or “Johnny”) Herfurth was born at Castorville, Texas on March 29, 1879. He was the son of John C. and Anna Barbara Etter Herfurth. J. S. Herfurth came to Dallas County in the 1890s searching for a place to settle. His quest was successful when he found the fertile, promising […]

CLIFTON M. RANEY, Radio Ranger

21 February 2018

My dad’s brother, Thomas, “Uncle Tom” Raney was born at Pleasant Valley (NE Dallas County) around 1883. He married Stella Mae Cunningham of Wylie and they had two sons. Harmon Eugene “Gene” was born in 1912 and Clifton M. “Max” Raney was born in 1914. Pleasant Valley used to have two churches and an ole […]

BONNIE & CLYDE MOVIE Recalled by Burkhart & Schrade

20 February 2018

Ten years after filming scenes of the Bonnie and Clyde movie, Ed Burkhart and Vernon Schrade stand in front of the old Burkhart house where much of the filming for the Bonnie and Clyde Movie took place. They discuss how state troopers diverted traffic during the filming. They also mentioned that part of the house […]

VIRGIL & SADIE ANDERSON FISHER

20 February 2018

Virgil “Virge” Thomas Fisher was born at Rowlett, Texas on August 8, 1888. He was the son of William N. “Pa” and Margaret Jane “Ma” Wilson Fisher.   He married Sadie Anderson in June of 1909. Sadie was born in the community of Rose Hill on February 6, 1889. (Rose Hill is located at Rowlett and […]

SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, Rowlett TX

19 February 2018

Some fifty years before Sacred Heart became a Catholic Church, William Crabtree received a Mercer Colony certificate for land which he assigned to Frederick Smith sometime around 1850.  Smith then patented 320 acres in the northeast section of Dallas County with this certificate and apparently lived on or near the property for a number of […]

DONALD EUGENE SPERLING, 1928-1953

15 February 2018

Don Sperling was born November 14, 1928. He was the son, and only child, of Frank and Nora Pelton Sperling. Frank was born in the Dal Rock community and Nora was born in the Elm Grove community northeast of Rowlett, Texas. Frank was of German descent. He met the former Miss Nora Pelton after World […]

MARTHA COMPTON BEAVER Recalls Wagon Train

10 February 2018

Martha Louise Compton Beaver may be ninety-four (in 2000), but she can still recall her family getting into a wagon just north of Pleasant Valley (now Sachse) and making the trip over to visit her Aunt Sarah and Uncle Andy near Rowlett, Texas. The aunt and uncle that she refers to was Andrew Barland and […]