Rosebud was Mormon|
To" Mrs. S. V. Gott, Morman Texas" - Postmarked August 27, 1886
courtesy Larry W. Johnson. See Rosebud
in a Pecan Shell|
Rosebud has had as wide a variety of names as any town in Texas. It was first
called Pool's Crossing (of Pond Creek) or Greer's Horsepen, and
when it was granted a post office, the requested (and granted) name was Mormon
after a group of Mormons who had settled nearby. The postmaster resisted the
temptation of naming it Tarver (Albert G.) after himself, and in an act of friendliness
and brotherhood, named it after a group of Mormons who had settled nearby.
(Naming of Rosebud - See Rosebud
A fire in 1887 destroyed the community and (perhaps rather
than lick scorched stamps) Albert Tarver took up other work. The new postmaster,
wanted to name the post office after a local family named Mullins. There
was already a Mullin, Texas over in Mills County, so the application was denied.
Rosebud was then submitted (and accepted) and Mormon has been Rosebud ever
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad was adding
a line from Waco to Giddings
(which is nowhere near San Antonio
or Aransas Pass)
in 1892 and Rosebud was right in the path. The town benefited enormously from
this stroke of fortune but along came the Great Depression and the town declined.
Rosebud had over 2,000 people in the 1980s, just over 1,600 in 1990, and
1478 in 2000.
A Rosebud newspaper editor sometime ago suggested a rosebush
in every yard and the citizens complied. We have no idea how many of the rosebushes
have survived - but we'd enjoy hearing from readers who may know.
Photo courtesy Susan Bashore|
much has been written on the grand bridges, what are we to make of this tiny bowstring
bridge in Rosebud, Texas? Formed of Carnegie steel... more
Fire Department and City Hall|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, August 2006
elevators in Rosebud
TE Photo, March 2003
I was born in Rosebud in 1947, the oldest of eight. At one time all my family
(grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins) lived in Rosebud. Quite a few of my family
members are buried there. I remember my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Raspberry & 2nd
grade Mrs. Royal. I remember my maternal aunts & uncles picking cotton & taking
it to the gin. I entered a hoola hoop contest downtown & at a different time won
a $50 drawing contest at our local grocery store. At 10-12 yrs old I worked for
Mrs Clark on Sat mornings & Mrs. Liggins after school. We watched movies on an
outside business wall downtown. My father worked at the gas station on Main until
we moved. Whenever we go visit family in Texas, we try to go to Rosebud. Lots
of childhood memories. - Mary Enriquez nee Perez, February 17, 2012
Rosebud, Texas (formerly Mormon, TX)
your Forum "Subject: Naming of Rosebud" there is a statement that says Rosebud,
TX never had a "post office" named "Mormon". Not to be disagreeable, but here
attached is a scan of a postcard postmarked August 27, 1886 that is addressed
to Mrs. S. V. Gott that I think proves otherwise. If there were no post office,
then someone sure knew how to get mail from New York to Mrs. Gott in Mormon, TX
The Gott family were one of the pioneers of Rosebud, TX. I would
also like to note that Mrs. S. V. Gott is the former Miss Susan Virginia Thorn
who at one time was the ward of Sam Houston. Susan Virginia later married Tom
Gott, who had worked as an Overseer for Sam Houston. After Tom Gott died in December
1872, Susan Virginia and her five children moved to Falls County, TX to live near
her brother-in-law, Samuel Gott. Susan Virginia is buried in the Woodland Cemetery
at Rosebud, TX. Many of her descendants are buried not far away at the Powers
Chapel Cemetery near Wilderville, TX.
The Mormon, TX postcard, when photographed
by me, was in the possession of Virgie Laura Killen Looney, daughter of Julia
Sue Gott Killen, Granddaughter of Tom Green Gott and Great Granddaughter to Susan
Virginia Thorn Gott.
My Great Grandfather, Francis A. Looney and my Grandfather,
Dennis A. Looney were also pioneers of Rosebud, TX. - Larry W. Johnson, Grapevine,
TX, October 30, 2010
Naming of Rosebud
Rosebud never had a post office named Mormon, because there was already a town
in Texas with that name. However, Rosebud, was, at one time, called Mormon for
a group of Mormons who settled on Pond Creek, west of present day Rosebud.
Rosebud got its name from a rosebush planted in Mrs. Mullin's yard. Every
day the postmaster, Allen Taylor, would put a rosebud from this bush in his lapel..
Many names were suggested for Rosebud, but all were rejected for whatever reason
and Rosebud won out through the efforts of Mr. Taylor. There is still a rosebush
in every yard in Rosebud, Texas (Ripley's Believe It or Not).
is experiencing somewhat of a resurgance. People are redoing the old stores on
Main Street and we have had TxDot come in and replace curbs and some sidewalks
on Main. Things are looking rosy in Rosebud. I grew up here, as did my Dad. My
grandfather was an early settler. - Diane Souther Dolan, December 15, 2004
Rosebud Texas ~ 100 years ago
am attaching an image of downtown Rosebud, Texas from a photo that was taken about
100 years ago (1914?). This was taken in the bygone "Horse and Buggy days". The
view is looking to the west and the old bank building is across the street in
the center of the photo. The photo was given to me by my mother because she knew
of my interest in local history. I'm not sure where she obtained the photo since
it pre-dates her birth too (1925). I'm sure many of the younger generation would
enjoy seeing their town as it looked in the bygone days. - Larry W. Johnson,
Grapevine, TX, October 30, 2010
Corn Crop to Market at Age 13
from "Growing Up On the Farm" by Henry Skupin
She Calls it Home
Dear TE, This is not history, and I have no photos to share. I simply want to
express my joy of having lived in Rosebud, Texas. I moved there in 1999 to be
closer to my job at Heritage House Nursing Home. I was the social worker there
at that time. I had a sweet little efficiency apartment at Jennie Cox's place
on Hwy 77. When I moved to Rosebud I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone was
so kind and treated me like family. Later on I had to bring my grandchildren to
live with me and the entire town helped me with them. What a wonderful place to
live. If one of my grandchildren got in trouble on the way home from school, I
knew before they got home. It was great. I had excellent communication with teachers
about my grandchildren and we all had good friends. When I moved away it was not
because of any problems in Rosebud. If I could come home now I would. I recently
went and visited at the Senior Center and at the Nursing Home and now I am homesick
all over again. One day, it is my plan to return for good. Rosebud is home to
me and always will be. - Mary-Jane Lick, February 03, 2007
WWI Vets from Falls
born and raised in Rosebud, Texas. I graduated from Rosebud High School's class
of ’59, and I still come and visit Rosebud where my brother, Tony Veracruz lives.
My dad and uncles served in WWI. My dad passed away while I was still in high
school and I never got to ask him about been a Vet. I am a Vietman-era Veteran
and a member of both the American Legion Post No. 490 and the South Houston Lodge
No. 1295. If anybody knows where I can track down information about the soldiers
from Falls County that served in WWI, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I would really appreciate it. God Bless. - John Veracruz, Houston, Texas, December
was a man named Bigfoot Ray or John Bigfoot Ray who was killed in a bar fight
in Rosebud Texas. I don't know the year but it was probably in the 1920's. He
was part Native American. He was from Mississippi or Alabama. Someone said he
was buried in an Indian cemetery on the way to Gause,
Texas but I don't know if that is correct. Would anyone have a source that
might make mention of a Bigfoot Ray or a John Bigfoot Ray? Thanks, Ross Smith,
July 19, 2006. email@example.com
name is Deborah Meier Carr and my father, Charles Ray Meier, was born and raised
in Rosebud, TX. He died late last year before I was able to complete my family
tree. I have visited the cemetery in Rosebud where many Meiers are buried and
was able to piece some of my tree together. My grandfather was Erwin Otto Meier,
son of Joseph Meier and Maria Schmidt. Rosebud is still the small town that my
father always spoke fondly about. He left when he was 17 to join the Air Force
and never moved back, though we had an interesting visit in 1967. The area is
a beautiful farming community and I hope to return and spend more time researching
my family tree in the local courthouse and perhaps buy a winter residence as I
currently live in Maine. If you are a Meier or know of my family, I would enjoy
reading your post. - Deborah Meier Carr, Esq., Monson, ME 04464, September
Dear TE Readers, My great grandfather, GL Mayer, had a soda pop bottling company
in Rosebud from 1904 to 1926. I would be very interested in getting any information
about the company and hearing any local stories about Mayer Kola.
am one of but a few Mayers left so I don't have any family to get information
from. If the gentle people of Rosebud could help me out I would be sincerely grateful.
- Marilynn Cullison, October 22, 2004
Subject: ROSEBUD, Texas
I noticed Ms. Cullison's October, 2004, letter posted to the ROSEBUD, TX, page
regarding her great-grandfather, G. L. Mayer, who operated a bottling works in
Rosebud, 1904-1926. I would like to contact Ms. Cullison. Is it possible to forward
my message? I'm in San Marcos, TX. - Jim Cullen, March 12, 2006
came across your website and recognized the name of Bruce Royal. I called Mrs.
Royal and asked her about the "used bookstore." She laughingly replied that her
husband had indeed been a collector of books but never sold any of them and never
had a used bookstore in Rosebud. The only book he ever wrote was called Speaking
of Elephants which grew out of his love for the circus.
however, live in Lockhart and worked for Colonel Baker at the Baker Theater. He
wrote an article about Colonel Baker which he thought the newspaper might be interested
in but they failed to use it. Mrs. Royal said the article was published by the
Caldwell County Museum two or three years ago.
Hope this information
answers some of your questions.
Thanks for the nice website about Rosebud.
It is a delightful community and we have enjoyed the 14 years we have lived here
since my husbands retirement. - Unsigned Reader, December 14, 2001
is Jesse Martinez, and I'm currently serving my 16th year in the U.S. Navy. I
grew up in Rosebud Texas and graduated from Rosebud-Lott high school in 1984.
I was tickled to death to find Rosebud and all the other small towns [on Texas
Escapes]. I have many, many fond memories of that small town, I personally think
that is the only way to grow up - in a small town, that is. My grandfather moved
to Rosebud in the early 20's, and my parents and brother still live in there.
I still call it home and visit as frequently as possible. When I leave Italy in
March of 2002 I'll be on leave for 30 days and half of that will be in Rosebud.
It's nice to be able to share my memories of Rosebud with someone. I could go
on forever. Keep up the good work [helping] keep Rosebud alive. - Sincerely,
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