in a Pecan ShellSettler
John Stiles arrived in the early 1820s and named the place after a noticeably
white rock on the Red River where he entered Texas.
Information on the settlement is scarce for the first 80 or 90 years. The first
population figure wasn’t available until 1910 when it was reported as 25 residents.
Once again, the community sailed through The Great Depression and WWII
with little or nothing to report. The 1940 Census count was 40 White Rockers counted
– remaining there until 1986. Both the 1990 and 2000 census reported 85 residents.
“White Rock is a pleasant, quaint and scenic community located
in rolling East Texas countryside. It
is open agricultural cattle country with only a scattering of residences and farm
buildings. It does have a cemetery that might indicate that at some time in the
past there might have been a church here.” - Gerald
Massey, August 2010
1940s Red River County map|
White Rock, 5 miles N of Annona,
is not shown.
(Annona between "V-E"
in "R-E-D R-I-V-E-R")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office