in a Pecan Shell
Named after Teddy not Franklin.
Roosevelt's population has
never exceeded 150 people.
A local ranch imported Angora goats from South
Africa in the 1920s and horses were raised here for the US Cavalry. Polo ponies
were trained here as well, and Polo matches were a frequent activity in the 1920s.
Roosevelt Historical Marker
Texas Historical Marker|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, February 2009
community of Roosevelt began with the establishment of a post office in 1898.
Although Alice Wagner applied for the post office with another name, the postal
service in Washington substituted the name Roosevelt presumably in honor of Theodore
Roosevelt, whose Rough Riders visited the area prior to their legendary Spanish-American
War service. Two military roads traversed this area and Roosevelt became a
social center for surrounding ranch families. In addition to the post office Roosevelt
included a masonic lodge, churches, stores and a school.
Growing up in Roosevelt, TX
My father, David Earl Fellers, lived in Roosevelt,
Kimble County, TX as a boy. Born in 1926, he was the youngest of twelve children
of Edward, and Alice Fellers. To make ends meet, my grandparents had to cut cedar
posts. I always loved to hear Daddy tell stories of the way he and his friends
passed the time in Roosevelt. My favorite is how the boys would take guitar strings
and fish for Gar in the Llano River. They would "shuck" their clothes, and while
sitting on tubes, let the big fish pull them around the river. Before supper time,
they would go ashore, and put their clothes back on. They would head for home,
and their parents never realized what they had been up to. - Mary Fraley, February
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