(Royse City) November 9, 2012 – Royse City was settled in 1885 and named after G. B. Royse, who was instrumental in getting the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (MK&T) Railroad line brought from Greenville to Dallas through Rockwall County.
Family legend has it that Royse informed the MK&T Railroad people that he would donate the land for a train station if they would call it Royse City.
The first business opened in 1885 and was followed by a variety of businesses, some pulled by rollers from Fate. It has always preserved its stable small country town status thanks to its closeness to Garland and Dallas.
Also established then was the city’s First United Methodist Church. The present church sanctuary, recognized by the Texas Historical Commission, was built in 1904 in the western gothic style, which copied the gothic cathedrals in Europe.
The church will host its 40th annual Lord’s Acre as well as its 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 10. It will kick off with a catered dinner at 5 p.m., followed by door and raffle prizes, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Royse City’s Junior High School Chorus and High School Drill Team.
Any funds raised are used for church projects and missions, which have included Oklahoma tornado relief. This is an occasion the entire family will enjoy.
Tickets may be purchased at the Royse City FunFest, the church office at 200 Plum Street, or at the Lord’s Acre. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12.
Come to Lord’s Acre at the corner of Highway 66 (Main Street) and Josephine Street. You’ll feel right at home.
Submitted by Jennifer Hay, Lord’s Acre Committee.
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