“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salado in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Major Archibald Johnson Rose

1830 - 1903

Major Archibald Johnson Rose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, February 2, 2008
1. Major Archibald Johnson Rose Marker
Inscription. Before migrating to Texas, A. J. Rose made a fortune in the 1849 California Gold Rush. In 1857 he and his wife Sallie (Austin) brought their family from Missouri to Travis County, Texas. Later they settled in San Saba County, where Rose ran a mill and started a school. He served in the local militia, took part in frontier Indian battles, and was a Confederate Army Major.

In 1870 Rose moved to Salado. At this site he built a two-story home where his 11 children grew up. A successful and progressive farmer, Rose sought ways to improve farming methods. When the first local Grange in Texas began in Salado in 1873, he joined the farmers' group. Later that year he helped organize the statewide Grange which became a strong legislative lobby for land and tax laws protecting farmers and for improved schools. As Worthy Master of the Grange, Rose led in beginning cooperatives, textile mills, and a fire insurance company.

An advocate for better schools and teachers, Rose served on local school boards, as a trustee of Salado College, and present Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton. He was appointed to the Board of Directors at Texas A&M University in 1887 and served as president of the board. He was buried in Salado Cemetery.
Erected 1979 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Major Archibald Johnson Rose House image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, February 2, 2008
2. Major Archibald Johnson Rose House
Location. 30° 56.434′ N, 97° 31.786′ W. Marker is in Salado, Texas, in Bell County. Marker is on Rose Way Circle, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salado TX 76571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Major A.J. Rose House (here, next to this marker); Salado United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington Baines House (approx. mile away); Hermon and Margaret L. Aiken (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Welborn Barton and Louisa Adeline Barton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Capt. Milton Wesley Damron (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rev. James E. and Fannie F. Ferguson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Bonner Halley (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salado.
Categories. AgricultureEducationFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 879 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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