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

Roy B. Wallace

Roy B. Wallace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
1. Roy B. Wallace Marker
Inscription.  Roy B. Wallace was born in Coolidge, Limestone County, on October 13, 1901, to Benjamin C. Wallace, Sr. And Mae McCoy Wallace. Roy attended school in rural Limestone County and attended Texas Christian University prior to earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Baylor University in 1925. He also did graduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University. In 1927, he married Clothilde “Clo” Hiser. He began his teaching career in Elkhart in 1932 and taught there for three years, then taught at the Norwood Common School District. In 1936, Wallace became the band director at Reagan Junior High School in Palestine, and in 1942 became the director of the Palestine High School Band.

Wallace’s band received first division sweepstakes honors fourteen of the nineteen years that he was band director. Under his direction, the band performed at numerous events, including a 1946 Texas A&M football game and the 1950 Cotton Bowl classic. Roy Wallace was named Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association in 1960. Wallace used recordings of performances for practices and selected a small
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group known as the “Radio Band” to broadcast music on the local radio station. Due to illness, Roy retired on October 15, 1961 and died on December 15, 1970. He is buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Palestine. On July 22, 2007, Wallace was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in San Antonio. He will be remembered as a devoted band director and educator who inspired students with his creative methods and positive influence.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17672.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation.
Location. 31° 45.492′ N, 95° 37.65′ W. Marker is in Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is on South Micheaux Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 South Micheaux Street, Palestine TX 75801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Bonner Frizzell (here, next to this marker); Robert (Bob) Knight (here, next to this marker); Palestine High School (a few steps from this marker); John H. Reagan (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John H. Reagan Monument (about 700 feet away); First Presbyterian Church
Roy B. Wallace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, January 19, 2019
2. Roy B. Wallace Marker
Markers visible in the photo from left to right: Dr. Bonner Frizzell (facing away), Roy B. Wallace (facing forward), Robert (Bob) Knight (facing away), and Palestine High School (facing sideways).
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Kolstad Jewelers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Palestine Salt Works C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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