Foshee Family Homestead
Lumber for house was sawed at famous mill of John O'Byrne. Unusual and unique chimney was built of hand-hewn rock which came from banks of stream running through west edge of property. (Family enterprise, Ironrock Oil Company, was named for this special type rock.) Original hallway led from front porch through house to water well, which served family needs.
In early 1930's one of first oil wells in the famous East Texas field was brought in here. Ironrock Oil Company is still operating.
For many years, William Emmett Foshee served as postmaster. He was also a lumber teaming contractor, farmer and justice of the peace. His wife, Mary, was mother and homemaker to six surviving children. These pioneer parents left rich heritage to succeeding generations who still contribute traditional service to their community.
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Resources • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 32.315′ N, 94° 56.482′ W. Marker is in Gladewater, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is on North Main Street (U.S. 271) north of Allison Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 North Main Street, Gladewater TX 75647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gladewater Lodge No. 852, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Ben Shepperd (approx. ¼ mile away); First United Methodist Church of Gladewater (approx. ¼ mile away); First Franchised Motor Bus Line in Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Gladewater Discovery Well (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. E. L. and Nannie Lewis Walker House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rosedale Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gladewater (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gladewater.
Also see . . . Background paperwork submitted for approval of historical marker (.pdf). (Submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.