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Rowlett in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Herfurth House

 
 
Herfurth House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
1. Herfurth House Marker
Inscription.  

Accompanying the agricultural boom in the late 19th century was the influx of immigrant German and Swiss farm families to the northeastern portion of Dallas County. Among the German families buying farms near Rowlett was Johann Christian Herfurth (1835-1914) and his wife, Anna Barbara Etter (1842-1925). One son, John Samuel Herfurth (1879-1958), located the Dallas County farm land and brought his parents here. The farm was purchased in 1908, originally consisted of 151 acres and included a small 3-room house on the property. Soon after obtaining the property, around 1910, Herfurth added two rooms and a hallway to the original house. A second major addition in 1918 produced the basic design of the airplane bungalow house as it exists today. The exterior of the house is a classic craftsman style with strong horizontal lines, a low pitched roof, deep eaves and small panes in the upper window sashes. There is evidence that the contractor relied on plans from Sears, Roebuck & Co.

In the 1930s, nationwide research into scientific land management practices increased. J.S. Herfurth followed those developments closely and worked with
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Dallas County extension service agents to implement new techniques, such as contour plowing and crop rotation. He was named a local farm conservationist and awarded the honor of triple-a farmer. In addition to extensive cotton production, Herfurth was also interested in animal husbandry, particularly the breeding of horses and mules. J.S.’s youngest son, Carl Leroy Herfurth, and his wife, Helen Hall, were the last members of the family to own and occupy the Herfurth homestead.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2013
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17545.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 53.619′ N, 96° 34.887′ W. Marker is in Rowlett, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Miller Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2122 Miller Road, Rowlett TX 75088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Rowlett (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mills Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rowlett (approx. 3 miles away); ​Garland Lodge No. 441, A.F. & A.M.
Herfurth House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
2. Herfurth House and Marker
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Anderson Family Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); A. J. Head Service Station (approx. 3.4 miles away); Garland (approx. 3.4 miles away); Roach Feed & Seed Co. (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rowlett.
 
Herfurth House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
3. Herfurth House
Herfurth House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, May 10, 2020
4. Herfurth House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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