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Rosenberg in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Taylor Ray


Taylor Ray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, February 26, 2022
1. Taylor Ray Marker

Born in Wabash, Indiana, Taylor Ray left home at the age of 13 to seek his fortune. In 1890 he married Mattie Newton (1871-1951) and they had seven children. As railroad freight agent for the Wells Fargo Co., in 1894, Ray was temporarily assigned to Rosenberg where he remained for the rest of his life.

Ray was a charter member and deacon of the First Baptist Church and a charter member of the Masonic Lodge. After the devastating 1900 storm, Ray persuaded the railroad to let local churches use box cars until new buildings were erected.

Ray and others were instrumental in establishing the school district in 1898 and securing law and order. Ray served on the Rosenberg Board of Aldermen, 1902-1910, and as mayor, 1910-1912, of the commission form of city government. As treasurer, 1900-1910, of the Rosenberg School Board, Ray raised funds for the construction of the first schoolhouse and hiring of the first teacher. He became president of the school board in 1910 and held that position for the next 24 years. Concerned with quality education for all, Ray also started a black school and led in the inclusion of women on the
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school board. Ray introduced an athletic program in 1920 and football in 1923.

Marker Sponsors:
Descendants of Taylor Ray
Family of Edith Ray Lane:
Lucille Lane Hanson
George C. Lane, Jr.
Milton R. Lane, II

Family of Nita Ray SoRelle:
Nita SoRelle Martin
Andrew C. SoRelle, Jr.
Henry M. SoRelle

Family of Robert H. Ray:
Colletta Ray McMillian
Bobby Ray Reid
Taylor Ray, III
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9058.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
Location. 29° 33.134′ N, 95° 47.963′ W. Marker is in Rosenberg, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is on Avenue N. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2611 Avenue N, Rosenberg TX 77471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trone-Ray-Lane House (approx. half a mile away); Teague-Waddell House (approx. half a mile away); Rosenberg (approx. half a mile away); Rosenberg City Hall Gazebo Plaza (approx. half a mile away);
Taylor Ray Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, February 26, 2022
2. Taylor Ray Marker Reverse
Rosenberg Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Bend Telephone Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Harvey Waddell (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rosenberg.
Taylor Ray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, February 26, 2022
3. Taylor Ray Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 26, 2024