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Thanks to the passion for history of Caroline Wadzeck, Dayton citizens can know the interesting origin of the street names in Dayton. Below is a synopsis from her book, The Streets of Dayton, Texas - History by the Block. published in 2014. The book provides much more detail. She dedicates the book to Robert "Bobby" Harris who was "A lifelong Dayton resident and community leader who had a wealth of knowledge about Dayton's history" but who passed away the year before it was published.
Aaron Street - Aaron Chester Holbrook Sr. (developer for Holbrook subdivision) Atascocita - Chosen by land owner Roy Slover (name means "boggy" - appropriate name for property) Barrow Street - Dougals Barrow (died in World War II) Benton Street - Thomas and Eliza Benton (purchased adjacent land in 1898) Brooks Street - Mr. Clarence Brooks (residents of Eastgate and French Settlement, got streets paved) Brown Road - Harry and Kimmie Brown (adjacent land owners) Brown Trail - Named for tallow trees on the lots by developer Bill Scholander Bryan Street - Oliver Bryan (O.B.) Sterling Sr. (builder of Rio Movie Theater in Dayton) Cherry Creek Road - John Cherry (pioneer settler 1835, frequent visitor to West Liberty) Chester Street - Aaron Chester Holbrook Sr. (developer for Holbrook Subdivision) Church Street - Location of first two churches in Dayton Clarence Street - Clarence Dearbonne Sr. (local restauranteur) Clayton Street - Clayton Leo Moreau (brother of Wilmer "Bill" Moreau - prominent citizen) Cleveland Street - road to Cleveland, TX (aka Texas Hwy 321) Colbert Street - Annie E. Colbert (Teacher at local African-American school) Coleman Street - Oscar Howard Coleman (prominent citizens, adjacent land owners) Collins Street - Thomas Vaught Collins (investor, mayor, first fire chief, etc.) Dale Street - Norman Dale Brown Jr. (named by Harry Charles Brown for grandson) Depot Street - Adjacent to east/west railroad tracks (aka Railroad Avenue, Commerce Street) Edgar Street - Robert B. Edgar (employee of Ross Sterling - Dayton Lumber Company/Dayton Mills Company) Elaine Street - Elaine Watel Friedman (land owner/developers) Emma Street - Emma Dunn Harris (wife of businessman Joseph Denton Harris Jr. Entzminger Street - Ben and Jessie Entzminger (adjacent land owners) Esther Street - Esther Friedman Blonstein (daughter of Louis Friedman, land owner/developer) Evelyn Street - Evelyn Holbrook-Waldrop (daughter of Chester Holbrook subdivision developer, land owner) Hwy FM-1960 - formerly Eastgate Road Ford Avenue - Ford family (Milo Sr. & Ella Fay Ford - adjacent land owners) Fordland Estates - Ford family (adjacent land owner, developer of Fordland Estates subdivision) Friery Street - John C. Friery Jr. (died in World War II) Glass Street - Melinda "Lindy" Glass (midwife) Goosecreek Street - Goose Creek Railroad tracks ran parallel to street Harmon Street - Geator J. Harmon (died in World War II) Hickory Lane - Linney Creek subdivision (streets named after trees) Hill Street - Knox Charles (K.C.) Hill (adjacent land owner) Hillcrest - Located at crest of a hill (adjacent land owner Eugene Jansen) Holbrook Street - Chester and Ellen Holbrook (developer of Holbrook subdivsion) Holitzke Street - Joseph L. Holitzke (died in World War II) Holmes Street - Johnnie Lee Holmes (adjacent land owner) Houston Street - main thoroughfare to/from Houston before Hwy 90 was built Hunnicutt Street - James and Anna Hunnicutt (land developers for French settlement circa 1900) Jamison Street - William and Allene Jamison (owners of land used for Suburban Acres subdivsion) Juanita Street - Juanita Holbrook Rizzo (daughter of Chester Holbrook, Holbrook subdivision developer) Kay Street - Clyde David Kay (died in World War II) Kerr Street - Andrew Erastus Kerr (business associate of investor Ross Sterling) Kindt Street - Abraham F. Kindt (pioneer land broker mid-1800s) Klemp Road - Klemp Corporation (adjacent land owner) LaBlanc Lane - June and Mary LeBlanc (adjacent land owners; wrong spelling on sign) LaCour Street - Carey Carl LaCour (adjacent land owner) Ladd Street - E. P. Ladd (Dayton investor & stockholder - Dayton Lumber Company) Laird Street - Morgan J. Laird (honored by friend, land developer Chester Holbrook) Lawrence Street - James & Winnefred Lawrence (early settlers in 1920) Ligons Street - Harry Dennis Ligons Sr.(honored citizen) Linney Street - Michael Linney family, early settlers to Dayton (mid-1800s) Lisa Lane - Troi Lisa Wilson (nickname of daughter of developer Troy Wilson) Little John - Robin Hood theme for Sherwood Subdivision (subdivision developers - Harris brothers) Lovers Lane - Popular destination for young couples seeking privacy Lowe Street - Pat Christian Lowe (Liberty County sheriff) Luke Street - Luke Walker (local BBQ restaurant owner) Main Street - Unknown (known as Second Street in 1927) Manor Street - Heritage Manor Nursing Home (adjacent land owner) Marblehead Street - Nickname of Ronald Ray "Marblehead" Neuman (adjacent land owner) McBride Street - Martha A. "Lucy" McBride (honored benevolent citizen) Meadows Lane - Meadows Subdivision (named by subdivision developer) Meremar Lane - Meredith Voytek-Tieler + Marcia Voytek-Tillman (parents were owners of adjacent land) Merritt Street - William H. Merrit III (died in World War II) Milo Street - Milo Ford Sr. & Jr. (ancestors of Fordland Estates subdivision developer Jessica Ford-Johnson) Mockingbird Lane - Linney Creek Subdivision (streets named for local birds) Moller Street - Charles & Laura Moeller (adjacent land owners) Myra Lane - Myra Slover (wife of Linney Creek Subdivision developer) Nancy Street - Nancy Roberts (adjacent land owner) Nelton Street - Nellie & Milton, parents of Carl Truett Norcross (adjacent land owner) Norcross Lane - Amos & Lucy Norcross (adjacent land owners) Oak Street - Dayton Height Subdivision (subdivision streets named for trees) Park Place - David Allen Parker (subdivision developer with Randy West) Pecan Street - Linney Creek Subdivsion (subdivision owner chose because of nearby pecan orchard) Pine Place - Pine Place Subdivision (subdivision owner choice due to many pine trees in subdivision) Pine Street - Dayton Heights Subdivsion (subdivision streets named for trees) Prater Street - Dennis and Melinda Prater Sr. (owned adjacent land) Pruitt Street - Edmund Pruett family (pioneer settlers to Dayton in early 1800s) Ranchwood Street - Linney Creek Subdivision (chosen by subdivsiion owner) River Oaks - Suburban Acres subdivision (named by subdivision owner) Ross Street - Ross Shaw Sterling (Dayton investor, founder of Humble Oil/Exxon, Texas Governor) Sawmill Road - Proximity to steam-powered sawmill Seaberg Industrial Road - Roy Alfred Seaberg Sr. (owned adjacent land) Seekamp Street - Vernon H. Seekamp (died in World War II) Shanks Street - Shanks family (owned adjacent land) Sherwood Drive - Sherwood Subdivision (Harris brothers, subdivision developers) Skylark - Suburban Acres subdivision (named for local birds) Slover Drive - James Roy Slover (Linney Creek subdivision developer) Smith Street - Mamie Smith (employee of Mayor Jim Sterling Jr.) Sterling Street - Named for 3 generations of Sterlings (Jim Sterling Sr., Jr. & III) Stevens Street - Calvin Ray Stevens (died in World War II) Stone Street - Howard Lonnie Stone (city councilman, friend of Mayor Jim Sterling) Sunset Heights - Subdivision developer choice (great sunset view) Susan Street - Susan Friedman (daughter of subdivision developer) Taylor Lane - Ellis & Ruth Taylor (owners of adjacent land) Timber Lane - Suburban Acres subdivision (land very wooded) Tram Road - Railway to connect Dayton Lumber Co. to main railroad track Tucker Street - Robert S.Tucker, Dayton lawyer (Suburban Acres subdivision) Old Spanish Trail (Hwy 3, Hwy 90) - National Road Project connected Florida to California (Dayton 1928) Waco Street - Unknown Waring Street - Willie B. Waring (died during World War II) Westwood Street - Randy West (subdivision and adjacent land owner) Whitewing Street - Suburban Acres Subdivision (name of common local prairie bird) Willow Street - Dayton Heights Subdivision used tree names for streets Winfree Street - Winfree Pioneer Family (arrived before 1830s) Young Street - Charles Stenius "Bubba" Young (died during World War II) Zylks Road - Melvin "Pete" Giles Zylks (on land owned by)
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