What's in a name?
While researching genealogy I came across your very interesting article
about the naming of BAYTOWN streets.
Humble Oil & Refining Co. founder Ross S. Sterling and pioneer land
owner Price Pruett laid out the town site of Goose Creek, first known as
New Town. (Middle Town was Pelly and Old Town, the Goose Creek Oil Field
area.) Wanda Orton
Bayless Street was named after
my great uncle Lee Bayliss, who died serving in the Army in WWII.
Ferguson St. off of N. Main by E. Fayle was named for my husband's great-grandfather Henry M. Ferguson and family, who owned Ferguson's Garage on that street and built all of the houses that were on the street. Melanie B Ferguson
The parallel streets William Ave. and Scott Ave. were named for the pioneer William Scott. William Ave. is frequently mislabeled “Williams Ave.” Robert Kirkley
early twentieth century, the relatively temperate bay breezes and good views and
fishing began to lure people from nearby towns to the Beach City area. About
1930 Joseph Weingarten, who built the Weingarten's chain of grocery store
Bowie School Drive, which runs between the other San Jac hospital campus and Bowie Elementary was originally named Wied Road. It was named for my late mother-in-law's family, who owned land along Kilgore Road back in 'the day.' My MIL said that the City later voted to change it, when 'weed' became a drug term. (I think that is awful, since they were a pioneer Baytown/Cedar Bayou family.) Her parents had a farm on the corner of E. James and Kilgore - where the apartments are now. My husband used to ride a horse from there to his home on W. Elvinta, and never cross a street the whole way. He used to fish and hunt in what is now the Eva Maude subdivision. His dad's family had Middleton Rd. named after them, and they used to live there before a hurricane moved their house into the middle of the road, and they built the house on W. Elvinta. Angie Gupton Middleton
I am writing to give a little history on who the street I live on was names after. I live on a little dead end street off of Kilgore Road. The street sign says Rosille Dr. but all the legal documents say Rosille St. We bought our house from a lady that said it was the first house built on this street and that the street was named after a previous Baytown mayor’s wife, Rosille Myers. I don’t know the mayors’ name. J. Earnst
John A Street near where you lived in Wooster was named after John A. Old. He was a chemist at the Humble Refinery. He also was a glass blower who made their lab beakers individually. He also built the pipe organ in the old church on Bayway Drive. The church is still there, but the organ was dismantled and stored somewhere. I work with Don Old. John A. was his grandfather. Don was born in Baytown at San Jacinto Hosp. and lived on McKinney. Bruce Marshall
Next to Bay Villa on
Bayway Drive is a pipe that runs into the Scott bay. The original name of this
was "Wagon Box Creek". It appears on other documents under another
name , which I cannot remember at this time. At the turn of the century when the
government came to Baytown to make the first maps of the area. The map makers
asked a local resident the name of the
creek. These people were" Yankees" that had just moved to the area and gave the
name "they called it" to the map makers !
Knowlton Street named for Charles Knowlton, who brought his family here from England in 1873. He worked for his father-in-law, Thomas Wright, who had arrived two years earlier and who owned several brickyards in the Cedar Bayou area. I note you listed at least one elementary school ... of course, it is no more, but there was for so many, many years the David G. Burnet Elementary School out at Wooster. Interim president of the Republic of Texas from March to October, 1836, he was particularly touchy about the pronunciation of his name - "Burn'it," saying that it had only one t -- not nett. He built his home, Oakland, in what is now the Lakewood Subdivision at Wooster. Trevia Wooster Beverly
Fleming street is named after Jeff Fleming a land developer and real estate broker. Nowlin is named after Boudreaux D. Nowlin a partner of Jeff Fleming. Mitchell Jackson
Wooster is named after Quincy Wooster. Wooster was formed in 1892 and was originally where present day Brownwood is.
Q. A. Wooster named Weaver Avenue
after Gen. James B. Weaver (Greenback party nominee) who he supported for
president in 1880. Wybra Wooster
Q. A. Wooster named Shreck Avenue after his son-in-law, W.A. Shreckengaust. Wybra Wooster Holland
Q. A. Wooster named Crow Road after his friend and business partner, W. D. Crow. Wybra Wooster Holland
Q. A. Wooster named Mapleton Avenue after Mapleton, Iowa, which is where he lived before coming to Texas. Wybra Wooster Holland
Sjolander Road is named after John Peter Sjolander (the sage of Cedar Bayou). He is recognized as one of Texas’ premiere poets
Schilling Street is named to honor Nicholas Schilling, an early physician
Alexander Drive is named after C.Q. "Kid" Alexander, the last Mayor of Goose Creek
Bowie Street is named after the famous frontiersman, James Bowie
Cleveland Street is named after E.D. "Eddie" Cleveland, the mayor of Pelly and the first Mayor of Baytown
Sterling High School, our library, and Sterling Street are named after Ross Shaw Sterling, founder of the Humble Refinery and Governor of Texas
Defee Street honors W. E. Defee, an early land developer. He named Wright Street after Thomas Wright, Jr., who owned the property. Murrill, James, and Jack Streets were named after W. E. Defee’s children
Brownwood is named after Edwin Rice Brown Sr., who bought the land from the Wooster Estate. It was an exclusive residential area with many restrictions.
Crockett Elementary is named in honor of the Alamo hero, Davy Crockett
Decker Drive got its name from Thomas I. Decker, County Commissioner from the Baytown area
McKinney Road was named by the Milam Brothers (Brickyard owners) for their grandfather, Collin McKinney, who had signed the Texas Declaration of Independence
John Martin Road is after John G. Martin, County Commissioner and Baytown native.
Pruett Street is named for Price Pruett, land developer, Gulf and Humble Streets are named after oil companies, Commerce denoted business, and Ashbel, Gaillard, and Jones were all early settlers
If you have knowledge of other street names, please send the info here:
Much of the information on this page comes from the excellent book 'The History of Baytown' available at Sterling Municipal Library and the Baytown Historical Museum located at 220 W. Defee.