In an 1891 Texas Court of Appeals document referencing an Ennis case, the population of the city was given as 3,500. In 1915, the Christian Science Monitor ran a story about the City of Ennis ordering 2,600 square feet of paving for downtown streets. Find this story and more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis […]
Last week marked the 90th anniversary of a Texas tragedy in which a favored son of Ennis lost his life. Jack Castellaw, 21, son of a local pharmacist, was among 10 Baylor Bears players, coaches and fans killed when their school bus stalled on a train track at Round Rock and was struck by the […]
The recent induction of Lovia C. Boyd – “Lovie,” as she was affectionately known – into the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame in Waxahachie has brought the beloved civic activist and her accomplishments back into the limelight. Get more on this story in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Be informed, subscribe […]
Spotlight on Ennis There’s an interesting full-page, illustrated feature on Ennis in the March 6, 1921 issue of the Dallas Morning News. It discussed, among other things, the Ennis Country Club, then in its heyday. The three-story lodge was praised for its view of the city and its horseshoe-shaped lake. Find this story and more […]
Editor’s Note: This column of Ennis and Ellis County history, accompanied by photos, is an occasional feature of Randy Bryan Bigham’s regular Sunday articles. The following excerpts were collected from the files of the Ennis Daily News, the Ennis Public Library, the Dallas Morning News and other archived media sources. Find this story on page […]
As Veterans Day approaches, an Ennis family recalls the role their loved one played in one of World War II’s most legendary battles. Read this story and more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Stay informed, subscribe today!
At 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 6, members and friends of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1013 West Ennis Avenue, will celebrate the 136th Church Anniversary. Wayman Chapel was organized in 1880 and named after Bishop Alexander Washington Wayman. The original location of Wayman Chapel was Caesar Street, known then as Biggins Hill. This site […]
The late Evelyn Sims Goble, a feisty and funny 97 years of age, shared with the EDN in 2007 some memories of her father, former Mayor J.P. Sims. She said one of the platforms of his race in the 1950s was to “close down the gambling houses” in Ennis. Get the full story and more […]
The late Jack Lummus, one of Ennis’ favorite sons is the subject of a documentary that was being filmed in town Monday by a production team for the New York Giants football team. Find this story and more in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Subscribe today!
One of the local historical figures portrayed by actors at the Myrtle Meander Halloween tour yesterday was WWII hero Lt. Jack Lummus, an Ennis native who played football for the New York Giants before losing his life at Iwo Jima in 1945. But he wasn’t the only local man to serve in that legendary battle. […]
An estate sale next week in Telico will make more available than jewelry, old furnishings, classic pop bottles and power tools. Find this story and much more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…
“Where railroads and cotton fields meet.” Synonymous with Ennis for nearly 40 years, the motto is remembered today only by older residents. Find this story and more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…
As 2016 marks The Ennis Daily News 125th birthday, a milestone that will be celebrated in the upcoming September-October issue of Hometown Living, locals are sharing memories of one of the greatest journalism teams to head up the newspaper since it was founded in 1891. Get this story and more in the Sunday edition of […]
Although his name isn’t included on the marker erected at Myrtle Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission in 1980, a well-known player in our state’s history is among distinguished citizens interred there. For more on this bit of history, pick up a copy of The Ennis Daily News Sunday edition.
Ennis’ Historical Society will unveil a new way for Ennis residents and tourists to learn about the history of the nearly 143-year-old city.
In 1871, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC) purchased 647 acres of land in Ellis County at a price of $5.00 per acre, establishing the line’s northern terminus. On June 8, 1872 this site was established as the City of Ennis. The namesake of the town was Cornelius Ennis, an early official of the […]