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Jujube trees have place in Ennisite’s heart

An exotic tree yields more than fruit for an Ennis resident. It reminds her of times past. “Jujube trees have a lot of memories for me,” said lifelong Ennisite Ann Haskovec Juricek. “When we were very young, my bother Ivan and I used to walk across a field to visit our grandparents. Their house was […]

Ennis National Bank building turns 100

  Something important is underway for all of us who care about our local history. The Ennis Historical Society is at the center of this good news, and with the help of that group, preservation and research will be substantially aided. Society President Dennis Zembala recently announced the following: “We hope you can come to […]

Some hilarious Ennis history

I think readers will like the old news items I picked for this week. I chose some funny ones from the Ennis Daily News, The Ennis Weekly Local, and a few national papers that carried news of the Bluebonnet City. First, I want to thank Henrietta Novotny for sharing with me two big packages of […]

A fashionable past

Ennis and fashion? Believe it or not, a hundred years ago the Bluebonnet City was not only a national center for cotton production but its many dry goods merchants were regular seasonal visitors to the fashion hub of New York City. There, shop owners or their agents mingled with the trade of other prosperous cities, […]

Czech pioneer merchant’s home is a fitting heritage

A stone’s throw from progress lies history. Ennis ISD’s expansion of facilities on the site of the old Lions Stadium and gymnasium almost a decade ago originally threatened the nearby Novy House but its owner, Mary Ann Lamkin, stood firm. Although in time she sold sections of her land to accommodate the current site of […]

Infamous gunslinger’s family settled in Ennis

Details are sketchy about the Old West outlaws believed to have plied their trade in Ennis’ early days but the family of one famous gunslinger was among this city’s pioneer residents. John Wesley Hardin, the legendary gunfighter, never set his spurs –– or waved his .44-caliber –– in Ennis but an uncle and aunt lived […]

A history, in pictures, of a building come and gone

Now a flattened lot, the former Safeway building has a rich history. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Calculating influence: Remembering a pre-integration Ennis teacher

Scores of people were influenced by the life of the late Otto Carroll, Sr., who died on Jan. 2 at 101 years of age. Get this story and more in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Be informed, subscribe today!

Snippets of Ennis history

Close call A tornado struck the nearby community of Garrett in 1971, injuring 25 people, four of them seriously. The Ennis Municipal Hospital (now ERMC) received most of those hurt, but Director of Nursing Kathryn Housley said no one sustained life-threatening injuries. The tornado also touched down in Ennis, two miles south of the city […]

Fire truck project revives memories

The proposed restoration of a 1927 Ennis Fire Department truck, details of which are still being arranged by a group of concerned citizens,  has interested many locals, including businessman Scott Rider, whose involvement in the project is more than philanthropic. It’s personal. His uncle, Roland Ira Rider, was a volunteer firefighter when, at 17, he […]

Renewed interest in book as authors talk about Ennis ties

A book published in 2015 is getting some renewed local attention as co-authors, William J. Boyce and John H. Torrison are discussing ties to Ennis revealed in their work. Find this story and more in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Support local news, subscribe today!

Momentum builds for restoration of early fire trucks

Recent news that a group of philanthropists is working toward restoring the Ennis Fire Department’s 1927 ladder truck has attracted support from other in the community. Get the full story in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Support local news, become a subscriber today!

Good times, bad times: Nuggets of local lore…

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 […]

Ennis athlete’s legacy lives on

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 […]

Remembering Lovia Boyd: Activist fought to rename street for MLK

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 […]

Up Ennis Avenue, down memory lane

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 […]

History on file: Tidbits of local lore

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 […]

Ennis man was Pearl Harbor survivor

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!

Church to mark 136th anniversary

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 […]

History on file: Tidbits of local lore

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 […]

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