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Historical marker sought for former legislator’s home
Houston County Courier


One of Houston County’s landmark homes is undergoing restoration, and the current owners are seeking a historical marker for it from the Texas Historical Commission. Michelle and Keith Rowe purchased the Ike Daniel home aka Meriweather home in Kennard in November 2000. It is located at the end of Julia St. Marjorie Merriwether Womack, daughter of the late Jim and Georgia Merriwether of Kennard, recently reminisced about growing up in the home. Womack has many fond memories of this house and is grateful that its history is being documented. Ike Daniel bought the lot on the northeast end of Julia Street in November 1905 from the Louisiana and Texas Lumber Co. He built a house in 1906. He sold the home to Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Lockey in October 1909 and Daniel moved into a new residence in Crockett on Main Street in 1910. The Lockeys sold the home to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Merriwether Nov. 25, 1912. The Merriwether family spent 55 memorable years in the home. Joe Ainsworth bought the house in January 1968 and sold it to his dad, Herman Ainsworth, in March 1968. The house was sold next to Mr. and Mrs. Erich O. Ulaga in November 1971. The Rowes bought the house in November 2000. Steve Nicholas of Latexo is working with the Rowes to restore the house. The Rowes would enjoy hearing from anyone who has stories to share about the old home. They can be reached at (936) 655-3004. The Rowes will have a dedication and open house when the historical marker is acquired.


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