Details for James Bayliss Buck Farmstead (Atlas Number 5507018234)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507018234


Marker Number 18234
Atlas Number 5507018234
Marker Title James Bayliss Buck Farmstead
Index Entry Buck Family Farmstead
Address 1641 Hwy 77
City Rosebud
County Falls
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes
Marker Year 2015
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Highway 77, 0.25 miles south of Travis, Falls County, Texas
Marker Size 27" x 42" with post and RTHL Medallion and Plaque with post
Marker Text James Bayliss Buck (1875-1959), the fourth of seven children to Catherine Patience Bayliss and James Mason Buck, was born on the family tobacco farm near Clarksville, Tennessee. The Buck family moved to Upshur County, Texas, in 1879 and in 1885, James Mason Buck purchased a farm near Fate, Rockwall County, Texas. In 1901, Rev. John W. Bergin, later Southwestern University President, performed the first wedding in the new Travis Methodist Church uniting James Bayliss Buck and Lurah Dorinda Whiteside (1878-1959). Their daughters Reba Cleo and Vita Lona were born in Fate. Economical land prices in Falls County prompted James Bayliss Buck to purchase acreage near Travis, Texas, in 1904 and move his family to Travis in 1908. James Bayliss Buck and John Franklin Cooley, Lurah’s brother-in-law, completed the farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, outhouse, field dwelling and two water wells in 1909. Buck followed the vernacular architectural tradition and designed his Travis farm residence after his father’s home in Fate. Described as the gable front and wing configuration of the folk Victorian style, the Buck Farmhouse is balloon framed and exhibits a mix of Queen Anne and Greek Revival influences. In 1920, Reba Cleo Buck (1902-1993) married immediate neighbor Hubert Thedford Johnson (1902-1988). In 1933, Hubert Johnson became administrator of the Waco Methodist Orphanage where he and Reba developed a nationally-recognized child care institution. Johnson purchased the Buck Farm in 1948. The James Bayliss Buck Farmstead is the best preserved example of the initial farming settlement that once supported the Travis community. RECORDED TEXAS HISTORIC LANDMARK – 2015