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Rose Boyd Butler, A Teague Citizen Since 1946

Rose Boyd Butler

Rose Butler, better known to most of her Teague friends as Rose Boyd, has been a citizen of Teague since 1946. It was then that she, her husband and their son, moved to Teague to open the Western Auto Store. Their second son, John Scott Boyd, was born in 1959.

Rose was born Rose Mildred McDonald in Rusk, Texas, where she attended school, graduating in three years and as the valedictorian of her class.

She graduated from Baylor University in 1941 and immediately went to work for the mental institution in Rusk, Texas. Her job at, 20 years old (the superintendent asked her to say she was 21), was to take released residents to their homes. This on a Greyhound bus in 1941. Once she lost one of the patients in the restroom; seems he had climbed out of the back window.

She and Drayton, her first husband, were stationed in Corpus Christi at the Naval Air Base. His flight instructor was Teague?s own Edgar Bowers. He and his wife have remained friends with Rose over all these years. ?We were all young brides but Rose had already graduated from Baylor and had her masters degree. We didn?t know what we were doing and Rose gave us advice,? said Jeannie Bowers about their time in the service. ?She?s a great gal.?

After the war, Rose and Drayton Jr. and Drayton III moved to Teague where they lived above the Western Auto. Where the Teague Farmers Market is now was the old store and apartments above. ?The gate to the market is where the old stairs went right up the middle,? said George. ?Betty Bowen Hall and Margaret Martin had Social Services offices on the right and the Boyds? lived on the left.? Their back yard was a screened-in porch complete with a Boston Terrier named Bozo.

Later they opened the Discount Furniture Store (right next to the Old City Hall where a mortuary had been before) and then a Western Auto in Fairfield on the Square. Eventually they built a bigger store and Boyd Plaza to house it. They sold the Teague store to John and Jane Asbury and left the Discount Furniture Store to the ghosts that haunted the place. When Rose retired in 2007, she was presented with a plaque for 60 years in business by Western Auto.

Rose has always been very active in the civic life of Teague. She was President of the Women?s Club and often gave book reviews there (in the old public library). She was active in raising money to build the City Swimming Pool and was President of the PTA for a year. She was one of the founders of the Country Club and served as its president for several years.

Rose and her late husband Drayton and her late husband Wes Butler traveled the world, extensively. Wesley boasted that they had taken about 27 cruises in the almost thirty years they were married.

She?s had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities over the years: Robert Osborne, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Carol Channing, the late Rex Harrison, Mary Wilson, and Lily Tomlin, some who have been guests in her home. She stood backstage during one of Bette Midler?s Broadway performances and also backstage at Beauty and the Beast in Los Angeles.

Her younger son Scott, a longtime Teague resident and former resident graduated from Sam Houston State University and has been employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for many years. George Drayton Boyd III, her oldest son is a well known Director and the reason Rose has been able to enjoy meeting so many stars.

Rose is the last living person from the original inhabitants of Mimosa Lane. Randy Stacks has commented on the fact that Rose is still the only parents of the original families - the Taylors, Townsend and Mamie Clark, Dick and Ouija Boyd, Dick and MariAnne Boyd, Drayton Boyd, Jr., Wesley M. Butler, Dr. Jimmy Dunn, Vera and Fenton Smith, Robbie and Deana, and the Bendys. Even later neighbors included Hazel Gage and Corin Forke. Rose has lots of good memories about Mimosa Lane.

Rose continues to travel and went to Las Vegas last year to catch Bette Midler?s last performance there.

She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Teague.

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