Local Legends

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Local Legend Selection Committee applications due December 15, 2016
The Historic Preservation Commission is seeking volunteers help select the 2017 Local Legends. Members will be appointed in January, meet to create an outreach plan for the spring, and select the 2017 Local Legends in June-July. If you are interested in serving, please complete a Selection Committee application and return it to Joelle Jordan by December 15.

2016 Local Legend Awards

The Round Rock Historic Preservation Commission announced five Local Legend Award honorees at the City Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27. James W. Carothers, Jon E. Sloan, and The Immortal Ten were honored for their contributions to the culture, development, and history of the community. Historic Preservation Commission Chair Pamela Sue Anderson and Commissioner Sharon Whitaker presented the awards and highlighted some of the accomplishments of each of the award recipients.

As in the past, Local Legends were awarded a certificate of recognition. Recipients are also recognized on a plaque that lists all past honorees since the program’s inception.

Mary Carothers and her children accept Jim Carothers' Local Legend Award with Mayor Alan McGraw, HPC Commissioner Sharon Whitaker, and HPC Chair Pamela Anderson.

Mary Carothers and her children accept Jim Carothers’ Local Legend Award with Mayor Alan McGraw, HPC Commissioner Sharon Whitaker, and HPC Chair Pamela Anderson.

James W. Carothers
Jim was hired as City Manager in 1968, when Round Rock’s population was approximately 2000. Before coming to Round Rock, Jim had been a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He was a pilot in World War II and Korea, flew over 65 combat missions (including two on D-Day), and developed the signal beacon that pilots have on their parachutes for use in locating them if they have to eject from their aircraft.

As a small town Round Rock also had a small staff, so Jim was also responsible for the maintenance of the City swimming pool, a back-up driver for the city ambulance, and on call for the police department.  Every morning, he went to the city sewage plant to check on the valves and change the settings, then came home, showered and went in to the office for his ‘regular’ City Manager duties.  During his time as City Manager, the City passed its first zoning ordinance and entered a new phase of development after the Round Rock White Lime plant was closed.

Mr. Carothers’ award was accepted by his wife Mary, and their children Matthew, Mary Lou and Lisa.


Jon Sloan and his family accept the Local Legend Award with Mayor Alan McGraw, HPC Chair Pamela Anderson, and HPC Commissioner Sharon Whitaker.

Jon Sloan and his family accept the Local Legend Award with Mayor Alan McGraw, HPC Chair Pamela Anderson, and HPC Commissioner Sharon Whitaker.

Jon E. Sloan
Jon Sloan is a Round Rock community force who provides his financial expertise, sound business judgement and leadership to a community that he respects and loves.  His behind the scenes influence earned him the title “the man in the back of the room”.  For 34 years he served as President of First Texas Bank, and has used his expertise in banking and finance to structure and promote bond packages for the City of Round Rock, Round Rock ISD, Austin Community College and Williamson County.  He has been involved in almost every School Bond election in the last 30 years.  Under his leadership, First Texas Bank became a generous contributor to community events and nonprofit efforts.  He has been a leader or member of many, many nonprofit organizations, and is a relentless fundraiser for political, economic and social causes.

Mr. Sloan was present to accept the award with his wife Becky and daughter Carly.


Baylor University students accept the Local Legend Award for "The Immortal Ten" with Mayor Alan McGraw, HPC Chair Pamela Anderson, and HPC Commissioner Sharon Whitaker.

Baylor University students accept the Local Legend Award for “The Immortal Ten” with Mayor Alan McGraw, HPC Chair Pamela Anderson, and HPC Commissioner Sharon Whitaker.

The Immortal Ten
On Jan. 22, 1927, a bus carrying the Baylor University basketball team to a game against the University of Texas was struck by a train at a crossing in Round Rock. Ten of the 22 people on the bus were killed, including half the basketball team.  In its memorial announcement the Waco Tribune-Herald dubbed the victims the Immortal Ten. The flag at the capitol was lowered to half-staff.

The Immortal Ten have come to represent the traditions and unifying spirit of the Baylor student body. Nationally the accident prompted engineers and legislators to take a serious look at road and vehicle safety issues. In Round Rock, Texas’ first railroad overpass was built over the accident site.  The City of Round Rock is in the process of making improvements to the overpass that commemorate the tragedy. In January 2017, the 90th anniversary of the accident, it will be dedicated as the Immortal Ten Bridge.

The Immortal Ten are: Jack Castellaw, Sam Dillow, Merle Dudley, Ivy Foster Jr., Bob Hailey, James Kelly, Robert Hannah, Willis Murray, James Walker, and William Winchester

The award was accepted by Baylor Student Body President Lindsey Bacque with a group of Baylor University students.

The Local Legend Awards program was established in 1990. To date, 67 recipients have been honored. Award recipients in the past have included not only people, but organizations, places like Round Rock Donuts, and a book, “Historical Round Rock Texas”, written by local authors.

This year’s nomination and selection process was assisted by a citizen volunteer committee that included Kami Barron, Martha Chavez, Jesus Franco, Jennifer Henderson, Rufus Honeycutt, Dale Ricklefs, Audrey Simmons, and Tina Steiner. After reviewing nominations, the committee made its recommendation to the Round Rock Historic Preservation Commission in September.

Local Legend Award nominations are accepted throughout the year by the Planning and Development Services Department. For more information, contact Joelle Jordan at 512-218-5422.

About the Local Legend Awards

LLposter-2016-colorThe Local Legend Award recognizes individuals, families, businesses, groups, publications, or organizations that have had a positive and lasting impact on the culture, development, and history of Round Rock. Each year’s Legends receive a certificate and are honored by the City Council.

Local Legends are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Importance to the City’s founding or growth
  • Association with an historic place or event
  • Impact of service to the community’s history, development or culture
  • Achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the City of Round Rock

Selection Committee
Local Legends are selected by a volunteer committee appointed by the HPC. The Committee is responsible for reviewing applications and assisting with the award processes. Appointments are made in early summer; please contact the Planning and Development Services Department at 512-218-5428 for a selection committee application.

Each year’s Local Legends are selected late summer, but nominations for future awards are accepted year-round. If you would like to nominate someone to be honored as a Local Legend, please complete a nomination form (formats: Word, pdf) and email to locallegend@roundrocktexas.gov, or print and mail to:

The Historic Preservation Commission
c/o Planning and Development Services Department
301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Suite 210
Round Rock, TX 78664

Previous Local Legends

2015 Local Legends

Rufus Honeycutt
Bonnie Horowitz
St. William Catholic Church
Washington Anderson (1817-1894)
Vander Clyde Broadway “Barbette” (1899-1973)

2014 Local Legends

Lambert Peterson
Sharon Prete (1943-2013)
Sheriff James Milton Tucker (1843-1907)
The Texas Baptist Children’s Home

2013 Local Legends

Rev. Freeman Smalley (1790-1881)
Jack Jordan (1872-1959)
Bob Bennett
The Stagecoach Inn (built 1848-1853)

2012 Local Legends

Dr. Thomas Kenney & Kenney Fort
Elmer A. Cottrell (1910-1979)

2011 Local Legends

Louis Henna (1914-1990)
Oliver Leppin, Sr. (1917-1993)
Robert L. “Buck” Egger (1896-1973)
Jacob M. Harrell (1804-1853)

2010 Local Legends

Judy McLeod
Martin & Francinn Parker
Dr. Robert Peters (1933-2012)
Nancy & Virg Rabb

2009 Local Legends

Rose Marie “Posey” McClung
Earl Palmer
The Nelson Family
The Avery Family

No awards 2007 & 2008

2006 Local Legends

Thomas C. Oatts (1815-1885)
“Historical Round Rock” (book) by
Jane H. DiGesualdo & Karen R. Thompson

No awards between 2003-2005

2002 Local Legends

Hester Family

2001 Local Legends

Allen R. Baca (1921-2002)
Laverne Reinhardt

2000 Local Legends

Bunky Whitlow
Ellen Davis
Marcia Hilsabeck

No awards in 1999

1998 Local Legends

Lone Star Bakery
Robert G. Griffith
Florentino Hernandez

1997 Local Legends

Trinity Lutheran Home
Ben Salazar
Grace Telander

1996 Local Legends

Harriet Rutland
Tom Lopez
Pete Correa

1995 Local Legends

Betty Porter
Xenia Voigt
Lt. Col. William Todd

1994 Local Legends

Garfield McConico
Lerlene Ward
O. F. Perry
Noel Grisham
Joanne Land

1993 Local Legends

Claude Berkman
Billie Sue Henna
Rudolf Pettersen
Eugene Quick

1992 Local Legends

Mrs. Tiny McNeese (1902-1998)
The Rubio Brothers (Mack and Lorenzo Rubio)
Mrs. Genoveva Rendon

1991 Local Legends

Joe Lee Johnson
David Carlin Sr.
Rev. Oliver Berglund
The Domino Players
The Old Settlers Association