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Killeen Namesakes

Things in Killeen, and who they're named for

WhatNamed for
Killeen, TexasFrank P. Killeen, 1838-1924

• from Clare Morris, Ireland
• assistant general manager ofGulf, Colorado & Santa Fe railroad
• never lived in (or possibly even visited) Killeen

761st Tank Battallion Ave.761st Tank Battalion

• highly decorated African-American unit stationed at Camp Hood in the 1940s.

Chantz Dr.
Clear Creek Lake
Clear Creek Park
Clear Creek Road
Courses of Clear Creek
Clear Creek

In the 1800s, Clear Creek was a small community west of Killeen, named after the creek, now is inside Ft. Hood. The creek still runs mostly north-south to the west of Killeen.

Cleo Bay Honda
Cleo Bay Subaru
Cleo Bay, 1920-?

• owned various auto dealerships
• served on board of regents for Central Texas College.

Camacho Park
(on Ft. Hood)
Joe Ned Camacho, 1912-1973

• from Waelder, TX, and Taylor, TX
• Killeen's first Mexican-American city councilor

Conder St.
Conder Park
Dennis Conder1924-1945

• Killeen native
• killed in World War II (June 18, 1945)
• was returning to board ship for home when a sniper's bullet got him.

Cunningham Road
Duncan Elementary SchoolChurchell W. Duncan, ?-1974

• Killeen native
• 2-term mayor, Chamber president
• daughter Gra’Delle wrote "Killeen: Tale of Two Cities"

C.W. Duncan Jr., 1924-?

• from El Paso, TX
• judge, school board president, attorney

Ellison High SchoolC.E. Ellison, ?-1973

• from Grimes County, TX
• superintendent of schools, 1953-73
• oversaw enrollment increase from 2,300 to 14,343

Ford HoodJohn Bell Hood, 1831-1879

• West Point graduate
• U.S. Army Officer, 2nd Cavalry
• resigned his commission April 16, 1861
• CSA cavalry officer 1861-1865
• New Orleans businessman
• mentioned in "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (alt.)

Fowler Elementary School
Fowler St.
Joe A. Fowler, 1903-?

• from Troy, TX
• doctor, 1932-1972
• city councilor
• president of the Chamber of Commerce

Gray St. (6th St.)
Robert Gray AFB
Robert Gray AA
Bob Gray VFW Post
Robert Manning Gray, 1919-1942

• Killeen native
• son of future mayor James Marvin Gray
• Flew a B-25 in the raid on Tokyo
• Killed in action in India

Harbour Ave.Mr. & Mrs. John Harbour

The area around Harbour Ave. was added to Killeen in 1907, and was once called the Harbour Addition

Leo Buckley StadiumLeo Buckley, 1906-?

• from Holland, TX
• coach and athletic director at K.H.S.

Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary
Oveta Culp Hobby Library
(at Central Texas College)
Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier & Family Readiness Center
Oveta Culp Hobby, 1905-1995

• Killeen native
• daughter of Killeen pioneer I.W. "Ike" Culp
• parliamentarian of the Texas House of Reps
• married former Texas governor William P. Hobby
• publisher of The Houston Post
• first woman in the Army to receive the Distinguished Service Medal
• appointed by Pres. Eisenhower as head of Federal Security Agency
• first Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare
• mother of Texas Lt. Gov. William Hobby Jr.

Purser Family ParkGary & John Helen Purser

• own construction companies
• constructed city buildings like library & police station
• developed subdivisions (Skipcha Mountain Estates, Stagecoach Valley, The Meadows, Clear Creek Estates, White Rock Estates, Deosoram Estates, Purser Crossing, etc.)
• began Bentina Ltd. (named after children Benjamina & Christina)

Rancier Ave.Will Rancier, 1868-1956

• from Belton, TX
• established Jeweler's Bank in Killeen, 1890s
• bought & operated city's power company
• built & operated an opera house in 'Rancier Park'

Sam Rancier, 1877-1963

• from Belton, TX

Roy Reynolds DriveH. Roy Reynolds

• sold land for airport, donated land for golf course
• president of the Chamber of Commerce (1957)

Smith Middle School
(on Ft. Hood)
Roy J. Smith Student Center
(at Central Texas College)
Roy J. Smith, 1907-?

• from Wilson County, TX
• banker
• Chamber of Commerce president

Stan Schlueter LoopStanley D. Schlueter, 1945-?

• born in Austin, TX
• KHS graduate (1964)
• son of Gene Goodnight
• served seven terms (1977-89) in the Texas legislature
• Named among the "Ten Best" Texas legislators by Texas Business Magazine in 1981
• Named among the "Ten Most Effective" Texas legislators by the Texas Tribune in 1981
• From 1989-2013 served as a lobbyist in Austin

T.J. Mills Blvd.Tommy Joe Mills, 1929-2008

• son of pre-WWII rancher
• co-owner of Modern TV & Appliance, downtown
• served as "Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army"
• responsible for many construction projects at Ft. Hood
• executive director of the Chamber of Commerce
• president of the Killeen Industrial Foundataion
• chairman of the Downtown Killeen Reinvestment Zone
• trustee on the Killeen school board
• trustee on the board of Mary Hardin-Baylor University

E. Trimmier Rd.
W. Trimmier Rd.
W.S. Young Drive
(formerly 30th Street)
Wilson S. Young

• Bell County native
• father of Sidney Wilson Young (mayor, city councilor, school board member, city secretary), landowner

Wendland Plaza
(901 S. Ft. Hood St.)
Herman Wendland, ?-1914

• from Germany
• businessman

Willow Springs ElementaryWillow Springs

• once a small community southwest of Killeen

Yowell Ranch
(housing development off Stagecoach Rd.)
W. Yowell

• one of the few successful Killeen-area ranchers after the establishment of Ft. Hood.
• continued to operate ranch south of town into the 21st Century