SYLVESTER, TX (FISHER COUNTY)
SYLVESTER, TEXAS (Fisher County). Sylvester, at the junction of Farm roads 57 and 1085, ten miles southeast of Roby in east central Fisher County, was laid out in 1903 by the Compere brothers of Abilene. The Comperes bought part of the AJ Ranch for a new town on the survey of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway and named it for W. W. Sylvester, promotion manager of the railroad. The rails reached Sylvester in 1905, and the town soon had a post office, a bank, a gin, stores, and other businesses. The population reached over 600 in 1909; the community was incorporated in 1927. By 1940, because of dwindling farm population, Sylvester had declined to 405 people and eleven businesses. Competition from nearby towns resulted in further losses of businesses and residents. In 1980 through 2000 the population was seventy-nine.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Sylvester, TX (Fisher County)," accessed May 24, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnsaf.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles