Fannin County, Texas


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Lannius Was First Called Stephenville

By Pam Crigler

[date of newspaper article unknown]

In the early 1800’s, the first settlers of Lannius, Texas were brothers Frank and Hue Stephens and Fielder Daughtery who moved here from Kentucky. The Stephens brothers bought up much of the land. As other people came to this spot of our country to settle, it was known as Stephenville, Texas.

Somewhere between the years of 1815 to 1825, Dr. John Lannius, general practitioner, moved into the town area of Stephenville to set up his medical practice where he made house calls by horse and buggy.

Around the early 1850’s, the government came in and built the town's first post office. During the time the post office was being built the townspeople called a town meeting. During the meeting the town's name was changed from Stephenville to Lannius.

As progress boomed into the early 1900s, the business town of Lannius consisted of five churches, three blacksmith shops, three general stores and two cotton gins. The town also had a barber shop, post office, drug store, restaurant and Dr. Lannius’ office.

For education in the early 1900’s to 1910, one of our great citizens, Sam Rayburn of Fannin County, taught at his second school in a two-story building known as Lannius School. There on the second floor, Rayburn taught the eighth and ninth grades all general subjects.

Progress was into step. The town came a long way from being horse and buggy’s into automobiles. In the late 1950’s Lannius had its own water plant. In 1964 Lannius received its first fire department truck.

As time has gone by, the town of Lannius has gone, but for some it still rmains vivid in mind and soul. Lannius still has its own water plant where every year in January the community calls a meeting and elects the water board for the following year.

There is magic in Lannius from their first settlers to their children and their children of today. A community that unites as one, as once their town did, filled with pride, caring and giving. A community that stands by its own.