They say many things about history. One is that history belongs to those that invent it. This is a scary thought to me. If true, this means that a great deal of history is mere fiction and invented. A larger percent of history is simply forgotten, never to be thought of again. As the old-timers fade away, so does the history of their lives.
I knew some of the old-timers around Flower Mound and heard some of their stories. I am still hearing stories, rummaging through old photographs, and collecting what a lot of people consider junk. To me, it is lost treasure and should be preserved. I hope this old stuff will be of value and benefit some day, when we are old-timers.
I was blessed to have lived with and been around Bob Rheudasil. He was the first Mayor of Flower Mound, my father-in-law, and one of the greatest men I have ever known. I always thought of Bob as the “Last Gentleman Cowboy”.
He was a real cowboy in early Flower Mound days and ran a cattle ranch with 4,000 acres and hundreds of world renowned Black Angus Cattle. When development and urban sprawl came to Flower Mound, Bob adjusted and became a renowned tree farmer. He grew and planted many trees that still stand proudly around Flower Mound.
I want to write about Bob Rheudasil and early Flower Mound to preserve some of these stories. Hopefully others will share more early stories. Together, we can discover and record some real history. We can’t have someone inventing it for us, can we?
Bob Rheudasil died on September 19, 2011, just after the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Flower Mound. One of the last times he stood on his own was at a 50th Anniversary Celebration, where he proudly received a Proclamation from the Town of Flower Mound, honoring his early leadership.
Flower Mound was born in 1961 in the midst of a land skirmish known as the Denton County Wars. The City of Irving was attempting to annex a lot of North Texas including Flower Mound. Flower Mound had to fight a significant legal battle against this annexation, or become part of Irving.
Bob Rheudasil, Doc Wilkerson, Edward Marcus, and other early residents banded together and won a Landmark Legal Case to stop this massive annexation. Flower Mound was incorporated quickly after and Bob was elected the first Mayor. Bob was a real ambassador for Flower Mound and always said, “I welcome you to Flower Mound, as long as you welcome the next ones to come”.
Flower Mound was born fighting for land rights and it seems like Flower Mound has been fighting ever since. If you have been around Flower Mound long, you know the politics are always spirited and sometimes bloody. Aside from fighting each other, we have always had to fend off outsiders from plundering the town for profits. The result is we have a quality community today.
A friend wanted me to help get the old-timers together at the Flower Mound Presbyterian Church last year to discuss the early history of Flower Mound, as part of the 50th Anniversary. I asked Bob if he would attend and what old-timers he could think of to invite. Bob told me the old-timers he knew are already at the Presbyterian Church, in the cemetery next door. Now Bob is there too.
Bob and others in Flower Mound led amazing lives and left us a proud heritage. Let’s re-discover and share their lives, before this history is lost or miss-invented.
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