Colorado County Historical Markers

Strunk-Woolsey House

Marker location: Live Oak St., Oakland. From Weimar, take FM 155 S. about 5-1/2 miles to FM 532 W. to Oakland

Marker erected: 1962

Marker Text:
N/A - on Application Built about 1875. Early Texas open-hall or breezeway type of construction. Home of John Monroe Woolsey while a member of the 20th Legislature representing Colorado County.


Woolsey Home In Oakland to Get Medallion Sunday

A Texas Historical Building Medallion will be placed on the home of Capt. John Monroe Woolsey in Oakland, Colorado county, in a special ceremony Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. This is the 3rd historical medallion awarded in Colorado county. Speaker for the ceremony will be Capt. Woolsey’s great-grandson, the Rev. R. Russell Heaner, of First Methodist church in McCamey, who once served as pastor of First Methodist in Columbus.

J. M. Woolsey was a member of the Texas Legislature from District 67. Born in Georgia in 1819, he came to Texas before the Civil War and served, with his sons, in the Confederate army from Colorado county.

His farm in Colorado county was a part of the James Bowie league. The house in Oakland was built by Henry J. Strunk and is of early Texas open-hall or breezeway type of construction. The house is well preserved and is occupied by the present owner, Mrs. John Wojtek.

Capt. Woolsey’s living descendants are believed to number well over 500 in central and south Texas. It is hoped that as many as possible of the descendants will be present at the ceremony Sunday afternoon. “Grandpa,” a brief biography of J. M. Woolsey, by Mrs. B. T. (Ruby Woolsey) Heaner, his grandaughter[sic], will be ready for distribution. “Grandpa,” complete with genealogical notes and pictures may be ordered from R. R. Heaner, Box 964, McCamey, Texas, for $1.
Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1963, page 10

Oakland Notes

Capt. J. M. Woolsey has purchased August Strunk's residence here for $1100 and in the near future will become a bonafide citizen of this place. Welcome, Captain to our sylvan city.
Colorado Citizen, October 25, 1888, page 3


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