Magic 11th Street
GARLAND'S ROACH FEED & SEED, PREPARING FOR ITS 86TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEKEND, HAS VAST TIES TO 11TH STREET AND PACE HOUSE
As Garland's venerable institution, Roach Feed & Seed, prepares for its 86th anniversary this weekend, we look at the connections between this historic downtown business and Garland's 11th Street.
The Roach family and the Pace family were closely tied, in that the mother of Haskell Roach, longtime owner and proprietor of the business, and the original owner of Garland's Historic Pace House, now situated at 317 South 11th Street, were siblings.
Haskell's mother, Rosa Belle Pace Roach, and John Henry Pace were brother and sister. Their father was George Washington Pace, married to Harriet Ellen Routh. John Pace inherited from his mother (and before that, his grandfather, George Washington Routh) the land on which the house originally sat. He built the home, typical of the style of its day (Queen Anne-inspired Victorian) on the Texas frontier, as the main farmhouse for the surrounding cotton farm at present-day State Street and 1st.
After Pace and his wife, Nina, died, the house (built at the turn of the last century) was sold to Jack McDaniel by Pace’s only child, daughter Lillian Pace Raney of Dallas. McDaniel, whose father Earl McDaniel had been a business partner with Haskell Roach, then gave it to the city in 1985 for the city’s participation in the Texas Bicentennial celebration. Students from building trades classes at area high schools worked for eight months to restore it for the June 1, 1986, dedication to the city. For decades it was used as an event venue for the city. In 2014 it was moved to its present location on Garland's 11th Street, where it returned to residential use.
Earl McDaniel and Haskell Roach were partners in Garland’s Roach & McDaniel Grain Company, a forerunner to Roach Feed & Seed. Haskell's father, W.H. Roach, was original to the business, which opened on June 16, 1933.
A party on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roach Feed & Seed on Main Street in downtown Garland will celebrate the business' history.