Grand Prairie is a city on the edge. Citizens have been innovators with a love for family and community. Alexander Dechmann traded land to insure a railroad depot; early settlers started schools for their families; and the police department hired one of the first women. Leaders at nonprofits such as Brighter Tomorrows not only helped the local community, but also helped develop services in surrounding communities. Business owners and volunteers have strong family traditions of giving back to Grand Prairie, and civil servants have loyalties for extended years of service, such as Ruthe Jackson and her family, who provided support for both businesses and the community. From the early settlers to today's city, Grand Prairie is built upon loyalty.
About the Author
Richard G. Waller is a lifetime resident of Grand Prairie and loves its history. He works for the school district in the special education classroom and is a single father of two boys. His patient attitude has served him well with both work and family. Pamela Flynt Knight is a longtime resident and author, and a mother to two sons. She has a varied background working in business and civil service, as well as volunteering. Both Waller and Knight are past presidents of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society and currently serve as officers on its board.