Taken from an article "The Flo News" in The Buffalo Express dated August 13, 2003 and written by Norma Moore

(Aug. 13, 2003)
        The Normangee Leon County Settlement was established in 1834 and was founded by immigrant Robert Rogers.  He was the first White Settler that was granted a title to 4428.4 acres of this Leon County land under the Mexican Colonization Act.  This Law enforcement of 1826 allowed a settler to move onto land.  The requirements to own it were to build a home, farm and/or ranch for one year, and to survey the land, having established monuments at each of the corners of the property.
        In 1835 Robert was given the title to his land by appearing before the Mexican Commissioner in Nacogdoches with witnesses and affidavits in certifying that he had complied with all the necessary requirements.  This land known as Roger Prairie, which was located upon The Old San Antonio Road became one of the first communities of our Leon County.  Robert Rogers was the forefather of the foundation of the territorial township of Normangee.  The township was The Trade Center for the surrounding area soon became populated with other white immigrants who met the Mexican Law.  Rogers Prairie was developed into a booming town of many farmers, ranchers, and businesses, which included several stores, a church, a post office, a doctor, a school, stage stop, blacksmith, and a Masonic Lodge.  This all accommodated the travelers between Rogers Prairie (Normangee) and San Antonio.
        Some of these early settlers were the Dotson's, J. J. Bells, Greer's, Donaldson's, Copeland's, Baxter King, and William Childress families.  Many of their descendants still reside on this land and other communities of Leon County today.  This land considered as a prairie was soon changed into fertile crop and grazing land.
        The Hollis Branch provided welcome water for the settlers, traveling visitors, and water for livestock.  The bison, buffalo, other wildlife, dotted shade trees, some black walnuts, native pecans, wild plums, and berries were added to to food supply.
        The Roger Prairie Settlement introduced a flourishing lifestyle for the new county (Leon) that was in the making.  Rogers Prairie was in existence from 1835 until 1907, with the Railroads making their entrance into the new frontier westward.  The Trinity and Brazos Valley and the Houston and Texas Central were introduced to this area.  Their pathway was built between Houston and Dallas, which passed through Rogers Prairie.  This brought a new beginning to their community.
        In 1907, S. B. Phillips filed record of a plat of the new town, which became Normangee.  It is located in the southwest corner of Rogers Prairie.  The railroads are now the center point of the Township mainstay.  The residents of Rogers Prairie, with their true spirit, made the decision that since the Railroad activity didn't come to them, they would pick up and move to the new founded Normangee.  Starting a new land, homes, farms, ranches, and business opportunity.
        The Rogers Prairie church, which was their school.  It was also the place on homemade loge rollers.  With horses and mule teams they moved to Normangee.  The Rogers Prairie Post office was closed and a new post office was opened in Normangee on the same day.

(Aug 27,2003)
        Normangee settlement legal records, is officially a first settlement of Leon County.  It began when a U. S. Citizen, Robert Rogers, as the first settler of the territory surrounding our present day Normangee.  The land was purchased under the Mexican Colonization Act.  At the beginning was Rogers Prairie, of which it was a flourishing township.  Being the trade center of the area, this was in existence from 1835 until 1907, due to railroads pusing westward.  The Trinity, Brazos, Houston and Central Railroads systems were built between Houston and Dallas.  They passed through Robert Rogers land, about 2 miles west of Rogers Prairie.
        Normangee was born as the new town when S. B. Phillips filed to record a plat of the new settlement.  This was in the southwest corner of Rogers Prairie.  The settlers of Rogers Prairie actually picked up their belongings and move to Normangee.
        Normangee soon became a thriving township with a rapid growth of businesses, homes, a post office, living quarters for the out of town workers and the church, which was also the school.  It was moved from Rogers Prairie by the settlers on log rollers pulled by a horse and mule team.
        There were subdivisions on the outskirts of Normangee.  They were the J. A. Heath, J. C. Ford and Holloman additions.
        Normangee was founded into an incorporated township.  However, in 1917, the citizens wanting Normangee to be abolished as a corporate city, held an election.  The majority of the people voted for an abolishment and declared it an unincorporated city.  Then in 1919, with a vast growth in population, the majority of people wanted to have Normangee to be an incorporated city again.  It included portions of Leon and Madison Counties.  It also included the Rogers land, the Holloman, Batson, Heath and Ford plats of the west.
        The majority of the land around Normangee was agriculture.  It is still used for farming and ranching today.  Some of the land remains as it was in the 1800's.
        Marvin Williams is one of the settlers of the Normangee area.  His parents had a home in the country outside Normangee.  He attended school in Normangee and has fond memories of Normangee.  At first he rode a horse to the home where he boarded with a family throughout the school semester.  His father later bought a Model-T and drove him to school.  He remembers the rides to school were quite an experience with the sand and mud and at times an impassable situation.  He would end up pushing the car or walking most of the way.
        Marvin Williams graduated from school and went on to college.  He was employed as a professional engineer of Houston and San Antonio for 43 years.  He and his wife retired and moved back to Normangee.  They are workers of the community.  Marvin is proud of his heritage and the valuable upbringing he received.
        John and Runie (Hill) Hearth were settlers of Rogers Prairie and Normangee communities.  They were owners/operators of large mercantile stores in both settlements.  They helped establish business success and John served as president of the Normangee School Board.  He also helped organize the First State Bank and served as the bank president.  He and Runie helped with the establishment of the Methodist church.  John donated land to build it on and he served as the superintendent of the Sunday School.  Runie taught a ladies class.
        Their 6 sons all graduated from Normangee school.  All are fine outstanding adults and have provided prosperity for Normangee and other communities.
        The Wright Holloman family was relatives of the Robert Rogers family, as first homesteaders of Rogers Prairie and Normangee.  They have been in the community from generation to generation and lovingly tell you Normangee is the place to call home.
        The Albert West Lathrop family who were first time settlers of Flo in 1853, were influential in the establishment of Flo.  He sold his home and store in Flo and bought 150 acres of land on the old San Antonio Road, six miles west of Normangee.
        He, his wife Zela and daughters Ethie and Lela, turned the land into fertile farm land.  They were supporters of education and helped to promote advanced programs of academic skills.  Ethie and Lela both obained teaching degrees and taught school.
        Later the Lathrop family moved to the city of Normangee and Albert operated the Sunshine Hatchery in Normangee for many years.  They attended the Plainview Baptist Church for a while.  Albert and his neighbor organized the Hopewell Freewill Baptist Church.
        Albert and Zela lived the rest of their lives in Normangee and are buried at the Hopewell Cemetery.
        Their daughter Ethie married Ira Lee Gustavious.  They lived in Normangee and were actively involved in all community affairs.  Ethie, a precious lady, lived to be in her 90's.  She called Flo and Normangee her home.  Ira and Ethie are buried at Hopewell Cemetery.