Van Alstyne Public Library
HISTORY OF DORCHESTER
Dorchester was established 1902 when the St. Louis, San Francisco
and Southwestern railroad came through.
The town was named for C. B. Dorchester, a financier of the railroad,
who was president of the Merchants and Planters National Bank in Sherman
for many years.
The first building erected in Dorchester was a grain house built
by Paul Bean of Sherman in June of 1902.
The first passenger Train was run from Sherman to Fort Worth in
March of 1902 when the Frisco railway had its opening.
The Dorchester school district dissolved in the 1950s and the children
now attend either Howe of S&S Consolidated.
The Howe Volunteer Fire Department protects the community from fires
while the Grayson County Sheriff's Dept. serves as police protection.
The Dorchester Grain Company, established in the early 1970s, is
the town's biggest industry. Farmers take their grain to this company.
The current mayor is Alice Stewart. The city council meets
the second Monday o each month at the City Hall. Meeting time is
at 6 p.m. November through March and 4 p.m. April through October.