This two-story frame home was built by Benjamin F. Ackerman, a native of Milam County, Texas, and his wife Hattie Thomasson Ackerman, a native of Willis, Texas. Mr. Ackerman served the I. & G.N. for 45 years, working as a fireman, road foreman and engineer. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman were active volunteers for the local Red Cross during World War I, and Mr.Ackerman was noted for leaving a steaming locomotive at the canteen near the depot so the thousands of soldiers passing through Palestine could have unlimited hot water for their coffee. Contractor for the house was John H. Gaught, who built the structure for $2,800.