This home was built for Frank B. Markle, a native of Missouri and his wife Carrie, a native of Pennsylvania. Mr. Markle was a drummer (traveling salesman) who had this home designed by architect, Theodore Miller. Miller, an Ohio native, settled in Rusk, Texas, in 1878, and was a master builder responsible for both the design and construction of several prominent area homes and buildings. Miller was later postmaster of Rusk for 18 years and served as Supervising Architect for the U.S. Treasury, responsible for building new post offices in Corsicana, Ennis, Greenville, Palestine, Waco, Waxahachie and Weatherford. The house has many interesting features, especially the staircase and etched and stained glass windows.