The original town of Fate was settled shortly after the Civil War and located one-and-a-half miles to the north of its current location. In 1880, one of the town's leading citizens, William Lafayette Brown petitioned the U.S. government for a post office. He proposed calling the area Brown Springs. Because there was already a Brownsville, Texas post office, his wife suggested calling the area Fate, Lafayette's nickname. The Fate post office was established on July 13, 1880.
William Lafayette Brown (1835-1903), became Sheriff of Rockwall County from December 1886 until November 1892.
As the legend goes, there was another resident and land owner named Lafayette Payton, who also went by the name “Fate.” Questions regarding which former resident named the city have been debated. Very little history is known of Lafayette Payton.
According to a 1976 city document bearing the names of city officials, "there is considerable agreement that the town was named for William Lafayette Brown."
The current city of Fate was once, the city of Barnes. Fate had a post office, and Barnes had the M.K. and T. Railroad. To live near both a post office and a railroad in those days was important. On February 11, 1887 the two towns combined and the residents of Fate moved toward the railroad which still runs through the middle of town today.
Below is a collection of news articles that was collected in a "Fate Remembers" scrap book. Where possible, the reporting news agency is noted in the title of the link.
- 1929 - Fire Damage in Fate - Dallas Morning New
- 1960-8 - Fate Build New Baseball Field for Summer League Play
- 1965-6-2 - Marina Oswald Married at Fate
- 1965-6-2 - Marina Oswald Married at Fate Magazine
- 1967-12-3 - The Dallas Times Herald - Sunday Magazine - Fate City Limit Sign Pop 191
- 1970s Fate Artwork - Mary Fred Venon Roger - Fate Notes - Schelle Speice - Explosion of Fate - RL Hunt Jr
- 1986 - The Sesquicentennial Year 1836-1986 - Article
- 1987-3-2 - Fate Church honors 83-year-old woman - Annie Harper
- 1989-8-19 - Louise and Derwood Boren 50th Anniversary Announcement
- 1993 - WE Bill Crawford honored on 33 years of service as mayor of city of Fate
- 1997 - Fate 110th Anniversary Celebrateion - Park Fund Raiser
- 2001-7-16 Dallas Morning News - A time to look back
- 2001-7-16 Dallas Morning News - A time to look back 2
- Fate City Hall Remodle - June 8
- Fate Name - 1976 City Council Note On The Name and Settlement of the City
- Fate Named After Mt Zion Settler by Joy Gannon - News Article
- Fire Department - 1991 Jerry Cauble - Texas A&M Fireman Training School - Sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau and Rockwall County Farm Bureau
- Fire Dept - JV Pain and Jerry Cauble - Antique Truck Storage
- How Fate Got Its Name By Chellie Speice
- Sisters recall Fate Settlement - Buck Family Farm - Vinita McCreary_Louise Anderson
- L.H. Harris' Farmer's Gin
- Home of Arnold Cannon
- Luther Cannon's Store and Service Station
- Posey's Home and "Posy's Place" Restaurant
- Home of Bob Harper
- The Fred Mercer House "No One Inn"
- MK&T Railroad Dept
- The Crawford Home
- The Leonard Home and Barn
- Cliff Peek's Home
- Robert Burton's Home
- C.D. Boren's Home
- C.L. Cox's Blacksmith Shop
- The Clodfelter Home
- Fate's Downtown Area
- Willie Edward's Home
- Eli "Mule" Portley's Home
- C.W. Holt's Home
- W.A. Grisham's Home (moved from their farm north of Fate)
- Justice of the Peace Office
- Carl Leonard, Jr. - Garage and home