The Lea Miller family was the first settlers to arrive in the area in 1912 that were originally from Rolla, Missouri in the USA. This new area then started being referred to as Rolla. The Millers opened a post office and Rolla was officially named in 1914. In the early years there a number of businesses including a bank and newspaper (Peace River Block News) The newspaper published its first newspaper in Rolla in 1930 and was set up at the Pioneer Hall. In 1932 the weekly paper and a lot of other businesses moved to Dawson Creek when the Railway arrived in that community.