Pioneers of Dallas County

ETHEL LAVERNE BUTLER SELLERS

18 October 2018

Ethel Laverne Butler Sellers was born at Liberty Grove (NE unincorporated Dallas County) on January 27, 1930. Her cemetery marker indicates that she was born in 1929, but that is because her dad had the date of birth changed so that she could start work a year early. She was born during the great depression […]

CALVIN LOW & Ina Rylie Family, 1914

18 October 2018

According to his death certificate, Calvin C. Low was born in Indiana on August 15, 1863. The story goes that he and his parents were traveling by covered wagon when both parents died of a fever, and Calvin was raised by Indians. We don’t know if he had any brothers or sisters, since little Calvin […]

SALLIE LOVING DAVIS, Early Pioneer

17 October 2018

Mrs. Sallie Loving Davis, 80, of 2303 Maders, whose family history is entwined with early history of Texas and Dallas County, died Friday at her home after an illness of many months. Mrs. Davis’ parents, Mr. And Mrs. James Loving, with an uncle, Oliver Loving, for whom Loving County was named, came to Texas from […]

PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S Bronze Coffin

15 October 2018

George “Bill” Mitchell spent some time visiting with me while on a short trip to Dallas last week. I reminded him that the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination would be here soon and that it would fall on Thanks Giving Day this year. Without hesitation, Bill responded, “That’s right. I was in mortuary school back […]

KIRB MERRITT, Wagon Wheel Fellow

6 October 2018

Kirb Merritt was born at the old Merritt homeplace located on the corner of Liberty Grove Road and Merritt Rd just northeast of Rowlett. He married Kate Newman. Kate was the daughter of Flora Nelson and the granddaughter of Angeline Forster which was my grandfather’s sister. Kirb and Kate only had one son.  Duane was […]

J. R. COLE Opened 1889 School

5 October 2018

JAMES REID COLE, one of the noted educators of Texas and the South, came to Dallas in 1889 as the founder and president of a “Classical and Military school” which came to be known as the Cole School. Invited by a number of leading citizens to open his private school here, Cole conducted it for […]

JOHN DICKSON Farmed Bear Creek Area

4 October 2018

John A. Dickson (1863-1929) brought his family from Mississippi to Dallas County in 1894, where he rented land and continued farming. Ten years before, on January 31, 1884, he had married Annie America Davis. To this marriage was born: William T in 1885; Vollie Lucille in 1888; Lorena Tina in 1891 and Neva Elizabeth in […]

LARGENT PARKS Recalls Chalk Hill

3 October 2018

My name is Largent Parks, maybe we’d better say Largent Parks, Senior, since there is now a Junior, and also a Third. I was born in 1907 at 4321 Swiss Avenue, which is the block between Peak and Carroll. My father had just built a large frame, two-story house with great rambling porches all around […]

UNION STATION Occupies Sala Homeplace

2 October 2018

“I have called Dallas my home since 1870,” said B. F. Sala, 2502 Parnell street. “My father, who was in the theater business, left Galveston in 1869 and followed the terminus of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad from place to place until it reached Corsicana, and on the way, built opera houses at Navasota, […]

LOUISE BUHRER, WW II Nurse’s Aide

1 October 2018

I Was A Nurse’s Aide During World War II.  My father, Herman H. Buhrer, owned the Live Oak Dairy in south Dallas, but had sold it just before war broke out on December 7, 1941. He and my mother, Julia, then purchased a farm in Richardson and moved there. I had been living at home, […]

JOHN BEEMAN, Bird’s Fort Defender

1 October 2018

In the fall of 1841 the families of Hamp Rattan and Capt. Mabel Gilbert, with a few other men, reached Bird’s Fort (near present day Arlington), and a little later the family of John Beeman. Late in November, 1841, a wagon left Bird’s Fort and was sent back to Red river for provisions. It stayed […]

CPL. ALBERT MILLS, MIA 68 Years Returned

30 September 2018

Terrilyn Cade Krieter reports her family received word yesterday that, after 68 years, her Uncle Albert F. “Buddy” Mills (20), who was Missing In Action in Korea is finally coming home. She says that a positive ID was made this past July and her family met with the Army yesterday for updated details. The family […]

CHIESA ROAD, Rowlett Landmark

29 September 2018

Oversize, reflectorized exit signs on Dallas expressways are among the more striking reminders of the community’s past. A particular example is the sign on Interstate 30 near the new Lake Ray Hubbard pointing to Chiesa Road, which is named for Giovanni Chiesa, pioneer landowner and settler in the area on the Dallas County side of […]

McENTEE Donates Catholic Church Land

26 September 2018

An Irishman by the name of Patrick McEntee (1846-1921) then purchased the land in 1893. The Patrick McEntee family had been living in a community known as “Irish Ridge” near Forney, Texas before moving to the Rowlett area. Mr. McEntee had grown increasingly aware that the religious needs of the Rowlett area Catholics were not […]

GEORGE DOTSON, Chiesa TX Farmer

25 September 2018

George Dotson was born July 15, 1873 in Dalton, Georgia. At the young age of 15 years, he left his home and traveled to Texas by covered wagon with friends from Georgia. They arrived in the Rose Hill area of Dallas County in 1888. He later moved to Rowlett, where he worked as a farmer. […]

OAK LAWN’S Early Years

24 September 2018

If one kind of tree were accorded primacy in Dallas history, it would probably be the oak. That seems to be the case, judging by the persistent popularity of the oak tree in neighborhood and street names, including Oak Cliff, Oak Lawn, Oak Grove, Oak Crest, Oak Hill, Oak Park, and such major thoroughfares as […]

CEMENT CITY Changed West Dallas

24 September 2018

Cement City was not even a thought when the Horton family came from Missouri in 1844, and received several Peters Colony land grants. They settled near the West Fork of the Trinity River, Eagle Mountain Lake, Chalk Hill, and Eagle Ford. There James Horton farmed and had a grist mill. Sarah Horton married Alexander Cockrell, […]

SAM CAMMARATA, Sky Ranch Fatality

23 September 2018

Sam Cammarata, 30 of 2821 State, an instructor at the Sky Ranch Airport, was killed and his student, Bill Covington, 19, of 3018 Alabama was fatally injured when their light, two passenger plane crashed at the airport three miles south of the Veterans Hospital at Lisbon and about a half mile east of Lancaster Road […]

GRACE METHODIST, Converted Apartments

23 September 2018

It is not an uncommon occurrence for a residence to be converted into a church, but when the case is reversed, and a church is changed into a residence, it is a very unusual affair, in fact, even the old settlers of Dallas, when the matter is considered, will no doubt scratch their heads thoughtfully […]

ALBERT & VIRGINIA GOODWIN KIRBY

22 September 2018

Albert K. Kirby along with his wife and children left Piineville, Missouri and headed for Rockwall in 1882. They came in a covered wagon bringing their household goods and cow with them. They had to blaze a trail and ford rivers and streams, the larger ones being Arkansas, Canadian and Red Rivers. At some of […]