General Assorted History

FISHBURN, Ross Avenue Location

13 July 2018

Frank B. Slater founded company with a new building on Ross Avenue in Dallas in 1907. Within three years, he bought out the W. B. Fishburn Cleaning Company in Fort Worth. In 1913, a new plant was erected on Ross Avenue, complete with stables and hayloft. These were necessary for the horse drawn vehicles. The […]

CALLOWAY PATRICK, Community Founder

26 June 2018

The roots of the Patrick Community in southeastern Dallas County reach back to Ireland. Isaac Patrick and his wife came from Ireland and parented John Patrick. John married Elizabeth Calloway and had a son named Alexander, November 14, 1794, in Virginia. Alexander moved to Madison County, Kentucky, and married Catherine White in 1818. From their […]

COL. J. W. FORNEY, Became City’s Namesake

8 June 2018

ACROSS THE KAUFMAN COUNTY line from Dallas, the city of Forney per­petuates the name of a onetime Pennsylvania newspaper editor and politician. He was a prime factor almost a century ago in altering the destiny of Dallas and other North Texas communities by the construc­tion of pioneer railroads to serve them. This now largely forgotten […]


9 May 2018

CHARLES A. FLOYD was a prominent farmer and stock raiser at Hutchins in southern Dallas County, Texas.  He has been identified with the best interests of this county since 1848. Mr. Floyd is a native of Illinois.  He was born in Greene County on June 28, 1840.  his parents were George and Nancy Finley Floyd. […]


6 May 2018

J. K. Jake Sachse (1869 – 1937) was the fifth son of the legendary William and Martha Frost Sachse. Primarily a farmer and rancher, his land reached from Highway 544 on the north to Highway 78 on the south. During his lifetime, he owned most of the City of Sachse north of the Santa Fe […]

Dallas’ GAY NINETIES, Brought 300 Saloons

5 May 2018

The GAY NINETIES. The name was given the decade after it was over . . . but for Dallas the opening years, at least, lived up to the name. In fact, for the first and only time, Dallas, with 38,067 citi­zens, was the largest city in Texas, edging out San Antonio, and put­ting Houston at […]

GEORGE C. MANNER Promoted Saengerfest

4 May 2018

DALLAS, like other areas in the state, owes much to its German-Ameri­can pioneers for an appreciation of good music. The German-Texas Saengerbund, or Singers League, created in New Braunfels before the Civil War, held its notable twenty-fifth Saengerfest in Dallas in April, 1904. It was to prove both the climax of the musical life of […]


3 May 2018

Alexander Harwood, born in Franklin, Tennessee in 1820, came to Dallas County twenty-four years later and lived until July 31, 1885. He died on the same day that General Grant ended his long bout with cancer, an event that crowded almost all other news off the pages of the local press, including the demise of […]

BOTH BRYAN,- COCKRELL Lived Among Cherokees

3 May 2018

As BRYAN began to drink heavily in the early 185o’s, and his capacity for civic leadership waned, a new personality rose in the community — Alexander Cockrell, Dallas’ first capitalist. Cockrell made himself so strongly felt and his initiative, before his untimely end, so foreshadowed the spirit of the later builders of the town that […]


27 April 2018

LOOKING BACK A CENTURY, it is possible to see now that the year 1872 was the takeoff point for Dallas, from which it left John Neely Bryan’s frontier hamlet behind and began the dizzying ascent to the status of today’s metropolis. It was a time of marked revolutionary advances for Dallas in the means of […]


21 April 2018

In 1906 Charles A. Mangold, J. F. Zang, and several other promi­nent citizens living in Oak Cliff acquired Lake Cliff which was the site of Spann’s sanitarium. They turned it into an amusement park which was easily accessible and had wide popularity. In the lake they built a floating pool and bathhouse and around its […]

JOHN T. NOLAN , Pioneer Physician

9 April 2018

Dr. John Tilghman Nolan, 1810-1881, arrived in Dallas in the mid-1870s. He was born in Lincoln County, Georgia, and grew up in Conecuh County, Alabama. He received his higher education in Transylvania University of Kentucky. In 1833, he married and began his practice of medicine in Benton, Yazoo County, Mississippi. His son, Francis Scott Nolan, […]


8 April 2018

Only a few days before Mr. Cockrell arrived home, the town elected A. M. Moore as its new Marshall. I had a bad reaction when I heard about it because Mr. Moore owed us money that Mr. Cockrell had not been able to collect, and I knew my husband intended to have it out with […]

LA REUNION, North Texas’ Second Colony

5 April 2018

After his return and in concluding his details of their journey to the area originally known as Three Forks, but now called the village of Dallas, Victor Considerant wrote, “I have seen the light of the Burning Bush, and in the last days of that journey, my mind was opened to a study, henceforth blended […]

KARL HOBLITZELLE Placed First Historical Marker

2 April 2018

ONE OF DALLAS’S earliest historical markers was placed in 1936 at the location of the city’s first building devoted exclusively to the theater— the original Dallas Opera House that stood for eighteen years after its erection in 1883 on the southwest corner of Commerce and Austin. The opera house was completely destroyed in the middle […]

HENRY C. POTTER, Art Studio of Dallas

26 March 2018

The Potter Art Metal Studio of Dallas fashioned lighting fixtures, furniture and other items, primarily in iron, for North Texas businesses, institutions, churches, and private residences from the 1920s through the 1960s. Clients included Southern Methodist University, Highland Park Shopping Village, Highland Park United Methodist Church and Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Christ the King Catholic […]

SAMUEL SPONG, Dallas – 1885

26 March 2018

Samuel Spong was the oldest child of Uriah and Virginia Spong.  Agnes Hoskins was the daughter of Henry Clay and Nancy Hoskins, early pioneers of Dallas County. Her maternal grandfather was Washington Routh who came to Texas before the Civil War from Tennessee. She moved to Rockwall County at the age of twelve. Sam Spong […]

William B. Kendall, Dallas Evangelist

25 March 2018

Coming from a family of preachers, William B. Kendall was born July 3, 1873 in Christian County, Kentucky. He was educated at Bethel College, Russellville, KY, receiving his BA and MA degrees. Later, he had a theological course at the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. On January 4, 1899, he married Florence N. Rives. They […]


25 March 2018

Dallas’ first fair, held in 1859, was a competitive response to the small fairs held in the local towns of Marshall, Sherman, and Waxahachie in 1858. The Dallas County Agricultural and Mechanical Association, through its president, Amos McCommas, chose its site at what would become the intersection of the Texas & Pacific and the Houston […]

HOMER R MITCHELL, Early Dallas Pillar

25 March 2018

HOMER R. MITCHELL, one of the pillars on which the insurance industry of Texas has been built, played a determining part in the founding of three large Dallas-based insurance concerns. At his death in 1956 at eighty-five years of age, he was board chairman of two of these firms. The third is a logical outgrowth […]