General Assorted History

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 […]


25 March 2018

A. C. Greene, in his book, Dallas The Deciding Years reports that the last contribution of 1879 came in December when the Rev. R. C. Buckner established the orphans Home on the eastern edge of Dallas County. Buckner’s personality soon drew contributions and donations which made the home a sizable institution. Although he was a […]

ALFRED FREEMAN, Photographer-Organ Dealer

24 March 2018

Alfred Freeman was one of the early Dallas, Texas photographers and organ dealers. His photos of the July 4, 1876 parade were even mentioned by W. S. Adair in a Dallas Morning News article published on February 17, 1924, when Adair gave a detailed accounting of early Dallas life. Adair mentions that Freeman’s early photos […]


23 March 2018

According to W. S. Adair,  this is what Dallas looked in the late 1870s and early 1880s  Adair says the photos were shown by some stereoscopic views taken by Alfred Freeman, photographer, and passed to Yancey Bartholow by his uncle, Joel Y. Field. “I was a small boy, with wide-open eyes, in those days, and, […]


23 March 2018

The original Trinity River at Dallas was sluggish during the summer months. Even scant. A red and awesome terror in a wet spring. Too much river . . . or not enough. Called Daycoa by some Indians, Arkikosa by others, in 1690 Alonso de Leon, a Mexican-born officer of the Spanish crown, bestowed its modern […]

HIRAM W. EVANS, Dallas Klan Leader

22 March 2018

Early Dallas County history contains many articles with mention of Klan activity. Dallas Deputy Sheriff Hilliard Bright was killed during a December, 1922 raid on a whisky still at Rowlett Creek. All the city and county offices were closed for his funeral. The services at the gravesite were brought to a close by members of […]


21 March 2018

On the corner of Elm and Exposition (Block 832) is the structure known as the Sons of Hermann. This site at 3414 Elm is probably the last remaining wood frame building in the business section of Dallas. It was designated a Landmark in the City of Dallas in 1986.  Lot 11 of the Gaston Addition […]


18 March 2018

An old North Texas landmark dating back to the days when cotton was king of the blacklands is coming down (1960).  It is the old tower of concrete block at the intersection of Greenville Ave. and Glen Lakes Drive which the City of Dallas will tear down and haul away soon to clear the way […]

JOHN WISDOM Donates Boy Scout Campground

17 March 2018

What promises to be one of the finest camping sites and game preserves in North Texas, was inspected Saturday afternoon by scout executives of the Boy Scouts of America, who are in Dallas at this time in connection with the campaign which the local Boy Scouts’ council will launch soon. Frank W. Wozencraft is president […]

1500 MAIN STREET-Dallas TX, 1887

16 March 2018

This is 1500 Main Street in 1887, looking east from the intersection with Akard Street. The three-story structure on the right is the Western Newspaper Union Building, while the Arlington Hotel stands on the left. Citizens will have to endure twelve more years of slogging through the mud on foot or by vehicle before Main […]

ERNEST PRIOT, Sad Ending to Enduring Frendship

16 March 2018

Every time I walk past the china cabinet and look at that inkwell, I am reminded of the story Eloise Santerre told me back in 2005 about its history.  Eloise said, “Since we are talking about La Reunion, I would like to tell you the story about this inkwell as she pointed to one of […]


15 March 2018

DR. W. G. LANGLEY, Farmers Branch native, born February 24, 1880, is a lifetime member of the Dallas Real Estate Board, who remains active in large-scale dealing in Dallas city and county property after forty-two years as a licensed broker. Yet the doctor’s years as a real estate dealer represent only one of three separate […]


6 March 2018

The name of Justin Ford Kimball stands high on the list of notable schoolmen who have served Dallas in the last century and a quarter. Primarily a teacher and school and college administrator, he won acclaim and honors in the course of his long and fruitful life. But his enduring achievement was in a separate […]

MILLWOOD Sawmill & Cemetery

6 March 2018

My father moved to Millwood in Southeast Collin when I was too young to remember.  Millwood was east of Wyie and south of Lavon.  I remember back to when I was about 6 years old. We lived in a little log house a short distance east of the cemetery. I have seen several letters written […]


2 March 2018

Michael Angelo Genaro, 1856-1933, was born in Corleone, Italy and came to America in 1892.  He and Italian native Tomasa, 1877-1960, his wife, had two children when they arrived in New Orleans in 1890.  M. A. Genaro farmed for a while near Bryan, Texas then went into business in Fort Worth.  They moved to Dallas […]


1 March 2018

GEORGE WAVERLEY BRIGGS, 1883-1957, a leading citizen of Dallas from his arrival here in 1920 until his death in 1957, achieved eminence in two distinct and somewhat opposed callings—those of the newspaperman and the banker. And though he was never licensed, he could have qualified in a third profession, that of the law. This versatile […]