General Assorted History

FARMERS BRANCH, SITE of FIRST SCHOOLHOUSE

6 February 2018

The Dallas Philological Society will dedicate a marker of Texas granite Sunday, Oct. 16, 1958 at 3 p.m. The site, in Farmers Branch, Texas, is that of the first school house in Dallas County. Site of the ceremony is on Valley View Road west of Webb Chapel Road.  School children of Farmers Branch will sing […]

WHISTLING DOCTOR OF SEAGOVILLE TX

6 February 2018

Dr. Oscar Glenn’s office was located in the busiest part of downtown Seagoville, Texas in the 1920s and thirties. He was known by just about everyone around as the “Whistling Doctor” because he drove a team of horses and buggy at breakneck speed, whistling all the way. The East Fork of the Trinity River acts […]

HISTORIC DALLAS HUNTING & FISHING CLUB

26 January 2018

Researching the history of Dallas County leads to the discovery of The Dallas Hunting and Fishing Club, chartered February 10, 1885, as Texas’ first Country Club. The Club still exists, located on the east bank of the Trinity River in south Dallas County. Established by leading Dallas business-men, the Club attracted the young city’s mercantile […]

SACRED HEART GUADALUPE CATHEDRAL, Dallas TX

24 January 2018

On June 17, 1898 the corner stone of the Sacred Heart Guadalupe Cathedral was set. It is still very evident today on the corner near Ross and Pearl Street in downtown Dallas. When dedicated in 1902 the Souvenir Brochure describes the Cathedral as a “stately structure of pure Gothic architecture 104 by 160 feet in […]

WHEN ELECTRICITY CAME TO DALLAS

23 January 2018

The first electric lights were shining in Dallas by 1882. There were three locations hooked up, burning a total of twelve light bulbs. The most well-lit spot was Mayer’s Gardens, one of the larger, better-known saloons in downtown Dallas on Elm Street. The plant that supplied electricity was located on Carondolet (now Ross Avenue) and […]

CHARLES FRANKLIN REAUGH

20 January 2018

In 1876, at the age of fifteen, Frank Reaugh moved with his family by covered wagon from rural Southern Illinois to Terrell, Texas, thirty miles east of Dallas. There, on the family’s cotton farm, Reaugh developed his artistic skills by copying the works of European masters from magazines and from illustrations found in large-animal anatomy […]

DALLAS WOMEN TAKE UP GOLF

20 January 2018

Some of the women played golf every day, once the Dallas country clubs allowed their memberships.  It should also be mentioned that one of the all time greats, Lee Trevino, was born in Dallas, Texas, into a family of Mexican ancestry, Trevino was raised by his mother, Juanita Trevino, and his grandfather, Joe Trevino. He […]

RUTH JEANETTE COOPER Tells About Peak’s Branch

15 January 2018

This area was prairie, with all kinds of wildflowers, a veritable fairyland. There was a small running stream, a tributary of Peak’s Branch, directly back to our lot. We would lean over the back fence and crawfish any time that we wanted to. For bait we used some fatback tied to a string or sometimes […]

EAGLE FORD SCHOOL, 1601 Chalk Hill Rd. Built 1923 Only…

15 January 2018

EAGLE FORD SCHOOL, 1601 Chalk Hill Rd. Built 1923 Only Eagle Ford Community Building Still Standing Bonnie Parker’s Report Card Found In Box In Basement The Eagle Ford School Today The following is an excerpt from the Landmark Designation Report prepared by Marcel Quimby of Quimby/McCoy Preservation Architecture, commissioned by the Dallas Mexican American Historical […]

MUNGER PLACE GATES Buyers Camped Out

14 January 2018

More than any other development, Munger Place set the tone and provided the impetus for East Dallas’s growth in the first two decades of the twentieth century. In 1905, cotton gin manufacturer Robert S. Munger began selling lots in what he hoped would become one of the finest residential developments in the Southwest, Munger Place. […]

SIVILS DRIVE INN, Started Oak Cliff Craze

14 January 2018

“People in their cars are so lazy that they don’t want to get out of them to eat” proclaimed candy and tobacco mogul Jesse Granville Kirby in 1921. At the time, he was trying to get Dallas physician Reuben Wright Jackson interested in investing in a new type of roadside restaurant. That was how Sivils […]

ELIZABETH CHAPEL, OAK CLIFF O

13 January 2018

Elizabeth Chapel in Oak Cliff was one of First Organized African American Churches in North Texas.  In a small pocket of Oak Cliff, the twin steeples of Sunshine Elizabeth Chapel once rose above a neighborhood unlike any other in Dallas, signaling passersby that they had entered an area known collectively as Tenth Street. Elizabeth street […]

U.S. ARMY ASHBURN GENERAL HOSPITAL, McKINNEY, TX Main Gate about…

13 January 2018

U.S. ARMY ASHBURN GENERAL HOSPITAL, McKINNEY, TX Main Gate, 1943. There was a great need for area hospitals after World War II due to the extensive number of injured soldiers returning from over seas. The Veterans Administration Hospital in McKinney, originally called Ashburn General Hospital in honor of Col. Percy Moreau Ashburn, an army doctor, […]

MARSHALL LAFAYETTE JOHNSON, 1848-1939

11 January 2018

MARSHALL LAFAYETTE JOHNSON, 1848-1939 Tells About Pioneer Days in Dallas, Texas Marshall L. Johnson tells about Pioneer days in Dallas, Texas during his Dallas Morning News Interview.  “I noticed an article in The News of Dec. 24, 1922 from the pen of Dr. John H. Mitchell, who came to Dallas in 1863. His description of […]

E. KING GILL, 12th MAN TRADITION

11 January 2018

The tradition of the 12th Man at Texas A&M was born at the end of the 1921 football season. A sophomore named E. King Gill had been on the A&M football team as a backup running back, but decided he wanted to focus more on basketball. He quit the team in the middle of the […]

CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY, 1954

10 January 2018

The freeway era in North Texas began on August 19, 19491 when a crowd estimated at 7000 celebrated the opening of the first section of Central Expressway. just three years earlier the path of the freeway was the Houston & Texas Central Railroad, the first railroad to be built through Dallas. It was a symbolic […]

REMEMBER THE REXALL DRUG STORES ?

4 January 2018

Do you remember the Rexall Drug Stores?  It all started in Ft. Worth, Texas when Renfro Drug Company sold to Rexall back in 1946. Soda fountains, make-up, medicines, tobacco products, and unmentionables are items often associated with classic drug stores. Elza Tillman Renfro, son of a pharmacist, wanted to develop a string of stores to […]