Texas Area

DALLAS MAYOR HENRY S. ERVAY

15 December 2018

Henry S. Ervay, the Reconstruction mayor, became a hero in Dallas.  He was born in 1834 in Elmira, New York. He was the oldest in a large family of ten children and grew up on his parents‘ farm in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  Henry moved to Texas in 1858 at the age of 24  where he […]

JAMES “Jim” W. RUSSELL Family

15 December 2018

On November 20, 1892 at Judsonia, Arkansas James W. “Jim” Russell wed Lelia O. Edens. Jim was born on what is now North Ballard at Wylie, Texas in the year of 1867 at the log house of his parents, James Vaughn and Nancy Jane Harper Russell. Jim and his brothers attended the old Nickleville College, […]

GIN DELIVERS Rowlett’s Electricity

6 December 2018

The first pioneer settlers in the Rowlett area used candles or flames from the fireplace as a light source. They were frequently off to bed right after sundown, up at daybreak and rarely used candles since they were considered a precious commodity.  They had not even heard of electricity. Kerosene lamps were later introduced and […]

EFFIE WILLIS MOORE Never Drove

5 December 2018

Complete harmony reigned in the home of Alverga Clarence “Kid” Moore and his wife, the former Effie Willis. Theirs was a home where Christ came first and family next. Friends were always welcome at 101 South Second and later at 311 South Fourth Street in Wylie, Texas. A.C. Moore was born in Wylie October 1, […]

Dr. R. H. LASATER, Lawson Community

1 December 2018

The store in Lawson community was named for early settler, Sam Haught, was affectionately called “Slapfoot” by local residents. This community was officially named Lawson when a post office was established. Henry W. Lawson, born 1862 in Alabama, purchased the Haught’s Store in 1897, and became postmaster of this community a few years later upon […]

MOSE IRALSON, Dallas Jewish Merchant

30 November 2018

This amazingly clear 1892 photo of Mose Iralson was taken at the studio of Clifton Church. Almost no trace of Mose Iralson, or his family remain in Dallas history. However, a story in the May 24, 1893 edition of the Daily Times Hearald list M. Iralson and company as being in the manufacturer of millinery […]

WILLINGHAM, William & Elizabeth Family

30 November 2018

I remembered Mama Willingham. I remember her laughter and her zest for life and her love of God, family and friends. I remember the tales she told me of her life as a tomboy in Airmont, Mississippi and her move to Collin County as a young lady via train. I remember the day she became […]

G. C. EDWARDS Backed Speech Freedom

29 November 2018

GEORGE CLIFTON EDWARDS, a pioneer liberal on political issues and the town’s most indefatigable fighter for free speech, remains a vivid and engaging figure in the memories of countless numbers of the generation that knew him personally. Born in Dallas in 1878, Edwards came of substantial, even aristocratic stock. He was the third of five […]

JESSE JONES Attended Cumberland Hill

25 November 2018

THE LATE JESSE JONES, Houston capitalist and publisher who headed the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and became secretary of commerce during World War II, was among the earliest pupils enrolling in Dallas’s historic Cumberland Hill School. As a nine-year-old boy, Jones transferred to Dallas from rural schools in his native Tennessee.  He entered the third grade […]

DALLAS FARMER’S MARKET Development

7 November 2018

John Neely Bryan came to Dallas in the 1840s with the intention of establishing a trading post with the Indians. He picked the site for his first home near the Trinity River that had shale for a hard water crossing—now near the current Triple Underpass. He was aware of other towns in the United States […]

C. TRUETT & RITA GALLAGHER SMITH

5 November 2018

According to Beb Fulkerson, “For several years it was my privilege to work for Truett Smith at the Wylie News, which was owned and operated by him.   A staunch Democrat, he once asked me who I was voting for as Governor. I blurted out, “The first one who asks me personally.” Shortly thereafter, he […]

W. J. SCANLAN Built Baylor Dental College

3 November 2018

WILLIAM JAMES SCANLAN, 1877 – 1947   Born in Painesville, Ohio on February 5, 1877, William James was the son of James and Mary Masterson Scanlan.  James was a builder in Dallas who constructed the old Baylor Dental College in 1886, among other works of art. When the building was demolished, two of his children […]

EUGENE MARSHALL, Recalls Early Street

30 October 2018

“On July 23, 1864, the ship Bellone, that had set sail from Antwerp, Belgium docked in the Boston Harbor. On the ship was a 21-year-old, registered as a farmer from Hanover, Germany. His name was Carl Ernst Friedrich (Fritz) Miltner, born in Celle, Germany. Fritz was my great-grandfather,” according to Eugene Marshall. “Fritz accepted a […]

ROSA WILLEFORD PELTON Family

27 October 2018

Wanda Smith, of Garland, tells about her mother’s early life:  My mother, Rosa (Willeford) Pelton, was a legend in her own right and I didn’t have to look beyond her to know who my hero in life was. She died just two months prior to her 104th birthday, but left a legacy ordinarily unobtainable by […]

Robert & Fanny ELLIS, Taffy Party Introduction

25 October 2018

Robert E. Ellis was born January 2, 1868. Then, 20 years later, Fannie Thomas was born at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Kinchole Thomas. Robert and Fannie had met at a candy breaking party (taffy pulling) in Van Zandt County. Fannie was 12 and Robert was 32. They knew each other […]

WATERMELON, Disappearing Varieties

24 October 2018

Watermelon was always a special treat when I was growing up.  There seemed to be several popular varieties back then.  The three most desirable were the extra large dark green ones with dark red meat known as the Black Diamond in addition to the same exterior with a sweet yellow interior.  The third one, which […]

ELLA FIELDS CRABTREE

22 October 2018

Ella Fields was born in Missouri during 1873 and came to Liberty Grove at the age of seven. She married Pat Crabtree who was born sometime during 1879. Pat died at Liberty Grove in 1908. He was only twenty-eight years old. This left Ella with three small children to raise. George Washington Foster then built […]

RUDOLPH & ERMA EISENLOHR

21 October 2018

The date was December 3, 1874 when the Texas & Pacific train pulled into the Dallas station. Among the passengers arriving were Rudolph F. Eisenlohr, a 28-year-old pharmacist from Cincinnati, Ohio, his wife Erma, and two year old son, Eddie. This was not Rudolph’s first trip to Texas. In 1850, at the age of four, […]

FLORENCE A. PARKER WAY, Rockwall

21 October 2018

Florence Amanda (Parker) Way was the daughter of Matt and Clara (Withers) Parker, ranchers in Palo Pinto County, Texas. At the age of twenty-three Florence came to Rockwall as the bride of Jack Way, son of Jim and Amanda (Willess) Way. Jack was a farmer and mule trader in the area. Jack also served as […]

TOM THUMB, Dallas TX Origins

20 October 2018

In 1903, Ashley W. Cullum had a small retail grocery store in downtown Dallas, and deliveries were made by horse and wagon. Then in 1919, Ashley and son Marvin organized the A. W. Cullum Wholesale Grocery Company, and it prospered through the “Great Depression” and World War II. In the late 1940s Ashley’s younger sons, […]