3 August 2018

When R. L. Thomas agreed in 1938 to take charge of the almost defunct Citizens Charter Association or CCA, it was thought by many to be dead already. Weakened by its two successive defeats at the polls, it was without funds and had only a cubbyhole in the Santa Fe Building for headquarters. In a […]

FRANKLIN P. HOLLAND, Publisher, Dallas Mayor

22 July 2018

COL. FRANK P. HOLLAND’S sole venture into politics was in his adopted city of Dallas, where he was elected as an alderman in 1891 and as the fifteenth mayor of Dallas in 1893. He served only one term, preferring to devote his time to his publishing enterprises. Born at Galveston nine years before the outbreak […]

MURPHY & BOLANZ, 1884 Beginning

19 July 2018

ONE OF THE MOST rewarding of business partnerships in the growth of Dallas was the real estate firm of Murphy & Bolanz, formed in 1884 by John P. Murphy and Charles Frederick Bolanz. If not the first in the city, this pioneer realty firm quickly became the largest in both personnel and volume of transactions. […]

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 […]


9 July 2018

THE STATE FAIR of Texas, at eighty-six years of age (1977 article), the largest and most successful in any of the fifty states, had a far from tranquil start. Ex­tending over a period of months, the issue of where to launch the fair split the business element wide open. Since neither side would give in, […]


7 July 2018

Elizabeth Jane Routh was born near Knoxville, Tennessee in 1828.  She married 25 October 1850 to James Thomas born 1822 in Tennessee. One year after their marriage, she accompanied her brothers Jacob and Joseph Routh, her mother, and an orphaned niece, Rachel Elizabeth Mann, to Texas, leaving Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee on October 2, 1851, […]

BEN LONG, Former Mayor Assassinated

5 July 2018

MAYOR BEN LONG’S second term at the city hall, which opened in November, 1872, was faced with an alarming number of urgent urban problems. Dallas was at a turning point in its development. The new board of aldermen—the first to be elected rather than appointed since 1861—not only faced but sought to solve those problems […]


1 July 2018

John Vest Folsom was born in Coryell County on November 11, 1898 to Agnes Ann Traller and Samuel Christopher Folsom. Samuel, the son of Nancy Cobb and Elias Folsom, was born in Georgia in 1857. Agnes, the daughter of Sara Steven-son and Joseph H. Traller, was born in Gatesville on July 5, 1869. Her father […]

John Mayrant SMITH Flees 1900 Hurricane

28 June 2018

Major (Confederate Army) John Mayrant Smith was born May 31, 1842. He and his wife, Mary Terry Smith, moved to Dallas from Galveston shortly after the hurricane there in 1900. His wife was the daughter of Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry, 8th Texas Cavalry of Terry’s Texas Rangers. His statue (on horseback) is on the State Capitol […]

SARAH HORTON Writes About Ole Virginia

27 June 2018

Dearest, sister Jane, This country is unbelievable! You cannot imagine the weather. Last weekend we had ice and a bit of sleet.Today the temperature feels like early summer. I am not even wearing a coat as I begin this epistle. I look out over the countryside and see a few patches of green. This morning […]


18 June 2018

THERE IS SOME QUESTION whether Dallas County’s red stone courthouse belongs to the story of local government or to the history of warfare between divergent tastes as to what constitutes good architecture in a public building. If the old building itself could speak, it would undoubtedly say that the first seventy-five years are the hardest. […]


15 June 2018

GEORGE M DILLEY, a highly successful railroad-building contractor who had a major part in the expansion of rail lines in Texas in the final quarter of the last century, moved to Dallas from Huntsville in the late 1880s and enjoyed a certain instant fame from almost the moment of his arrival on the local scene. […]

GEN. E. TARRANT, Headed Republic Soldiers

13 June 2018

The first white settlers in Dallas County owed a great deal to Gen. Edward H. Tarrant, as did those who settled some thirty miles to the west in the county that was named for the general. It was on May 24, 1841, that Tarrant headed a company of seventy Republic of Texas soldiers who expelled […]

POYDRAS Street’s Name Honors Louisianian

11 June 2018

POYDRAS STREET, for many years a chief north-south axis running one block east of and parallel to Lamar Street in downtown Dallas, is ap­propriately named for one of the most noted mercantile, poetic, and political figures in the province, then state, of Louisiana. Just how the name of this Frenchman was even thought of is […]

G. N. ALDREDGE Addresses Trinity River Crowd

9 June 2018

After a half dozen railroads bringing their trains into Dallas began to be a familiar story, its citizens grew more and more con­scious of the great advantage Houston was having in its lower charges on every ton of freight because of the river water rates there, and once more there began to be heard agitation […]

ISSAC SANGER Recalls Pioneer Dallas

7 June 2018

Issac Sanger, the eldest of the Sanger brothers who came to America from Obernbreit, Bavaria, arrived in Texas in 1857 and journeyed by stage from Houston to McKinney, thirty miles north of Dallas where he opened the first Sanger store. Isaac Sanger was followed to Texas by his brothers Lehman and Philip Sanger. In i861, […]

JOHN M. ORAM,Electronics Pioneer

5 June 2018

JOHN M. ORAM, a member of the family for whom Oram Street in northeast Dallas is named, occupies a unique place in the development of the electric and communications industries of Dallas. A successful inventor of mechanical and electrical instruments, he might well be singled out as the outstanding pioneer in the field of electronics […]


4 June 2018

Benjamin J. Prigmore was born 1 August 1830 in Missouri and died 3 October 1901. He was buried in the McCree Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas. He married Nancy Lucinda (Lucy) Jackson born 12 September 1833 in Tennessee and died October 1904. She was buried in the MeCree Cemetery. They were married 8 February 1853 by […]


3 June 2018

John Jay Good was born in Hinds County, Mississippi on July 12, 1827.  He grew up in Lowndes County where his father worked as a shoemaker and farmer.  He attended Cumberland University inLebanon, Tennessee and read law in Columbus, Mississippi where he studied law.  He was admitted to the bar in 1849. Good headed to […]

COL. JOHN McCOY, Beloved Pioneer

3 June 2018

John Calvin McCoy was born on September 28, 1819 in Clark County Indiana. As a deputy circuit clerk of Clark County from 1837 to 1839 he studied law in his spare time. In May of 1841 he received his license to practice. He moved to Dallas in the spring of 1845 as a surveyor for […]