Dallas

DREYFUSS & SON CO.

28 September 2019

Dreyfuss & Son Co: Gerard Dreyfuss (1853-1934) was born at Lorraine, France, in 1853. He came to America in 1869 and in 1879 moved to Dallas from Shreveport, where he opened, with a friend, Hurst & Dreyfuss, which merged with E. M. Kahn & Co. in the early 1880s. (Mr. Kahn and Mr. Dreyfuss were […]

Capt. JOHN MILTON McCOY

28 September 2019

Capt. John Milton McCoy (1838-1922), first city attorney of Dallas, son of Lewis and Rebecca (Hester) McCoy, was born on a farm near Sellersburg, Indiana, on August 29, 1835. His parents were devout Baptists. He received the B.A., M.A., and LL.D. degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. After the death of his first wife, Laura […]

CRAWFORD & ANNA KIMMEL TREES

18 February 2019

Anna Minerva Kimmel was the first bride to be married in Dallas County. She and Crawford Trees applied for a license to wed on July 20, 1846; vows were exchanged and the marriage recorded on July 22. They were two of only 350 people who inhabited the area when Texas, which itself had been admitted […]

SACRED HEART Guadalupe Cathedral

11 February 2019

On June 17, 1898 the corner stone of the 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 Sacred Heart Cathedral as a “stately structure of pure Gothic architecture 104 by 160 feet in size. […]

FERDINAND MICHEL Opens Lime Operation

1 February 2019

Can’t prove the history of this early lime company, but I’m going to give you my theory and it starts with Ferdinand Michel, a member of La Reunion.  I’m going to give you my theory and you can let me what you think.  We can start off with the location which was Lancaster Ave. at […]

NEIMAN MARCUS CHRISTMAS DAY FIRE

24 December 2018

Herbert Marcus, Sr., his sister Carrie Neiman, and her husband A. L. Neiman, opened a fine apparel store in Dallas in 1907. When the Neimans divorced in 1926, the family bought his interest. The store became famous for its fine apparel and related merchandise. After Herbert’s death in 1950 and Carrie’s in 1952, Neiman Marcus […]

ANNA HINTERMAN BUHRER, Pioneer

21 December 2018

Jacob and Anna Hinterman Buhrer left Ellenboro, West Virginia, their first home in America, to come to Dallas in the summer of 1879, bringing their first child, Lena, with them. Jacob’s sister, Anna, came also. In 1879 she married a young Swiss dairyman, Christian Moser, who was already established in the community. By October, 1880, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

CALVIN LOW & Ina Rylie Family, 1914

18 October 2018

According to his death certificate, Calvin C. Low was born in Indiana on August 15, 1863. The story goes that he and his parents were traveling by covered wagon when both parents died of a fever, and Calvin was raised by Indians. We don’t know if he had any brothers or sisters, since little Calvin […]

PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S Bronze Coffin

15 October 2018

George “Bill” Mitchell spent some time visiting with me while on a short trip to Dallas last week. I reminded him that the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination would be here soon and that it would fall on Thanks Giving Day this year. Without hesitation, Bill responded, “That’s right. I was in mortuary school back […]

J. R. COLE Opened 1889 School

5 October 2018

JAMES REID COLE, one of the noted educators of Texas and the South, came to Dallas in 1889 as the founder and president of a “Classical and Military school” which came to be known as the Cole School. Invited by a number of leading citizens to open his private school here, Cole conducted it for […]

LARGENT PARKS Recalls Chalk Hill

3 October 2018

My name is Largent Parks, maybe we’d better say Largent Parks, Senior, since there is now a Junior, and also a Third. I was born in 1907 at 4321 Swiss Avenue, which is the block between Peak and Carroll. My father had just built a large frame, two-story house with great rambling porches all around […]

UNION STATION Occupies Sala Homeplace

2 October 2018

“I have called Dallas my home since 1870,” said B. F. Sala, 2502 Parnell street. “My father, who was in the theater business, left Galveston in 1869 and followed the terminus of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad from place to place until it reached Corsicana, and on the way, built opera houses at Navasota, […]