1 October 2018

I Was A Nurse’s Aide During World War II.  My father, Herman H. Buhrer, owned the Live Oak Dairy in south Dallas, but had sold it just before war broke out on December 7, 1941. He and my mother, Julia, then purchased a farm in Richardson and moved there. I had been living at home, […]

CPL. ALBERT MILLS, MIA 68 Years Returned

30 September 2018

Terrilyn Cade Krieter reports her family received word yesterday that, after 68 years, her Uncle Albert F. “Buddy” Mills (20), who was Missing In Action in Korea is finally coming home. She says that a positive ID was made this past July and her family met with the Army yesterday for updated details. The family […]

OAK LAWN’S Early Years

24 September 2018

If one kind of tree were accorded primacy in Dallas history, it would probably be the oak. That seems to be the case, judging by the persistent popularity of the oak tree in neighborhood and street names, including Oak Cliff, Oak Lawn, Oak Grove, Oak Crest, Oak Hill, Oak Park, and such major thoroughfares as […]

CEMENT CITY Changed West Dallas

24 September 2018

Cement City was not even a thought when the Horton family came from Missouri in 1844, and received several Peters Colony land grants. They settled near the West Fork of the Trinity River, Eagle Mountain Lake, Chalk Hill, and Eagle Ford. There James Horton farmed and had a grist mill. Sarah Horton married Alexander Cockrell, […]

DALLAS PIG STANDS Quietly Vanished

14 September 2018

There was once a Pig Stand in every part of town. Before the War, the Woodrow kids congregated at the Gaston Avenue Pig Stand out on Garland Road where Gaston ended. That is, when they decided not to go congregate at Sammy’s on Greenville Avenue. The kids from North Dallas had their Pig Stand on […]

SANGER Brothers Last Early Dallas Business

3 September 2018

“Sanger Bros.’ and L. Wagner’s stores are the only mercantile establishments still in business at their old stands that were here when I landed in Dallas in November, 1880, and Judge Robert B. Seay and Judge Charles F. Clint are the only lawyers still in the practice who were here at that time,” said Max […]


2 September 2018

 “Dallas was little more than a crude big town when I arrived here in October, 1880,” said Dean S. Arnold, captain of the police department.  The business district of Dallas was confined to Main and Elm streets, west of Akard, while the business part of East Dallas consisted of a group of stores and shops […]

Banker O’Connor Among Engaging Figures

27 August 2018

Among the more engaging figures in the banking world of Dallas in the closing years of the last century was J. C. O’Connor, the former telegraph operator, stagecoach driver, railway station agent, and gold prospector who came out of the West in the 1870s to find his real fortune in Texas. When he first came […]

BERTHA H. PALMER Impresses Dallas Socialites

19 August 2018

In 1891 the news from Chicago had set the ladies in the mansions along Ross Avenue in a dither.  The ladies in “The Cedars,” that other fashionable part of the town, were also in a dither.  Chicago had announced it was going to have the world’s greatest fair to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of […]

GEORGE CRETIEN Tells About Early Dallas

18 August 2018

“My parents, Athanaso and Augustine Cretien, came to Texas with the French colonists, who settled Reunion, near Cement City, arriving here May 10, 1856, seventy years ago this year (1926),” said George Cretien, 647 North Tyler street. “The colonists left France in January or February of that year, were sixty days on the ocean and […]

DALLAS, TEXAS Street Honors Cadilac

17 August 2018

POYDRAS STREET, running through the heart of downtown Dallas, is not the only reminder of street name links in the history of the town with memorable French figures out of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. There are others than Julien Poydras, Louisiana merchant prince, poet, and politician, who are remembered in this way. Just […]


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 […]