Pioneers of Dallas County

GARLAND OWLS FOOTBALL, 1927 Facts Revealed

21 September 2018

For some reason, I was looking over the this photo of the “Fighting Garland Owls” this morning when I suddenly realized that the members of this football team represented some of the most deepest roots of the early pioneers of the Garland area. Before we get into family ties to these team members, it is […]

LEITA BEL WOOD, Match Maker

20 September 2018

Leita Bel Wood (1910-1994) was born northeast of Rowlett, Texas in the Liberty Grove community.  She was the daughter of James W. “Polk” and Ida White Spence Wood.  After Leita Bel was grown, she operated a store on Elm Grove Road. Leita Bel latter married William L. “Bill” Nichols (1908-1985).  Bill always stood out as […]

THOMAS & VIRGINIA PEAK NIX Family

17 September 2018

Both Thomas Edward Nix and Virginia Peak were born in South Carolina. Thomas was born in Barnwell County in 1829, while Virginia was born on 17 October 1837 in Lancaster County to John H. Peak and Mary Sylvester. On 20 August 1854, they were married by a Baptist preacher at the home of Virginia’s mother […]

WILBUR ROE’S Early Wylie TX Life

16 September 2018

Pioneer member Wilbur Roe has shed some light on his early years spent at the Wylie Hotel. Wylie had several hotels back in the earlier days. The drummers would take the train to the Wylie Depot and then check into one of the hotels before calling on the local merchants in an effort to drum […]

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 […]

BABY FLOYD FORSTER’S Tragic Death

13 September 2018

Late last Thursday morning (Oct. 26, 1911) Floyd, the little sixteen months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster, was fearfully burned and died in a few hours afterward. Our information is that Mr. Foster, when at home, always did the milking, but was a little late rising that morning, and fearing that his […]

J. H. CULLOM Recalls Early Forney

5 September 2018

“I have lived in Dallas County fifty-two years,” said John H. Cullom, County Tax Collector. “My father, the late Peter Cullom, known as Uncle Peter, who lived at Nashville, Tenn., brought me, as a small boy, along with the rest of the family to Texas in 1877. My mother’s brother, Henry Hollis, had [preceded] us […]

CAPT. PARKS RECALLS PLEASANT RUN

4 September 2018

“There were few settlers in this part of the county when I was born on Ten Mile Creek, six miles west of Lancaster, Dec. 29, 1853, though, that was before Lancaster was started,” said Capt. C. C. Parks. “My father, Curtis Parks, had moved from Elliottsville, Ind., to Texas toward the end of the ’40s; […]

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 […]

DALLAS, LARGE, CRUDE TOWN, 1880

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 […]

DALLAS CCA MAKES 1939 COMEBACK

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 […]

TODD & BICKLE Family’s Garland Homestead

28 July 2018

It was on August 1, 1900 that Arch Bickle and Abner Todd, along with their families left Stone County, Arkansas and arrived 18 days later in Garland, Texas to make their home. These men were first cousins. Mr. Arch Bickle, his wife Roxie (Gaylor) Bickle, Allie, age 2, and Joe Bickle, the baby, had one […]

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. […]

GRANDMA PELTON Leaves Handmade Quilt

18 July 2018

GRANDMA’S HANDMADE QUILT There’s a lot of history behind this ole handmade quilt. A history that would have easily faded had we not paused to record its unique origin. It’s one of many made by my great-grandmother, Carah Belle Poovey Pelton (1877-1967). ‘Carry’ was born in a log cabin near Raney and Yeager Road. Her […]

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 […]