Pioneers of Dallas County

JAMES CHARLES O’CONNOR Mausoleum

24 January 2018

The O’Connor Mausoleum at Oakland Cemetery is near the entrance. There are other mausoleums in this cemetery; several that are old and in very bad condition. The O’Connor mausoleum has someone to monitor it and when needed they are authorized to order any needed repairs. J.C. O’Connor was born in 1847 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. […]

SACRED HEART GUADALUPE CATHEDRAL, Dallas TX

24 January 2018

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

FLORENCE & BUDDY SCHULZ, Mesquite TX

24 January 2018

FRANK and FLORENCE SCHULZ Frank “Buddy” Schulz, Jr. was born February 10, 1904 at the family home, 4400 East Side, Dallas. He was the youngest son of Frank Schulz, Sr. and Anna (Zahl) Schulz, immigrants from Nordenburg, Prussia. He had one brother, Carl, and three sisters, Gertrude, Margaret and Frances. Buddy grew up in Dallas […]

NICOLAS FARINE, 1823-1902

24 January 2018

Mills Lane in Irving was named in honor of this family.  Nicolas was born April 17, 1823, in France to Francis Joseph and Charlotte Gertrude (Figurey) Farine. In 1858 he came to the La Reunion Colony settlement near Dallas, via New Orleans. He had a wife and a child; both were lost shortly after their […]

1927 DEADLY GARLAND TX TORNADO

23 January 2018

There are many stories about what was known aS the Garland Cyclone. Today it would be called a tornado. However, either description would be correct. Stephen Edward Nicholson, 1890-1927 This man was actually the mayor of Garland, TX during the late 1920’s. I do not know to much of his early life, but concerning his […]

GEORGE W. CRUTCHER, Last Mayor of East Dallas

23 January 2018

George W. Crutcher was the last mayor of Old East Dallas.   The Crutcher Family came to Dallas, Texas from Kentucky. In 1876 Granville and his wife Rebecca Dawson Crutcher, left Frankfort, Kentucky to join their son George. The family members, a total of seven children, included: William A., Rev. John H., G. W., Lucile, Frank […]

WHEN ELECTRICITY CAME TO DALLAS

23 January 2018

The first electric lights were shining in Dallas by 1882. There were three locations hooked up, burning a total of twelve light bulbs. The most well-lit spot was Mayer’s Gardens, one of the larger, better-known saloons in downtown Dallas on Elm Street. The plant that supplied electricity was located on Carondolet (now Ross Avenue) and […]

OLD VETERANS CEMETERY, Vanished-NE of Rowlett

22 January 2018

SAD ENDING TO A MEMORIAL CEMETERY – VETERANS CEMETERY at Liberty Grove. The below headstone base is one of the last traces of a cemetery that was once known as the Veterans Cemetery because many of those buried here were Civil War veterans. The cemetery contained about 22 headstones in this once peaceful cemetery. Many […]

COTTONWOOD CEMETERY, N.E. Dallas County

22 January 2018

First Known Burial was in 1875.  The Cottonwood Cemetery is located at 2920 Whitely Road, in the northeastern corner of unincorporated Dallas County. The east end of the cemetery abuts Cotton-wood Creek. This cemetery is part of the J. C. Johnson Survey and the land was originally located in Mercers Colony. The first known burial […]

ELLENDER PENNY WITT, 1782-1858 DAR Marks Lancaster Grave of Ellender…

22 January 2018

ELLENDER PENNY WITT, 1782-1858 DAR Marks Lancaster Grave of Ellender Witt On October 18, 1997, the Richard Bard Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution held a service to mark the grave of Ellender Penny Witt at the Edgewood Cemetery in Lancaster, to honor her as the daughter of Captain William Penny, who served […]

SIDNEY SMITH & NANNIE J. LIVELY NOELL

22 January 2018

S. S. Noell and wife Nannie Lively first lived on a farm in the Love Field area eventually purchasing a farm several miles north on the east side of Marsh Lane and north of Spring Valley Road. This homeplace was referred to as the Spring Farm and was located near present-day Loos Stadium. As legend […]

EMILE REMOND, 1840-1906 Rose Cottage Professor

21 January 2018

EMILE REMOND, 1840-1906 Rose Cottage Professor Remond was born August 2, 1840 in the Province of La Nievre at Thionges, France. He arrived in Dallas County as a member of La Reunion. Even though he was not required to serve in the Civil War, he volunteered his service. After the war, he again took up […]

JOHN CALVIN McCOY, Pioneer Attorney

21 January 2018

John Calvin McCoy, attorney and politician, son of John and Jane (Collins) McCoy, was born on September 28, 1819, in Clark County, Indiana. He was educated at Clark County Seminary and Wilmington Seminary. After Clark County Seminary closed in 1837, he worked as deputy circuit clerk of Clark County until 1839. While thus employed he […]

SHOWDOWN at La REUNION COLONY, About 1861

21 January 2018

Government Conscriptors Attempted to Take Colony by Force.  Most of the members of La Reunion had left Europe because of the constant wars. None of the Colony members at La Reunion expected to be required to serve in Civil War battle since they were not citizens of Texas. But, the government conscriptors felt that it […]

SAMUELL CLINIC IN THE EARLY YEARS

21 January 2018

William Worthington Samuell was born 13 January 1878, in Georgetown, Kentucky, the son of Capt. Hazael O. and Sallie (Worthington) Samuell. His parents moved to Dallas County, settling in the vicinity of New Hope when he was a year old. After education in the Dallas schools, he attended the University of Texas and took his […]

ADDISON ROBERTSON, First Postmaster of Richardson

21 January 2018

ADDISON ROBERTSON, (1838-1927) was the first postmaster for the Town of Addison which was originally named “Noell Junction” in honor of S. S. Noell. However, when a post office was authorized it was discovered there was already a post office designated as “Noel” in another part of Texas. In 1904 the town was then renamed […]

OLD SOLDIERS REUNION, Veteran Tells About 1902 Reunion.

20 January 2018

Letter from William Gill Cooper, northeast of Rowlett, Texas, tells about attending the 1902 Old Soldiers Reunion at Dallas Texas. 150,000 Visitors Trooped Into Dallas. Letter from W. G. Cooper of Rowlett: June 1902, to his nephew, Robert A. Cooper at Florence, Miss. Dear Bob, I guess you think I am rather slow in writing […]

LOUISE DUSSEAU, First La Reunion Colonist to Marry.

20 January 2018

LOUISE DUSSEAU, (1829-1873) was first La Reunion Colonist to Marry.  The vast majority of the first colonist were men. Even though the numbers were totally out of balance, it was a necessary fact of life that greater numbers of men were needed during the first wave. After all, there were houses to be built and […]

CHARLES FRANKLIN REAUGH

20 January 2018

In 1876, at the age of fifteen, Frank Reaugh moved with his family by covered wagon from rural Southern Illinois to Terrell, Texas, thirty miles east of Dallas. There, on the family’s cotton farm, Reaugh developed his artistic skills by copying the works of European masters from magazines and from illustrations found in large-animal anatomy […]

TAYLOR A. TARPLEY FAMILY, Addison Texas.

20 January 2018

It was unusual that a black cotton farmer located in Dallas County, Texas during the late 1800s and early 1900s could be a successful cotton farmer, a member of the Masonic Order and have a street named in his honor.Taylor A. Tarpley was born in Dallas County, Texas in 1865. His father, Andrew Tarpley was […]