Pioneers of Dallas County

I SKATED IN CENTURY ROOM With Dot Franey

26 January 2018

It was a thrill skating under the spotlight in the Century Room with an audience watching. I fell in love with the experience.  It was at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas, Texas back in 1945. I began skating when my sister, Jean, and I received ice skates for Christmas 1942. Mama saw an ad […]

HISTORIC DALLAS HUNTING & FISHING CLUB

26 January 2018

Researching the history of Dallas County leads to the discovery of The Dallas Hunting and Fishing Club, chartered February 10, 1885, as Texas’ first Country Club. The Club still exists, located on the east bank of the Trinity River in south Dallas County. Established by leading Dallas business-men, the Club attracted the young city’s mercantile […]

HARRY BRICK CO. West Dallas, 1883

26 January 2018

The J. M. Harry brick yard was located at ‘Frenchtown’ about three miles west of Dallas on the Texas and Pacific Railway. La Reunion Lands are visible in the Background. This was the first industrial plant to locate at Clay Bank which was known as Cement City by 1899. Dallas News Article: One of the […]

COUNTY JUDGE RALPH HALL Opens Highway

26 January 2018

The horses seemed to watch with interest as the ribbon was cut for a 16.6 mile section of present-day Interstate 30 Highway from Buckner Boulevard in Dallas to Rockwall, Texas on July 26, 1951. Holding the scissors, which were labeled “Big D” and “Big R.”, are Texas Highway Chairman E. H. Thornton, Jr.(left) and Rockwall […]

SHERIFF HOOD PAYS BONNIE PARKER For Donut

25 January 2018

Seriously doubt that Dallas County Sheriff Hal Hood knew what the future would hold for either he or Bonnie Parker. The two are captured (so to speak) in this photo at Marco’s Cafe in Dallas, Texas around 1929.  Bonnie’s fate was determined by her affection for Clyde Barrow and Sheriff Hood’s reputation was tarnished by […]

HENRY B. THEVENET FAMILY

25 January 2018

Handwritten note on another photo describes the family residence as being located at 3001 Bookhout Street and the corner Wolf St. Dallas TX. Mrs. Thevenet writes, “Soon after, we added two more bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, and extended the front porch on two sides of the home. Note no shrubbery, flower garden or trees […]

ORGANIST JAMES GUINN REMINISCES

25 January 2018

James Guinn, a career organist, tells us that several of Dallas’ historic churches have in common pipe organs by the same builder. The firm of Henry Pilcher’s Sons of Louisville, Kentucky, provided quality instruments from well back in the nineteenth century until the onset of World War II. They did not resume business after the […]

MURDER AT PEARL St. CHURCH of CHRIST, Dallas TX

25 January 2018

Dallas’ Oldest Church; according to the Gospel Guardian in 1951 was known as the Pearl and Bryan Streets Church of Christ has had a most unusual history. Beginning in 1855, the first members of the congregation consisted of the Shephard, Cole, Miller, Peak, and Heard families, with perhaps a few others not remembered. This little […]

SHOOTOUT AT PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH

25 January 2018

SHOOT OUT AT PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH June, 1897- An unusually large congregation assembled at the Pleasant Valley church, five miles east of Garland, yesterday forenoon to hear the Rev. Dr. Patterson, of Ellis county, preach.  The preliminary service of song and prayer was over, and the preacher was about to announce his text, and the […]

ST. MATTHEW’S CATHEDRAL, Dallas TX.

25 January 2018

The Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew, known simply as St. Matthew’s Cathedral, is an Episcopal cathedral church located at 5100 Ross Avenue in Dallas. The cathedral is the official seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and is sometimes called the mother church of the diocese. It is listed by the Texas […]

MAURICE LESLIE “JACK” McCLAIN

25 January 2018

Maurice Leslie (Jack) McClain was born at Lampasas, Texas on January 11, 1915. His dad was born at Pleasant Valley and his mother came to Texas at the age of nine. Jack was still an infant when his mother returned to Pleasant Valley.  Jack is the son of Major Leslie and Amy Lou Pierson McClain. […]

OAK CLIFF TORNADO Provides Lesson in Meteorology

24 January 2018

Do you remember where you were when the Oak Cliff Tornado swept across Dallas? The Dallas tornado of April 2, 1957, commonly known as the Oak Cliff tornado, was a landmark event in the history of meteorology. It was the first time a tornado was extensively photographed and filmed through all phases of its life […]

FLORENCE AMANDA PARKER WAY

24 January 2018

Florence (Parker) Way was the daughter of Matt and Clara (Withers) Parker.  They were ranchers in Palo Pinto County, Texas. At the age of twenty-three Florence came to Rockwall.  She was the bride of Jack Way, son of Jim and Amanda (Willess) Way. Jack was a farmer and mule trader in the area. Jack Way […]

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 […]