Pioneers of Dallas County

DALLAS WOMEN TAKE UP GOLF

20 January 2018

Some of the women played golf every day, once the Dallas country clubs allowed their memberships.  It should also be mentioned that one of the all time greats, Lee Trevino, was born in Dallas, Texas, into a family of Mexican ancestry, Trevino was raised by his mother, Juanita Trevino, and his grandfather, Joe Trevino. He […]

WILLIAM H. HUGHES, JR.

20 January 2018

William Harry Hughes, Jr. was born on December 21, 1920, in Krum, Texas, where his grandmother Bailey lived. He was the firstborn of William Harry Hughes, Sr. and Marvel Lee Bailey. He was the first grandchild and the apple of the eye of Evie M. (Orem) Hughes and Harrison G. “Gib” Hughes in Dallas. He […]

SIDNEY SMITH & NANNIE J. LIVELY NOELL

19 January 2018

Addison, Texas was originally named Noell Junction after Sidney Smith Noell, pictured with his family at their home, which was nestled on 1,200 acres south of Belt Line Road from Midway Road to Preston Road. Noell was a charter member of the Addison Methodist Church and gave land in order to ge the Cotton Belt […]

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, 1954–1990 Oak Cliff Native

18 January 2018

Stevie Ray Vaughan, blues musician and guitar legend, was born in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas on October 3, 1954, to Jim and Martha Vaughan. Stevie’s exposure to music began in his childhood, as he watched his big brother, Jimmie, play guitar. Stevie’s fascination with the blues drove him to teach himself to play […]

DEE WILTON & ELLA WADE TUGGLE

18 January 2018

DEE WILTON & ELLA WADE TUGGLE Dee Wilton Tuggle “Bud” was born in Weatherford, Texas May 25, 1874, the fifth child, but the first son born to William Thomas and Mary Ellen Cole Tuggle. Mary Ellen was the daughter of Calvin Green and Elmira Ann (Reeder) Cole who came to Texas in 1844 to join […]

GEORGE A. MILLER, JR., 1931-2018

18 January 2018

GEORGE A. MILLER, JR. May 11, 1931-Jan. 14, 2018 was a Crozier Tech HS Graduate-Garland Fire Dept. Battalion Chief At 86 years of age, George A. Miller, Jr., “Junior”, was called home by his Lord and Savior on January 14th, 2018 to a peaceful rest in heaven. He was a beloved son, brother, father, and […]

DALLAS’S CRUTCHFIELD HOUSE, 1870

18 January 2018

The Crutchfield House, Dallas’s First Hotel, was originally a log structure, built around 1852 which burned in the fire of 1860.  The first hotel Dallas ever knew was a historic landmark in this city for many years. It was built about 1850 on the bluff of the Trinity near the eastern end of the present […]

ALBERT & SOPHIA COOPER Day & Night Battery Service

17 January 2018

ALBERT & SOPHIA COOPER Operated Day & Night Battery Service at Swiss & Pacific Ave.  How lucky can you be? To be a part of this special family was a real blessing. My father, Albert James Cooper, was born January 11, 1893, in Gatesville, Texas and came to Dallas TX in 1908 at age fifteen […]

ED W. DANIEL – Oldest White Rock Wake Area Native

17 January 2018

ED W. DANIEL – Oldest White Rock Wake Area Native Recalls All Day Wagon Journey to Downtown Dallas, Texas Dallas Daily Times Herald, March 28, 1926 White Rock, geographically, isn’t a bit nearer to Dallas than it was when the first white settlers drove their ox teams through the creek which bears its name, and […]

RAILROAD REMOVED FROM PACIFIC AVENUE Robert Wilonsky for Dallas Observer:…

17 January 2018

RAILROAD REMOVED FROM PACIFIC AVENUE Robert Wilonsky for Dallas Observer:  I received an intriguing phone call from preservation expert, author and activist Virginia McAlester, who told me about the great railroad “Spike-Pulling Ceremony” that took place at the corner of Pacific, Live Oak and St. Paul in 1921. You know that image of the golden […]

M. RAY COMPTON, 1897-1915 Garland High School Honor Student Taken…

17 January 2018

M. RAY COMPTON, 1897-1915 Garland High School Honor Student Taken by Typhoid Boyhood Friends Serve As Pall Bearers Ray Compton son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Compton of the Pleasant Valley (now Sachse, TX) community, died Sunday night after suffering for several weeks from a severe case of typhoid fever. Funeral services were held […]

PADGITT BROTHERS, WELL KNOWN SADDLE MAKERS Dallas, Texas 1867-1960s To…

17 January 2018

PADGITT BROTHERS, WELL KNOWN SADDLE MAKERS Dallas, Texas 1867-1960s To tell the story of the Famous Texas Padgitt Brothers Tom, Clint, and Jesse we must start at their original home of Gallatin, Tennessee. The Padgitt Brothers Parents were James Robert Padgitt and Mary Jane Bond Padgitt they had a family which consisted of 5 children: […]

HOME OF COL. JOHN C. McCOY Ran Large News Paper…

17 January 2018

HOME OF COL. JOHN C. McCOY Ran Large News Paper Ad Each Christmas Season Extended Invitation for Children of Dallas to Visit His Home, SW Corner of S. Harwood & Main Street. COLONEL JOHN C. McCOY Among the early settlers of northern Texas, and the first lawyer to locate in the city of Dallas, was […]

ALMA GARRISON LIESKE, 1916-1970

17 January 2018

ALMA GARRISON LIESKE, Dec. 21, 1916-May 12, 1970 Suffers Fatal Fall Alma Louise Lieske was born in Humble, Texas December 21, 1916 and died in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 1970. Private First Class Lieske proudly served her country as a member of the United States Army during World War II. Alma was living in […]

ELLIS CHARLES THOMAS & JULIA ANN MOON Developers Trash Civil…

16 January 2018

ELLIS CHARLES THOMAS & JULIA ANN MOON Developers Trash Civil War Veteran’s Headstone Ellis Charles Thomas was a son of Judge John and Hannah Andes Thomas. He was born October 7, 1822 in Sevier County, Tennessee. He died on October 12, 1864, of typhoid fever, at Boggy Depot, Arkansas, while serving in the Confederate Army. […]

HENRY LINDSLEY, III Obituary, Dec. 12, 1928- Apr. 12, 2011…

16 January 2018

HENRY LINDSLEY, III Obituary, Dec. 12, 1928- Apr. 12, 2011 Married Granddaughter of President & Elanor Roosevelt Businessman Henry Lindsley, grandson of former Dallas mayor, dies at 82. Henry Dickinson Lindsley III built on his family’s nearly 150-year history in Dallas TX through numerous business arenas. He had wide-ranging financial interests that stretched from Dallas […]

JOHN S. THOMAS, HANNAH ANDES THOMAS

16 January 2018

John S. Thomas was the son of Isaac Thomas, Indian fighter and scout for General John Sevier during the Indian Wars in Tennessee. Isaac was born in Virginia about 1735, and was a hero of the Battle of Watauga Settlement in 1776. He married Elizabeth Massengill and settled at Sevierville, Tennessee where they raised eight […]

JOHN FRANKLIN & MATTIE BRELL BOYKIN DILLON Dillon Grocery, 711…

16 January 2018

JOHN FRANKLIN & MATTIE BRELL BOYKIN DILLON Dillon Grocery, 711 N. Haskell near Gaston Ave., 1913 John Franklin Dillon came to Dallas, Texas in 1898, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He went to work for his Uncle William Young at the City Meat Market on Ervay Street and roomed at Uncle Bill’s Hotel on Cadiz Street. […]

ADOLPH F. & ELIZABETH GOUHENANT Early Dallas Photographer Dies of…

16 January 2018

ADOLPH F. & ELIZABETH GOUHENANT Early Dallas Photographer Dies of Injuries From Boarding Train In 1843 Adolphus F. Gouhenant was taken from Agen, France in the middle of the night and escorted by armed guards to a small, damp cell in Toulouse. With no lights, no fire for warmth, and nothing but bread and water […]

RUTH JEANETTE COOPER Tells About Peak’s Branch

15 January 2018

This area was prairie, with all kinds of wildflowers, a veritable fairyland. There was a small running stream, a tributary of Peak’s Branch, directly back to our lot. We would lean over the back fence and crawfish any time that we wanted to. For bait we used some fatback tied to a string or sometimes […]