Pioneers of Dallas County

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 […]

MT. AUBURN – OPPORTUNITY CEMETERY One Headstone Reads: ” An…

15 January 2018

MT. AUBURN – OPPORTUNITY CEMETERY One Headstone Reads: ” An Old Slave, 102 Years Old” E. B. Meeks, Member of Secret Society Between 1872-73 and 1880, when the railroads finally arrived in the city of Dallas, the population had expanded from approximately 3000 to 10,358. When the 1900 Federal census was taken there were 42,638 […]

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT & CHANDLER ROOSEVELT, 1952 Day Before Grandaughter’s Graduation…

15 January 2018

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT & CHANDLER ROOSEVELT, 1952 Day Before Grandaughter’s (Chandler) Graduation, Dallas Texas Ten students enrolled in the school in 1913 on Hockaday’s first campus, located in a house on North Haskell Avenue in Dallas. In the next few years, Hockaday increased in size, adding a Lower School and a large boarding department. By the […]

ALEXANDER W. & SARAH SHELTON HUFFMAN PERRY Namesake of Carrollton,…

15 January 2018

ALEXANDER W. & SARAH SHELTON HUFFMAN PERRY Namesake of Carrollton, Texas Sarah Perry Was Buried On A Hill In The North Pasture. The year was 1844, one year before Texas would become a state, a small family in a covered wagon with an extra team, three horses, and little money, made its way South. Through […]

EAGLE FORD SCHOOL, 1601 Chalk Hill Rd. Built 1923 Only…

15 January 2018

EAGLE FORD SCHOOL, 1601 Chalk Hill Rd. Built 1923 Only Eagle Ford Community Building Still Standing Bonnie Parker’s Report Card Found In Box In Basement The Eagle Ford School Today The following is an excerpt from the Landmark Designation Report prepared by Marcel Quimby of Quimby/McCoy Preservation Architecture, commissioned by the Dallas Mexican American Historical […]

THE MANNER FAMILY First Dallas Piano Manufacturer George Karl Jacob…

15 January 2018

THE MANNER FAMILY First Dallas Piano Manufacturer George Karl Jacob Manner was born in Germany on February 16, 1828, and migrated to the United States in 1840. He remained in New York for twenty years and served in the Civil War from there. He had studied music in both Germany and New York. This background […]

CARUTH BROTHERS Store Downtown Dallas

15 January 2018

CARUTH BROTHERS STARTED WITH STORE Located Next to Courthouse Downtown Dallas, Texas IT IS WIDELY KNOWN that the pioneer Caruth family played an important part in the start of University Park. Also familiar is the decisive role of the gift in 1910 of some 520 acres of land by W. W. Caruth, Sr. to Southern […]

175 Yr. Old STATE CHAMPION SHUMARD RED OAK TREE Garland…

15 January 2018

175 Yr. Old STATE CHAMPION SHUMARD RED OAK TREE Garland Memorial Cemetery Looses Historic Red Oak Tree About 100 feet from the Champion Incense Cedar tree in Garland Memorial Park along South Garland Avenue once stood the majestic State Champion Shumard Red Oak. This oak was recognized in 1999 by the Texas Forest Service as […]

WHITE ROCK CREEK, 1910 Before It Was a Lake The…

14 January 2018

WHITE ROCK CREEK, 1910 Before It Was a Lake The beautiful waterway named White Rock Creek begins in Collin County north of Highway 121 near Hillcrest and passes near what we now recognize as the town of Addison. It cuts through the Preston Witt survey, about where Belt Line Road and Preston Road intersect. (Preston […]

JACOB LUTZ, SR. FAMILY At Dallas, Texas Home

14 January 2018

The Selzer long journey that led Jacob Lutz and his large family to Dallas started in 1882 when they left the Austria-Hungary area in Europe to escape the cruelty of the Turks and Russian Cossacks and the threat to their religious freedom. They came to America in “steerage” aboard ship, even though they had paid […]