Pioneers of Dallas County

COL. NED GREEN OWNS Dallas’ First Automobile

22 May 2018

The first automobile to arrive in Dallas belonged to Edward Howland Robinson Green who, driven by a factory engineer sent with the car, rode in from Terrell October 5, 1899, making the thirty-five mile trip in five hours, which included time out to repair damages done when a wagon forced the car off the road […]

ALFRED K. & MARY COLE LUCAS

22 May 2018

Alfred King Lucas (1848-1905) was born in Tennessee in 1848.  He was the son of Thomas L. and Narcissa (Wommack) Lucas, who came to Dallas County in 1853 and bought land for $1.50 per acre at the present Maple and Cedar Springs streets. At age 17, King enlisted in Colonel Warren Stone’s Confederate 6th Texas […]

RICE & SADIE FORSTER WELLS

22 May 2018

Rice Wells was born March 15, 1892 at Brown County, Texas. He was one of nine children born to James Madison “Uncle Matt” and Louisa Ballard Wells. Matt and Louisa were married on December 24, 1881 by J. L. Robertson, minister of the gospel.  Matt had a little grocery store in the Liberty Grove Community, […]

MANGOLD LEAVES CLIFF TOWERS Legend

21 May 2018

NO MAN CONTRIBUTED more to the wholesome enjoyment of outdoor, summertime night life in Dallas than Charles A. Mangold, an exceed­ingly genial gentleman of Germanic extraction who arrived from his native Cincinnati in 1885 and greatly enriched the traditions of his adopted city before his death nearly half a century later. A founder of the […]

DALLAS’ EARLY STREET RAILWAY LINES

21 May 2018

Pierre du Pont, the grandson of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, founder of E. I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company, was a young man of thirty seeking new investment fields for the family fortune when he spotted the opportunity that Dallas streetcar properties afforded. After a trip to Dallas in 1901, Pierre wrote: The whole […]

FRANK SAYRE, EARLY DALLAS PHARMACIST

20 May 2018

Francis “Frank” Sayre was born in Utica, New York on March 3, 1828. At age four-teen he went to New York City and entered a seven-year apprenticeship in pharmacy. In 1849 he came to Texas as a pharmacist but returned to New York and worked for several physicians until he started his own business. In […]

THOMAS N. MERRITT, Gave His Life

19 May 2018

Thomas Newell Merritt, another Dallas County lad who gave his life for his country will be laid at rest Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, not far from Rowlett. The soldier for whom the final services are to be held Sunday is Thomas N. Merritt, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. […]

BOIS D’ARC BLOCKS Battle Dallas Mud

19 May 2018

BOIS D’ARC TREES, apparently a universal favorite among the first settlers in the Dallas area, had everything to commend them except their fruit. Also known as Osage oranges and horse apples, these inedible pack­ages of seed about the size of a Texas grapefruit were of little use to man or beast and reflected no credit […]

FRANK D. & LILLIAN FLY CARSEY

19 May 2018

Frank Davis Carsey was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, in 1863, the fourth son of Louisa M. Davis and Thomas P. Carsey. Frank and Lillian Elizabeth (Fly) Carsey were married on 9 Novem­ber 1887 in Williamson County, at the home of George Washington Fly (her brother). She was the daughter of Sterling Brown and Emily […]

J. W. HOUSEWRIGHT Joins Tennessee Wagon Train

18 May 2018

Jichonias W. (Uncle Jake) Housewright, his wife Sally and eight of their children—William, Nig, Lewis, Napoleon, Hoss, Sis, Mattie and John—were the first Housewright’s to lay foot on Wylie soil. They came via wagon train from Churchill, Hawkins County, Tennessee where Jichonias was a well-known millwright with his own gristmill powered by water from the […]

FEDERAL RESERVE Saved Dallas Bank

18 May 2018

ON TUESDAY, May 11, 1921, the Dallas Federal Reserve, then less than seven years old and hitherto untried in such circumstances, came to the rescue of a Dallas commercial bank in a spectacular and con­clusive way, for it was on this day that the Security National Bank, one of the larger financial institutions in the […]

DALLAS’ GOLF CLUB ORIGIN

17 May 2018

The present Dallas Country Club is the fourth clubhouse of the Dallas Country Club. When it was of­ficially opened in November, 1957, the Dallas Country Club officials published a brochure giving the history of the country club written by the late J. T. Trezevant. Inas­much as this brochure was distributed only to members of the […]

COL. C. C. SLAUGHTER, Baptist Philanthropist

17 May 2018

The Colonel Christopher Columbus Slaughter’s two concerns in life were his business and his church. He was an ardent Baptist and gave much of his wealth to Baptist philanthropies. His one deliberate flouting of the church’s rule was cards. He loved his game of whist and in char­acteristic independence had it to the end of […]

COL. C. C. SLAUGHTER, Cattle Baron

16 May 2018

From the time of the first settlers in the Three Forks Country, cattle raising was a major occupation in the region, though no individuals practiced it in the expansive fashion of the later great ranchers of West Texas.  In 1874, however, one of the greatest cattle barons in the history of Texas, Colonel C. C. […]

FLIERS HELPED CELEBRATE ARMISTICE

16 May 2018

Back in 1918 the army’s advanced flying school at Love Field with its complement of 240 officers played a big part in Dallas’s celebration of the November 11 armistice ending World War I. Among those sharply recalling a spectacular air show staged at that time at Love Field was Thomas D. Shiels, a consulting engineer […]

CAPTAIN W. H. GASTON, Old East Dallas

15 May 2018

AMONG THE KEY FIGURES in the evolution of Dallas from a frontier hamlet into a modern city must be rated Capt. William H. Gaston, pioneer banker, “discoverer” of East Dallas, and a potent factor in the establishment of the State Fair of Texas. When he died in 1927 In his eighty-seventh year, he was one […]

GEORGE W. & EMMA SPENCE BOYD,

15 May 2018

George William Boyd was born in Chester, South Carolina on June 30, 1876 near Chester, South Carolina.  He was the son of Henry and Martha J. Cannon Boyd.  George didn’t own a farm.  He worked for Jake Sachse for five years and then he worked at the Henry Barger farm. Emma Lela Spence Boyd was […]

1888 WATER SITUATION PLAGUES DALLAS

15 May 2018

The water situation continued to plague Dallas. In 1888 it was considered solved, however, when the Turtle Creek pump sta­tion (on the site of Dal-Hi Stadium) was built to handle a consump­tion of 10 million gallons (raw water) per day. Cement sidewalks, and some brick, were laid downtown the same year, to cure another water […]

TOLBERT T. GRIFFIN, 1873-1911

14 May 2018

Tolbert T. Griffin died in the Cottonwood Community in northeastern Dallas County on December 31, 1911 at 34 years of age.  He leaves a widow and five small children  He was born August 1870 in Limestone County, Alabama. He was the fifth of six children born to Joseph and Minerva Elizabeth Glaze Griffin. The blonde […]

MARK & ELIZABETH HARRIS ROBERTSON

14 May 2018

Mark Robertson (1811-1879) was born in Dixon County, Tennes­see, the son of James Robertson, grandson of Charles Robertson, and nephew of James. Charles Robertson and his brother, James, were among the earliest set­tlers in Tennessee. He was also a cousin of Sterling Robertson, who founded Robertson’s Colony in Texas. The family soon moved to Illinois, […]