Tag: Dallas TX

LARGENT PARKS Recalls Chalk Hill

3 October 2018

My name is Largent Parks, maybe we’d better say Largent Parks, Senior, since there is now a Junior, and also a Third. I was born in 1907 at 4321 Swiss Avenue, which is the block between Peak and Carroll. My father had just built a large frame, two-story house with great rambling porches all around […]

GRACE METHODIST, Converted Apartments

23 September 2018

It is not an uncommon occurrence for a residence to be converted into a church, but when the case is reversed, and a church is changed into a residence, it is a very unusual affair, in fact, even the old settlers of Dallas, when the matter is considered, will no doubt scratch their heads thoughtfully […]

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. […]

FLORENCE T. BROWN Murder Shocked City

5 May 2018

DESPITE THE GREAT popular stir at the time it happened, the murder of Florence Brown occurred more than half a century ago, or long enough in the past to be largely forgotten, yet it remains one of the most mys­terious and sensational in the annals of Dallas crime, mainly because of the circumstances in which […]

BOTH BRYAN,- COCKRELL Lived Among Cherokees

3 May 2018

As BRYAN began to drink heavily in the early 185o’s, and his capacity for civic leadership waned, a new personality rose in the community — Alexander Cockrell, Dallas’ first capitalist. Cockrell made himself so strongly felt and his initiative, before his untimely end, so foreshadowed the spirit of the later builders of the town that […]

SAM P. COCHRAN, Shocks Dallas’ Socialites

1 May 2018

The Cedars of those early days must have been unusual in the quality of its intellectual atmosphere for a frontier community. One block nearer town than the Aldredges and the Cowarts lived Judge Sawnie Robertson, the youngest man ever to sit on the Texas Supreme Court. His home was regularly visited by the most brilliant […]


30 April 2018

Almost across the street from the Aldredges lived the Cowarts. Robert E. Cowart, a native of Georgia had also been a Confederate soldier (one of the youngest), and was a brilliant lawyer. With his family lived his two unmarried sisters, Miss Leila and Miss Lora Cowart. They were both teachers. Miss Leila, a large slow-moving […]


30 April 2018

Occupying the other half of the block with the Phillip Sanger home when the Cedars was a neighborhood of “the nicest people” was the residence of George N. Aldredge. He served as district judge from 1878-88 and came to Dallas shortly after his discharge from the Confederate Army at Pittsburg, Texas. He was a salty […]


27 April 2018

Constance Riek was 49 years of age in 1875 when he moved his family from Hermann, Missouri to Dallas, Texas. He had many accomplishments to his credit and was respected and loved by those who knew and worked with him. He had been a member of the Missouri Legislature and served as Judge in Gasconade […]

PIERRE DUSSEAU, Considerant’s Gardener

26 April 2018

Thanks to Frances James for all of her hard work. She made it possible for the grave of Pierre Dusseau to be properly marked with a bronze Texas Historical Commission plaque. His grave is located at the Old Pioneer Cemetery in downtown Dallas. His original headstone disappeared many years ago. The following historical information is […]

JOHN H. FLORENCE, Family’s Parkland Home

19 April 2018

Our family had many strange homes during the twelve years my father, Dr. John Hicks Florence, worked as a public health officer.  The strangest and most interesting was the old Parkland city hospital at Maple and Oak Lawn avenues where we lived for four years between 1898 and 1902. Papa was a young practicing physician […]


15 April 2018

Ever wonder about that obscure small brick foundation with its strange metal cover on top near the Old Red Courthouse?  It’s the one on the corner of Commerce and Houston streets.  It actually predates Old Red by about two years.  That little innocent looking well cover is the only remaining remnant of a near disaster […]


9 April 2018

During World War II, I attended North Dallas High School and joined the Girl’s Victory Corps as soon as it was organized. Our gym teacher, Miss Keller, had started the organization in March of 1943. We volunteered to join but had to furnish our own uniforms. Our school principal, Mr. E. B. Comstock said this […]


8 April 2018

Only a few days before Mr. Cockrell arrived home, the town elected A. M. Moore as its new Marshall. I had a bad reaction when I heard about it because Mr. Moore owed us money that Mr. Cockrell had not been able to collect, and I knew my husband intended to have it out with […]


8 April 2018

During 1918 the influenza epidemic killed hundreds in Dallas and taxed hospital facilities to the limit, but when the Armistice was declared in November the epidemic was under control.  The first troops, belonging to the 133rd Field Artillery, returned from overseas  and participated in a victory parade through downtown Dallas in March 1919.  That same […]

LA REUNION, North Texas’ Second Colony

5 April 2018

After his return and in concluding his details of their journey to the area originally known as Three Forks, but now called the village of Dallas, Victor Considerant wrote, “I have seen the light of the Burning Bush, and in the last days of that journey, my mind was opened to a study, henceforth blended […]

OLD DALLAS CLUB, Early Landmark

3 April 2018

DALLAS IS KNOWN throughout the United States for the multitude of plush private clubs in the downtown district, some of them located on top of the city’s highest buildings with commanding views of the community. But the first, and one of the most imposing of all, was the old Dallas Club, a landmark that stood […]


3 April 2018

When I was a kid, and wanted to go somewhere, I rode the trolley from our house to the fairgrounds. We boarded the trolley on Colonial, transferred at Forest Avenue, (Martin Luther King) to a car going towards the Fairgrounds, the Myrtle car. At Myrtle we caught another car, the Fair Park car to the […]


1 April 2018

Jim Gatewood, author of “Decker” published in 1999, was visiting with me right after his book was released.  The following is a brief summary about the arrival of W. O. Bankston in Dallas as told by Gatewood. “W. O. Bankston arrived at Dallas in 1932 about dark as an unpaid occupant of a boxcar.  Not […]