Thomas Andrew Manning was born in Kentucky on March 29, 1863. He was a veteran insurance man. Mr. Manning, age 71, of Melrose Court, died Wednesday in a local hospital. Services Thursday at home of a son, Blagden Manning of 4629 Nakoma Drive (at Inwood). Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.

Thomas Manning Residence

Thomas Manning Residence

He came to Dallas in 1890 as resident secretary of the North British & Mercantile Insurance Company. He was supervising the business of that concern for the Texas and Louisiana district. He resigned in 1904 to organize a general agency of his own in Dallas. He is survived by his wife and two sons and a sister. His wife, Mamie Jones Manning was born in Tennessee on June 22, 1868. Both Thomas. A. and Mamie Jones Manning are buried at Oakland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

The Manning family residence, built in 1890 was located was located at the northeast corner of South Ervay and Ophelia streets. Ophelia Street is now known as Hickory Street. The house was demolished in 1922 in order t make way for commercial construction.

Ervay Street was located in an affluent are which become known as The Cedars.  The jewel of Ervay Street was of course the City Park, originally ten acres but the city purchased an additional eight acres in 1882 at a cost of $2,200.  However additional acreage was continually added.  The city also added a greenhouse where orchids and other exotic plants were grown in addition to a zoo.

Courtesy Dallas Rediscovered by William L. McDonald. Find A Grave obituary transcribed from January 24, 1935 Dallas News article by Carol Moore.