Daily Events, Dallas, Texas, 1935

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Stirring Events Mark Local News During Past 12 Months




     The statement that "there's nothing so dead as yesterday's newspaper" fails to hold true at the end of each year. The galaxy of events occurring in Dallas during a twelve-months' period not only gives a birdseye view of every-day human drama in the marking, but also goes to make up what, in future years, may be entered in the "History of the South's Greatest Metropolis--Dallas."
     Murders, fires, robberies, strikes, automobile accidents, political maneuvers and scandals, city and county affairs, athletic contests--every conceivable type of event [portra]ys its part in the picturesque, ___ and sometimes pathetic panorama of human life which newspaper editors depict on "Page One," ___ days each year.
     Dallas has had its share of important news happenings during 1935. So important or unusual were some of them that they went not only over the United States, but also reached many foreign newspapers at far corners of the globe. With the hope that a year from now, "S. M. U. Mustangs defeat Stanford in Rose Bowl game on [January] 1, 1936," will be at the top of the list, The Times Herald presents the following compilation of outstanding events in Dallas during 1935:


First Wirephoto.
1 -- First Associated Press Wirephotos: New York Governor Herbert Lehman being sworn into office; Chinese students celebrating New Year's Day in San Francisco. Jesse Jones, RFC chairman, visits Dallas; county officials sworn in for two-year term; three are killed in auto accidents.

January 2 -- City Manager John N. Edy announces the city council will be ready to sell all or part of the city's $3,000,000 bonds voted for the Texas Centennial, as soon as the local Centennial organization raises __000,000 for the exposition and seeks state and federal appropriations.

January 3 -- Bank call shows deposits [by] local banks $35,000,000 ahead of 1933, and resources $31,000,000 __eater.

January 4 -- Chamber of Commerce [bo]ard approves plans for 1935, committees named, and Ben Critz and executive staff reappointed. Mumps and chicken pox epidemics hit school children.

January 6 -- Seven hundred beer dealers pay $18,075 to county for licenses.

January 7 -- Directors of Centennial Exposition name three executives: Walter D. Cline, managing director; Otto Herold, assistant; Mayor Charles E. Turner, director of finance. First rain of 1935.

McCraw Goes to Austin.
8 -- William McCraw leaves Dallas by plane to take up duties of office as new attorney general.

January 9 -- Gerald C. Mann, former S. M. U. football star, is named secretary of state by Governor-elect James V. Allred.

January 10 -- County Commissioners court plans back-tax drive as auditor says revenue $100,000 behind. Opponents of council-manager administration begins plans for fight with Citizens-Charter Association in hope of removing Manager John N. Edy in April elections.

January 11 -- Internal Revenue Officer __. A. Thomas mails out 100,000 income tax blanks.

January 12 -- Leon A. Harris, vice president of local department store, dies suddenly in New York.

January 13 -- Designs completed on four Centennial halls: Texas, agricultural, educational and natural resource buildings, estimated cost __1,000,000. New city directory issued shows population 334,056. Work begins on Main-Elm-Commerce triple underpass as two blocks cleared for excavation.

January 18 -- Ray Morrison accepts post as football coach at Vanderbilt.

Mercury Down to 8.3.
21 -- Cold wave hits city, thermometer registers 8.3 degrees.

January 22 -- C. W. Hobson, key figure in Southwest electrical business, dies suddenly. Park board orders city's famous "pea patch" closed.

January 25 -- La Roy Lane dies in electric chair at Huntsville for the murder of Cecil Chapman, Dallas County deputy sheriff.

January 29 -- S. M. U. board of trustees turned down student petition requesting dancing on campus, and names Matty Bell to succeed Ray Morrison as head football coach.

January 30 -- Jed Adams, Dallas attorney and member of the U. S. board of tax appeals, died suddenly in Washington.


February 1 -- City announces record-breaking tax collections of $3,702,735; county collects $220,000 less than budget estimates. Groundhog sees shadow here, forecasts six weeks' bad weather.

February 2 -- Police confiscate 200 slot machines. City election rumors cloud political sky.

Garment Workers Strike.
4 -- Race track lobby at Austin draws fire from Dallas pastors. County asks $10,000,000 in PWA road improvements. Ray Hamilton walks into police trap in South Dallas, but escapes after round of gunfire.

February 6 -- Public's help urged to cut climbing traffic toll.

February 7 -- Garment workers call [strike] and picket local factory. County Commissioners okay $13,000,000 in PWA requests.

February 8 -- Water supply in twenty-seven rural schools declared unsafe.

February 9 -- Vic Hurt, Oklahoma Baptist football coach, named assistant grid mentor for S. M. U.

February 11 -- Dallas and Texas get first woman district judge as Sarah Hughes' nomination to Fourteenth District Court bench is confirmed by senate. "Strike vote" called among women dressmakers by Meyer Perlstein, field representative of International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, New York.

February 12 -- Fists fly as striking dressmakers clash with cops at Morten-Davis plant; two officers bitten.

February 14 -- Love, cheer, boos and booze greet Valentine's Day.

Governors Meet.
15 -- Police jail twenty as they make raid on dress strikers and sympathizers at Jackson and Austin streets. Governor James V. Allred and Governor E. W. Marland, Oklahoma, meet here in oil compact conference, agree to work together in prevent[ing] physical waste of petroleum.

February 16 -- Nine oil states adopt oil compact as convention ends; Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Arkansas and Michigan.

February 18 -- U. S. gold clause ruling booms stock market trading and saves city $23,000,000.

February 20 -- Committee gives Walter Cline virtual "dictatorship" of Centennial. Three more arrested in dress strike flare-up. Forty-four candidates announce for place No. 3 in legislature, vacated by Sarah T. Hughes.

February 22 -- Barrow harboring trial begins. Heavy dust storms blankets city and chokes citizens.

February 26 -- Mothers of Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker and Raymond Hamilton and seventeen other relatives get jail sentences for harboring fugitives from federal justice.

MARCH 1935

Tornado Hits Forney.
1 -- Government "Baby Bonds" placed on sale here.

March 3 -- S. M. U. Rice and Arkansas end up in three-way tie for Southwest basketball championship.

March 4 -- One killed, homes wrecked as tornado strikes Forney . Explosion kills peanut vendor, Frank Garrett, in Elm Street hotel.

March 6 -- Dallas club women indorse legislative to ban high school fraternities and sororities.

March 7 -- Four hundred garment workers quit machines in general walkout.

March 8 - Police battle women pickets in strike zone, nine are arrested.

March 10 -- Anti-Citizen Charter Association group first dubbed as "Catfish."

March 16 -- Second severe dust storm hits city. Sam Hanna elected to succeed Sarah T. Hughes in Texas house of representatives.

March 19 -- Federal work relief clients "strike" and swarm city hall.

New Councilmen Selected.
22 -- Spring fever attacks hundreds.

March 23 -- Unemployed refuse to leave city hall; sleep in corridors.

March 24 -- Inspiration Home at Cedar Springs Road and North Pearl Street, sponsored by Times Herald, draws large crowds for "open inspection."

March 25 -- Unemployed sitters leave hall after four are arrested.

March 26 -- Farmers dump thousands of gallons of milk on ground at M-K-T railroad yards in price war.

March 27 -- Attempt made to poison cattle in milk war. Arsenic found in cow feed.

APRIL 1935

April 2 -- All nine candidates of Citizens Civic Association gain sweeping victory for places on council in election.

April 3 -- Hal Moseley succeeds John N. Edy as city manager.

April 5 -- Raymond Hamilton captured in Fort Worth railroad yards.

April 6 -- Hamilton rushed from Dallas County jail to state penitentiary to await electric chair, averting mob violence here. New city council elects George Sergeant mayor.

Dust Storm Blankets City.
8 -- Safety parade held in city traffic campaign.

April 10 -- Dallas flooded with 600,000 gallons of East Texas oil.

April 11 -- Third dust storm strikes, citizens wear gas masks.

April 12 -- Two drug stores padlocked in liquor drive.

April 14 - Three prisoners escape county jail by sawing bars on sixth floor window and making rope out of bed sheets.

April 15 -- W. N. Gillentine, Elm Street salvage lumber yard operator, murdered with iron rod. Case still unsolved.

April 17 -- Ralph Fults, companion of Ray Hamilton, captured by Denton officers near Lake Dallas. Catfish Club warns Moseley to appoint Jim Railton as chief of police.

April 21 -- Old Central Bank building bought for $100,000 by Great National Life Insurance Co. Gasoline price war ends. Easter rabbit brings eggs to kiddies.

April 21 [27?] -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt appoints former City Manager John N. Edy as assistant director of the budget in Washington.

April 30 -- Dime chain letter craze hits Dallas and floods postoffice with heavier deliveries.

MAY 1935

Jones New Police Chief.
2 -- Dr. Charles C. Selecman, president of S. M. U., resigns as director of Loyal Citizens League.

May 3 -- Three Dallas jailbreakers nabbed in East St. Louis. Food rations of 9,000 needy families cut one-fourth.

May 7 -- Robert L. Jones named chief of police, succeeding Claude W. Trammell. Gov. James V. Allred signs bill in Austin appropriating $3,000,000 for Texas Centennial.

May 9 -- Governor Allred refuses to interfere with execution of Raymond Hamilton and Joe Palmer. S. M. U. celebrates twentieth anniversary.

May 10 -- Raymond Hamilton and Joe Palmer die in Huntsville electric chair.

May 14 -- County master road improvement plans, recommending expenditure of $13,060,900 released by state highway engineer.

May 15 -- Robert L. Jones sworn in as police chief, agrees to accept assistant's pay until September 18 so Trammell can retire on chief's pay pension.

Heavy Flood Loss.
16 -- Frank N. Watson named promotional chief of Centennial.

May 17 -- Chain letter fad dies out.

May 18 -- Motorists stranded as heavy rains flood highways and farmers marooned as Trinity River overflows lowlands.

May 21 -- Senate okays $3,000,000 Centennial bill. Flood loss to Dallas County crops set at over $100,000.

May 23 -- Drys open two-day convention at First Baptist Church to fight repeal. August W. Schulz, Dallas Central Labor Council official, dies.

May 26 -- Police Court gets death clock to record traffic murders.

May 28 -- Lorius car, belonging to four murdered tourists, found in Dallas; travel checks of missing couples cashed here. Supreme Court's decision invalidating NRA codes fails to stir local business men.

May 29 -- One hundred and fifty families cut from relief rolls when investigation shows they obtained jobs and failed to report to relief headquarters.

Nudist Colony Banned.
30 -- Nudist colony banned in plans for Centennial Exposition exhibits.

May 31 -- Two thousand slot machines taxed here after Allred signs bill authorizing state and county to collect.

JUNE 1935

June 1 -- Oak Cliff High School name changed to W. H. Adamson High School.

June 6 -- Cotton and textile mills close, throwing 650 out of work.

June 14 -- Committee okays $1,000,000 Texas Hall for Centennial.

June 15 -- New flood sweeps over Dallas, forty-foot rise in Trinity River.

June 17 -- District Attorney Bob Hurt enjoined from stopping dog races at Oak Downs track.

June 20 -- Clearing grounds for Centennial buildings begins.

June 21 -- President Roosevelt promises to visit Centennial Exposition on opening day, June 6.

June 23 -- Three youths killed in wreck on Fort Worth pike.

Black Widow Scare.
29 -- Gambling restrained at dog race track. Police officers launch traffic and vice campaigns; street women jailed.

JULY 1935

July 1 -- One hundred "T-Men" go to work for city, reporting traffic violators to police department.

July 4 -- Horse race "bookies" close cash shops, but take bets over telephone. Two killed in July 4 accidents. Black Widow spider scare hits city.

July 7 -- Times Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle inaugurate traffic safety contest, with reports from each city.

July 9 -- Four prostration victims as mercury hits 100 degrees.

July 10 -- First death from heat wave. Citizens traffic advisory commission urges war on taxi cruising.

July 12 -- Construction begins on three buildings at Centennial.

July 18 -- City Council refuses Catfish Club's demands to out City Manager Hal Moseley.

July 21 -- Design of state hall for Centennial given okay by all interested boards.

Strikers Strip Girls.
23 -- Mystery blast causes $50,000 fire at Hickory Street plant of Thompson-Hayward Chemical Company.

July 31[?] -- Dr. William E. Hubbert shot to death in his Allen Building office by Mrs. Theta Burch, 35, who died several days later of self-inflicted bullet wounds.


August 1 -- Fifth Court of Civil Appeals refuses to compel District Judge Royall R. Watkins to grant order for re-opening of Oak Downs dog race track.

August 2 -- Joseph Leopold succeeds John W. Everman as public utility supervisor. G. A. McGregor named Dallas County relief chief by state board.

August 7 -- Several women dressmakers and two innocent bystanders stripped to the skin and spanked by garment plant strikers.

August 10 -- Mercury hits 106.6 degrees at Love Field weather bureau, breaking all-time record here.

August 13 -- Three strip-strikers fined $25 and three days in jail each.

August 14 -- Texas' request for $_,200,000 WPA allocation okayed at Washington. Recruits arrive for CCC camp at White Rock.

Dallas Votes Wet.
16 -- Mrs. Cenie Post, grandmother of Wiley Post, receives word of death of aviator grandson and Will Rogers in Alaskan plane crash.

August 17 -- Police close thirty-odd race horse bookmakers establishments after warning to shutdown comes from Ranger Captain Tom Hickman.

August 19 -- County budget of $2,174,610 approved by Commissioners Court at public hearing.

August 21 -- State Fair directors propose Southwestern States Fair for 1937.

August 24 -- Texas goes wet; Dallas kills prohibition, Trinity Canal and fee system, but favors old-age pensions and free textbooks.

August 26 -- Sale of whisky "wide open" despite attorney general's ruling liquor is illegal. County awards contract for construction of John Neely Bryan cabin on courthouse lawn.

August 30 -- City gets 63-degree "norther" in supposedly hottest month of year.

August 31 -- Two hundred and seventy-five men take examinations to become state highway patrolmen.


City Schools Open.
3 -- Wreckers obliterate Fair Park's amusement center.

September 4 -- City Manager appoints Sidney E. Hanson fire chief to succeed Rod Gambrell, rumored as "peace move" to appease Catfish organization.

September 6 -- Hanson orders sweeping reorganization of fire department two hours after taking oath of office. Several fired or demoted.

September 11 -- County's $4[?],000,000 WPA road improvement program approved by state board in San Antonio and forwarded to Washington.

September 12 -- Dallas political "big shots" attend funeral of Huey Long at Baton Rouge.

September 14 -- City council votes to install parking meters on downtown streets.

September 16 -- Schools open new term.

September 17 -- Undertakers squabble over bodies of accident victims. Three concerns charged.

September 18 -- Dallas banker sentenced to two years for embezzlement.

Cline Quits Centennial.
21 -- Walter D. Cline resigns as director of Centennial. Otto Herold named successor.

September 26 -- Woman falls to her death from seventh floor of Medical Arts Building.

September 30 -- Meyer Perlstein, garment workers' association representative, sentenced to three days in jail and fined $100 for contempt of court; allegedly he incited strike which resulted in stripping of several women dress workers on Dallas downtown streets. Dallas Building and Loan Association sold in $1,500,000 deal.


October 7 -- Eighty-two men put to work under WPA relief program. Several hundred construction workers wield hammers and saws on Centennial Exposition grounds.

October 10 -- City Court equipped with map table showing all major street intersections for use in illustrating accidents in negligent collision cases. Officers start drive on non-tax paid cigarets.

October 12 -- Governor James V. Allred officially opens construction work at Centennial grounds with blast of dynamite. Students storm city for Texas-Oklahoma U. football game.

Two Hurt in Crash.
15 -- Police order nickel-grabbing marble boards removed from business establishments near schools.

October 17 -- Ten special cops to keep order at dance halls, take oath of office. Designs for Centennial's Federal Building completed. Joseph E. Farnsworth, retired vice president of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, dies.

October 19 -- County grand jury frees man involved in auto accident which killed two persons.

October 25 -- Police Chief R. L. Jones cited for contempt of court after court writ ignored.

October 26 -- Dallas doctor and Lubbock financier injured in plane crash near Addison, north of Dallas.

October 27 -- Gasoline price war blamed as filling station bombed.

October 28 -- Yeggs blast safe at Oak Cliff Theater, escaping with $700.

October 29 -- Traffic violators arrested for evading trials in City Court.

Daylight Holdup.
30 -- Construction work at Fair Park rushed to beat time limit.

October 31 -- Two bandits get $2,000 pay roll in daylight holdup at W. T. Grant Co., Main Street. Ghosts walk and black cats howl as citizens celebrate Halloween.


November 1 -- WPA project approved in Washington replace[s] dole system. First of 1,000 parking meters installed on city streets.

November 4 -- Negro kills one white man, injured another in Negro dance hall shooting. Parking meters average forty cents collections daily.

November 6 -- Rangers raid Top O'Hill Terrace, between Dallas and Fort Worth in drive against gaming places.

November 7 -- Leonard Volk, pioneer Dallas shoe merchant, dies. S. M. U. Mustang band gets new uniforms.

November 8 -- Assistant District Attorney Tony Palumbo and Deputy Sheriff Fred Bradberry indicted for bribery in connection with alleged "confidence" game.

November 9 -- Dallas pilot killed as mail plane crashes in Fort Worth.

Armistice Day Parade.
10 -- Big time gamblers' request for "vice concession" at Centennial turned down.

November 11 -- Downtown Dallas sees colorful Armistice Day parade. S. M. U. football team trounces U. C. L. A., 24-0, in Los Angeles.

November 15 -- Liquor taverns stay wide open in "dry" Dallas.

November 20 -- Dallas liquor stores warned to close doors.

November 22 -- Highland Park Independent School District votes $275,000 bonds for new high school building. City settles back to normalcy as "bangtail" season ends at Arlington race track.

November 26 -- Sheriff's and city vice-squadmen raid "by-the-drink" liquor establishment.

November 29 -- Two hundred thousand persons witness annual Christmas parade. Joe Dudley Buckner, co-manager of Buckner Orphans' Home, dies.

November 30 -- S. M. U. Mustangs cinch Southwest Conference football crown by defeating T. C. U. Frogs, 20-14.


December 1 -- S. M. U. Mustangs invited to play Stanford University in Rose Bowl game in Pasadena on January 1, 1936; accepted immediately.

December 2 -- Mute prisoner strangled to death by cell-mate in county jail.

Palumbo Acquitted.
3 -- Assistant District Attorney Tony Palumbo is acquitted of bribery charges on instructed verdict during second day of trial. Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Fondren, Houston, donate $400,000 to build new library at S. M. U. Local option vote on liquor question called for December 21.

December 4 -- Fiancee of traffic victim commits suicide.

December 5 -- Federal WPA office approves $1,207,535 grant for Dallas parks.

December 8 -- City announces tax collections $75,000 above estimate. All tickets for Rose Bowl game sold within week after S. M. U. gets bid to play Stanford.

December 10 -- Police allow liquor stores to make sales on "prescription" basis. KRLD, Times Herald radio station, begins bi-weekly broadcast of actual cases in Corporation Court.

December 12 -- Sixty per cent of exhibit space at Centennial taken by reservation. A $10,000,000 art exhibit planned for '36 show. Walter Cline, former Centennial directory, escapes death as passenger plane crashes near Childress.

Two Flyers Killed.
13 -- Doctors ask "liquor prescription" investigation. Edward T. Moore, prominent oil company executive, named president of the Chamber of Commerce, succeeding R. L. Thornton.

December 14 -- Man arrested in Dallas is rushed to Trenton, N. J., allegedly as a secret witness in Bruno Hauptmann kidnaping case.

December 16 -- Bandits get $1,637 in daylight holdup at Golman Baking Company.

December 17 -- City employe skips town as audit of books begins and $1,000 is found missing. C. G. Karr, city policeman, and W. W. Slater, plane mechanic, killed instantly as stunt ship crashes at Hampton airport in Oak Cliff.

December 18 -- Ex-convict is arrested and identified in $1,637 Golman Bakery robbery.

December 19 -- City refuses to prosecute employe who disappeared with $1,000, as loss covered by family.

December 20 -- Highway commission okays $100,000 overpass for Oakland Avenue. School children begin holidays.

Liquor Sales Legalized.
21 -- By vote of three to two, Dallas County votes wet in local option election.

December 23 -- Ex-City Policeman John R. Roberts is murdered in garage holdup, gunman escapes.

December 24 -- Citizens spend $5,000,000 on Christmas purchases; merchandise sales greater than in eight years.

December 25 -- Entire city celebrates Christmas Day, some with drinking parties, other with church services, all with big feasts. Many organizations make donations of food, clothing or money to 6,000 needy persons.

December 26 -- Sale of liquor in unbroken packages becomes legal. S. M. U. football team and fans leave for Rose Bowl game at Pasadena. Week of January 11, 1936, set aside as "Centennial Week."

- December 29, 1935, Dallas Times Herald, pp. 10-11.
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