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Bishop Garrett.

     The Right Rev. Alexander C. Garrett delivered, at St. Matthew's church, on Sunday, to a large congregation, his first sermon in Dallas. His disourse was marked by much of the eloquence and ability for which this pious and learned divine is so distinguished. The bishop is a very forcible and polished speaker, an admirable elocutionist, and the subject matter of his sermon, the birth of Christ, was such as might be expected from a mind enriched by a generous store of culture and a heart full of nobele and holy impulses. The simplicity and naturalness of his manner in the pulpit was in keeping with the dignity of his office, while the impression produced upon those who heard him for the first time, was very gratifying to churchmen, and flattering to the bishop, who enters upon his new field of labors with the accustomed zeal and with the best wishes of not only the church, but the community.

- January 5, 1875, Dallas Daily Herald, p. 4
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Bill of Indictment Against Major Hor-
bach for Murder.

     In the case of the state against Major Horbach, charged with the murder of H. K. Thomas, Esq., late local agent of the Texas and Pacific railway, on the night of December 31, 1874, the grand jury, on Monady, presented a bill of indictment, and a special venire of sixty men was ordered by the district attorney, returnable on Wednesday of the third week of this term, and the prisoner was formally served with a copy. The prosecution will be conducted by E. G. Bower, Esq., assisted by J. G. Eblen, Esq., attorney at law; the defense by competent counsel engaged for the purpose.

     Diligent inquiry on the part of our reporter has failed to elicit any additional information to that gentleman besides what has already been given, to-wit: That he was a native of England and came here from Boston, and been employed for the past year here, as local agent of the Texas and Pacific railway, a position he filled to the entire satisfaction of the company and the community. The deplorable tragedy by which he lost his life is too fresh in the recollection of our readers to require any further account of it.

     Major James P. Horbach, was born in 1824, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and was educated at Greensboro and Killbuck, Penn. He ran on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers until 1849, when he went to California, returned in 1850, did business for himself as a wholesale liquor dealer and rectifier in Pittsburg, Penn., two years, then traveled for Messrs. Derby & Day, of St. Louis, and Sparks & Co., of Cincinnati, several years. In 1852, he took charge of the Worsham house, Memphis, Tenn., for J. J. Worsham, kept it a year, then took charge of the wharfboat hotel there for Duval, Algeo & Co.; afterwards, was a passenger agent until the breaking out of the war. Went into the confederate army as captain and assistant quartermaster; was assigned to Gen. Beauregard's army just after the battle of Shiloh; was appointed depot and supply quartermaster for the army of Tennessee, which position he held up to the last year of the war; was promoted major at Knoxville, Tennessee, upon the return of the army from Kentucky, by General Bragg. A few months before the close of the war, was assigned to duty with Chalmer's division, Forest's cavalry. At the close of the war, he took charge and kept the Perry house, Columbus, Georgia, from 1865 to 1867; went to Charleston, South Carolina, kept the Charleston hotel in 1868 and 1869. Then, traveled for the Manhattan oil company, of New York. Did business for the Memphis Agricultural society, and was proprietor of the Merchants' Chickasaw club, of Memphis, Tennessee, C. B. church, president. Several months since, he came to Dallas to reside.
     Is a member of the Memphis, Tennessee, lodge no. 5 Knights of Pythias, and entered apprentice Mason, and passed to a fellow craft examination, was made so in Memphis lodge No. 118 in 1859 or 1860; belongs to Angerona lodge No. 89, Pittsburg, Penn.; a member of mercantile encampment, and never affiliated on account of the war, nor made application for cards. Is married, has three children; a widowed daughter and a son at Mount Vernon, Ohio, a wife and daughter here, a brother near Pittsburg, Penn.; occupation hotel keeper.

- January 6, 1875, Dallas Daily Herald, p. 4
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Prof. Boll's Lecture on Natural History.

     Prof. Jacob Boll will deliver a lecture on natural history (in German) on Saturday night, at 7 o'clock, at the Turner's hall, if the weather is mild, and at the Odd Fellows' hall, if cold. The professor is in every way qualified, by his learning and researches, to afford not only a great deal of information, but a rare intellectual treat. To those familiar with the German language, this lecture will, of course, be very interesting. His recent investigations here have been of a character calculated to increase the store of the natural history of Texas. An enthusiastic scientist, Prof. Boll is devoting himself to a careful study of everything of the kind, and the fruit of his labors will be seen in his lecture.

- January 15, 1875, Dallas Daily Herald, p. 4.
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The Observations Furnished in the
Course of a Quarter Century by a
Progressive People.
Special Correspondence.

    CARROLLTON, Texas, Nov. 17. -- On the 17th inst. Mrs. J. M. Myers gave a dining in celebration of the sixty-fifth anniversary of her husband, Mr. J. M. Myers. Many of their relatives, including children and grandchildren, were present. Mr. Myers has spent forty-three years of his life in Dallas county, and is a veritable encyclopedia of interesting historical facts linking the early days of the county and city with the present. He voted in the county seat contest in 1850, when the court house and county records were permanently located in Dallas. Hord's Ridge, now Oak Cliff, crowded Dallas for the honors in that contest. The total vote cast was 460, Dallas receiving 244, and her fair opponent, 216, giving the city the victory by a close majority of only 28 votes. Mr. Myers has lived to see the population of the county increase from a few families to 80,000 people, and taxable values rise phoenix-like from a few thousand to $29,000,000. He has seen the vast prairies where only the buffalo and wild cattle grazed, transformed into beautiful farms whose acres are an important factor in supplying the products of agriculture. He has seen the city grow from a small interior village with only two general merchandise stores, to a magnificent city of 920 stores and 50,000 people, whose commercial metropolis is the wonder of this section of the great southwest. And, he has lived to see the voting population increase from 460 to over 11,000.

- November 22, 1888, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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     In another column will be found the announcement of J. M. Reagan as a candidate for justice of the peace for Precinct No. 1. Mr. Reagan was justice for Forney precinct one term beginning 1878, and in 1885, was elected city attorney at Lampasas, but after a few months, he resigned to come to Dallas. Here, he has been several years identified with various business and professional interests. He is competent to make a good officer.

- August 23, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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The City Judgeship.

     TO TIMES-HERALD.--I notice in your yesterday's issue, the announcement of C. P. Smith for the office of city judge at the election in April. Everybody knows young Smith, and he possesses many qualifications that are not found in the average young man of to-day. At an early age, he, contrary to the wishes of his parents, evinced a liking for out door muscular exercises and apprenticed himself to a carpenter with whom he worked for two years. Finally, his father, after a long debate, persuaded young Smith to enter upon a college course, which he did, closing the same with honor himself and to his friends.
     He began the study of the law in 1884, in the office of Senator Viehe and Representative Niblack, of the Indiana bar, and a year later, came to Dallas on an investigating tour, and at once, determined to ultimately located in the metropolis. Subsequently, he attended the Cincinnati law school and stood third in a class of seventy-five young men from all over the United States, coming immediately to Dallas in 1886.
     In 1888, he was appointed assistant attorney by the late Hon. W. H. Johnson, and owing to the small emoluments which the office paid at that time, he resigned in 1889, and was succeeded by Mr. Trice. In 1890, he was unanimously elected a member of the board of public schools from the fifth ward, which is, as everyone knows, a position of honor only, and in the deliberations of this body, he has originated several important measures for the cause of education.      Mr. Smith has been a member of the Dallas Board of Trade for a long time, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. He is a successful young lawyer, full of push and energy, and active in every interest that will resound to the welfare of Dallas. During the last two years, he has acted in the capacity of assistant city judge, and his official acts met the approval of even those who were made to feel the force of them. Politically, Mr. Smith is a democrat and a staunch believer in democratic doctrines, having represented his ward, for a number of years, in the councils of this party. He is the city's officer of elections in his ward, and during the late state contest, he acted in that capacity for both county and state. In the last three democratic conventions, he occupied a delegate's chair, and had his part in the shaping of the party's policy. If the people of Dallas desire a good man to occupy the bench in the city court for the nest two years, the y now have the opportunity in the selection of young Smith.
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- January 21, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
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In Dallas History Repeated
With Some Correction.

     The "Recards," two of whom were hanged for stealing cattle, in the early history of Dallas county, were no relation to our Joe; in fact, the names are spelled differently. Capt. Joe Record, by the way, says that the two abolitionists, McKinney and Blount, who were reported hung for inciting the negroes to burn Dallas and commit other depredations, were not hung. A party of Dallasites, under lead of one of Oak Cliff's present citizens, went out to their stronghold south of the city to arrest the men. They were warmly received with rifle balls from inside a barricaded house; and while the Dallas party went off to get recruits, the abolitionists escaped in a hack around by Eagle Ford. At Keenan's Ferry, on Elm Fork, they were arrested and returned to Dallas. They were badly whipped and told to leave. Some of the pioneers wanted to hang them, but the advocates for a whipping prevailed, and after rough treatment, the men were turned loose with just enough life left to get out of the country. Parson Blount was afterwards colonel in Gen. Banks' command, which fought its way up Red River. Capt. Record was in Parsons' brigade in Col. Burford's regiment which repulsed Banks at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, and heard from Colonel Blount. That gentleman expressed to some of his prisoners from Dallas his great regret that he was unable to get to Dallas county to pay some of the old settlers his respects with good interest. Capt. Joe Record's father was one of Judge Lynch's party, and he, himself, well remembers all the circumstances.

- July 7, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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A Dallas Citizen Honored with a Pro-

     A telegram from Austin to Judge Henry announces the election of Mr. T. S. Miller, of the law firm of Leake, Henry, Miller & Reeves, of this city to the professorship of law, in the State University, made vacant by the recent sad death of Judge Bassett, who was also appointed from this city.
     Mr. Miller is a native of Jackson, La., where he was born in 1853, He comes of distinguished parentage, his father, Rev. J. C. Miller, having been president of the Centenary College at that place for a number of years ___ graduated, after a five-year couse at Havard University, with high honors, and located in Dallas. Since his location in Dallas, Mr. Miller has distinguished himself as a lawyer, and his connections have veen of a most creditable character, his first partnership being with Judge Barksdale, after the latter's retirement from the bench, and continued until the judge's death. He then formed a partnership with Mr. A. H. Benners, which was dissolved by the latter's removal to Alabama. His next connection was with Leake, Miller & Shepard, the latter of whom was recently appointed to the court of appeals of the District of Columbia. This necessicated the formation of a new partnership, which is the present one of Henry, Leake, Miller & Reeves.
     Mr. Miller is not in the city, but his friends are confident that he will accept the honor tendered him.

- September 5, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 1.
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Who They Are and Where They Come
From -- Officers Henry Waller, R.
C. Cornwell and S. H. Hall Have
a Double Celebration on Jan. 1.

     Probably no police force in the country can duplicate a fact that exists in the Dallas force -- three members, each of whose birthday comes on Jan. 1. Three of Chief Arnold's best patrolmen came into the world as New Year gifts to their respective parents. They are Henry C. Waller, R. L. Cornwell and S. H. Hall.
     The T
IMES HERALD, to-day, presents the pictures of these three well-known officers, who, by the remarkable coincidence referred to, celebrate their birth anniversaries on a date in common.


     The first and best known is Henry C. Waller, who has been identified with the Dallas police force for about 18 years. He is a brave and resolute officer. Henry Waller was born in Lynchburg, Va., fifty-one years ago, from whence his family moved to Tennessee, thence to Texas at the close of the war. He has lived here since 1865. He was a Confederate soldier and served in the army of the Tennessee and was in the battles of Shiloh and Corinth. Mr. Waller is married, but has no children.


     R. L. Cornwell is one of the youngest and most popular officers on the force. He is only 26 years old. He was born and raised in Dallas, and has been on the force since 1890. Bob, as he is familiarly called, has also two brothers on the force, one of whom is assistant chief. His family came originally from Kentucky. He has a wife and one child.


     S. H. Hall is the other of the trio who has to crowd two days [of] celebration into one. He was born in Audrain county, Mo., in 1861, and came to Texas in the fall of 1876. He has been on the Dallas police force a little more than two years. He was married in this city in 1884 and has two children. His family were farmers. He is considered one of the rising men on the force.

- January 4, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2-3.
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    Mr. Charles Galloway, the blind ex-traveling passenger agent, was made the recipient of a handsome present Christmas day. A subscription went the rounds of the different railway offices during the early part of the week for the purpose of purchasing the venerable old gentleman a suitable holiday present, and quite a handsome sum was realized. Early Friday morning, a carriage was sent out to where Mr. Galloway resides, and he was driven to E. P. Turner's office, where a number of the boys had assembled, and a suit of clothes, fine overcoat, and $18 in money was given him. Uncle Charley, as he is familiarly called, was quite amazed at the presentation, but found words to express his gratefulness, after which he was driven back to his home. Uncle Charley is quite a familiar figure to Dallas citizens, as he can be seen most any day sitting around the hotels or passenger offices, offering for sale, small trinkets of different kinds. He is one of the oldest passenger agents in the country, and is known in almost every section of the United States. Blindness incapacitated him several years ago.

- December 27, 1896, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 13, col. 7.
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The New Postmaster for the
City of Dallas.



A Sketch of His Life and His Equip
ment for that Position.

     Major Wm. M. O'Leary was busy all day yesterday shaking hands with a legion of friends who were congratulating the new Dallas postmaster upon his appointment to the important post that handles some millions of letters, papers, and near about $150,000 annually of Uncle Sam's funds. And, it would have been the same thing when the news of his appointment came had he been in Galveston, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or any other of these Texas cities. And this because Mr. O'Leary long since earned the title deeds to the esteem, admiration and love of all manner of people, though a course of public and a career of private life that are stamped sterling because of untiring devotion to duty, conscientious work, unflagging industry and fidelity to friendship and to principle. To business abilities and methodical habits, in general, outlining, or in routine detail, he adds rare literary abilities and practical journalistic skill, discretion, alertness and absolute reliability. That the will make a first-rate official should go without saying, and his ability to furnish the $66,000 bond is equally a surety.
     Major O'Leary was recommended warmly and most earnestly, not only by Dallasites, but by people throughout Texas, and by leading prominent characters, politicians, old army comrades, etc., from the several parts of the country. He made a brave young soldier on the federal side during the civil war, he was a faithful official for seven years as inspector of customs at Brazos de Santiago. As an officer for the government in the Cortina's matters, he saved to American claimants, several millions of dollars. As correspondent, or as editor of the Dallas News, Houston Post, Texas Siftings, and great dailies in other states, he has been the same steady-going, trustworthy character During the national campaign of 1896, he became Mr. E. H. R. Green's private secretary, when that gentleman was made chairman of the Republican state committee, and through whose influence, in great part, Mr. O'Leary secured the position into which he will soon be installed.

- February 27, 1898, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
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Mr. Perry Overton was Here
Before Dallas Was.

     Mr. Perry Overton, who has 100 acres of cotton on his farm a few miles southwest of the city, was in town yesterday. He says his cotton will make from a half to three-quarters of a bale to the acre, and that everything he has planted this year is a success.
Mr. Overton came to Dallas in 1844, when there was but one house here. It was a cabin at the foot of what is now Commerce street. Mr. John Nealy Bryant [sic] lived in it.

- September 11, 1898, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 5.
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He Qualified as Judge of the Forty-
fourth District Yesterday.

     Hon. Richard Morgan last evening took the oath of office as judge of the forty-fourth judicial district of Texas and is now the judge of said court, vice Hon. Edward Gray, retired. The latter was first appointed by Gov. Hogg to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Hon. Charles Fred Tucker. Four years ago, he was re-elected by a handsome majority. Early last summer, Judge Gray announced his intention of retiring from the bench at the close of his term, and Judge Morgan won in the democratic election, defeating Messrs. Charles Fred Tucker and John W. George. At the polls on Nov. 8, he had no opposition. Judge Gray will resume the practice of low. The oath of office was administered to Judge Morgan by Mr. H. H. Williams, chief deputy of District Clerk H. W. Jones.
     The new judge was born in 1850 in Savannah, Ga., and was raised in that city. He came to Texas on Christmas day, 1871, and settled in Dallas. He came to Dallas a poor boy and was deputy district and county clerk under John M. Laws. He was educated at the University of Virginia. He entered the university in 1866 and remained there until 1869. From 1869 till 1871, he was a student at Cumberland university, Lebanon, Tenn., where he acquired the basis of his legal education under Judges Carothers and Green.
     He married Miss Lily Owens at Lebanon in 1875 and has two sons and a daughter. Mrs. Morgan died last September.
     Judge Morgan is a party man, an uncompromising democrat, and supported Hon. William J. Bryan for the presidency.

- December 25, 1898, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 4.
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Dallas County Woman is
Ninety-Five Years
of Age


Mrs. Pallas Neelly Has Had a Re-
markable Career and is
Still Strong and


     There are few women in the United States who enjoy the same distinction as Mrs. Lucinda Neelly, who resides in Dallas county, about a mile south of the corporate limits of Oak Cliff. If five more years roll by, and Mrs. Neelly is still alive, she will have lived a century, and, if she maintains her present health, she will have the appearance of a person not over seventy years of age. Ninety-five years is a long time to live in this "vale of tears," but Mrs. Neelly seems to have enjoyed every minute of her long life in spite of the fact that she came of pioneer parents and endured the hardships and trials of the frontier life herself.
     Mrs. Neelly is also probably the oldest Confederate mother in the South, and she is revered and respected by every old soldier in Dallas county who knows her. She is the mother of four sons, two of whom fought and died wearing the gray, leaving only one offspring who returned home from the war alive, and that is County Commissioner George Neelly, who is well known in county politics, and is a grandfather himself.
     This remarkable woman is fully in possession of all her mental faculties, and is able to get about the house with as much ease as a person much younger. She lives with her daughter, Mrs. Milas Hopkins, who is her sixth and youngest child.
     The only evidence of her extreme age is that she is unable to ride in a vehicle, because it makes her "sea sick," as she says, and her failing vision, consequently; consequently, she has not been far away from home during the past ten years. Although her eyes are now becoming dim, she refuses to wear glasses, and has not used them for many years.
     Mrs. Neelly has been a pioneer in three states, and possibly four, if the state of her birth is included. She was born in 1808, the formative days of the new republic, in Rutherford county, Tenn., a wild expanse of almost unexplored territory. Her father was James Hopkins, a frontiersman, who emigrated from the old states to carve out his fortune in the then undeveloped West.
     She was one of eight children, and for nine years, she resided with her parents in Tennessee, until later, they moved overland by wagon to the river, and thence north to Illinois by boat. The family lived in Jackson county, Ill., until the restless spirit of the pioneer of James Hopkins sent him and his family to settle in Missouri. At this time, Mrs. Neelly was a young lady of seventeen years.
     She knew how to spin and weave at that age, and was a valuable help in making clothes for the four older brothers and the father.
     It was in the year 1835 that the Hopkins family moved to Missouri, after a brief stay in Tennessee, and they settled in what was then known as Green county, [now] Polk county. The nearest town was Bolivar, which was also the county seat.
     Near the Hopkins home lived a sturdy young pioneer, Pallas Neelly, who met and won Miss Lucinda Hopkins in the year 1839. The young couple were married in October of that year and immediately set up an establishment of their own. The young husband built his own log house and Mrs. Neelly assisted in making its interior furnishings, which were very meager at that time.
     This union was blessed by four sons and two daughters. George Neelly, known in Dallas county by his constituents as "Uncle" George, was the oldest. One son died at the age of fourteen, and the other two, John and Thomas, died in the Confederate service. The two daughters still survive and are the mothers of large families in Texas.
     John Neelly was captured as a prisoner of war by the Union forces and died in the Alton prison in 1863. Thomas was killed in skirmish near Pea Ridge, Ark., early during the war. George Neelly and the father survived, although the latter was retired in 1862, disabled and broken in health. The first child, George, was born in 1840, and all the children were reared on the Missouri farm.
     When the war broke out, Mrs. Neelly was left with her two daughters, while the sons went to fight for the Southern cause. The ravages of war were felt probably more severely in Missouri than in any other state, and the lot of this woman and her daughters was not by any means easy while the father and sons were away.
     In speaking of his mother the other day, Commissioner Neelly said: "She was always a 'dyed in the wool' Confederate, and she has never surrendered. To-day, she is the same unreconstructed rebel that she was in those days of hardships in Missouri in 1861."
     During the war, both the homes of the Northern and Southern sympathizer were swept by the invading armies of the blue and gray, and many were the cases of destitution. The lone chimneys of ruined homes were left standing as monuments to the devastation of the enemy.
     Times became so hard in Missouri, that Mrs. Neelly decided upon the advice of her husband, to move to Texas. In 1863, she and her daughters placed all of their moveable belongings into a "prairie schooner," and behind two faithful oxen, they started on their five-hundred mile trip to the land of promise. They were in a party of emigrants, who were also coming to Texas to settle. At about this time, the husband was retired from the army, and he went to meet his wife and daughters. He found them near Denton, on their way to Dallas county, and greeted them after an absence of three years. It took seven weeks to make the journey from Bolivar, Mo., to Dallas county.
     The family settled on a farm, about eleven miles southwest of Dallas, near Duncanville, and George Neelly joined them after the war was over.
Pallas Neelly, the father, died in 1876, and George became the head of the family. Mrs. Mary Maulding, a daughter of Mrs. Neelly, now lives near Dalhart, in Dallam county.
     Mrs. Neelly has twenty grand children and nineteen great grand children, living, the oldest of whom is eleven years of age. All of these reside in Texas, and the majority of them in Dallas county.
     Mrs. Neelly now resides with her daughter, Mrs. Milas Hopkins, where she is visited regularly every week by George Neelly and his children.

- August 2, 1903, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1-2.
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T. O. Gill, Father of Fourth Ward Al-
derman, Can Tell of Many Inci-
dents of Bygone Days.

     Merely to have lived twenty years past the allotted three score and ten is counted in these days a feat worthy of note, and when one not only reaches the age mentioned, but, with four years additional, is in full possession of his faculties, the fact is much more productive of comment.
     Dallas has a citizen who is ninety-four year of age; who makes his way about town alone and unassisted; who keeps up his correspondence, writing remarkably firm and clear hand, and whose voice is as strong as many men half his age.
     This is T. O. Gill, father of Alderman C. A. Gill. He was born June 6, 1809, and therefore, has lived during a period of unsurpassed progress in civilization--a period that has witnessed the advent of more great institutions than any corresponding time in history. He has lived through four wars--that of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.
     Mr. Gill is a native of North Carolina, having been born in Franklin County, where he lived until his nineteenth year, going then to Tennessee. His closest friend at this period of his life was one Alex Hayes, whose sister he afterward married. The two young men were making an overland trip with some slaves, when young Gill had his first sight of a steamboat. To this day, the impression made upon his mind by the then comparatively new invention has not been effaced, and he tells of the incident with great interest. The steamboat was on the Clinch River near Kingston, Tenn. The two young men were in sore straits at the time, one of the negro slaves in their party--and, by the way, their cook, which made matters worse--being very ill. To add to their misfortune, there had been heavy rains in that section and their clumsy vehicles of that period were prone to bog on every possible occasion along the very bad roads. They camped one night near a landing on the Clinch, and there the strange sight of a steamboat burst upon their youthful vision.
     There were two gentlemen on the boat, going down the Tennessee River, to whom the young men explained their predicament and these two gentlemen, wealthy planters, insisted on loading them and their negroes aboard the boat and helping them on their way. The sick slave was taken in charge and liberally dosed with whisky, and in a few hours, was so relieved as to be able to dance and sing with all the vigor of perfect health.
     It was on this trip that young Gill and his companion made the acquaintance of "Old Ross," a Cherokee Indian chief, and a noted character of that day and age, living where Chattanooga now is located. They had heard much of this Indian leader and had expected to find him a plumed and beaded warrior in a wigwam. they were astonished to find that "Old Ross" was a very civilized man, with several beautiful daughters, educated in one of the foremost schools of the aristocratic South.
     Alec Hayes' uncle, Isom Howse, lived near Huntsville, Ala., and the two young men, after leaving the steamboat, walked with their negroes forty miles to the Howse plantation. It was here that Mr. Gill met the young lady who was later to become his wife, and whom he married in 1829. The young couple moved to Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1830. The nearest town of any importance was Columbia, Tenn., but the nearest market place was Huntsville, Ala., about forty miles away. Everything had to be taken to Huntsville for sale, and Mr. Gill tells of having hauled potatoes there, selling them for 20¢ per bushel. The nearest large city was Nashville, with a population of about forty thousand.
     Mr. Gill was in politics, a Whig. His first vote was cast for Henry Clay for President. As a Whig, Mr. Gill was, of course, strongly opposed to James K. Polk for President, and to this day, he is strongly in sympathy with the doctrine of Henry Clay, who, he declares, was "the greatest man that ever lived." Mr. Gill remembers very vividly the stirring campaign which ended in the election of Polk as President. Polk was a lawyer of Columbia, Tenn., and the district in which Mr. Gill, at that time lived, was necessarily the center of the campaign. The great rally of that campaign at Columbia was, according to Mr. Gill, participated in by everybody of the Whig persuasion for miles around. Innumerable transparencies had been prepared for the occasion, many of them designed by Mr. Gill; among them one with the verse: "I've watched you long, your flocks to fleece' I 'm now tripped up by your tariff grease," accompanied by a picture of Polk falling heavily as a result of the contact of his heels with the tariff grease in question.
     Henry Clay believed that there was no need of going to war with Mexico over Texas and declared that Texas would, in the natural course of time and events, fall into the lap of the United States. Mr. Gill still believes the Mexican War to have been a useless sacrifice of human life for political purposes.
     Mr. Gill is the father of eight children. His wife died in 1874.

- August 2, 1903, The Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 4-5.
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Dallas Resident Who is Ninety-
Two Years Old.



Another Pioneer who Came to Texas in
the Early Days--Draws Gov-
ernment Pension.

     Mrs. L. A. Wright, who resides with her granddaughters at No. 209 Hawkins street, is, perhaps, with one exception, the oldest woman in the city of Dallas, and she is also one of the oldest settlers in Dallas county.


     She was born in the state of Kentucky, near the city Lexington, on the 4th day of January in the year of 1813, and, consequently, was 92 years of age on the 4th day of this month. On that day, she was given a dinner, at which, a large number of her old friends were present. She seemed to enjoy the dinner very much and was greatly pleased that it should be given in her honor.
     When Mrs. Wright was about two years of age, her mother and father moved to Tennessee, in which state, she grew to womanhood. Here, she met William Pemberton, who wooed and won her, and, at the age of 18, she became his bride. They continued to reside in Tennessee until about the year 1850, when they emigrated to Texas, first making their home in Bell county, after arriving in the Lone Star state. They lived in Bell county for a number of years, finally moving to Dallas county in the year of 1855 or 1856. In 1857, her husband died and was buried in this city.
     After a few years, she became the wife of Thomas Wright, who died thirty-one years ago, the 24th of this month, and whose remains were buried on the farm he owned near Five Mile creek.
     Mrs. Wright is the mother of four children, three girls and one boy, all of whom are dead, with the exception of the youngest daughter, Mrs. Jeff Graves, who is 57 years of age, and who, at the present time, resides in this city. She has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. All of these children, with the exception of one grandson, make Dallas their home.
     Her only son was a soldier in the Confederate army, and her second husband, Thomas Wright, was a solider in the United States army in early days, and took part in the war of 1812, and was in the battle of New Orleans, in which Gen. Jackson showed Gen. Packington how American soldiers fought. She receives a pension regularly from the United States because of the fact that her husband fought in this war.
     Mrs. Wright received her second eyesight several years ago, but on account of a severe illness shortly afterwards, she can not see well enough to read at the present time. Her memory is wonderful for one of her advanced age, and she is also very active.
     She seems to be very fond of pets, and has a large cage in which there are five canary birds. Her granddaughter told the Times Herald man that they were her especial charge, and that she took much delight in feeding and caring for them. Besides the birds, she has a couple of dogs that seem to think very much of their aged mistress.
     Mrs. Wright proudly showed to the reporter a white bed-spread which was woven by her mother seventy years ago. This spread appeared to be as good as new, and from appearances, no one would judge that it had seen seventy years of hard usage.
     Mrs. Wright was asked if they ever had any trouble with the Indians when she first came to Texas, and replied in the negative, and said that the only time she ever saw the Indians in any numbers was in 1857, when a large number of them passed through Dallas on their way to the Indian Territory. She also said that when she first arrived in Dallas, there were only two stores---a blacksmith shop and a tavern.
     The subject of this sketch has been a member of the Baptist church ever since she was sixteen years of age, and her religious inclination is still very strong, but on account of being so old, she seldom goes to church now.

- January 15, 1905, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 19, col. 2-4.
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     DAVID A. ROBINSON, who has been postmaster at Dallas since July 16, 1904, received yesterday, a reappointment to the position, the Senate having adjourned before reaching any action in the matter of the nomination of Mr. Robinson, submitted to that body by the President. The new appointment, like that first received, reads "to be postmaster at Dallas until the expiration of the next session of the Senate of the United States."
     After a fight in which there were several other applicants for the position, Mr. Robinson was nominated by President Roosevelt in the early part of 1904. As there was some opposition in the Senate, the matter was not acted upon before the adjournment of that body and the President appointed Mr. Robinson to the place until the expiration of the next session of the Senate of the United States. The Senate session expired on March 4, but was reconvened for a time by the President. No action was ever taken in the matter of the Dallas postmastership. After the adjournment of the Senate, this reappointment was made and Mr.. Robinson was so informed in dispatches from Washington yesterday.
     No surprise was occasioned by the act of the President and Mr. Robinson was congratulated by hundreds of his friends in the city and some by telegraph and telephone. Further than to express his appreciation of the act of the President, and of the congratulations received, Mr. Robinson declared that he had no statement to make.
     Upon the death of Major William O'Leary, the postmaster, in May, 1903, Albert G. Joyce, assistant postmaster, was appointed acting postmaster, and so continued until the appointment of D. A. Robinson, who assumed the duties of the position on Saturday, July 16, 1904. Entering the office, the new official appointed as his assistant, Charles W. Starling, a Dallas attorney, and as his financial clerk, Robert Swor. These are the only appointments in the gift of the postmaster. Lately, there has been added a third, the porter of the office, the only colored employe in the service in this city.
     No changes are contemplated in the official family at the postoffice. Friends of the postmaster express the desire and the belief that the next session of the Senate will confirm the nomination made by the President.
     Born in Ohio, Mr. Robinson came to Dallas in 1873, and, except for a few years spent in Denton, he has continuously resided in this city. He was for a time Mayor of Denton, and was one of the inaugurators of the school system of that place.

- April 8, 1905, Dallas Morning News, Sec. II, p. 11, col. 3-4.
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"Uncle" Pryor Wright was Visitor to
City Yesterday.

     "Uncle" Pryor Wright, seventy-eight years of age, and for fifty-five years a resident of Dallas county, was a caller at the court house yesterday, where he had a long talk with John H. Cullom, clerk of the Sixty-eighth district court. Mr. Wright resides on a farm four miles and a half northwest of Garland, and he and Mr. Cullom became great friends while the latter was owner and editor of the Garland News.
     Mr. Wright was born in Barren county, Kentucky, and emigrated to this state early in life. Fifty-five years ago, he came to Dallas county and, two years later, settled at the place where he now resides, and which has been his constant home for the past fifty-three years. While the nearly eighty summers and winters that have passed over his head have whitened his locks, he is still hale and hearty and his step is yet elastic. One of Mr. Wright's proud boasts is that his wife has never had to cook a meal with green wood, and even now, he goes to the woods once or twice each year and cuts his own fire-wood, keeping enough ahead always to have well-seasoned fuel.

- July 13, 1909, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3-4.
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    In prime physical and mental condition, Joseph T. McFarland has celebrated his ninetieth birthday and expects to be sound and well when he passes the century mark. Born in Kentucky, Mr. McFarland has been a resident of this county for more than thirty-four years, and it was here that he educated and reared his children. On Friday, at the home of a son, John Calhoun McFarland, 5367 Columbia avenue, several of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, were present when the cake, prepared under the direction of Miss Minnie McFarland, a daughter of the honor guest, had all its ninety candles lighted, and many times ninety good wishes were expressed or experienced.
    Mr. McFarland was born at Cadiz, Trigg County, Ky., Aug. 7, 1824. He was brought up in his native town, and near it, took up the life of a farmer, always his vocation, and a successful one with him. He married Miss Mary Emily Warden, at Scottsville, Ky. With her and their six children, he came to Dallas in 1880, and settled on a farm north of the city. She died in 1893. The children are H. S. McFarland of Dallas, Amanda, now Mrs. J. T. Pinson, wife of a Dallas minister; Laura T., now Mrs. W. L. Spencer, of Glasgow, Ky.; Miss Mattie McFarland of Dallas, J. Robert McFarland, a Dallas business man and former School Board member, and John C. McFarland of this city. The kin and connection include more than a hundred persons in and near Dallas.
    Because of an accident, Mr. McFarland, a life-long Democrat and strong Southerner, was incapacitated for military service in the Civil War, but his labor and his means went to the support of the cause he loved. He has voted for every Presidential candidate of the Democrats since 1856, the year after he attained his majority. Four of those candidates were elected, and he declared that none has given him greater cause for thankfulness than the man now in the Presidential position. He is also a strong advocate of the principles of Woodrow Wilson. Strong, also, are his religious principles, and he has been active as a member of the Baptist denomination since he was a boy. In his day, he had ridden many miles to attend religious service, to do a good turn to his fellow man, or to vote. He has never been sick abed, has never used strong drink or any drug or tobacco, and is clocklike in the regularity of his habits.
    In the picture are shown with him six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The persons standing are Mrs. William Fife, daughter of H. S. McFarland; Miss Fannie May McFarland, daughter of J. Robert McFarland; Mrs. Roy Green, daughter of H. S. McFarland, holding her little daughter, and Miss Mary Emily McFarland, daughter of J. Robert McFarland. The two boys seated are John C. Jr. and Warden, sons of John C. McFarland.

- August 9, 1914, Dallas Morning News, Sec. IV, p. 7, col. 4.
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Celebrate Golden Anniversary

  Photo by Rogers. 


     Mr. and Mrs. James B. Hudnall, 4146 Wycliff avenue, held open house Wednesday afternoon, celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They were married on May 14, 1874, in Bowling Green, Ky. They have nine children, John W. Hudnall, Charles L. Hudnall, Mrs. Leon Beyrle, Clarence Hudnall, Mrs. James R. Morgan, Mrs. William H. Miller, Mrs. Clyde Carter and Mrs. Clinton E. Dillon of Dallas, and James B. Hudnall, Jr., of Tucson, Ariz. They have twenty-four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Mr. Hudnall is 75 years of age, having been born on February 19, 1849, at Bowling Green, Ky.  Mrs. Hudnall, who was before her marriage, Miss Mary Susan Travis, is 68 years old. She was born on October 18, 1856, in Murfreesborough, Tenn. They moved to Texas in 1880, and have resided in Dallas county since.

- May 14, 1924, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 12, col. 4-5.
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Dallas Veteran of Civil War
Captured by Confederate Home

     Almost eighty years after he fought his last battle in the Civil War, R. P. Scott, 93, of 2119 Maryland, became a prisoner of war for the first time in Columbia, S. C., last week.
     He is now General Scott. The thin, lively old Dallas Confederate, wearing one black spectacle lens and a saber scar on his head, as a result of his service in gray, became commander in chief of the Confederacy at Columbia. After his election, Georgia Confederates, armed with rifles, captured him and carried him off to the Confederate home in Atlanta.
     A communiqué from Atlanta stated that General Scott was persuaded to yield after threats of good grub and plenty of cigars made him realize resistance would be foolhardy.
     General Scott, who was advanced to the commandership after service as state and division commander, joined up with the Confederacy when he was 15. He saw his captain killed in the first battle he ever went into and says he killed the Yankee who fired that shot.
     On Sept. 11, 1864, he was serving under Gen. Sterling Price. Their detachment ran into a band of Union soldiers near West Point, White County, Arkansas. In the skirmish that followed, a Union bullet smashed Scott in the face, and he gradually lost the sight of one eye.
At Mansfield, La., in the closing days of the war, he was hit in the chin by a rifle bullet. His face still bears two scars, and he got the saber cut on his head after he had fallen.
     At one time, Union soldiers had General Scott and twenty-four of his buddies hemmed up in the bend of a Louisiana River. Although they were apparently doomed to capture or death, they attacked one morning at daylight and broke through without a single casualty, while the Yankees were eating breakfast, out of reach of their stacked guns.
     Well known to Dallas patriotic societies, General Scott has a 65-year old hat, which he sometimes wears, a 130-year old pistol, which he inherited from his father and used in the Civil War.
     He came to Cherokee County, Texas, in 1877. Fifty-three years ago, he drove a four-mule team into Dallas and started a contracting business. Among other jobs, he helped dig the excavation for the foundation of the public library.

- August 15, 1941, The Dallas Morning News, Sec. II, p. 1, col. 3-4.
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