Cedar Hill, Dallas County, Texas

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Big Picnic To-morrow.

     To-morrow at the big Sunday school picnic, to be held at Cedar Hill, Messrs. Joe Stewart, Henry Smith, Tom Nash and Rev. Thomsom are booked for speeches. Mr. Stewart left for Cedar Hill this morning.

- June 19, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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For Alleged Slander, by a Re-
ative of His Wife.


The Facts in the Case as Out-
lined By the Affidavit
Filed To-Day.

     The TIMES-HERALD, a few days since, stated that Cedar Hill was all torn up over a small sized sensation, which had come to the surface, and that wild talk was being indulged in by the partisans of the hero and heroine to the domestic drama. There was blood on the moon, it was stated, and several of the belligerents were indulging in threats and asking permission to carry pistols for self-protection and perhaps puncture the hides of their enemies with leaden missiles.
     The item became sufficiently ripe this morning to pluck, and a T
IMES-HERALD scribe knocked it from the bush.
     W. W. Harrington, a knight of St. Crispin, resides at Cedar Hill. He mends soles and is a star artist, it is said, at his business. On the 9th of August last, the jolly shoemaker married a buxom widow, who had previously won his heart and forty-year-old affections. The middle-aged couple went to housekeeping, but ere the sweets of the honeymoon had been sipped, the angle of discord entered the household and drove out the angel of love. On September 16, a little more than a month after the marriage vows had been spoken, Mr. and Mrs. Harrington separated. The husband, it is alleged, said he sent her home to her people; the wife denied the soft impeachment and stated that the inordinate jealousy and cruel suspicions of her husband compelled her to seek a refuge with her friends.
     Last evening, J. S. A. Carroll, a kinsman of Mrs. Harrington, came to the city and visited the office of the prosecuting attorney. He had a mission and he made it known in a few words. He wanted a warrant for the arrest of Harrington for alleged slander, Mrs. Harrington being the party slandered. Carroll made affidavit that Harrington had informed one Poney Wilson that his wife, Mrs. Tennessee J. Harrington, was enceinte when he married her, that she had been in that interesting condition for four months. He gave this as a reason for the separation. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Harrington and placed in the hands of Sheriff Lewis, who sent a deputy to Cedar Hill to-day to serve the papers.
     Mr. Carroll is the son of 'Squire Carroll, a well known citizen of the neighborhood. Interesting developments are expected when the case is called for trial.
     Mrs. Harrington denies that she is in the condition described by her erstwhile lord and master, and the lady is certainly qualified to speak in the premises. She says that the gay and festive shoemaker is as jealous as Bluebeard, Jr.; that when she would speak to a male acquaintance, he would chide her savagely, and when she would refuse to speak, he would impugn her motives and say that she kept silent to keep off suspicion.


     Tennessee J. Harrington files suit for a divorce from her husband William W. Harrington.
     The plaintiff states that she and the defendant were married on August 1, 1891, in Dallas county; that she did all in her power to make the defendant happy, but that he was cruel to her and charged her with being on terms of criminal intimacy with various parties after and before their marriage. The plaintiff says she fled from the defendant's house on the 16th of September, fearing that he would kill her.
     She further alleged that since the 16th of September, the defendant has talked about her to numerous parties in and around Cedar Hill and has, in various ways, sought to blacken her character. Among his charges, she says the worst was that he positively avers that she was in a condition to become a mother.
     The plaintiff asks to be resorted to her maiden name, Tennessee J. Grimes.

- October 2, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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City Notes.

     The commissioner's court have ordered an election to be held at Cedar Hill to determine whether or not intoxicating liquors shall be sold there.

- November 12, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 5.
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Five Store Houses, Two Resi-
dences and the Baptist
Church in Ruins.

Special to the Times-Herald.
EDAR HILL, Dec. 2.-- Cedar Hill was the scene of a disastrous conflagration last night.
     Fire broke out in one of the buildings on the west side of the square, and despite the efforts of the entire population of the village, they were consumed, together with their contents.
     The wind was high and the flying embers ignited the buildings of Charles Strauss & Bro. on the opposite side of the square. Mr. Strauss and his employes, after hard work, extinguished the flames before any great amount of damage was done. The next to go was the new Baptist church, one of the neatest and most substantial edifices in Dallas county outside of the city. It cost upwards of $3000, was the pride of the church people of Cedar Hill and was uninsured.
     The residence of Mr. Jess M. Ramsay was also fired by flying timbers and was totally consumed, together with its contents. Loss, [$]1000; uninsured.
     The residence of Mrs. McComb was also consumed by the devouring flames. Loss, $500; uninsured.
     The cotton gin, owned and operated by Jess Ramsay, situated a quarter of a mile from the burning buildings, caught fire several times, but the flames were extinguished without loss.
     The business houses burned were the postoffice drugstore owned by Dr. Stephens. Loss, $1500; uninsured.
     The grocery store of W. P. Clarke, loss $750; uninsured. The building was owned by Dr. Stephens and was uninsured.
     Hendricks & Durr's blacksmith and wagon shop; loss $1000, uninsured.
     A vacant store owned by C. P. Durrett, uninsured.
     The origin of the fire is unknown. At one time, it was believed that he entire village would go.

- December 2, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 2.
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Real Estate Transfers.

     D. H. Chamberlin to S. B. Ragland, 8 acres one mile northeast of Cedar Hill, $275.
     Hugh Chamberlin and wife to D. H. Chamberlin, 8 acres one mile northeast of Cedar Hill, $275.
     S. B. and R. C. Ragland to J. H. Bailey, 8 acres one mile northeast of Cedar Hill, $250.

- December 4, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
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     Cedar Hill Anti-Prohibitionists: Say you TIMES-HERALD man! We voted on local option in our precinct Saturday last. The drys won, polling 110 against, the wets, 38. I like a nip myself and can come to town after it, and the old brown jug with the corn cob stopper is good enough for me.

- December 7, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 4.
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     Geo. W. Vineyard and wife to Mrs. C. E. Wilson, 92 acres, 3 miles northwest of Cedar Hill; $1400.

- May 7, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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Real Estate Transfers.

     A. P. Kennon and wife to Dr. S. D. Conger, lot in Cedar Hill, $25.

- April 13, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
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     Last Tuesday, while Robert Smith, a farmer, residing about five miles southeast of Cedar Hill, was running a sulky plow, his horses ran away. One of Mr. Smith's legs was broken in three places and he was otherwise inured. His recovery is very doubtful.

- August 3, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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Added January 27, 2004:
Business at Cedar Hill.

     Joseph Strauss, a leading merchant of Cedar Hill, is in the city to-day. He said to a representative of the TIMES HERALD: "Business has been dull with us for two months past, but here are signs of a revival now. If President Cleveland's recommendations were carried out, there would be a marked change for the better."

- September 28, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 4.
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Added January 19, 2004:

     J. Newberg and wife to Jesse M. Ramsey, July 12, 1893, lot 6, in block 1, of Cedar Hill, $1,000.

- June 5, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 3-4.
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Added March 25, 2004:

     W. P. Stephens and wife to J. A. Witherspoon, January 5, 1894, lot 4, block 5, of Cedar Hill, $150.
     J. A. and L. B. Witherspoon to L. A. Lowe, January 8, 1895, lot 4, block 5, of Cedar Hill, $1500.

- January 24, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1-2.
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Added March 29, 2004:


Burglars Succeed in Carrying Away
Almost the Entire Outfit.

     T. A. Bray, the tonsorial artist at Cedar Hill, was in town early this morning, looking for a policeman to tell his troubles to.
     Last night, somebody broke into his shop and carried away everything he had, except the chair and mirror, including nine razors and two pairs of clippers, and of he aggregate value of $30.
     Officers Henry Waller and Dick Beard took the matter in hand, and will, no doubt, find the razors before many days in some second hand shop.

- February 13, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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Added March 29, 2004:

     R. A. Roberts and wife to D. B. Roberts, March 16, 1888, lots 3, 6 and 7, block 4, of Cedar Hill, $500.
     D. B. Roberts and wife to L. A. Lowe, January 22, 1895, lots 3, 6 and 7, block 4, of Cedar Hill, $500.

- February 13, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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Added April 5, 2004:

     J. D. Dallins and wife to E. J. Allen, December 19, 1893, two lots in Cedar Hill, $500.

- February 26, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 4-5.
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Added April 24, 2004:



He Charges Pony Wilson With Selling
Whisky -- Pony Calls Him to Time,
and is Beaten UP by the Par-
son and His Lieutenants.

     A sensational scrap is reported as occurring at the depot at Cedar Hill yesterday morning.
     Rev. Fulkerson, the evangelist, has been holding forth in Cedar Hill. He jumped on whisky, and charged "Pony" Wilson, the druggist, either directly or by implication, with selling whisky.
     "Pony" tackled the parson about the matter at the depot, as stated above. The parson showed that he belonged to the church militant and that he was in the active service of the Lord by engaging in a scrap with "Pony." some of the followers of the meek and lowly evangelist came to his aid, and in the vernacular of the colored population, "they done 'Pony' scandalous."

- April 11, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
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Added May 6, 2004:


Justice Carroll Will Try The Scrappers
Next Thursday.

     Rev. B. A. Fulkerson, Methodist evangelist, "Pony" Wilson, Ben Emmerson and his son, Jim, Leslie Stewart, and Section Boss Garrett, charged with engaging in a free-for-all fight on the depot platform at Cedar Hill last week, will be tried before Justice Carroll of Cedar Hill on the 18th inst.
     The T
IMES HERALD gave an account of the fight the day after it took place.

- April 14, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1.
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Added June 14, 2004:
Real Estate Transfers.

     The following real estate transfers were recorded yesterday:

     W. A. Roberts and wife to Mrs. T. A. Smith, block 34, Cedar Hill, $75.

- January 11, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 12, col. 2.
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LOWE'S BOND $1,000.


To Await the Action of the
Grand Jury.

     The examining trial of Louis Lowe, deputy postmaster at Cedar Hill, on a charge of appropriating $370 of Uncle Sam's money, terminated at noon, Commissioner Lednum setting his bond at $1000 to await the action of the federal grand jury.
     The majority of the population of Cedar Hill attended the trial, either as witnesses or spectators. Lowe is a big merchant and a prominent citizen of Cedar Hill. The postoffice was burglarized last March. The officers recently thought they were in possession of enough testimony to warrant the arrest of the deputy postmaster.

- October 13, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 4.
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Remarkable Experience of Will
Rape of Cedar Hill.



By a Horse Which Threw Him
Saved Himself by Cutting
the Rope.

     Will Rape, a farmer living near Cedar Hill, was evidently never intended for death at the end of a rope. Monday, he was riding a horse across his pasture. One end of a twenty-foot rope was tied around the horses' neck. The other end, which had a loop in it, Mr. Rape held in his hand. The hose took fright at something, and pitching Mr. Rape off, ran. In some way, which Mr. Rape is, himself, unable to explain, the rope got round his neck, and he had no more than hit the ground, before he felt it draw, and felt himself snatched across the pasture at a fearful rate of speed. This sensation was followed by unconsciousness.
     The next thing he knew, he came to himself, lying on the ground two hundred yards from where the horse had thrown him. the loop was still round his neck, with about two feet of rope to it. After his consciousness left him, he had got his knife out of his pocket and cut the rope, as the knife still in his hand and the smooth cut of the rope clearly showed.
     Mr. Rape was so exhausted from the nervous shock, that he could not make it to his house for an hour or more, but some stimulants and a good night's rest brought his strength back, though his neck was still dreadfully sore and his eyes had a bulging sensation.
     He was in no shape to travel, but business in Dallas demanded his personal attention, and he came to see to it, taking good care to bundle up his neck, so as to avoid taking cold.
     His friends in Dallas, on learning why he had his neck tied up, congratulated him on his narrow escape.

- October 13, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 5.
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An Enterprising
Newspaper Dealer



     Many successful men started their careers handling newspapers, and many great men of the future are laying their foundations by this means today. If indications count for anything, one of them is Beurett Cox, aged fourteen, agent for The Times Herald at Cedar Hill. Beurett and his goat, "Bill," have supplied residents of that town with Dallas' leading newspaper for four years. So well have they done their work, that everybody there reads this paper. Other newspapers send so few copies to Cedar Hill, that it is not worth while to compare their circulation with that of The Times Herald. When Beurett first began selling the paper, he was so badly afflicted with rheumatism, he could not walk, but he was determined to make good and Bill and the little wagon enabled him to realize his ambition. The outdoor life, in connection with delivering the paper, has proved a Godsend to him, and now he is able to go about without even the aid of his crutches.
     The boy is in the sixth grade, and despite his affliction, has never missed a day from school. He has developed a wonderful knack for business. Contrary to the wishes of his parents, he insists on buying his own clothes and doing chores about the home to pay for his board. After thus paying his own way, he has a considerable amount of money, part of which he has invested, and part deposited in the bank. This summer, he secured a job carrying water to threshing crews. He carried a supply of ice cold soft drinks on the side and now is conducting a cold drink stand near a cotton gin. Beurett is of the opinion that the European war will not last much longer, and he is going to "buy a bale" of cotton from some tenant farmer at 10 cents per pound, considering it a good investment at that price.

- September 20, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 11, col. 2.
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