Lagow Settlement Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
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While the Other Contends That It
Should Be Used Only For the Sacred
Purposes For Which It Was Dedicated.

    Probably one of the most novel suits in the annals of Dallas courts was that filed to-day, in which a graveyard becomes the bone of contention.
    The suit is for an injunction and it is entitled, Sarah Milligan and others against Sidney Evans and others. The petition recites that in 1883, Richard Lagow donated to the people of school precinct No. 62, an acre of land for burying ground purposes; that the public used the ground and interred their dead there, and that the gift was ratified by the heirs of the estate after the death of Mr. and Mrs. Lagow. The plaintiffs charges that the defendants, moved by a mercenary and avaricious desire to speculate over the graves of the buried dead, and to oppress and outrage the people of the community, determined by unhallowed means to oust them from the use of the grave yard. That they importuned the heirs to deed them the land and after repeated and unsuccessful efforts, finally induced a lady heir of the estate under false threats of subjecting her to the pains and penalties of the civil and criminal law, to give them a deed to the property for the paltry sum of $60.

     Said heir now tenders through plaintiffs in court, the return of the $60 of blood money paid to her, it is alleged, to betray the sacred regard she has for the hallowed dead.
    The petition further recites that since procuring the deed aforesaid, defendants have, by the use of threats and arms, attempted to eject the people who would visit the graves of their dead.
    That plaintiff, Mrs. Sarah Milligan, whose husband lies buried there, attempted to visit his grave for the purpose of cleaning off and decorating it, and that she was violently set upon by defendants and threatened and commanded not to go there upon and was prevented from so doing; that defendants are now desecrating said graveyard and are attempting to use the same for worldly purposes, and are fencing and partitioning the same into smaller lots and that they are about to use a portion of it for a calf lot. A temporary injunction restraining the defendants from further interference was granted and the case was set for final hearing next Thursday.

- August 17, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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Graveyard Injunction Granted--
Life Insurance Company Sued.

    The injunction suit of Sarah Milligan and others against Sidney Evans and others, came up on final hearing to-day before Judge Burke. The case was reported in Saturday's TIMES-HERALD as involving a graveyard that had been donated to the people of school precinct No. 2 by Richard Lagow in 1883. In delivering an opinion, Judge Burke stated that the question of dedication only, was for him to deal with, and the proof showed conclusively that it had been made in good faith by Mr. Lagow, and so accepted by the people and by them used for the purposes of interring their dead. In the face of such proof, he granted the injunction restraining the parties complained of from interfering with the people of the community in exercising and enjoying their rights and privileges secured by virtue of Mr. Lagow's philanthropy.

- August 22, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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It Will Be Held Next Saturday Instead of

     The impression has prevailed that the election to levy a school tax in the Lagow precinct was to be held to-day. This is a mistake. The election will take place next Saturday, the 17th, at South Park, John Witt, presiding officer.
     The proposition before the Lagow voters is to levy a special tax of 15 cents for educational purposes, including the building of a school house.

- March 10, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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The County Commissioner's Court is in Ses-
sion To-day.

     The prohibitionists of Lagow precinct did not present a petition to the court asking that a local option election be called. It is reported that they have abandoned the idea of holding an election for the present.

- March 12, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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Lagow School Election.

     The vote on the question of levying a tax of 15 cents on the $100 valuation of property for school purposes in the Lagow school division No. 62, at the election held last Saturday, stand 59 for and 55 against the proposition. As it required a two-thirds vote, the tax will not be levied.

- March 20, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
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Water Meter Gang
Unearth Skeleton
Of Texas Pioneer

    In the days when the buffalo roamed North Texas prairies and the gray wolf howled its lonesome call in the midnight hours, prairie dogs gamboled about their villages and Indians stalked the wild deer, Dallas began its existence on the banks of the Trinity. Settlers came slowly and established homes on the outskirts. The rolling, grazing lands were dotted here and there with the homes of those who migrated to the country and settled.
    About each of these homes, was the family burial plot. The days of well kept cemeteries had not arrived. The village carpenter prepared the casket from cedar logs and the friends of those who had passed into the unknown prepared the bodies for burial.
    Within a few miles of the courthouse, employes of the city water department were engaged in excavating to install a modern water meter. As John Clark dug his pick into the earth, the instrument struck the corner of a decayed box. The skull of a human being, long since departed, was uncovered. The man stood aghast at his discovery. The police were notified that a human skull had been uncovered at Fourth avenue and Elihu streets. Investigation proved that the body of some one who had probably died fifty years ago was buried there. Several teeth, the bones of an arm, apparently that of a man, were unearthed.
    A small white button, such as was made in the '70's and seldom seen at this time, was found in the place where the casket once rested. That the body was that of some one buried in the regular way, and not some one who had been murdered and left unburied, was the opinion of many of the curious who gathered at the scene. The position of the decayed wood of which the casket was constructed, and the position of the bones indicated that the body had been buried with the head to the East.
    Many persons who have resided in the neighborhood for years, state they believe the bones are those of some Texas pioneer who lived in the original Lagow settlement.

- September 30, 1920, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 14, col. 2.
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