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(Updated June 23, 2003)
WAS A LOG HOUSE
Half a Century Ago.
FROM NOTED MEN.
Canvas Pockets -- Politics, Business
and Town Lots Discussed.
Survey of the Trinity.
diving into the musty past, herewith presents its readers with
some information in regard to the origin of the postoffice in
in the way of merchandise, provisions, supplies, etc., was brought
in wagons from Jefferson. In 1845, when Dallas had reached such
a degree of importance that her citizens wished to correspond
with the outside world, they chipped in and raised a purse of
sufficient size to tempt a man to ride to Bonham once a month
and inquire if there was any mail for anybody at Dallas.
still has the original postoffice above described. It is in a
fine state of preservation and apparently none the worse for
the wear of nearly half a century. From 1850, until about three
weeks ago, it hung in a closet at the old Thomas place on White
Rock creek, when Mrs. Durgan brought it to town to exhibit to
her grand-nephew, Willie Cochran, who works in the postoffice,
and it was through this young man that the TIMES HERALD heard
of the ancient postoffice.
the letters is from P. G. Washington, auditor of the treasury
of the United States, reminding Mr. Durgan, that as postmaster,
he was behind with the government, $19.92, and urging him to
letter from Hon. John H. Reagan, which will sufficiently explain
itself, shows that even at that early day, Judge Reagan understood
For Sam Houston ............69
the voters for Governor and Lieutenant-governor, Governor elect
will be counted out. We suppose Wood and Greer elected.
P. S. --
Please inform Col. John Hewit that I will also send him a regular
file of the Austin Democrat and other printed public documents
to Cedar Springs to be filed at his store for public inspection.
I adopt this course in order to keep my fellow citizens fully
and regularly advised of all that is done here, and in order
to account fully for my stewardship, as possible at the earliest
letter from the father of Hon. Thomas Ochiltree, is also of a
public character and will throw some light upon the scramble
for office at that day:
of the poll book of an election to locate the county seat of
Dallas county, held in 1848, gives the names of the voters from
24 to 33, as follows: John R. Bell, C. C. Overton, John Henderson,
Timothy Carpenter, Crawford Freese, Philips Kunel, Benjamin Keefer,
M. Goodwin, John Horton and James Shareck. The first page of
the poll book was missing, and it did not, therefore, appear
what the opposition to Dallas was. There were, however, two other
places in nomination. One of them got 1 vote, and the other,
5, Dallas receiving 27.
is a characteristic letter from Judge Nat M. Buford to Mr. Durgan:
in the postoffice, a number of letters from Mr. Durgan's father,
addressed to him from California, containing interesting matter
in regard to the gold fever, which was raging on the slope at
circumstance in connection with these old letters is the excellent
quality of the paper on which they are written, as compared with
the shoddy quality of that manufactured at the present day. The
writing is, for the most part, as distinct as if it had been
written last week and the paper would last 100 years longer.
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TALL CORN FROM
AN EGYPT FARM.
seven Feet High.
Plump Grain -- Commissioner Jim
Smith Will Have to Cut and
of Friday reached Mr. Jeff Hill, of Egypt, on White Rock creek,
he read about County Commissioner Smith bringing to town, a stalk
of corn sixteen feet high, and to himself said: "Pshaw!
I can beat that, myself," and so saying, he went to his
field and took the first stalk he came to, which measured twenty-one
and one-half feet in length.
of Garland, to-day inspected the two stalks of corn at the courthouse,
which were brought in by County Commissioner Jim Smith and Mr.
Hill, and which measure 16 and 21 1/2 feet in height, respectively.
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OF GREAT EXCELLENCE.
burbs of Dallas.
Modern Accessories, Will be Had at
the Famous Kidd Springs. A
Visit to the Grounds.
work planned by the recently organized Kidd Springs Fishing and
Boating Club is completed, there will be one of the prettiest
pleasure resorts in the state of Texas, or the southwest, almost
within the city limits of Dallas.
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MRS. CORNWELL'S CATS
Dallas Woman Who
Labors for Love.
everybody is kind to a dog, few people are kind to a cat. The
cat has fewer friends and is least understood among all animals."
"RUBY ST. VALENTINE," (INSET) ONE OF HER FAVORITES
It's a pretty little cottage home on Haskell avenue, at the corner of Main street. Street cars rumble by every few minutes, carrying scores to and from the city, and people in automobiles and other vehicles, and pedestrians by the hundred, daily, pass the door. Few engrossed in the daily toil of city life, observe little, and care less, about this little cottage on the corner, neatly hid among the cedars.
Cats of All Kinds.
Cats -- Her Life-Work.
Knows History of Each.
Oldest and Youngest.
Cat and Dog "Chums."
"Ruby St. Valentine."
Blue-Eyed Are Deaf.
Of Wild-Cat Ancestry.
The Children's Playmate.
"Miss Ross" Her Name.
Element of Human Interest.
"Mrs. Cornwell Is Coming."
Helping the Unfortunate.
Has Not Charged a Cent.
Magazine Section, p. 2, col. 1-7.
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Widening of East Elm Street Is Now Actually In Progress --- Scene of First Work Started
-Photo by Staff Photographer Frank Rogers
above picture shows the first step in the Elm street widening
work following the tearing down of the Junction building. The
Hatcher Construction Company, under the supervision of W. R.
Hatcher, have the contract for the stretch of work shown in the
picture. Men are now engaged in tearing out the fronts of the
buildings occupied by the Hunt Grocery Company. Peterman's Market,
Criswell Furniture Company and the Hardie Seed Company. Plans
for the improved store fronts were drawn by Lang & Wichell.
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[Note: The Junction Building was located at 1703 1/2 Elm in 1911,
the block being located on the north side of Elm, just east of its
intersection with N. Ervay; Hunt Grocery Company was located
at 1709-11 Elm in 1911]
Pioneers See First Showing of
"The Covered Wagon"
Texas pioneers, who know by actual experience the hardships and the thrills of the old-time wagon trails, were enthusiastic spectators Saturday at the first showing of "The Covered Wagon" at the Majestic, as the guests of Karl Hoblitzelle.
Pioneers Unable to Restrain
Cheers as Own Adventures Are
Re-enacted on Majestic Screen
Covered Wagon" as
Guests of Hoblitzelle.
women who came to Texas more than fifty years ago in covered
wagons, joined out again with another wagon train Saturday afternoon.
Since they are pioneers who know the dangers, hardships and pleasures
of the long trail, they actually lived them all over again with
those hardy men and women who made the Oregon trail in '48, as
pictured in "The Covered Wagon," at the Majestic.
Ring From Days of '49.
Meeting of the Scouts.
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GUESTS OF MAJESTIC AT
SHOWING OF MOVIE.
presentation of "The Covered Wagon," at the Majestic
Theater Saturday afternoon, was witnessed by more than 300 pioneers,
who were the guests of Manager W. W. Watkins. They occupied the
boxes and the front seats, and judging from their demonstrations
of approval, they enjoyed the picture from beginning to end.
Probably, three-fourths of them came to Texas in wagons, and
in the hardships, privations, hope and fears depicted, they lived
over again their experiences of long ago.
"Covered Wagon" Praised.
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SON SEEKS DALLAS GRAVE OF
FORMER TEXAS RANGER; KNOWS
BURIED HERE, BUT NOT WHERE
than twenty years, Edward J. Davis, 30, of New Orleans, has conducted
a fruitless search for the grave of his father, former First
Deputy Sheriff James Pritchard Davis of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana,
who was killed in a railroad accident in Dallas and buried in
an unidentified grave.
Sec. III, p. 4, col. 5-6.
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HAPPY HOURS IN
OAK CLIFF PLAYGROUND
IN MAKING HIS BACK YARD
PARADISE FOR YOUNGSTERS
|E. T. Jones, 606 West Clarendon Drive, has converted his scenic back yard into a children's playground. Last year, the P. T. A. named it "A Child Paradise." The yard contains a wealth of home-made playground equipment. In the top photo a group of youngsters are starting to "chain slide" down the 125-foot metal slide. Jones and his wife, behind counter in lower photo, are passing out tickets to the miniature railway. This railway is 600 feet long and has a sixty foot tunnel. The playground is Jones' hobby and it has made scores of neighborhood children happy.|
T. Jones, 606 West Clarendon drive, has used his spare time in
the past two years to create a "child paradise" in
his own backyard. Every day, from the crack of dawn, until 9
p. m., children from all over Oak Cliff congregate in the backyard
to enjoy the many amusement devices that Jones has built for
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