Dallas and Texas 50 Years
From the June 10, 1885 issue of the Dallas Herald,
which paper was absorbed by The Dallas News,
Dec. 1, 1885.
- June 10, 1935, The
Dallas Morning News, Sec. 1, p. 7.
The bodies in the old cemetery
near the new Dallas Brewery have been exhumed and are being interred
by relatives elsewhere.
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RAILROAD NEWS OF THE DAY.
... A Forgotten
- March 30, 1887, The
Dallas Morning News, p. 4.
The Missouri-Pacific men, who are
engaged in excavating for a yard just this side of the brewery,
on the Dallas and Wichita Railroad, struck a forgotten graveyard
yesterday, and the plows and scrapers brought to view several
skulls and other bones. It appears that these people were laid
to rest in their graves thirty-odd years ago, and being neglected,
all surface monuments of them have long since been obliterated.
The railroad people have applied to the county to have the bones
gathered up and enterred in some other burying ground.
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at work on the Missouri-Pacific extension unearthed three graves
near the brewery yesterday.
- March 31, 1887, The
Dallas Morning News, p. 8.
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of railroad men at work near the brewery, yesterday, dug up the
skeleton of a man, attached to the lower extremities of which,
were leggings, boots and spurs, affording a presumption in favor
of the belief that the departed spirit of the human wreck was
that of a cowboy. The find was outside of the precincts of the
old graveyard, and there was nothing to show that the remains
had been coffined; neither was there any evidence, beyond the
nature of the find, to prove that the deceased met a violent
- May 8, 1887, The
Dallas Morning News, p. 16.
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IN GRAVEL PIT
ARE UNEARTHED NEAR
MAN GETS THEM
to Secret of Long Forgotten
Tragedy May Be Lost; Bones
Crumble at Touch
steel slip-scraper, guided by the hands of Peter Worthington,
negro laborer, bit its way into a baffling mystery at a sand
pit on the Henry Lewis place, a mile and a half northwest of
Parkland hospital, between the Maple avenue road and the Missouri,
Kansas & Texas line to Denton, Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Bones of Seven Were Found
face downward, six feet below the surface, these bones -- remains
of seven human skeletons, were unearthed in a sand pit near Parkland
hospital Friday. Several of the skulls crumbled when they were
picked up. It is believed they have been buried from fifty years
to a century ago.
Seven human skeletons, closely
packed six feet underground, were turned up by the scraper. The
position of the skulls indicated four of the bodies were buried
with the heads to the east and three with their heads to the
west. All were turned face downward, and it appeared they were
originally placed on top of one another in tiers of two. With
the passage of years, however, the skeletons crumbled and the
exact positions were difficult to determine. C. L. Walls, 608
Horton street, in charge of the laborers at the sand pit, who
carefully removed the bones, declared there was nothing but the
position of the sand-clotted skulls to indicate the arrangement
of the bodies and the length of the grave.
Probabilities were, at noon Saturday,
that the secret of the grave would never become known. There
were no clews in or around it, on which officers could base an
investigation, and what scanty information that might have been
obtained from an examination of the bones by experts was lost
when the fragments of the skeletons were removed from the sidewalk,
where they had been placed for a few moments by a city trash
man, who carried them to the dump yards to be burned.
Efforts of deputies to recover
the bones were fruitless Saturday, the manager of the dump yard
declaring the man who removed them did so under cover of darkness
and did not notice the contents of the box. The bones were included
in the ordinary trash and were burned Friday night, he said.
No Trace of Clothing.
Physical facts surrounding the
finding of the bodies indicate they were buried nude, Deputy
Sheriffs Walter Taylor, Dave Bradshaw, Hal Hood and Allen Seale,
who conducted a brief investigation, believe. There was no trace
of clothing of any kind, nor any mould, such as would have been
left if the bodies had been clothed. A thin streak of dark red
dirt, differing materially from the color of the golden sand
in which the bodies were found, was the only sign of what deputies
think might have been blood.
Of the seven skulls, two were considerably
larger than the rest and might have been those of a man and woman.
The five others, which crumbled in the hands of Wall, as he picked
them up, were apparently those of children, ranging from 5 to
16 years of age, he said. The bones in the pile were mouldering
with age and were stained the color of sand.
bones found in the
gravel pit near Parkland Hospital
9, 1923, Dallas Daily Times Herald,
Henry Lewis, 2901 1/2 Holmes street, owner of the place for the last
twenty-five years, has no idea as to how the bodies might have
found their way into the sand pit. Conjecturing deputies, after
glancing at the pile of bones for a while, declared they could
offer no theory. They gathered them into two wooden soap boxes
and took them to the sheriff's office, where they were to have
been kept while further inquiry was made.
The bones were discovered by Worthington
after the pit had been dug down about six feet from its virgin
level. Worthington, who lives at 3329 Fuqua street, declared
he heard a grinding of the scraper as it first struck the bones.
His first idea of what they were, came to him when the scraper
pitched out a skull. Startled by the discovery, he motioned to
Mr. Walls, who immediately went to a near-by phone and called
the sheriff's office.
Deputies believed they could trace
the faint outlines of a grave, about 4 1/2
x 5 feet, they declared. The settling of the sand since the burial,
however, makes this theory extremely uncertain, they admitted.
Whether the bones will lead to
the disclosure of some long forgotten tragedy, or whether they
are the remains of human beings, who roved the Texas prairies
before the days of white settlers, is a problem which may never
p. 1, col. 4-5; continued on p. 2, col. 5-6.
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OF BONE FIND
OFFICERS THINK SKELETONS
MAY HAVE BEEN BURIED
that the gravel pit northwest of Dallas, where seven human skeletons
were unearthed Friday afternoon, is either an ancient Indian
burial ground, or is a forgotten dumping place for corpses used
for medical dissection, sheriff's deputies have abandoned further
investigation of the discovery by workmen.
- March 11, 1923, Dallas
Daily Times Herald,
"It was common years ago for
physicians to bury bodies that had been used for dissecting purposes,"
Deputy Hal Hood said. "At one time, only a few years ago,
city health officers discovered bits of human bodies passing
through the sewers, and these parts of bodies were, on investigation,
traced to dissecting rooms."
One instance was recalled where,
about eight years ago, ten human skeletons, buried face-down,
were found in a gravel pit north of Record Crossing on Elm Fork.
The fact that the seven skeletons
found Friday had been buried face-downward, combined with a similarly
gruesome find of eight years ago, leads officers to generally
accept the theory that in both instances, Indian burial grounds
had been trespassed upon.
Officers who investigated the discovery, but who have now virtually
abandoned any further probing of the case, are Hal Hood, Allen
Seale, Dave Bradshaw and Walter Taylor.
The belief that the skeletons were
found on the north edge of a former Dallas cemetery was expressed
by Joe Gardner.
"I remember when I was a boy,"
Mr. Gardner said, "that many skeletons and human bones were
excavated when the foundation for the old Dallas Brewery was
being prepared and when the M., K. & T. railway was building,
laying the grade for its tracks along the edge of the Trinity
The cemetery at that time, about
1886, had been abandoned for a number of years.
Sec. I, p. 1, col. 3, cont. on p. 5, col. 2.
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