Rinehardt/Reinhardt/Reinhart/Rheinhardt, Dallas County, Texas

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Gin Burned.

     The gin owned by E. H. Uechert at Rheinhardt was destroyed by fire this morning.

- October 19, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
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An Old Negro Driven from His

     George McGruder, an aged negro, resides on the Henry Loeb farm near Reinhart. It is charged that two young white men, Dave Smith and Fred Diseman, have driven him from his home by threats against his life, etc. Last Saturday night, sixty-five shots were fired into his house from Winchesters. Dave Smith was placed under $200 bond to keep the peace by Justice Braswell to-day, and the other cases will be called Friday. The leading citizens of Reinhart are said to be justly incensed, and there is talk of an indignation meeting. McGruder is highly respected by the white people.

- February 4, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 4.
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     T. J. Freeman of Reinhardt is in the city.

- August 7, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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Two Country Boys Indulge in a Scrap
This Afternoon.

     Bunk Day and Ed McMurray, two young men from the neighborhood of Reinhardt, indulged in a war of words in a saloon opposite the court house this afternoon. Finally, Day struck McMurray several stinging blows, bruising his sun-tinted countenance in several places. Day was arrested and placed under $300 bond to answer for trial when the case is called. The boys are cousins. It is alleged that Day was armed with brass knucks.

- August 21, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1-2.
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Cause D. W. McCoy a Great Deal of
Trouble, He Says.

     D. W. McCoy was acquitted of the charge of disturbing the peace in the county court yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Matley were the prosecuting witnesses. All the parties reside near Reinhardt, and a flock of geese led to the hostilities between the families. McCoy says Mrs. Matley's geese made daily raids on his corn patch and he remonstrated. The remonstrance was tabled. Finally, he found the geese in the field and charged the pests. Mrs. Matley, he alleges, appeared on the scene at this juncture. She was armed with a Winchester and she fired one or two shots at McCoy. Poor marksmanship saved his life, he says, as the intentions of the lady could not be misunderstood. The grand jury indicted McCoy for disturbing the people. He beat the first case yesterday, and there are two more pending against him.

- August 22, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 1-2.
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     D. W. McCoy is on trial to-day, charged with disturbing the peace of Mrs. J. L. Motley. All parties are from Reinhart, and their troubles were referred to in Tuesday's edition of the TIMES HERALD.

- August 24, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 2.
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A Narrow Escape.

     Last night, coming home from the ice cream festival at Reinhart, given for the Floyd Street Methodist church, two young couples in a surrey did not see the steep embankment in front of them, and rushed over it, turning the vehicle up side down, pinioning the ladies beneath it. One of the young gentlemen had the presence of mind to catch the horses. Had it not been for the young man, a serious accident might have resulted. One of the young men had his head bruised a little, and the ladies are none the worse for a little dust bath.

- August 25, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 5.
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D. W. McCoy, of the Village of Reinhardt,
Defeats His Enemies.

     D. W. McCoy resides at Reinhardt when he is at home; he has resided in Dallas the grater part of this week.
     McCoy is a farmer, and he had trouble with Farmer Motley over Mrs. Motley's geese. There were the usual criminations and recriminations, and finally, so McCoy alleges, there was a Winchester movement made upon him and he broke ranks and flew.
     The grand jury returned four indictments against McCoy, one for disturbing the peace, one for abusive language, one for assault and one for carrying a pistol. He had four trials and four different juries decided that he was not guilty.
     One of the jurors remarked to a T
IMES HERALD Reporter after McCoy was acquitted today: "It is singular that a grand jury will indict reputable citizens on the flimsiest kind of evidence -- evidence that will not convict a cat when the trial of the indicted party comes on."

- August 26, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 4.
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Added March 25, 2004:

     F. J. Miller to E. H. Neckert, December 19, 1894, lot 12, block 11, of Rheinhardt, $125.

- January 23, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 4.
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Added May 6, 2004:

     H. H. Thomas to Merchants & Planters' Oil Company, March 28, 1895, lots 4 and 5, block 10, of Reinhardt, $200.

- April 22, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3-4.
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Added May 8, 2004:

     Horace H. Thomas to E. H. Uckert, March 30, 1895, lot 1, block 14, of Reinhardt, $50.

- April 26, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1-2.
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Woodmen of the World Organ-
ized at Reinhardt.

     Prof. J. D. Alexander has returned from Reinhardt, where he organized a camp of Woodmen of the World with a charter membership of fourteen.

- December 21, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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     Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway company to M. Zacha, lots 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, block 12, Reinhardt town, $200.

- June 27, 1906, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 6 .
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     That readers of The Times Herald are alive to the needs of "smokes" by the American soldiers in the French trenches, is evidenced more and more every day, and the Soldiers' Smoke Fund continues to grow daily. It has now gone beyond the $600 mark and indications are that it will continue to grow.
     J. R. Ueckerth, The Times Herald's agent at Reinhardt, sallied forth with a list last week, and when he had completed his task, he had assembled the nifty sum of $28 for The Times Herald's Soldiers' Smoke Fund. Not a few of the subscriptions were for $1, and the others for fifty and twenty-five cents. The list came in Saturday night, too late for Sunday publication, but it counts just as much on Monday, as it would have on Sunday.
     Down at Italy, W. H. Briles became interested in the smoke fund and illustrated The Times Herald's appeal for "smokes." His cartoon is very timely and shows that he is a cartoonist of no mean ability.

 "When one has chatted with a gentleman unafraid, who lost both legs while engaged in the gentle art of bombing a German dug-out, one is likely to be impatient with the earnest persons who wish to deprive the soldier of his cigarette."

     There are forty words of plain, solid truth: The whole question couldn't be covered better.
     "B. L. T.," in the Chicago Tribune, fires off this big one, and it thoroughly demolishes those "earnest persons," who are trying to interfere with the splendid enterprise of sending smokes to our men abroad.
     The soldier must have his cigarette and his pipe, and anything else in the civilized world that we can send him -- to help him along.
     That's what our Tobacco Fund is for. We started it because we believed that our readers would jump at the chance to do something real. And, they are; contributions started at once, with a rush, the day we made our first announcement.
     Come in, if you haven't. Or better still, come in again.


Previously acknowledged . . . . . $572.60

R. W. Ueckerth, Times Herald agent, Rheinhardt, Texas:
W. D. Anderton..... 1.00
J. H. Briley........ 1.00
W. L. Kennedy.... 1.00
C. F. Motley........ 1.00
W. G. Russell...... 1.00
S. O. Cause........ 1.00
J. N. Hale.......... 1.00
Ben Wiseman...... .50
J. W. McComas..... .50
R. H. Shipley........ .50
M. Williamson...... .50
W. H. Marshall.... .50
E. C. Grace......... .50
J.[?] E. Wiseman.. .50
W. T. Day....... .50
G. F. Minor..... .50
C. H. Hensley.... .50
R. M. Hart........ .50
L. L. Byrd......... .50
J. W. Wiseman... .25
A. S. Grace........ .25
J. E. Hart.......... .25
W. O. Chenault... .25
M. M. Motley...... .25
E. Daley............ .25
J. M. Burden..... .25
S. L. Canada...... .25
G. C. Minor....... .30
Mon Anderton.... .25
J. H. Wiseman... .25
E. A. Bethrume... .25
E. Chenoult [Chenault?].... .25
J. R. Conkin.... .25
A. W. Zacha.... .25
W. H. Berry... .25
J. W. Burton... .25
W. F. Sullivan... .25
H. V. Murphree. .25
Jack Kennedy.... .25
A. P. Hagar....... .25
Ira Goforth....... .25
Will Kirbie......... .25
J. R. Ueckerth.... .25
W. R. Douglas.... .25
J. R. Wineham.... .25
J. P. Daley.......... .25
D. J. Chenoult [Chenault?].... .25
B. T. Wiseman.... .20
Reed Rains....... .25
E. C. Hart........ .50
B. F. Russell..... .50
Frank Hamilton.. .50
Albie Kennedy.... .50
D. J. Carney...... .50
J. Wielborne....... .50
Burton Wiseman... .50
R. W. Neckert...... .50
M. T. Hall.......... .50
A. D. Robinson..... .50
J. E. Baswell....... .50
Jim Victory........ .50
J. M. Stallcup..... .50
B. E. Beach........ .50
R.[?] /B.[?] L. Murphree.... .50
J. J. Moulard, 1102 Young St.....2.00

Total ....... $602.60

- October 1, 1917, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 12, col. 4-5.
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To Check Out Saturday

     Here's R. W. Ueckert, postmaster at Reinhardt, with his daughter and chief clerk, Miss Maxine. The postoffice has been located in the Ueckert store since 1886, but it's to be closed Saturday. Dallas has grown right up to Reinhardt's front door, and there's rural delivery all around it -- that's the reason. Dozens of requests have been received for "last stamps" on outgoing mail. The postmaster is seen complying with one of them -- or at least as he will comply on Saturday. (Times Herald Staff Photo)

Reinhardt Postoffice to
Fold Its Tent Saturday
After 51 Years of Service

     Ever hear of a postmaster urging the department to do away with his job?
     R. W. Ueckert, of Reinhardt, did.
     As a result, the 51-year-old Dallas County postoffice, at what was once the county town of Reinhardt, will close for all time Saturday.
     Reason for the closing? Well, the growth of Greater Dallas, almost up to Reinhardt's front door, and the spread of the rural free delivery system, until there wasn't much need for the postoffice any longer.
     In the horse and buggy days, back in 1886, things were different. Reinhardt was a not unimportant station on the Santa Fe as it built north. It was a nice half-way point between Dallas and Garland -- then Duck Creek. Trains ran at about twenty-five miles an hour. Horse-drawn vehicles required a couple of hours, at least, to go from Dallas to Reinhardt to Garland.
     So, in 1886, the postoffice was established. Mr. Ueckert's father, E. H. Ueckert, was the first representative of the United States postoffice department in charge. He served until 1904, when the now outgoing official came in. R. W. Euckert's commission, dated April, 1904, is signed by Henry C. Payne as postmaster general. Mr. Ueckert will retain the sheepskin as a family relic and heirloom.

Old and New.
     In the old days, Reinhardt folk, and those on the farms close by, came in for their mail at the postoffice. It was brought in by train.
     Now, it's different. A rural delivery route, out of Mesquite, comes close on the east. One from Garland is even closer on the north. One out of Dallas hits on the west, as does still another that serves Fisher -- or wheat was once Calhoun. None of them are more than a mile away.
     "No use for a postoffice any more," said Mr. Ueckert, and he took the matter up with Congressman Hatton Sumners. Mr. Sumners set the proper machinery in motion, and finally, the necessary orders were issued.
     Along about 5 p. m. Saturday, whatever ceremony there is to be, will be carried out. Part of it will be the stamping of "Reinhardt, Texas, Feb. 27, 1937" on a dozen or more postcards and letters, by Mr. Ueckert. Stamp collectors watch such things. They have already read about the closing, and have written in asking for the final stampings. The requests have come from New York City, Bethelehem and Philadelphia, Pa.; Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland, Ore., and towns in Ohio, Indiana, Maryland and other states.

- February 26, 1937, Dallas Daily Times Herald,
Sec. I, p. 2, col. 4-5.
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