Sports, Dallas County, Texas
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A Strong Nine.

     Yesterday, Messrs. Hanlon and Dallas, two of the best players in the Fort Worth base ball nine, came to this city, and propose to remain here, and they will join the ball club here, and they will join the ball club here. Their advent will fill the "long-needed want" in our home club, namely, a catcher. Hanlon is probably the best catcher in the state, and will be able to hold Healy's swiftly-pitched balls. Dallas is also a very fine short-stop, and his coming here will relieve Myers, who can play one of the bases. At a meeting last night, the club resolved to go to Denison and tackle the Blue Stockings for that fifty dollars, and we are certain that they can beat, with the new reinforcements just arrived, any nine in the state.

- July 7, 1877, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 3, col. 4.
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     "Fred Warner, formerly a well known ball player, died a short time ago in Philadelphia. He was in Indianapolis in 1877 and 1878, at the time the 'only' Nolan ascended to the acme of his fame with that club. Warner afterward played with Cleveland and the Philadelphia leaguers, but never again played the game that he had in Indianapolis. He was known as 'Chain-Lightning Warner' on account of the manner in which he threw from third to first, and was though by some to be the best thrower in the profession."
     The above item, from the St. Louis Republican, will recall an old friend to all admirers of the national game in Texas. The famous Indianapolis club of 1876 and 1877, of which Fred Warner, as first base, was one of the strongest members, was the first league team ever to play in this State. They arrived here the night of March 10, 1876, and played on the Dallas grounds the next day, with the positions filled as follows:

Frank Flint....Captain and catcher
"Only" Nolan......Pitcher
Denny Mack....Shortstop
Fred Warner....First base
Joe Quest....Second base
Johnnie McSorley...Third base
Roecap....Left field
Golden...Center field
Weaver....Right field
Nick Young, manager and secretary.

     The old Dallas Trinity Club, amateurs, were pitted against them, with the positions filled, as far as the writer recollects, with Don Hinckley, Catcher; Frank Brown, pitcher; Ambrose Meyers, shortstop; Tom Flynn, first base; K. Hall, second base; Eugene Levi, third base. The outfield players have passed from the mind. The game was a walkover for the "Hoosiers." The day was so cold that the players wore overcoats and fires were built at various points in the field. John E. Hogan, now on a government exploring expedition in Alaska, umpired, and the game resulted in a score of 50 0 in favor of Indianapolis. Don Hinckley, in the ninth inning, made a clean two base hit by driving the ball far over Golden in center field. An enthusiastic Dallas clothier announced that if Don would score a run and save Dallas from a whitewash, he would make him a present of the finest suit of clothes in his store. The ball returned by Flint was allowed by Nolan to pass to short field. Denny Mack "scooped" it up with both hands, threw a clod of earth gathered in the "scoop" to Nolan, and by a sleight of hand movement, dropped the ball into the pocket of a roundabout he was wearing. Hinckley, believing Nolan had the ball, commenced "stealing off" from second to make third, and Mack innocently backed up to the base line. As he and Hinckley met, the latter nearly fainted with surprise when the former produced the ball from his pocket and "touched him out" lightly on the shoulder. The "jig was up" for Dallas, and the whitewash was complete.

- March 3, 1886, Dallas Morning News, p. 2, col. 4-5.
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Why Should Not Ladies Try The
Bicycle, Etc.

     The base ball club that was organized the first of the season here in Dallas has been reorganized and strengthened, and they will play a nine, headed by Arbuckle to-morrow at the Oak Cliff ball park. There will be no price of admission charged. They will play to see which is the best team.
     Miss Maud Brown, of this city, in a communication to the sporting editor, says:
     "The recent interest manifested in the city in regard to the Bicycle Club leads one to ask, why the ladies have not taken up so graceful and healthful an exercise? In the north and east, it is a common thing for the ladies to be among the best riders, and they ride easily and gracefully. Southern women are noted for their fearless and graceful horsemanship, and it is certainly as modest and requires no more courage to ride a wheel than to guide a horse, and I am sure there are a number of ladies who would be glad to join a club, should one be organized, but who hesitate to ride alone, or to be the first. The T
IMES-HERALD is pre-eminently the peoples' paper and is therefore eminently fitted to awaken interest in the organization of a Ladies' Wheeling Club, and it should not be an arduous undertaking now that ladies everywhere are learning that outdoor sports are as necessary to their health as to their brothers, and Dallas ladies should lead the women of Texas in learning and using this graceful and health-giving accomplishment.
     I hope you will awaken and concentrate interest in a "Ladies' Wheeling Club."

- August 15, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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Base Ball.

     The Clipper Base Ball Club has organized for the season and promises to make it lively for all teams desiring to meet it on the diamond. This club has secured the cattle arena at the fair grounds, and is having it put in fine condition. On April 10, the Clippers will cross bats with the Waxahachie Club at that place, and on the 17th, these teams will play here.
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IMES-HERALD acknowledges receipt of Spalding's Base Ball Guide for 1892, which, like its predecessors, is replete with valuable information for lovers of the national game. A noteworthy feature is a brief resume of changes in the playing rules from 1851 to 1891.

- March 28, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 4.
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The New Dallas Club -- Base
Ball Notes.

     Eight hundred people witnessed the ball game at the fair grounds yesterday between the crack clubs of Dallas and Denison. Dallas wiped up the earth with the visitors. Score: 14 to 4.
     The Dallas News Club defeated the Sluggers yesterday by a score of 21 to 14.
     The Black Stockings defeated the Sanger Bros. nine at the Oak Cliff ball grounds yesterday.
     The Dallas league team will be made up as follows: John Patrick Cahill, pitcher. He formerly played in Henry Grady's team at Atlanta, Ga., also with the Dallas Brown Stockings in 1884. Veach, first base. McCormick, pitcher; Fabian, catcher; Blackburn, pitcher; Rappold, catcher; Leland, third base; Leeman, fielder; Goldie, short stop. With the exception of Fabian and Blackburn, who are in the city, the other players are en route from Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and Pittsburg, Pa. Dallas opens at Fort Worth next Saturday. An excursion train will be run over by the Texas & Pacific management next Saturday. Round-trip tickets, $1.

- May 2, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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The New Dallas Club -- Base
Ball Notes.

     Eight hundred people witnessed the ball game at the fair grounds yesterday between the crack clubs of Dallas and Denison. Dallas wiped up the earth with the visitors. Score: 14 to 4.
     The Dallas News Club defeated the Sluggers yesterday by a score of 21 to 14.
     The Black Stockings defeated the Sanger Bros. nine at the Oak Cliff ball grounds yesterday.
     The Dallas league team will be made up as follows: John Patrick Cahill, pitcher. He formerly played in Henry Grady's team at Atlanta, Ga., also with the Dallas Brown Stockings in 1884. Veach, first base. McCormick, pitcher; Fabian, catcher; Blackburn, pitcher; Rappold, catcher; Leland, third base; Leeman, fielder; Goldie, short stop. With the exception of Fabian and Blackburn, who are in the city, the other players are en route from Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and Pittsburg, Pa. Dallas opens at Fort Worth next Saturday. An excursion train will be run over by the Texas & Pacific management next Saturday. Round-trip tickets, $1.

- May 2, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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Makes a Run to Fort Worth

     The Fort Worth Gazette has the following account of a rough ride by a party of Dallas cyclers:
     Yesterday afternoon, five tired wheelmen came into Fort Worth, having been on the road from Dallas since 9 in the morning.
     When the party started, it numbered seven, but one fell at Grand Prairie and another at Handley, the five continuing the fight against rough roads and a head wind until Fort Worth was reached. The starters were: W. L. Springfield, H. M. Covey, John Toieller, W. M. Sechheimer, Chas. Phillips, P. T. Eutrikan, L. W. New.
     The two last named were the ones who dropped out of the tour. Five of the starters were L. A. W. men.
     It is not in any sense a matter for surprise that these two gentleman stopped, but more a matter for surprise that any come on. After leaving Trinity bottom, this side of Dallas, it was almost a continuous succession of ruts, some so hard and deep that they were of a size that would threaten the integrity of a wagon, and made wheeling almost impossible.
     But little of the road was good, but the boys toiled on until the goal was achieved. Not an accident of any kind marred the trip, though it was disappointing to wheelmen.
     Here Messrs. McDaniel and Tackaberry helped the visitors to pass their stay pleasantly . All rode pneumatic tires. They went home by the 6:40 Texas & Pacific.

- December 5, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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Dallas Wiped Up Pantherville

     The Dallas boys went over to Fort Worth yesterday and wiped up the Panthervillians. The Gazette has the following account of the game:
     "Yesterday afternoon, a fairly large crowd gathered at the base ball park to witness the game of football between the Dallas and Fort Worth teams."
     The football editor of the Gazette was on a holiday and about all that can be said of the game is that it is the best excuse for falling down that has been invented. Then, as soon as you fall, it seems to be the duty of the rest of the players to pile on top of the bottom man and one another just as fast and as hard as possible to the great detriment of the wind of the bottom layers. This is varied by "rushers" when a player gets the ball and tries to run into the enemy's territory beyond the goal line. His side try to aid him in the rush and the others try to oppose him and they generally do. No one was seriously hurt yesterday, but a few got strained ankles or decorated cheeks, and noses and foreheads, and several had bruises too numerous to count and one or two more had the wind knocked out of them, but it was great fun except that Fort Wroth was beaten by a score of 16 to 0.
The rule is to play two forty-five minute games with ten minutes rest between. The time of the games was shortened ten minutes each yesterday.
     Dallas got five touch downs and two goals, which gave the sixteen score. In the first game, fourteen of the points were made, so the home team must have been nervous, for the last game was stubbornly and well contested. The best playing was done by the Dallas men in all respects, and then they were, as a rule, much heavier, and when it came to the "rushing" and resultant tumbles in the scrimmage, this extra weight counted for much.

- December 26, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 2.
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Athletic Notes.

     The Dallas Athletic club, a new organization, will be formally opened at 497 and 499 Main street, this evening, and provide a series of sporting events for the entertainment of the public.
     The event this evening will be a glove contest between Walter Lewis of Fort Worth and Charles Wright of Dallas. The management of the club put up nothing but first class fights. No hippodrome business will go, they say.

- September 2, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, Col. 3.
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     Bob Gray of Dallas and Will Jones of Paris are matched for a mill at the rooms of the Dallas Athletic Club on Thursday night and it promises to be a rattling mill. Both men have proved themselves to be fighters, and as game as a game chicken. Both men succeeded in knocking out two men in one night at Mike Connelly's saloon about eighteen months ago. They are both welter weights.

     It is evident from the exhbitions given Saturday night, that legitimate sports will die a natural death if a higher class of contest are not put before the public immediately.

- September 4, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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     A meeting is called for the Dallas Wheel club, to-morow night at 8 o'clock sharp, and a prompt attendance of members is desired to discuss important business.

- September 5, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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     The new track of the Dallas cycle club is nearly completed, the final rolling, which will be done Monday, will finish the job. Members of the club declare the track to be as good as can be made. Much effort is being made to get ready for the state meet in October. A special committee composed of Messrs. Peter Entrekin, Fred Woodworth and Rayfield Covey has been appointed to solicit prizes. The success me with so far is highly gratifying. The following letter received by the president of the club this morning is published as an indication of the spirit of Dallas business men regarding this event and a sample of a most acceptable prize:
ALLAS, Tex., Sept. 22. -- Mr. J. B. McCraw, president Dallas Wheel club--Dear Sir: Understanding that the Dallas Wheel club are about to compete for prizes at the Texas State fair and Dallas exposition, I beg leave to state that as an encouragement to the young men that I will present to a cyclist winning a first prize, a $2000 accident policy in the Traveler's Insurance company of Hartford, Conn., good for one year, said policy to be issued to the winner, and to date from 12 o'clock noon immediately after the race.
Very truly,

     Letters are coming in from all over the state inquiring about this meet, which is regarded as the most important state event of the year. Following is the programme, to be run October 2 and 21:


1. One mile novice.
2. Half-mile open.
3. One mile, 3:00 class.
4. One-fourth mile, open.
5. Two mile lap race.
6. Trick riding.
7. Two mile handicap.


1. Half-mile, open.
2. One mile, open, limit 2:45
3. Half-mile, open.
4. One mile, Dallas Wheel club championship.
5. Five mile, open.
6. One mile consolation.

- September 23, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
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The Dallas base ball team failed to materialize at Taylor yesterday.

- September 25, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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Enthusiastic Football Meeting.

     An enthusiastic meeting of football men was held last night in the parlors of the St. George hotel.
     Captain Stewart of the Dallas Football club, called the meeting to order and the representatives of the press present were elected secretaries.
     Louis N. Dabney voiced the sentiment of all present when he said that he favored one good club to work for the glory of Dallas. There was material in the city to form a club that would be practically invincible in the state. By selecting the pick of the Y. M. C. A. team and the Dallas football club, a superior team could be put into the field. He favored opening the doors wide to the Y. M. C. A. football team, inviting them to free membership in the Dallas football club.
     Henry Crawford suggested that by selecting from both teams, Dallas could organize both a heavy and a light team, composed of fine players, so as to accommodate challenges from other cities of any weight.
     Five members of the Y. M. C. A. team, including their captain, E. M. Tighe, were present and declared their readiness to co-operate with the Dallas football club in games against non-resident teams.
     After considerable desultory discussion, the following resolution, offered by Mr. Moseley, was unanimously adopted:
     Resolved, That members of the Y. M. C. A. football team, in good standing, be, and the same are hereby tendered, full membership in the Dallas football club.
     Practice games were at once arranged for Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, to take place at the Y. M. C. A. grounds, corner of Maple avenue and Cedar Springs road. The first practice game will take place Friday night, Dec. 8.
     Capt. Stewart read a letter from the best team in Galveston, requesting a game with Dallas on New Year's day on Dallas grounds. They will, in all probability, be accommodated.
     The return game with the University boys has not yet been definitely arranged, but will probably come off on Christmas day.

- December 6, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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To Fence in Football.

     In order to prevent the crowd from surging into the field during the progress of the Dallas-Galveston game, and obstruct the view from the grand stand, arrangements have been made to construct a wire fence around the field, and for further protection, a force of deputy sheriffs or police officers will be on hand to prevent any slipping through the wires.

- December 27, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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New Athletic Club.

     The Dallas Athletic Association has been chartered and will open Saturday night, Jan. 27, at the old Dallas club on Main street. J. Bates, a well-known Pacific slope sport, will manage the club and claims that he will furnish a better grade of contests than have been seen heretofore. He says the motto of the new organization will be "No Fakes." Tickets will issued with coupons attached, which may be cashed as the holders leave the club room if any "fake" is attempted. The fight already arranged between the two negroes, Bob Gray, of this city, and Milton Carter, of Shreveport, will take place Saturday night.

- January 24, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 4.
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Added April 13, 2004:


Dallas Will Have Splendid Base
Ball Grounds.

     Good progress is being made in remodeling the park of the Dallas base ball club at the Fair Grounds. Mr. Billy Shea is superintending the work in the absence of Manager Ted Sullivan. Teams, and plows, and scrapers, and other implements are in use, plowing, filling in, leveling and rolling the field, which will make it one of the finest minor league parks in the country. The grounds will include the stock arena of the State Fair and the bicycle track of the Dallas organized wheelmen. The bicycle track has been plowed up and filled in, so as to considerably enlarge the grounds in every direction beyond the limits of the old football field. The grand stand will be repaired, the principal improvement being the putting on of an absolutely rain-proof roof. "Bleachers," or cheap-price seats, will be erected, flanking the grand stand to the right. A force of carpenters and men are at work on new fences, which are being set out a considerable distance from where the old ones were.
     The grounds have been partially reversed in the laying out, making what is regarded as an original and desirable innovation, improving the view very materially from the grand stand. As proposed and being arranged, the playing lines will be so laid out, that persons in the grand stand will have a clear view of, both home plate and third base, almost on lines parallel to the stand, and without lessening the view of any other part of the field from what it would be, if the old style of placing the batsman directly in front of the grand stand were followed. When all the improvements are completed, Dallas will have a model minor league park. These improvements involve an expense of, from $700 to $1000.


     Ted Sullivan has arrived in Washington and is getting his Dallas "Navigators' on deck. Ted is having a "scrap" with the Scranton club of the Pennsylvania State League over their rival claims to the services of Pitcher Brown. Brown is one of the coming stars of the diamond, and Dallas base ball lovers hope to see him in a "Navigator" uniform. If anybody can land him here, Ted's the man.

- March 22, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 4.
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Dallas Football Team Enrolled
and Officers Elected.



The Game Schedule not Yet Ar-
ranged but a Game with the
'Varsity Team Probable.

     Last night, in the T. P. A. room of the Oriental, there was held the annual meeting of the Dallas football club. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: E. A. Mosely, president; Wm. Kern, vice president; E. M. Tighe, secretary and treasurer.
     The following members were enrolled: George Merewether, W. E. Robbins, E. J. Cotter, Dave McKay, J. H. Simpson, E. T. Hamilton, W. R. Wilson, M. S. Pandres, Julius House, L. A. Wright, S. Simkins, M. F. Sterrett, J. C. Strange, Jim Adams, Jim Cole, Wm. Kern, Ed Moseley, E. M. Tighe, Joe Field, Hugh Peck, Frank Garrad, G. M. Little.
     The games to be played during the fair were fully discussed and it was decided to play one game each Saturday of the fair. One game will probably be with Austin, but the second game has not yet been decided upon.
     A game by electric light was also discussed and it was the sentiment of all the members that such a game would be a novelty and a financial success. Mr. Ted Sullivan was in attendance at the meeting and will make the boys a proposition in regard to the cycle park grounds.

- August 8, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 3.
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The Dallas and Houston Clubs
Contest This Afternoon.

     This afternoon at 2:30 in the club house of the Dallas Social and Gymnastic club, in Meisterhans garden, a Dallas team and a Houston team will struggle for supremacy on the bowling alley at the game known as "cocked hat." This contest, arrangements for which were made some weeks ago, has been the theme of conversation amongst the devotees of the game for some time and considerable interest is manifested in its outcome. The Dallas boys have been producing hard. They say that Dallas has always held the blue ribbon in athletics and they are going to exert themselves to the utmost that she may come out victorious in this contest. The Houston team will arrive this morning. Mr. Maurice Kahn, an old Dallasite, but now a resident of Houston, will probably come with the team, but will take no part in the game.
     The Dallas club has been instrumental in having made a silver cup which will hereafter be kept as a state trophy to be contested for by the leading bowling clubs of the state. This will be played for this afternoon. An effort will also be made to get up a state tournament during the State Fair.

- March 19, 1899, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 4
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Dallas Has New
Catcher in Game

     Dallas introduced a Dallas boy in their lineup this afternoon when they started the game against Beaumont. Wray Query, a local boy who made a great reputation in the Trolley League, and later in the Texas-Oklahoma League. He was signed by Gardner after the close of that league's work.
     Query is a big chap, and grew up on the Dallas sand lots. "Pi" Bailey, who has sent out many youngsters to the different minor leagues of the South, graduated him from his Red Sox team early this season.

- August 18, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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Will Soon Locate
New Baseball Park

     J. W. Gardner, president of the local club, has announced plans for a new ball park, to be constructed at some point on the South Belt car line, the exact point yet to be selected.
     The new park will be one of modern construction, and many features will be added for the advantage of the spectators. It will be modeled after the San Antonio ball park, which is one of the most modern in the state.

- September 24, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 2.
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Sport Review; Grid Interest Centering on City
High School Chase; Fite Fans Making Effort
To Get Mitt Game Back in This City.


     Plans for the formation of a semi-pro baseball league to embrace several small towns in the vicinity of Dallas are being made by a group of enthusiastic ball bugs, who have already lined up two teams for the proposed circuit. The plan is to play Saturday and Sunday games in the wee cities that crave the national game.
     The perpetrators of aforesaid scheme have already been assured a club at Plano, and another delegation will be located at Gates City. The Texaco Stars will probably be stationed at Gates.
     Several other towns are being lined up, and if possible, a four or six-club league, playing Saturday and Sunday baseball, will be formed.
     The players will get a share of the gate receipts, after expenses have been deducted, as their pay. Several local semi-pro backers are interested in the plan, and it is possible that a team will be located in Dallas.
     The new plan as outlined to the writer, recalls the old Texas Federal League that consisted of such towns as Grand Prairie, Oak Cliff, and Reinhardt, with the "Budweisers" as a team that "visited all the time."
     The league stirred up quite a bit of interest, and while we can't recall any "get-rich-quick" instance, it went over well enough.
     Those behind the newly-proposed loop are not desirous of putting out any dope on the league, as they state that it is not entirely certain that the circuit can be formed. They requested that their names be withheld at present, but the writer will gladly put any manager who pilots a small town team, in touch with the proper parties.
     Grand Prairie, Lancaster, Palmer and several other places have been mentioned, but nothing definite has been lined up in any of these towns.

- October 23, 1921, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 17, col. 1-2.
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  Reading from left to right: Miss Lillian Coppinger, running center; Miss Mildred Pierce, jumping center; Miss Minnie Jones, guard; Miss Estelle Campbell, guard; Miss Alta Coppinger, forward; Miss Mary Davis, forward (captain); Miss Emma King, coach.  

- March 11, 1923, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 4, col. 2-4.
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Nursery Kids Win Wrestling Promoter

     Bert Willoughby, wrestling promoter, will give to the Community Chest, one-tenth of his ticket receipts from the wrestling matches at the Live Stock Arena in Fair Park Monday night. His interest in the chest and its work was enlisted by his friend, R. J. Buckalew, captain of firemen at Station 16.
     Mr. Willoughby decided to investigate conditions for himself, however, so he made a visit to the Amelia Huvelle Day Nursery and Kindergarten, 2017 South Ervay street, an agency where working mothers leave their children during the day.
     "I am glad to do anything I can for an organization that cares for such nice little youngsters," Mr. Willoughby said. "The other agencies are equally as worthy. They deserve all the co-operation and help that can be given."

- November 15, 1930, The Dallas Morning News, p. 19, col. 3-4.
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     Theft of a diamond ring valued at $500 and a fifteen-jewel watch valued at $40 from his home at 4008 Amherst Street, University Park, was reported to police Tuesday afternoon by Paul (Daffy) Dean, St. Louis Cardinal baseball player.
     Dean made his report in person to Chief of Police Robert L. Jones. He said the theft had occurred some time during the last three weeks.

- February 3, 1937, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 16, col. 2.
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