Swiss-related Articles, Dallas County, Texas

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     Joseph T. Gasville, of Berne, Switzerland, fell on the pavement in front of Coney Island saloon yesterday, and was picked up in insensible condition. He had foot it from Fort Worth and had been some time without food. He is on his way to Paris, Texas, where his brother lives. 

- July 23, 1888, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 1.
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Henry Boll Welcomed by His
Friends To-Day.

     Henry Boll, for thirty-eight years a resident of Dallas county, and one of the old landmarks, arrived home this morning at 7:30, after an absence of fifteen months in Switzerland, where he was under the treatment of a celebrated oculist. Mr. Boll went abroad to have, if possible, his eyesight restored, and returns greatly benefited.
     Upon his arrival, accompanied by his friend, August Miller [Mueller], Mr. Boll was welcomed by an impromptu gathering of his old friend and acquaintance, upwards of 150 being present. Judge Nat M. Burford and John Henry Brown were the leading spirits in the ovation. The "welcome home" address was made by Judge Burford in most fitting language.

- August 4, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
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They Will Celebrate Indepen-
dence Day.

     Last Sunday evening, the Swiss of Dallas held a meeting and the following resolution was passed:
     Resolved, that we celebrate Aug. 1, 1891, in remembrance of the declaration of independence of the Swiss 600 years ago, and that we engage Hon. John Henry Brown for a speech in the English language.
     The question of securing a German speaker was discussed and deferred.
     It will be an international entertainment. Swiss national flags, children plays, music, flowers, fireworks, etc., will make up the occasion.
     The next meeting will be held in about three weeks, when matters of importance will be discussed.

- April 28, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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City Notes.

     At Charlie Meisterhan's pavilion on August 12, the Swiss residents of Dallas and Dallas county and their children will celebrate the six hundredth anniversary of the independence of their country.

- July 25, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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City Notes.

     The Swiss will hold a big celebration at Charlie Meisterhan's pavilion next Sunday. The event will be the celebration of the 600th anniversary of Swiss independence.

- July 29, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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City Notes.

     The anniversary of the independence of Switzerland was celebrated yesterday and last night at Meisterhan's beer garden. An elaborate programme was carried out during the day and the whole was capped off by fire works last night.

- August 3, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
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Meisterhan's Speech.

     Charles Meisterhans was the principal orator at the Swiss celebration of the 600th anniversary of the independence of that country. He spoke in German and made a most beautiful, as well as impressive, address, replete with historical facts and closing with a most eloquent tribute to the sons of Switzerland, as well as that remarkable country. Mr. Meisterhans and his friends should feel proud of his effort.

- August 11, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 2.
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     Dr. Theodore Arnold, whose card appears in the TIMES-HERALD, is a pupil of the late celebrated oculist, Dr. Horner, of Switzerland, and for five years, has been assistant to Dr. Hach at the university and at his private eye clinic in Munich. Dr. Arnold's high character is vouched for by Messrs. Henry Boll, August Mueller, Charles Meisterhans and Jacob Waespin. His practice is confined to diseases of the eye.

- November 12, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
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Swiss Benevolent Society.

     The twentieth anniversary of the Dallas Gruetli Verein will be celebrated at their hall, corner Preston and Cabell streets, on Monday evening, January 4, 1894. A concert and ball will be features of the entertainment. From the character of their previous entertainments of this association, it is safe to predict an enjoyable time for all who attend.

- December 28, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
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Twentieth Anniversary of the Swiss Be-
nevolent Association.

     The Swiss Benevolent association, better known as the Greutli, celebrated their twentieth anniversary last night at their hall, corner Cabell and Preston streets. The following programme was rendered:

Song .....Swiss Mannerchoer
Address of Welcome....Abe Schmidt
Song, "Das Deutche Lied"....Mannerchoer
Recitation....Chas. Lichte
Song, "All Deu Vaterland" ....Mannerchoer
Comic Recitation.....A. Schmidt
Song, "Mele Herz Islam Rhein" ....Mannerchoer
Original humorous essay....John Boll
Address, "The Ladies".....Geo. Meyer
Song, "Henrick von Oberdingrer"......Mannerchoer....

     The hall was crowded with Greutli and their wives, sisters, sweethearts, and many of them brought their entire families, so that the room was well filled with children, and had a thoroughly home-like appearance. The singing of the mannerchoer was excellent, and Prof. Lang's band furnished excellent dance music. The recitations and addresses were carefully prepared, and their delivery was signalized by repeated applause.
     The Greutli is one of the flourishing societies of Dallas, and its entertainments are always attended by the cream of the Swiss population of Dallas.
     The committee in charge, last night, was composed of Conrad Nubler, Jacob Schaffer, Fritz Amsler and Jacob Gatteker.

- January 2, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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Swiss Maennerchor Concert.

     The first grand concert of the Swiss Maennerchor of Dallas was held at Meisterhan's garden last night. The concert included some excellent singing and was well attended. After the concert, a ball, in which the younger element participated, was in order, and proved a most enjoyable affair.

- March 12, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3-4.
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Added January 25, 2004:

     Charles Sorg, the Elm street jeweler, has gone to Switzerland, his old home, for the first time in twenty years.

- June 16, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 5.
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The Man Taken from Trinity
Positively Identified.



Forecasted His Intention--The
Body Exhumed Saturday by the
Swiss Society and Reinterred.

     Saturday afternoon, after a careful inspection of the photograph taken of the unknown man found Friday morning in the Trinity river, Mr. Sam Hilbold, the mail carrier living at 345 South Preston street positively identified it as a likeness of his father-in-law, Edward Knopfley, who disappeared three days ago from the Bear hotel on Swiss avenue.
     The photograph was also exhibited to a number of Knopfley's intimate friends, who all agreed in the opinion that it was no other than that of the missing man.
     Accordingly, the remains were disinterred from the potter's field where they were buried Thursday, and buried in Greenwood cemetery by the Swiss society, of which the deceased was a member. It is understood that Knopfley carried a small sum on his life in the order, but the amount could not be learned.
     A convincing proof that Knopfley contemplated self destruction was found yesterday in his room at the Bear hotel by Mrs. J. J. Yost, the landlady.
     In looking over the clothes left by the dead man, she came across a little note book, on a leaf of which was written a few words in German that forecasted his intention.
     The translation is as follows:
Dear friends and relatives:
      I am forsaken by my dear ones and have lost my hopes of employment and I long for a resting place. Bury me in quietness. Forgive all injuries I may have done. I find a welcome nowhere, so adieu, adieu.
     Knopfley was well known at the Bear hotel, where he had boarded a number of times before. He had been there the last time for about five months and was well liked.
     A pathetic feature of the case was that on Thursday, the same day Knopfley left the house in a fit of despondency on account of his inability to obtain work, Mr. Chas. Meisterhans called at the hotel with a proffer of work. He had interested himself in behalf of his countryman, and it is likely that had he come before the unfortunate man left the house, Knopfley would be alive to-day. The case is a peculiarly sad one.

- August 8, 1897, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
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Grutli Swiss Society.

     A very enthusiastic special meeting of the Grutli Swiss society took place last night in the Swiss hall, 166 Preston street. Acting under the provisions of the constitution of the national council, ten candidates passed the medical examination supervised by Dr. Theo. L. E. Arnold. W. F. Touchon was elected chairman and A. C. Mueller, secretary.
     In order to give an opportunity to the absent candidates of becoming full fledged members in the organized section, it was decided to extend the time of admission until Feb. 20th, when the section shall be received in the society and enjoy all its benefits. It is the hope of the members that all those who claim Switzerland as their mother country, or their children, will take advantage of this rare opportunity and join their countrymen in making the Dallas society the strongest in the South.

- February 7, 1904, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 4.
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Interesting Program Rendered and
Many were Present.

     Over one hundred people were present yesterday at the ingathering of the celebration of the Swiss association of Texas held at the Grutihalle at the corner of Preston and Cabell streets. Those present enjoyed the many numbers on the program. Following were the selections:
     First Part-Overture, orchestra; greeting, Theodore Zehnder; song, "Switzerland," Swiss Male choir; zither solo, "Gluck Auf," Albert Muller; theatrical skit, Otto Schiffner, Walter Liebundgut and John Anilker; song, "I Know a Wonderful Land," choir, A. Schmidt, director; humorous portrayal, John Anilker.
     Second Part-Overture, orchestra; song, Swiss Male chorus; theatrical skit, T. F. Zimmerman, teacher, and students, Alice Ronasch, Frieda Zurbrugg, Frieda Hiltpold, Otto Schiffner, Walter Liebundgut and T. W. Ebner; zither solo, "Alpine March," Alfred Muller; humorous recitation, Walter Liebundgut; song, chorus; theatrical skit, Walter Liebundgut, Alice Bonasch and Frieda Zurbrugg.

- October 25, 1909, Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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Foundation of Swiss Federation Com-
memorated With Patriotic

     Three hundred or more members of the Dallas Swiss colony gathered at the Gruetli hall, at Preston and Cabell streets, last night to celebrate the 621st anniversary of the founding of the Swiss confederation.
     Patriotic exercises, music, speech-making and dancing formed the order of entertainment. The Swiss confedration was formed August 1, 1291, when Uri, Schwyzer and Unterwalden, three German-speaking provinces, formed an "everlasting alliance" against Rudolph of Hapsburg, Emperor of Austria.

- August 7, 1912, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 10.
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Switzerland Calls
Home Reservists

     Through the Swiss consul at Galveston, the reservists of the army of Switzerland in Texas have received orders to return to their country at once. Dr. Victor H. Guggenheim received the order and has given notice. Many of the reservists, especially former officers, are receiving individual messages.
     There are fifty or more Swiss reservists in Dallas, according to best authority. A great per cent of them will answer the call.
     Just what the significance of the move on the part of their native country may be, none of the Swiss were in position to discuss.
     All Swiss are requested to meet to-night at 8 o'clock at Swiss hall. All Swiss are asked to attend, whether they have seen military service, or not.

- August 3, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 9, col. 7.
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Swiss Residents
Sign for Service

     That ten local Swiss had signed for military service was stated by one of their nationality Friday morning, J. Mallepell, member of the Swiss Society of Dallas states that he had seen the summons posted by the Swiss consul, but was inclined to think that the call was issued principally to the Northern states, where the majority of the people of that nationality reside. He stated that there were very few Swiss in Texas.

- August 7, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 17, col. 7.
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