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(Updated September 16, 2006; added "Early Postoffice War Resulted in Town of Garland...")
List of Transcribed
Wm. Adair Columns


Matchmakers and Bachelors Found Marriage Aid
Societies Quickened Pulse in Early Days



OLD LANDMARK IS BEING DEMOLISHED; HISTORY OF CITY'S
EARLIEST "WHITE WAY" RECALLED BY RAZING OF BUILDING



HOLDUPS RECALL SAM BASS GANG; NEW AND OLD
METHODS OF BANDITRY IN THIS SECTION ARE COMPARED



When Lots and Lumber Were Cheap; Old Pleasure Garden
at Head of Stone Street -- Adventure of Roxy Clements;
Kerosene Lamps Were Used as Illuminants in Homes and
Stores -- When Dallasites Had Never Heard of Things
Now Considered Essential to Life and Comfort



The Old Dallas & Wichita Railroad



DALLAS SUPPRESSED GAMBLING LONG BEFORE SEVERAL
OF THE OTHER TEXAS CITIES UNDERTOOK TO DO SO: Town
Had Adobe Houses in Some Places on Prominent Streets --
Old-Timer Tells of Early Days in Hustling Frontier Town in
Which He Delivered Newspaper



FELT THE "RABBIT RISIN' " IN HIM --- Experiences of Some
Old-Time Dallas Police Officers: The Woman Who Found
the Chickens That Had Been Stolen



Dallas' First "Opera House" Opened in 1873 -- Father of B. F.
Sala Built Playhouses in Texas From Galveston to Dallas --
Knew Old Families and Had Thrilling Meetings With Noted
Bandits of Early Days -- Dallas Fire Department Gave Lively
Exhibition With Old Hand Pump



Forty-Six Years Ago in Dallas



DALLAS ONCE LIKE MOVIE TOWN



WONDERED, WHEN HE CAME
TO DALLAS AND SAW THINGS



When Dallas Was a Crude, Big Town



Early Dallas Hotels



ELM STREET ONCE TRAIL IN BRUSH; W. M. McCOMMAS
TELLS OF EARLY DAYS IN VILLAGE OF DALLAS; DURING
INDIAN DAYS; Red Men Had Surrendered Country East
of River, but They Claimed Territory West



EMIL FRETZ TELLS OF EARLY DALLAS; CAME TO TOWN
DEC. 3, 1870, WITH 26 MEMBERS OF SWISS COLONY;
MANY SORRY SHACKS; First Impression of Texas in
Pioneer Days Was That of Plenty of Room



EARLY DAY CHANCES IN DALLAS RELATED; M. W. SAMUELS
REFUSED OPPORTUNITIES TO GET IN "ON THE GROUND
FLOOR."; NIGHT WITH SAM BASS: Outlaw Band Unwelcome
Guests of Dallas Business Men in Denton County



Dallas Called Texas Wonder 50 Years Ago; Wood H.
Ramsey Soon to Round Out His Half Century Here: They
Lived High Wild Turkeys, Prairie Chicken and Bear Meat Food



Tells Story of Dallas in Saloon Days; "Green Tree" Was
Long Famous for Fine Beer.; This City in 1876; Held
Church in Dance Hall -- The Old Toll Bridge



Garland Born of Bitter Fight of Early Days; Duck Creek
and Embree Had Acrimonious Feud in '80s; Old-Timers
Scarce; Few of Pioneer Doctors and Lawyers Left in Dallas



COMMUNIST COLONY ONCE FAILED HERE; A. W. Capy, Born
in Dallas in 1863, Tells Their Story; Good as Citizens Most
of Population Then Was Killing Indians and Hunting



Saw Herds of Stock Driven Through City; Longhorns
Stampeded and Lives of Citizens Were Endangered;
French Colonists Reunion Was Settled in May, 1856,
Close to Cement City



First Store in County Was at Pleasant Run; C. C. Parks,
Born Near Lancaster, Tells of Early Dallas Days; Gun
Plant There -- French Colonist Made Firearms for
Confederate Army



Collects $89, Mother Thinks He is Robber; Old-Timer
Tells of Experience as Newsboy in Dallas; Got Here in
1883; Albert J. Toole Had Interesting Experiences in
"Old Days"



Beer Had Hard Row to Hoe in Early Dallas; Came in
With Railroads, but Whisky Had Inside Track on It; Old
Farming Days; George P. Jackson Tells of Early Settlers in
Old-Time Texas



Mesquite Trip To Dallas Real Journey in '60s; Two Days
Were Needed to Come Here and Return by Oxen; Farms
Were Scarce; Cattle Raising Only Industry When W. W.
Smith Arrived



Ferry Turned To Toll Bridge At Low Water; Charge to
Cross Trinity Was Same Under Either Plan; How City
Started; French Town Residents Didn't like Long Trip
to Distillery



Blue Norther Not Bad Now, Cullom Avers.: John H. Cullom
Tells of Early Day Rain Which Came Horizontal.  Here for
52 Years; Towns of Duck Creek and Embree Combined to
Form Garland



Elm Once in Pair of Towns At Same Time; Sam Dysterbach
Tells of When Street Only Dirt Road.  Many Belt Lines;
Growth of Small Store Sketched by Early Dallas Merchant



Breckenridge Once Village in Dallas County; J. W. Bone
Resided Near Flourishing Community on Floyd Farm;
Fists and Musician Settle Differences on His Ability to
Play Notes by Ear



Roads to Dallas Also Highways'
Problem in Early Days of State



Carried Mail Across Muddy Fields
Where Skyscrapers Now Rise



Old French Settlement Near Dallas
Had Many Splendid Citizens



WINE USED TO PUT OUT FIRE IN 'OLD DAYS'; Leak
in Cistern, So Volunteer Department Raided Saloon/MARDI
GRAS FETE; Crowds Came to Dallas When Celebrations
Were On in '70s



WOMAN SAW DALLAS BURN BACK IN 1860; Mrs.
Martin Came to Texas in Carriage in Previous Year.;
OLD TIMES IN SOUTH; No Stoves, No Lamps; None of
Modern Day Necessities



VISITOR TO DALLAS 63 YEARS AGO RECOUNTS
REMINISCENCES OF MUDDY VILLAGE ON TRINITY



Dallas Man Tells of Indian Fights; Henry C. Clark's
Father Fought With Captain John B. Denton; Came to
Town in 1856; Early Farmers Around Dallas Restricted
Their Crops to Wheat



Born in Dallas 77 Years Ago, and Still Here; John D.
Beard's Father Was Second Sheriff of This County; Not
Much of Town; Courthouse, Jail, Store and Saloon About
All Buildings



Advance of City Shown by Hotels; Are a Sure
Barometer of Expansion, Says Dave McCord



Dallas Was an Island in 1866; Reported Several Drowned
on What Are Now Business Streets of City; Reconstruction
Days. How the Old Song, "Dixie," Was Taboo. Hunting in
What Is Now Manufacturing District of City -- Law and
Order Was Maintained -- Few Men Had the Nerve to
Start Anything -- Every Grown Man "Toted a Gun"



Great Road of Republic of Texas, Started
From Cabin of John Neely Bryan



Dallas in '40s Described by A. H. Ellett; Wooden Bridge
Crossed Dallas Branch on Commerce Street; Built First
Mill
; Pioneer Merchants Had Store When the City Burned
in 1860



Explored Texas With Indian Guide
(Interview of John Neely Bryan, Jr.)



Dallas Experienced Booms and Slumps
During Early Railroad Building Days



For 84 Years Scott Beeman Has Lived Here;
Daddy of 'Em All, He Came to Dallas in June,
1841; Oldest Inhabitant; Lived in Blockhouse,
the Only One Ever Built in City



Straw Put on Early Street Car Floors;
Hugo Arons Tells When Dallas Had 8,000
Population; Saloons Plentiful; Sale of Land
on Elm for $20,000 Was Talk of Entire Town



WOMAN CHOSE NAME OF CITY OF DALLAS; STARTED
WHEN JOHN NEELY BRYAN BUILT CABIN ON BANK OF
RIVER; WAS FIRST EXPLORER; Mrs. Martha Gilbert,
Wife of Pioneer, Won Prize for Picking Name for Town



J. H. Yeargan Relates Early Dallas History In 1854;
He Lived in Log Cabin With Indians as Neighbors;
Tells of 1860 Fire; Land Was Cheap in Days
When Farms Covered Present City



Early Editor Tells of Trek To Duck Creek;
Thriving Village Site Near Present Town of
Garland; Indians Harmless; E. B. Basye Gives
Data on Frontier Times Around Dallas



Bois d'Arc Seed Market Glutted By Early Texans;
Sam H. Bell Tells About How Pioneers Solved
Many Problems



Street Gas Lamp Brought Cheering From Third Ward;
Early-Day Illumination and Dallas' First Elevator Recalled



Earliest Days In Dallas Recalled; Visit Of "Senior Son"
Here Calls To Mind History of Old Settlements



War-Time Paper Quit With Print
And Ink Supply; Pioneer Publisher's
Son Tells About Troubles in Dallas of Old



Forgotten Town Of Breckenridge
Near Richardson; Poorville and Witt's
Mill Also Once on Dallas County Map



REMEMBERS DALLAS AS COUNTRY TOWN;
ALBERT K. HURST DESCRIBES CITY AS
IT LOOKED IN 1877; LOOKED FOR INDIANS;
Trains of Wagons Brought Buffalo Meat
From West -- Business in Early Days



Firemen Go to Circus, Dallas Church Burns;
Not Recently, No, It Was Back in the Early
Seventies; Pat Phelan Talks; Waterworks
Expert for Many Years Tells of Old Days



Living Cheap During Lowest Business Ebb;
Workers in Dallas Saw Hope in Lotteries
in Early '80s; City Thought Dead; Simon Loeb
Describes How Progress Came With News and Fair



Early Postoffice War Resulted in Town
of Garland; Duck Creek and Embree
Agreed to Merge as That Place


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