the Knights of Pythias.
following contributions to the travelers' well for the Buckner
orphans' home have been received in reply to the circular letter
issued by Dallas lodge No. 70 K. of P.; Lone Star lodge of Weatherford,
No. 4, $10; Bois d'Arc of Bonham, No. 41, $10; Sulphur City of
Lampasas, No. 52, $5; Resolute of Trinity, No. 176, $10; total
24, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
The wagon to receive contributions
for the orphans started at 10 o'clock this morning and all are
expected to have their packages ready. Mr. Ed C. Smith furnished
a wagon free of charge.
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AND THE CHRISTMAS
FOR THE CHILDREN.
The Dallas Ladies
Precincts of That Noble
weather of last Saturday morning did not daunt the spirits of
a merry company of people who boarded the train for Buckner's
Orphan Home bent on giving the children a taste of Christmas
- December 30, 1892,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
Numerous obstacles beset their
pathway, the worst, perhaps, being the sturdy resistance shown
by the "black waxy," but the little party at last arrived
at the Home.
The wagon containing gifts for
the children had not arrived, and there seemed to be a good deal
of doubt as to the probability of its getting through, but at
last, it was descried coming at a snail's pace up the lane. If
wonder was expressed at the slowness of the driver's progress,
it was changed to praise for his perseverance and heroic efforts,
the panting horses having struggled on through almost impassable
roads, being obliged to stop every few steps to rest and recover
However, at the chapel door, the
things were unloaded at last, and soon, busy hands transformed
the platform into a veritable Santa Claus den, piled up with
boxes, baskets, toys, wagons, dolls, candy, bananas, oranges,
etc. Then, the big bell pealed forth the welcome announcement
that all was ready. Presently, they appeared, and tears arose
unbidden to many yes at the sigh to the wee motherless babies
from the nursery as they toddle in, twenty-one in all. Then,
the next in size, and so, on came the clean aproned procession,
marching with folded arms and expectant faces.
How it warmed all hearts to hear
the little hands clapped and the bright faces break into smiles
when they beheld the treat in store for them. All took places
in perfect order, and then filed up to have their outstretched
arms filled to overflowing. Each was bountifully remembered,
and still there was plenty, and to spare, enough fruit being
left for desert for their turkey dinner next day.
The afternoon ended very pleasantly
with an impromptu program, to which the orphans contributed the
larger share very creditably. Good-byes were said, and the pleasant
day passed into a sweet and helpful memory to all.
The committee wish to extend thanks
to Mr. H. S. Brewer, of the Texas Furniture and Storage company,
for so generously providing the team and driver, whose triumph
over difficulties made possible the day's success; to Garlington
& Co., for candy; A. DeStefano for fruit; the Arcade for
caps and shirtwaists; and the ladies of the establishment for
purse; A. Harris, dry goods, and all others contributed money,
clothes, toys, etc., that added, in no small measure, to the
happiness of the orphan's Christmas entertainment.
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February 1, 2004:
Buckner indignantly denies the story of ill-treatment given to
the press by two runaways. The lads, he says, violated the rules
of the Home and ran away before they could be whipped.
14, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 4.
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Contributions Reported -- The
H. C. Stephenson said to a TIMES
4, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
The Buckner orphans return thanks
for contributions as follows: J. W. Taylor, Grand avenue, a bundle
of clothing; Dallas tinware manufacturing company, a box of tinware;
Huey & Philp, a grinding stone, six large dishes, fifty tablespoons,
four soup ladles, four perforated soup ladles, three large coffee
pots, four stew pans, three meal sieves, twelve scrubbing brushes,
twenty-four syrup pitchers, eight sadiron[s], a large tub for
the hospital; Harry Bros., a carving knife and steel, fifty tumblers,
a large hanging lamp; Doolittle, Simpson & Roberts, eight
waiters, six cook spoons, 3 teapots, 6 iron water bucks [buckets?],
1 galvanized iron tub, 6 dozen pepper and t dozen salt cellars,
Sanger Bros., 300 yards of cloth, 6 gross buttons, 6 gross of
thread; Fakes & Col., 6 rocking chairs; James Wilkerson,
6 receipt books; Mrs. N. W. Vaughan, a bundle of children's clothing.
The well is down to a depth of
1192 feet, with the auger going through a hard rock at the rate
of about a foot a day. It is strongly hoped that water will be
struck at 1202 feet, the depth estimated by Prof. Cummings, assistant
state geologist. We have money enough in hand to go that depth,
the cost being $3300.
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Col. H. C. Stevenson
Requests Thanks Be
C. Stevenson requests us to return thanks to Mrs. Walter Caruth
for ten suits of boys' clothing; to an unknown lady for one bundle
childrens' suits; to the Dallas Stamping mills for six galvanizing
iron tubs, and to the Enterprise manufacturing company of Philadelphia
for a hotel size coffee mill worth $30 or $40. The ladies of
Oak Cliff have organized the Buckner Orphan's Home sewing society
with 25 members. They have already made and forwarded through
Col. Stevenson, twenty or thirty suits and will make up one-hundred
more. These orphans only ask for "the crumbs which fall
from the table" That is, the hats and caps and the clothing
which our children have outgrown, and will never be used again,
will be gratefully received by those too tender to work for themselves
and who never get anything save from the hand of charity. Thanks
to the generosity of Messrs. Hughey & Philp, to Doolittle,
Simpson and Robinson of the Arcade, to the Mahana Hardware company,
to Walker's china hall, to Harry Bros., and the Moroney Hardware
company, the Dallas tinware company and T. J. Oliver, the table,
kitchen and dining-room have been abundantly supplied with all
necessary wares. For the first time, owing to the solicitations
of Col. Stevenson and the noble generosity of the gentlemen who
own these establishments, the 275 orphans sat down at their tables
last Sunday and everyone had a plate, a cup, knife, fork and
spoon. The sight was a cheerful one indeed. And, what a change
from this yesterday! It may be that the spirits of the mother's
of these children were with them in their glee.
- August 12, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3
In the hospital, the sick had easy
chairs sent them by Fakes & Co.
It is suggested that if framed
pictures be drawn attics and sent them to hang upon their walls,
it would cheer them-those we have grown tired of and taken down.
Anything useful or ornamental will be promptly forwarded if left
at 305 Main street, next door east of the Cockrell building.
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THE ARTESIAN WELL.
At Buckner's Orphan
Home -- Dr. Buck-
r. C. Buckner yesterday: "Referring to the resignation of
the orphans' artesian well committee and the statement in the
to the effect, that the committee had turned the well over to
me, as general manager of the orphanage, I wish to make a few
statements. The patience and perseverance of the committee has
been remarkable, and I wish to express personally, and in behalf
of the orphans, sincere gratitude to them and my testimony to
the fact that they have been generous and faithful. I wish, also,
to make grateful acknowledgment to the commercial travelers who
inaugurated the well movement and contributed liberally to the
work; to the Knights of Pythias who so nobly seconded their efforts
and generously contributed to the fund, and to all others who
made donations. After a few days, I desire to publish a statement
of particulars. Tom complete the last 100 feet of the 1200, and
to put larger casings below the first 600 feet, so as to make
it easier to go to a greater depth, I have resumed over $500,
and have paid nearly $150 of the amount. I feel that I cannot,
at best, do more than pay the balance of this amount. The auger
should not stop, but there is not a dollar in sight to go further."
- August 22, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2-3.
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January 27, 2004:
C. Buckner asks the TIMES HERALD to express his admiration of the progress being
made by the machinery men and plumbers in preparations for placing
water service pipe, steam heating, etc., in the buildings at
the orphanage, and hearty gratitude to them and others for marked
liberality. He states, also, that the proposition to make a natatorium
for the orphans is off for the present, and suggests that all
who were disposed to aid in that matter are respectfully requested
to consider the fact that help is needed and would be gratefully
acknowledged in the efforts of the machinery men and plumbers.
- September 28, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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More of Them are
Needed in Aid of The
requests the TIMES HERALD to call attention to the fact, that by deeds
to land in various parts of Texas, bequests, life insurance in
its interest and by notes of hand, an endowment of about $20,000
has been secured to the orphanage, but that nothing of that kind
is yet yielding anything for its present support. This important
matter has not been forgotten in the midst of the persistent
efforts that have been requisite in providing suitable permanent
buildings and supporting the great and increasing family of dependent
orphans. He keeps on hand, forms of endorsement notes, deeds,
bequests, etc., and would like an interview with persons feeling
inclined to help endow the Home.
- October 2, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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QUESTIONS FOR DR.
on the Real Status of
The Orphan's Home.
Editor Times Herald.
- October 4, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
DALLAS, Texas., Oct. 3. -- Apropos of Dr. Buckner's
appeal for the Orphan's Home, will you oblige myself and others
of your subscribers, by giving through the columns of your newspaper,
the following information concerning the home:
Is it a chartered institution?
Is the property, and are contributions
made to Dr. Buckner, his property, in fact, or, the property
of the orphans; that is to say, would -- in the event of Dr.
Buckner's death -- the property go to his heirs or the orphans?
Is there a board of trustees who
disburse contributions, and to what extent is the labor of the
Is there any provision, in the
event of the doctor's death, for this most commendable work being
continued by other persons?
We all wish the doctor and his
noble work success, and I feel convinced, that if the general
public were informed on points herein stated, more liberal donations
would be made. R. L. WILLIE.
Dr. Buckner will, doubtless, be
pleased to furnish the TIMES HERALD correspondent with the information desired.
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of the Charitably Dis-
posed in the Institution.
Sanger has donated to Buckner Orphan's Home, enough material
to make full wool suits for all the boys in the institution and
sufficient goods to make dresses for all the girls, upon condition
that the ladies of the city volunteer their services to do the
cutting, fitting and needle work. To date, the following ladies
in Dallas have sent their names to Col. H. C. Stevenson and signified
a willingness to make some of the garments: Mesdames M. A. Abel,
C. L. Marten, M. E. Wright, J. B. Nabors, C. M. Bolles, S. A.
Harman, J. W. Whiten, Jack Freland, W. W. Palmer, Alice G. Merchant,
C. W. Taylor, J. W. Rogers, Miss Kate Schwing, Miss Bessie Best.
- October 11, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
At Oak Cliff, an Orphan's Home
sewing society has been organized, with Mrs. F. L. Lyons president,
Mrs. W. A. Edrington, treasurer and Miss Belle Haynes secretary.
The membership is thirty. The society has already made 200 garments,
and has thirty suits in hand.
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|We could never
have loved the earth
If we had had no children in it.
many popular fallacies that Charles Lamb should have consigned
to the "rag bag of oblivion," yet which he inadvertently
overlooked, is the fine old saying, "comparisons are odious."
On the contrary, a well applied comparison often creates a feeling
of contentment, a kind of exultant consciousness of the improvement
of modern conditions upon the picturesque, yet extreme discomfort
of many of the ways and means of the past.
We all remember the darkness and
cold, amid which Nicholas Nickleby made his famous ride of "200
and odd miles in severe weather" upon the top of a stage
coach, for the ultimate purpose of becoming a part of the internal
economy of that delectable institution, Dotheboy's Hall.
It was upon that memorable occasion
that the small boy, under convoy of Mr. Squeers to the Yorkshire
orphanage, succumbed to an unreasonable demand of nature and
took the liberty of sneezing:
"Halloo, sir!" growled
the schoolmaster, turning around.
"What's that, sir?"
"Nothing, please sir,"
replied the little boy.
"Nothing, sir!" exclaimed
"Please, sir, I sneezed,"
rejoined the boy, trembling till the little trunk shook under
"Oh, sneezed, did you?"
retorted Mr. Squeers, "Then what did you say 'nothing' for,
no snow or wind, no trembling small boy on an equally small trunk
to emphasize our approach to an orphanage, and the modern conditions
were as different, geographically, as ethically, from those of
the mother country under the old philanthropic regime.
After leaving the city, the road
to Buckner Orphan's home lies through an open country, the monotony
occasionally broken by an old mill and several frame houses sprinkled
over the landscape, while in a certain hollow between the hills,
well known to angling youth, White Rock creek meanders, its lack
of energy in harmony with the long-horned aborigines grazing
along the banks. The sign of the holy advent time was suggested
in the mistletoe clinging to the pecan trees and bois d'arc hedges,
and all things were utterly unlike our old friend's drive into
This home for the orphans of our
state, emigrated from Dallas in 1880, to a plateau about eight
miles east and 125 feet above this city. The dedication services
were held in the one-room, cedar-log house, that, in itself,
is a part of historic Dallas. This primitive cabin was the first
house built where this city now stands, and was, at that time,
the only human tenement within a hundred miles, except a temporary
shelter built on the bank of the Trinity. This home was, for
some time, used as the first Dallas postoffice, and was afterwards
removed to the tract of land where it now stands as a memorial
cottage upon the Orphan's Home ground.
This home, that has served as a
shelter for more than a thousand orphans, is rapidly developing
into a large industrial school, that will give to its youthful
inmates, a practical training, and furnish the weapons in the
future conflict for existence. The broom factory, carpenter shop,
printing office, shoe and harness shop and farm, each will afford
an opening in the industrial world for the boys, while the large
field of domestic work, sewing, typewriting and other feminine
employment will give to each girl, a valuable practical experience.
bright winter's day, of which we write, the outposts were in
possession of several stragglers from the regular army, who were,
however, doing their best to join the rank and file in response
to the insinuating notes of an immense dinner bell, expressively
manipulated by a small girl with hair the shad that titian loved,
small bright eyes, a long blue dress and energy sufficient for
a driving wheel. This diurnal announcement was made from the
porch of the old building, separated from its new and commodious
neighbor by a plat of moist black earth of rather an adhesive
quality, owing to the preparations for grading and the effects
of the overflowing tank of the new well.
The new building is imposing in
proportion, its height being such that from an observatory can
be seen fourteen towns. Although this structure represents an
immense amount of effort on the parts of the general manager
and the many friends of the fatherless, it is still in an incomplete
stage, where all of the accessories that contribute to comfort
are yet to come. The entrances that are to be attained by iron
stairs are, at present, supplied by the most sketchy substitutes
of wood, but the kind providence that always tempers conditions
to the helpless, enables the smallest child to reach the top
with the success and agility of a professional acrobat. The children
came in single file up one series of breakneck temporaries and
down another to the goal of goals, the dining hall, at the door
of which, they were met by the strains from the organ, the march
practically becoming a quickstep, as each small person was met
by the odor coming from the kitchen beyond. The genial father
of all these fatherless stood on the platform at the side of
the organist, and as the children had sung with enthusiasm, the
encouraging little song, "Scatter Sunshine," Dr. Buckner
addressed them in a few appropriate words, which were followed
by the noise of many feet and the entire home was seated at dinner.
The refectory is 130 feet long and has eight tables stretching
their immense lengths in companionable couples down the center.
hour affords an excellent opportunity for studying the children;
it is then that the unit can be separated form the aggregate.
One instinctively feels that among 300 children, there are elements
of all possibilities. The "mute inglorious Milton"
may lie sleeping in the little fellow whose large brown eyes
seriously contemplate the huge plate of bread; that the baby
in the high chair complacently eating his democratic bread and
molasses, and unconscious of the conditions that have placed
him beyond the autocratic treacle of Squeers, may become a national
senator. One also feels that there is at least a round dozen
of the noble nobodies who will lead the vanguards and forlorn
hopes in the conflicts of the future. They all seemed blissfully
unconscious of these future possibilities, yet it saddened one
to think of the doubt and risk attendant upon the inevitable
struggle, and which will wield the greater power, heredity or
"Amelia, what is the matter?"
asked the doctor of a baby girl, whose dark hair emphasized the
many light ones around her. She suspended weeping for a few moments,
took her small fists out of her eyes and indignantly corrected
with all the pride of a trans-Rio Grandean and the Mexican accent,
The children often have special
feast days, when the potato pie might have received its proportions
from the giant's kitchen, and the surprise of a glorious turkey
dinner has left the young folks as Dickens expressed it, "steeped
in sage and onions to the eyebrows."
two divisions into which the children are organized for work
and play, one half is given the morning for their duties, and
the other, the afternoon. There is a regular graded school with
experienced teachers, attached to the institution and not the
least interesting feature of the home is the little Kindergarten
class. At one end of the long room, a semi-circle of small children
stood, their eager little voices responding to the music and
their little hands as swift to catch the movements of the object
lessons as the most attentively cared for darlings of fortune.
Among these very small people was Miss Artesia Drummer, the young
lady who came nameless to the home, on the day the drummers'
artesian well was begun and the fact became sponsor to the baby.
The little sentiment about birthdays is regarded, giving the
touch of home love to the hearts of the homeless. If the child's
anniversary is unknown, a birthday is immediately conferred and
observed as often as possible.
that appeals in its pathos to all is the infirmary, a small building
set apart for hospital purposes. At present, the number of inmates
is very limited, "la grippe" having grasped several
small girls and holds them fast within the white walls. It is
in the infirmary that "Master Carlos" holds sway, his
infant highness still addicted to the bottle and his influence
as autocratic as any happy baby with the natural attendant slaves
of mother and father.
The infirmary has its own grounds,
a special garden, that will be set apart for fruits and flowers,
and at the back door, a motherly little hen, surrounded by her
family, already comfortably scratches for the worm that she does
not have to use the poetic suggestion to arise early in order
to obtain. There is also a special little chicken house within
this enclosure that suggests the genuineness of "new laid
eggs," and an equally exclusive cow indicated a liberal
supply of milk for the invalids. The home has a vegetable garden
of five acres, with a peach orchard of equally respectable dimensions,
the thought of which, makes one cry, "Would I were a boy
again." The state horticultural society proposes to set
out twenty-five acres in fruits, the future abundance of which,
will no doubt, eradicate from the breast of many a boy, the old
orthodox longing for a nocturnal raid.
full inspection of the entire establishment, not forgetting the
office, where the ranks of the home has already supplied a pretty
typewriter, we drove away with mighty visions of supply and demand
dancing through our head, notably the 18 barrels of bread required
for a week; the 85 pounds of flour and 3 bushels of potatoes
that had to be gathered together in order to satisfy the requirements
of one meal.
The day being a holiday, we found
the road fringed by a series of small boys, each group seeming
an especial "find" of our own, but down among the pecan
trees, they grew so numerous that we could not resist accrediting
to the home, every little fellow within six miles of the institution.
the south, across the Trinity, at Oak Cliff, is another shelter
for the fatherless, the St. Mary's orphanage of the Catholic
church, under care of the sisters of mercy. This institution,
although yet in its infancy and still has many important needs,
is as thoroughly organized, as scrupulously attended to domestically,
and as methodical in its life as all institutions of this denomination.
The children here are all young and have the quiet demeanor that
forbids one giving away to the natural impulse of saying "hallo"
to the boys, or getting on familar terms with the dignified little
girls. They were gathered around their teacher and friend, and
seemed as quietly happy as children kept carefully in the home
life usually are. The dormitories are pictures of neatness, and
at the foot of each little white bed stands a small red chair,
that leaves upon one, the impression of their methodical system.
The children all gathered together, complimented the occasion
with a Christmas hymn in Latin, the refrain, "Gloria in
Excelsis, Deo," was swelled by the baby voice of a little
girl who had reached the mature age of fifteen months. It is
here that Santa Claus will find a tree with good things on the
28th, as also our little friends at the Buckner home will keep
the feast with many things that children like best, and that
might be supplemented by some thoughtful friend with a sufficient
quantity of sugar to supply an ever-to-be remembered candy pulling.
immemorial, the word "home" has held a peculiar place
in the hearts of all men, and there are none so converted to
the nomad idea of civilization, but who, in theory, at least,
finds it symbolical of his deepest feelings, the exponent of
his idea of what should be best and truest. To nearly all, the
idea of home has the suggestiveness of all happy and dear possibilities,
and phonetically, it has a certain charm to which we listen,
as Leigh Hunt would say, "as if our soul had taken off its
- December 28, 1893,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1-4.
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The "Home" Stretch.
have committed myself to the completion, by April 1, of the orphans'
brick house, but it will costs $4,000. The following donations
have been made since the announcement:
26, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
Gen. S. B. Maxey, G. J. Eppright,
W. J. Cline and Col. W. L. Williams, $25 each; Bogel A. Harris,
$10; J. S. Armstrong, $100. Others will yet respond, and acknowledgments
will be made.
Towards furnishing the building,
we desire soon as possible, to purchase 150 iron beds with woven
wire mattresses, at a cost of $10 each; memorial beds with brass
knobs and name of donor or other name engraved, $12. For this
purpose, the following has been received to date: Luke Dotson,
Miss Nardie Frazier, ----- ------ of Waco, $10 each. For memorial
beds, Mr. Lar Lu Alexander, Edward Garlick and Maria Goodwin;
"Halbert," Ladies' Aid Society of Longview, Smith &
Davis of St. Louis, and W. J. Cline, $12 each.
The names of little children whom
death has claimed will be inscribed on several of the memorial
Home Station, Dallas Co., Tex.
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TO ORPHAN'S HOME.
Little Girl Who Knew What to Do
When Dr. Buckner Failed to Meet.
Bessie Watkins, aged eight years, applied to the police last
night for protection until this morning. She said she came from
fifteen miles below Rosenberg to go to Dr. Buckner's Orphans'
Home, but the train was several hours late and the doctor did
not meet her at the depot.
1, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 4.
She carried her worldly possessions
in a little bundle, and seemed to have self-possession and plenty
of common sense.
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April 12, 2004:
NOT THE BEST
NOR THE WORST.
BITTER AND THE SWEET.
Orphans' Home Has the Measles,
Is Under Quarantine, but a Cheerful
Spirit Hovers Over It -- A Few
Delicacies are Desired.
To the Times
16, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
As the generous public seems to
be glad to hear of the condition of affairs at the Buckner Orphans'
Home, I beg to state that things are moving on nicely, notwithstanding,
we feel very severely, the stringency of the times. We have,
however, just now quite an epidemic of measles, about sixty cases,
and many others who will probably be in bed by the time this
notice comes before the public. Everything is favorable, except
the weather. We are, for the present, supplied with nurses and
a good physician on the premises, day and night.. The Home is
still under quarantine and probably will be until April 1, fearing
the introduction of smallpox. Dallas has always been good to
the 'Home,' and I am sure that we have always been appreciated.
Anything the generous citizens may feel disposed to contribute,
especially during the epidemic, will be helpful. Contributions
of oranges, lemons, ice and other articles, good for the sick,
would certainly be altogether timely, and if delivered at the
freight office of the Texas & Pacific depot by 4 o'clock
in the afternoon, would be delivered at our platform by the local
freight at 10 o'clock the next morning.
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To the Times
The 27th day of September will
be the fifteenth anniversary of the dedication of the Buckner
Orphans Home, and it would be exceedingly pleasant to have a
visit on that occasion from as many of the friends of the institution
as can make it convenient to attend. The reception would extend
from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m., giving seven hours for inspection and
such programme of entertainment as might be arranged. If there
should be a gathering, everything possible would be done to make
it pleasant for visitors, and to give them a more thorough knowledge
of the great institution in all its parts, plans and practical
work. It is believed that special excursion rates could be obtained
from the railroads. If a reasonable number will notify us of
their purpose to be present, the anniversary will be announced
definitely; a programme will be arranged and efforts made to
secure the best rates over the roads possible. The rallying point
will be the city of Dallas, and then a special train out to the
institution and back. Who will undertake to come? Please answer
as soon as possible and state the road or roads over which you
would reach Dallas.
Remember that the celebration will
not take place unless definitely announced, and that the announcement
will not be made unless a large number of persons write that
they will come if the announcement is made.
R. C. BUCKNER,
Home, Dallas Co., Texas.
will be an electric light reception at the Buckner Orphans' Home,
Monday, August 12, opening at the setting of the sun and closing
ten minutes after the blowing of the whistle. The moon will rise
about ten o'clock, affording a beautiful drive back to the city.
7, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
The pastors of all the churches, their respective congregations,
and all good citizens are respectfully invited to be present.
It shall be made pleasant for them. R. C. BUCKNER.
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June 13, 2004:
TO THE ORPHANS.
following correspondence illustrated some of the benevolent work
of the Shriners:
Dallas, Tex., Dec. 21. -- Dr. R.
C. Buckner, Orphans' Home, Tex.: Dear sir -- This temple, at
its annual session, held the 19th instant, authorized the donation
of $100 for the benefit of the Buckner Orphans' Home and directed
me to remit the same to you,
in accordance with said action, I take pleasure in handing you,
herewith, the warrant of the temple for $100 and beg that you
will accept, with it, the best wishes of Hella Temple, for the
success of your beneficent institution. Very truly yours,
W. W. MANNING, recorder.
Buckner replied as follows:
8, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 2.
Mr. W. W. Manning, Recorder, etc.,
Dallas, Tex.: Dear sir -- Your communication excites admiration,
gratitude and curiosity, admiration of your noble order, proverbial
for its charity and good works, gratitude for the generous donation,
not the first by several to help and cheer us in this work, curiosity
to know what is "indicated by the peculiar picture always
adorning your official letter-heads. The picture, I take it,
of a mound of earth or stone with a dark side and a low, dark
entrance. Wonder if it represents the lodge-room of your order,
or a gold mine away off somewhere, from which your liberal gifts
are brought. I know, however, that my curiosity will never be
gratified unless I swim a river, climb a pole, encounter a surprised
goat or perform some other heroic act, so I will content myself
with the enjoyment of a degree of admiration and gratitude that
I cannot well express. Cordially and respectfully yours,
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Bertie Britton, 17 years.
Marvin and Milton Britton, twins, 10 years.
Carlos Jones, 6 years.
Willie Richards, 9 years.
Grover Cleveland Yarbrough, 12 years
Oscar Jackson, 12 years.
Preston Kribbs, 10 years.
Williame Miller, 7 years.
Virgil Nelson, 9 years.
Eugene Black, 9 years.
Richard Marks, 9 years.
Arthur Edwards, 10 years.
Oscar Cowherd, 7 years.
Roy King, 6 years.
Chas. O'Bannon, 13 years.
Dick Richards, 10 years, face, hands,
feet and body burnt; not expected to live.
Dan Gray, 6 years; badly burned about waist, feet and hands;
Charley Frind, 10 years; burned fatally about face, arms and
Frank Chaffin, 7 years; burns not serious.
Jim Scott, 8 years; not fatally burned; expected to recover.
Earl Doodle, 7 years; condition not serious.
Sammy Henderson, 11 years; face, hands and body burned; will
Sudie Britton, 18 years; ankle and back sprained.
The results of the terrible fire
that visited Buckner Orphans' Home between 10 and 11 o'clock
Friday night, are far more appalling that at first reported.
Up to date, the fire has claimed 16 victims and half as many
more are in the hospital ward, suffering from terrible burns.
Of these, three are expected to die, while the injuries of several
others may terminate fatally. With the exception of little 13-year-old
Charley O'Bannon, who died Saturday morning after intense suffering,
the others were those whose charred remains were gathered up
from among the ruins of the boys' house and buried Saturday as
fast as they could be identified.
Mrs. Britton, the matron of the
boys' department, loses her twin sons, Marvin and Milton, aged
10 years, and her 17-year-old daughter, Bertie, who all perished
in the same room. This was the only girl who lost her life. Another
daughter, Miss Sudie, who jumped from a second-story window,
is in the hospital ward suffering from a sprained ankle and back.
No adequate picture can be presented
of the scenes enacted during and after the fire. A visit to the
Home Saturday was a series of intensely touching and piteous
Some boys were quartered in the
ill-fated building which was burnt almost even with the ground,
and as many of these escaped with sufficient clothing, were all
day Saturday seconding every effort of Dr. Buckner and his aides
in bringing order out of chaos. The remainder, many of whom came
out only in their night clothes, were sheltered in the girls'
building, wrapped up in blankets while waiting for clothes to
be brought to them.
Several of those who were fortunate enough
to save their clothes were seen and talked to. One of these,
who was in ward B of the boys' house, said that the fire is supposed
to have caught from the stove in the rear room on the first floor.
Minor Smith is the boy whose duty
it was to clean out the stove Friday evening. The hot ashes were
deposited in a tin tub and it is supposed that in this way, the
floor was ignited and the whole first story soon in a blaze.
The greater part of the casualties
were confined to this first floor, the inmates of wards B and
C, on the second floor, escaping nearly to a boy, either by getting
down one of the three stairways or by jumping from the windows.
It is supposed that many of the
boys on the first floor were first overcome with smoke, and thus
perished mercifully without pain. Such a supposition is probable
owning to the way in which the bodies lay when recovered.
One boy, Oscar Jackson, is said
to have met death by going back into the burning building to
recover his hat.
All the people in the neighborhood
turned out and exerted themselves to the utmost in saving the
other buildings when it was seen that the frame house occupied
by the boys was doomed.
Dr. Buckner spoke eloquently of
the aid thus afforded him. Not only did these volunteers work
while the fire was in progress, but all day Saturday busied themselves
in the melancholy work of recovering the dead from the smouldering
ruins. As fast as recovered and identified, the bodies were placed
two in a box and carted to the burial lot of the Home and interred
with a few short, but fervent, words of prayer from Dr. Buckner.
The greater part of the bodies
were terribly burned and were often gathered up piece-meal; heads,
trunks and limbs being recovered in charred sections. The work
of burial was finished Saturday afternoon.
The prompt aid extended the
sufferers has been greatly appreciated, and on the arrival of
the relief car sent out from Dallas Saturday evening, the much-appreciated
clothing was first hauled to the Home where the work of distribution
was begun as quickly as possible.
The girls of the institution
are admirably organized and greatly assisted the doctors in attending
the injured. The bitterest need of the Home was for clothing,
beds and bedding, and this has been in great part alleviated.
Dr. Buckner bears the great blow
with fortitude and resignation, and while yet unable to state
what plans he will adopt toward rebuilding the home, appears
confident that with the aid of the generous hearted people of
Dallas and other adjoining towns, he will be able to take care
of the inmates of the Home.
THE RELIEF TRAIN.
How the Provisions
to Buckner's Station.
had the first news of the terrible loss of life at Buckner's
Orphan Home reached Dallas than preparations were immediately
set on foot to succor the survivors and send aid to the institution.
Mr. J. F. Zang, president of the Commercial Club, with commendable
promptness, organized himself into a committee of one and, as
related in Saturday's Times Herald, called upon Manager Thorne
of the Texas and Pacific Railroad, who placed an engine and relief
car at his disposal.
Dodgers reading as follows were
struck off and scattered broadcast over the down town district:
"Help the orphans. The Texas
and Pacific Railway Company will run a special free train to
deliver donations to Buckner's Orphan Home, leaving city depot
at 4 o'clock to-day. The Dallas Commercial Club earnestly requests
you to send the orphans liberal donations. Send your donations
to T. & P. freight depot."
Notwithstanding the steady downpour
of rain, the responses from the various business houses and private
individuals as well, were immediate and gratifying.
Manager Thorne had no sooner had the relief car placed on the
track than wagons began to arrive bearing donations. Nearly every
large firm doing business on Elm street was represented and the
donations ran from potatoes to rubber shoes.
Owing to the delay entailed by
having to wait for donations which had been promised earlier
in the day, but were late in arriving as consequence of the bad
weather, the relief car did not leave its station on the T. &
P. track till nearly 5 o'clock.
On account of the hurry entailed
in putting the donations into the car, the names of the donors
of many of the articles could not be learned.
A partial list of the contents
of the car with the givers is as follows:
Sanger Bros., 3 bales containing clothing;
3 boxes and 1 bundle representing bedding, caps, shoes, rubbers
and dry goods; Harry Bros., 2 heating stoves; S. H. Padgitt,
1 box clothing; 1 large box containing clothes left at the Pacific
Express Company by unknown friend; Mahana Hardware Co., 1 stove;
Geo. Loomis, 1 stove; Dallas Cotton Mills, big bale of clothing,
shoes, etc.; The Model, 2 large packages containing shoes and
clothing; I. Goldsmith, 1 box clothing; M. Benedikt, 1 box clothing;
J. F. Zang, six double beds, six pairs bed springs, six mattresses,
one dozen bed covers, one dozen pillows; Texas Spring Bed Co.,
30 cots purchased by individual donors whose names could not
be learned; J. S. Armstrong, 2 mattresses; Jackson & Dechman,
5 sacks potatoes, 1 sack onions, 1 sack beans, 1 box crackers;
Littell Liquid Sulphur Co., 2 packages of medicines; Texas Drug
Co., packet of medicine.
Max Rosenfield, cashier at Sanger
Bros., sent a box of clothing, as well as A. W. Clem of Oak Cliff.
Besides these, there were a very large number of packages of
all shapes and sizes containing clothing, provisions, bedding,
shoes, caps, etc.
By the time the car was ready to pull out, it was well filled.
On the car were a party of gentlemen, among whom were J. F. Zang,
W. S. Terry and Geo. Ross, besides a Times Herald representative.
Switch engine No. 150 drew the
special car and its freight, manned by Engineer S. N. Wright
and under the charge of S. E. Carnahan, yardmaster of the Texas
and Pacific, and W. W. Moore, assistant yardmaster.
Shortly after 5 o'clock, the car
left the T. & P. freight depot and steamed swiftly toward
Buckner's Station, a distance of six miles, arriving there within
The train was met at the little
station by a four house farm wagon driven by farmers living in
the neighborhood of the home, which was quickly brought alongside
the car and the work of unloading begun. The contents of the
car were turned over to Mr. P. M. Murphy, who is assisting Dr.
Buckner in the work of caring for the home sufferers. A few moments
later, another large wagon drove up accompanied by Dr. Buckner,
who, while on a terrible strain occasioned by the excitement,
work and mental worry over the terrible scenes at the home, has
never for a moment relaxed his personal supervision over the
Dr. Buckner was greatly affected
by the sight of the substantial donations, and could only express
his gratitude to Dallas people in broken sentences of thankfulness.
The first things loaded on the
wagons for the home, which lies in sight of the station, were
the boxes of clothing, the need for which was especially great.
After turning over the car to Dr.
Buckner, and the throng of willing countrymen who were assisting
in the loading of the wagons, and making inquiries as to the
number of the dead and the condition of the injured, as many
of the Dallas party as wished, returned on the engine, while
the remainder boarded the incoming train for Dallas.
THE NEWS IN DALLAS.
How This City was
Affected by the
Reports from the Disaster.
as 12 o'clock Friday night, rumors were afloat on the streets
of Dallas concerning the terrible calamity which had befallen
the Orphan's Home. Many persons saw the glimmer of a big fire
in the eastern horizon, and discovering that some big building
was at that moment being burned, set about to ascertain the seat
of the conflagration. The telegraph, telephone and railway offices,
drug stores and other places of business which keep open all
night, were visited in an effort to get some particulars. But
little information, however, was to be had at that hour beyond
the fact that Buckner Orphans' Home was on fire, and little did
the anxious or casual inquirers dream that in that same fire
seventeen little souls had been wafted into eternity.
Many persons who are deeply interested
in the institution from one cause or another, rose earlier than
usual yesterday morning to get full particulars of the holocaust,
and when the morning papers containing the information that the
boys' building at Buckner Orphans' Home had been destroyed by
fire and six little children had perished with the flames, were
distributed, the news rapidly spread and the event was the sole
topic of discussion on the streets. The telephone and telegraph
wires were used in conveying messages of condolence and sympathy
and offers of assistance to the management and when each message
would receive the same sad reply, "the half has not yet
been told," the hearts of the entire citizenry of Dallas
were well nigh frozen with terror.
Subscriptions were hastily started
to raise money, provisions and clothing to partially alleviate
the sufferings of the unfortunate victims, and by 12 o'clock
quite an amount had been raised.
Mr. J. F. Zang, Alex Ortlieb, W.
J. Moroney, Philip Sanger, E. M. Kahn and other well known business
men of the city early began to bestir themselves in the orphans'
behalf. Each gentleman quit his business, and after first packing
up large donations themselves, went out in search of others.
Soon, the question of transporting the supplies to the home was
raised, as the heavy rains of the past few days had made the
roadways well night impassable and the rain, which, at the time,
was pouring down, made it highly probable that the goods would
be ruined if an attempt was made to send them by wagons. Ever
on the alert, and quick to meet any emergency, Mr. Zang, held
a conference with Manager L. S. Thorne, of the Texas and Pacific
railway, and it took but a few words to explain to the latter
gentleman the necessity for running a special train to the Home.
With his well known eagerness to assist any laudable enterprise,
Manager Thorne quickly ordered a special train be sent out at
5 o'clock. This order was afterwards changed to 4 o'clock, and
circulars printed gratuitously by Dorsey & Co., were sent
out with the information. Business men stopped their work, and
calling to aid one or two of their salesmen, it took only a short
time for these circulars to be extensively circulated. The Times
Herald issued its edition at 2 o'clock, containing a full write-up
of the fire and a full list of the victims--13 in number---so
far as could be obtained at that hour, and with it, the notice
that a special train would be run at the hour above designated.
Copies of the paper containing the latest and most reliable information
were eagerly sought for and the news that the list of fatalities
had been more than doubled by later reports, spread like wild-fire.
Then it was that the good citizens of Dallas began to stir in
real earnest. Homes were ransacked for suitable articles to send,
and long before time for the train to leave, donations from the
down-town districts began to arrive. The Elm street merchants,
as a unit, contributed needed articles, and many residence portions
sent liberal contributions, but owing to the fact that the report
that the train was to leave at 5:30 gained extensive circulation
before it could be contradicted by the other, many persons were
deterred from sending contributions who would otherwise have
done so. The train left about 5 o'clock, bearing donations, a
list of which is given elsewhere in these columns, and along
with it went several of the citizens of Dallas, all eager to
get a sight of the ruins and lend any possible assistance toward
helping the little sufferers.
The last topic of discussion in
the hotels and homes of Dallas last night was the saddest affliction
which has yet befallen the institution, which as done so much
for the orphans and homeless children of this great State, and
which is known the country over for its charitable deeds and
the great work it has accomplished in its field, and many were
the childish prayers which ascended to the throne of the great
Master of the Universe last night, dictated by fond and loving
mothers and fathers who felt deeply grateful that they had so
far been spared similar afflictions, asking his divine blessings
for the little sufferers at the Orphans' Home.
club has established permanent headquarters at its rooms in the
Odd Fellow building for the reception of donations of any and
all kinds for the Orphans' Home. All contributions of money,
clothing, etc., if sent to the secretary, Mr. Paul Giraud, will
be promptly forwarded to Dr. Buckner.
- January 17, 1897,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, pp. 1, col. 5-7;.10, col. 7.
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Orphans to Present
American Flag," "Our Flag -- It's Origin," an
historical play dealing with the origin of our flag, will be
presented at Buckner's Orphans' Home, on Saturday evening, August
8, at 8 o'clock. The play will be preceded by "Little Red
Riding Hood," a musical playlet. The entire program is under
the direction of Mrs. L. M. Coleman and quite a treat is promised.
The characters will portrayed by the children of the home, some
of whom show no little ability. The cast of characters is as
"LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD."
Red Riding Hood........Johnie Davis
Mother.......Hattie Mardlaw [Wardlaw?]
Fairy Queen.......Lillie Griffin
Hazel Gibbs.......Norah Brown
Gussie Merle Delmans......Helen Blum
Gracie Durbin.......Lucile Wardlaw
"THE AMERICAN FLAG."
Betsy Ross.....Ruth Ware
George Washington.....Charles Taylor
Robert Morris......Joe Brown
George Ross......Aaron Baker
Girls representing our flag -- Clandia White, Orena Bayless,
Nancy Pearl Whitley, Cora Mockbee, Eva Gray Thomas, Gladys McClanahan.
Sailor Girls and Sailor Boys representing the original thirteen
Chorus of school boys and girls.
Mrs. L. M. Coleman, director.
- August 6, 1914, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 9, col. 7.
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