FACTION ANXIOUS TO CONVERT
IT INTO A CALF LOT.
Other Contends That It
Should Be Used Only For the Sacred
Purposes For Which It Was Dedicated.
one of the most novel suits in the annals of Dallas courts was
that filed to-day, in which a graveyard becomes the bone of contention.
The suit is for an injunction and it
is entitled, Sarah Milligan and others against Sidney Evans and
others. The petition recites that in 1883, Richard Lagow donated
to the people of school precinct No. 62, an acre of land for
burying ground purposes; that the public used the ground and
interred their dead there, and that the gift was ratified by
the heirs of the estate after the death of Mr. and Mrs. Lagow.
The plaintiffs charges that the defendants, moved by a mercenary
and avaricious desire to speculate over the graves of the buried
dead, and to oppress and outrage the people of the community,
determined by unhallowed means to oust them from the use of the
grave yard. That they importuned the heirs to deed them the land
and after repeated and unsuccessful efforts, finally induced
a lady heir of the estate under false threats of subjecting her
to the pains and penalties of the civil and criminal law, to
give them a deed to the property for the paltry sum of $60.
heir now tenders through plaintiffs in court, the return of the
$60 of blood money paid to her, it is alleged, to betray the
sacred regard she has for the hallowed dead.
17, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
The petition further recites that since
procuring the deed aforesaid, defendants have, by the use of
threats and arms, attempted to eject the people who would visit
the graves of their dead.
That plaintiff, Mrs. Sarah Milligan,
whose husband lies buried there, attempted to visit his grave
for the purpose of cleaning off and decorating it, and that she
was violently set upon by defendants and threatened and commanded
not to go there upon and was prevented from so doing; that defendants
are now desecrating said graveyard and are attempting to use
the same for worldly purposes, and are fencing and partitioning
the same into smaller lots and that they are about to use a portion
of it for a calf lot. A temporary injunction restraining the
defendants from further interference was granted and the case
was set for final hearing next Thursday.
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Life Insurance Company Sued.
injunction suit of Sarah Milligan and others against Sidney Evans
and others, came up on final hearing to-day before Judge Burke.
The case was reported in Saturday's TIMES-HERALD as involving a graveyard that had been donated
to the people of school precinct No. 2 by Richard Lagow in 1883.
In delivering an opinion, Judge Burke stated that the question
of dedication only, was for him to deal with, and the proof showed
conclusively that it had been made in good faith by Mr. Lagow,
and so accepted by the people and by them used for the purposes
of interring their dead. In the face of such proof, he granted
the injunction restraining the parties complained of from interfering
with the people of the community in exercising and enjoying their
rights and privileges secured by virtue of Mr. Lagow's philanthropy.
22, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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LAGOW SCHOOL ELECTION.
It Will Be Held
Next Saturday Instead of
has prevailed that the election to levy a school tax in the Lagow
precinct was to be held to-day. This is a mistake. The election
will take place next Saturday, the 17th, at South Park, John
Witt, presiding officer.
- March 10, 1894, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 1.
The proposition before the Lagow
voters is to levy a special tax of 15 cents for educational purposes,
including the building of a school house.
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The County Commissioner's
Court is in Ses-
of Lagow precinct did not present a petition to the court asking
that a local option election be called. It is reported that they
have abandoned the idea of holding an election for the present.
- March 12, 1894, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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Lagow School Election.
on the question of levying a tax of 15 cents on the $100 valuation
of property for school purposes in the Lagow school division
No. 62, at the election held last Saturday, stand 59 for and
55 against the proposition. As it required a two-thirds vote,
the tax will not be levied.
- March 20, 1894, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
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Water Meter Gang
Of Texas Pioneer
In the days when
the buffalo roamed North Texas prairies and the gray wolf howled
its lonesome call in the midnight hours, prairie dogs gamboled
about their villages and Indians stalked the wild deer, Dallas
began its existence on the banks of the Trinity. Settlers came
slowly and established homes on the outskirts. The rolling, grazing
lands were dotted here and there with the homes of those who
migrated to the country and settled.
- September 30, 1920,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 14, col. 2.
About each of these homes, was the family
burial plot. The days of well kept cemeteries had not arrived.
The village carpenter prepared the casket from cedar logs and
the friends of those who had passed into the unknown prepared
the bodies for burial.
Within a few miles of the courthouse,
employes of the city water department were engaged in excavating
to install a modern water meter. As John Clark dug his pick into
the earth, the instrument struck the corner of a decayed box.
The skull of a human being, long since departed, was uncovered.
The man stood aghast at his discovery. The police were notified
that a human skull had been uncovered at Fourth avenue and Elihu
streets. Investigation proved that the body of some one who had
probably died fifty years ago was buried there. Several teeth,
the bones of an arm, apparently that of a man, were unearthed.
A small white button, such as was made
in the '70's and seldom seen at this time, was found in the place
where the casket once rested. That the body was that of some
one buried in the regular way, and not some one who had been
murdered and left unburied, was the opinion of many of the curious
who gathered at the scene. The position of the decayed wood of
which the casket was constructed, and the position of the bones
indicated that the body had been buried with the head to the
Many persons who have resided in the
neighborhood for years, state they believe the bones are those
of some Texas pioneer who lived in the original Lagow settlement.
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