BURKE READY TO HAND
the Election Incorporat-
ing Oak Cliff Legal?" is
quo warranto proceedings instituted by County Attorney David
A. Williams, to test the legality of the election incorporating
Oak Cliff, in Judge Burke's court, occupied the greater portion
of a week in the trial of the case and excited great interest.
It was stoutly contested by both sides, and the evidence introduced
and arguments made by the opposing counsel to sustain their respective
positions were listened to with more than passing interest by
the large crowd of spectators and those interested in the outcome
of the trial. A decision was expected the latter part of last
week, Judge Burke having taken the matter under advisement. Col.
W. M. Crow, of the firm of Morris & Crow, was the leading
attorney for the city of Oak Cliff. Col. Crow is now at Austin
the role of a lobbyist, working against the extension of the
city limits of Dallas. Alderman Nat G. Turney, of the First ward,
who bitterly antagonized nearly every amendment proposed to the
new charter, is also at Austin logrolling against the measure
adopted by the council--the extension of the city limits.
24, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 3.
Yesterday afternoon, Colonel S.
A. Morris, Colonel Crow's law partner, received a telegram from
his partner, requesting that the latter should call on Judge
Burke and ask that gentleman to withhold his decision until decisive
action had been taken by the legislature on the proposition to
extend the city lines. He said that he had consulted with his
friend, Alderman Turney and that gentleman had agreed to the
delay. The dispatch was shown Col. David A. Williams, and that
gentleman emphatically stated that he had not been a party to
the agreement and was ready for the decision instanter. The telegram
was shown Judge Burke last evening and that gentleman said if
it were the wishes of the attorneys representing both sides,
he would withhold the decision . Col. Williams demurred.
To-day, the Salisbury murder case
was called and the matter was not referred to. Judge Burke, however,
stated that his decision was ready and would probably be handed
down at the conclusion of the case on trial--or when the attorneys
announced themselves ready to receive it.
Col. Williams, at 12:30, stated
that he would inform the attorneys on the other side at once
and notify the court this afternoon, and as the colonel is a
man of actin rather than words, the public will, before many
hours, have come and gone, know whether Oak Cliff has been legally
incorporated or otherwise.
The decision is awaited with a
great deal of interest, not only by the citizens of Oak Cliff,
but of Dallas as well.
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John H. Cochran had the city attorney draw up a bill yesterday
for the annexation of Oak Cliff, and will leave to-night for
Austin. Mr. Cochran is satisfied that he can get it though the
house, but he is not certain about the action of the senate.
24, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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CLIFF NOT A CITY
JUDGE BURKE DECIDES
Not Valid--Text of the Opinion
Notice of Appeal to the Su-
preme Court Given by the
to-day, handed down his decision in the question of the validity
of the Oak Cliff corporation. The decision has been anxiously
awaited by interested parties and the court house was crowded
with Oak Cliffites and attorneys. With reference to the petition
presented to Judge Bower ordering the election, the court found
no fault, as it was in proper form and in compliance with the
law. The second proposition, with respect to the inclusion of
an extensive area of agricultural and grazing lands was really
the only question in the case. Judge Burke stated that the proof
showed the corporation of Oak Cliff to contain about 7,100 acres.
- February 25, 1891,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 5.
The town was originally built on
three sections of land, two-fifths of which, was compactly settled
and the remaining part comparatively unsettled. This leaves about
6300 acres of territory used as farming and grazing lands, some
fenced, some sown down in oats and now being used for agricultural
purposes. The principle in this case is the same as the principal
in the Hamilton case, in which the supreme court dissolved a
corporation for including too much land not occupied by dwellings.
The principle differed from that involved in the Baird case,
when only 140 acres of farm land in the corporation were questioned;
here there are 6300 acres invested. The proof showed that about
450 acres of the David Hunt survey was included in the Oak Cliff
corporation was occupied by only one house. And several half
sections had only four or five houses on them. The greater portion
of the 6300 acres of farm land was not so thickly settled as
some of the rural portions of Dallas county far removed from
The attorneys for the corporation
argued that the corporation should be sustained because the legislature
had relegated the authority to incorporate to the people, and
judicial interference was coming in contact with the rights of
the people. Judge Burke held the position untenable, because
it allowed a majority the power of overriding the rights of the
minority. The city of Dallas might incorporate the whole of Dallas
county, but it wouldn't be right. The incorporation of Oak Cliff
included too much vacant territory, and, in the opinion of the
court, was invalid and should be dissolved.
Notice of appeal was given, and
this question in which so many of our people [are] interested,
will be finally determined by the supreme court.
A large party of Oak Cliff citizens
will leave for Austin to-night to lobby against the special bill
proposed by Representative Cochran to extend the city limits
It is quietly rumored that a delegation
of Dallas' progressive citizens will go down and demonstrate
to the members of the legislature that the people of Dallas are
in accord with Representative Cochran, and that the city limits
should be extended.
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A ROUSING MEETING
HELD IN OAK CLIFF
Boundary Lines Discussed
New City Selected--An Elec-
tion to Be Held Soon.
portion of Oak Cliff turned out en masse Saturday night to start
another city over in their neighborhood. They met at the city
- May 25, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 1.
Dr. R. S. Gilbert presided over
the meeting and Mr. Will Thompson acted as secretary.
The following committeemen selected
by the chair drew boundary lines for the new city:
Mort Moore, C. E. Gilbert, Walter
Stemmons, W. M. Crow, T. L. Marsalis, Judge J. T. Whittaker and
Judge J. D. Thomas.
The committee's report was unanimously
Following are the boundary lines
for the new burg:
"Commence at the northwest
corner of First street and Lancaster avenue, thence west to the
first branch west of the Cedar Hill road, thence south to the
north side of the tract of land sold by I. W. Hill and wife to
T. A. Hord, thence west along the north side of said land to
the west side of Cedar Hill road, thence north along the west
side of Cedar Hill road 500 feet, thence west 300 feet, thence
in a southwesterly direction parallel with the west side of Cedar
Hill road and 300 feet therefrom to the north side of G. L. Leonard's
survey, thence west along the north line of said Leonard survey
to the northeast corner of the John B. Henderson survey, thence
west along the north line of said Robertson survey to the northwest
corner of said Robertson survey, thence south with the west line
of said Robertson survey 2640 feet, thence east 1320 feet, thence
south to a point directly west to the southeast corner of lot
No. 10, block 184, Dallas Land and Loan Company's third addition
to Oak Cliff, thence east to the east side of the Beckley road,
thence south along the east side of the Beckley road to the southwest
corner of the W. H. Hord survey, thence east along the south
line of the W. H. Hord survey to the southeast corner of said
survey, thence north along the east line of said W. H. Hord survey
to the center of Cedar creek, thence along the center of Cedar
creek with its meanderings in an easterly direction to the west
side of the Gaston road; thence north along the west line of
the Gaston road to the south side of the Hutchins road; thence
westwardly along the south side of the Hutchins road to the west
side of Miller avenue; thence north along the west side of Miller
avenue to the north side of First street; then west along the
north side of First street to the place of beginning.
A motion was made and adopted that
committee be appointed to draft a petition to the county judge
to order an election for the purpose of incorporating.
Major Hugh F. Ewing, J. W. Moore
and W. F. Daugherty, all prominent citizens, were named on the
committee and the meeting adjourned. A petition for an election
will be presented at once, and Oak Cliff, in a very short time,
will be a city again, omitting, however, the ranches and other
farm lands. The old corporation knocked out by Judge Burke and
affirmed by the supreme court included 7100 acres; the new one
will include 1900 acres.
The proposed boundary lines include
about 400 acres of the Elizabeth Robertson survey, 640 acres
of the W. H. Lord survey, 400 acres of the George L. Leonard
survey, 150 acres of the John B. Robinson survey, 100 acres of
the G. S. C. Leonard survey.
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OAK CLIFF A CITY.
She Votes to Incorporate
election at Oak Cliff, yesterday, there [were] 295 votes polled,
276 for and 19 against incorporation. There were many who did
not go to the polls, knowing how the result would be.
- June 10, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
Maj. Ewing stated that the taxable
value of the 1,900 acres is about $2,000,000. The major thinks
that two good schools could be had for a tax rate of one-half
per cent. He does not think that much sewerage is needed, and
that the means of paving should be carried on as has been done,
every man paying for the paving in front of his house. The mayor's
opinion is that the city can be run on a tax of one per cent.
The all important question at the
Cliff, now, is, shall the officers receive salaries, or not?
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CLIFF AGAIN SWEPT
BY FIRE AND A BLOCK
Six Bricks, Together
Their Contents, Destroyed.
Losses and Insurance.
was the scene of a disastrous fire at an early hour this morning.
The largest business block in the city burned down.
- June 16, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 3-4.
The fire was discovered at 2 o'clock
this morning in Mrs. Ada C. Gage's millinery shop in the two-story
brick building owned by Hodges and Hoya on Tenth street, near
the station. The flames spread rapidly and the whole block, containing
six two-story brick buildings, was on fire.
In a few moments, a scene of the
wildest confusion was presented. the alarm of fire was sounded
from a hundred throats and people rushed toward the burning buildings
from every direction. the upper floors of the buildings were
occupied by several families and terror-stricken children rushed
down the stairway and out into the street, while their parents,
assisted by many willing hands, endeavored to save some of their
Business men who occupied the lower
rooms worked like beavers to save their wealth. three of the
rooms were occupied by churches and the members of each church
strove hard to save their church furniture.
As the Cliff city does not boast
of a fire department, there were no means of stopping the raging
fire. The only alternative was to drag out what could be gotten
and watch the flames consume what remained. As there was no check
placed on the flames, they did quick work, and the buildings,
with a large majority of their contents, were gone beyond redemption.
It was with great difficulty that
the flames, which were swept about by the wind, were prevented
from communicating with all the buildings nearby. A blacksmith
shop, a foot from the burning buildings, fortunately, stood to
windward and stands solitary this morning.
A brick building directly across
the street, owned and occupied by the Frierson & Smith Grocery
Company, caught fire and the owners rustled their goods out in
a jiffy. The fire was put out, however, before it did much damage.
The firm say that their loss from the fire and moving and tumbling
up their goods is about $125. They are fully covered with insurance.
The fire destroyed the block of
buildings most completely. Every wall is down except portions
of two of the end walls.
On the lower floors of the buildings
that were the six rooms, were occupied as follows:
Mrs. Ada Gage, millinery establishment,
Baptist Church, Episcopal Church, Christian Church, McClellan's
screen door factory, Ed. Florine & Bros., plumbing shop,
Mrs. Bettie Scott, confectioners; Borich & Oliver, contractors
and builders and mayor's office.
The second floors were occupied
by the following families: J. Law, W. M. Watkins, Mrs. G. M.
Anderson, Mr. Smith, carpenter and H. T. Hyser's paint-shop.
The losses were as follows:
Christian church, value of furniture,
$400; no insurance. About two-thirds of the furniture saved.
Borich & Oliver, contractors
and builders, stock valued at $200; no insurance. Total loss.
Mrs. Ada C. Gage, millinery establishment.
Value of stock, about $1500, covered by insurance. Everything
Mrs. Bettie Scott, notion store.
Value of stock, $100. No insurance.
Mr. Smith, carpenter shop. Loss
of tools, $100. No insurance.
Baptist Church. Loss $600. No insurance.
J. Law lost $50 worth of household
goods, $100. No insurance.
W. M. Watkins' loss on household
goods. No insurance.
Mrs. G. M. Anderson's loss on household
goods, $25; no insurance. Mrs. Anderson has six children and
the fire has placed her in a destitute condition. A subscription
will be taken for her.
H. F. Hyser, paint shop, stock
valued at $100; loss $50, no insurance.
The building in which the fire
was first discovered was valued at $4000 and insured for $3000?/8000?
in the North British & Mercantile. It was the property of
Hodge & Hoya and was built about two years ago.
The building next to Hodge &
Hoya's was owned by Young & Evans of Fort Worth. The value
of the building and the insurance carried on it could not be
ascertained. The building was probably worth $400, and as Young
& Evans are careful business men, it is undoubtedly covered
As far as could be ascertained,
the remaining buildings destroyed were owned by Mr. H. C. Clark
of Oak Cliff, and were worth about $1600 and covered by insurance.
The origin of the fire is now known.
It is thought to have been the work of an incendiary.
This is the second big fire in
the business part of Oak Cliff and the citizens of that little
burg looked positively blue this morning. Means of putting out
fires was being discussed freely. One man said that he would
be one of fifteen to join a fire company for the benefit of the
city. Several said that that was the kind of talk, but no one
A few more fires like the one last
night and the business portion of Oak Cliff will be no more.
The remaining four buildings were
the property of Mr. H. C. Clark and were valued at $12,500 and
insured for $7500.
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Of Oak Cliff Lodge
No. 705, on
June 24, 1891.
met in the Masonic Hall at 10:30 a.m., formed procession and
proceeded to the Oak Cliff Park grounds, under Bro. John S. Griffith
as grand marshal, and were installed as follows, by Most Worshipful
Past Master David Witherspoon:
- June 26, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
W. H. W. Smith as W. M.
R. L. Height as S. W.
R. S. Gilbert as J. W.
R. F. Upshaw as Secretary.
Mr. Hopkins as Treasurer.
G. W. Neeley as S. D.
A. J. Baxley as J. D.
M. E. Packer as Stuard.
G. W. Vinyard as Stuard.
W. S. Bass as Tyler.
After which, as oration was delivered
by Bro. Judge J. D. Thomas.
The entire audience was invited
to remain and partake of a bounteous basket pic-nic. then followed
a delightful two hours spent in conversation and making acquaintance
one with another.
The lodge returned at 3 p. m. to
the hall, and upon motion, it was
Resolved, That the thanks of this
lodge was due to Bro. Thomas for his able and soul-filling address.
Peace and Harmony prevailing, the
members returned to their homes, loving, we believe, their neighbors
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IN OAK CLIFF EARLY
The Fire Stopped
culty--Account of the
was visited by another disastrous fire at 1 o'clock this morning.
The flames were first seen in W. H. Graves' harness shop on the
east side of Tenth street, almost at the station. In a few minutes,
they had communicated with the building, in which W. J. Parchman
& Co. did a drug business and an explosion soon followed,
which awoke everyone living near. As soon as the fire was discovered,
the alarm was given and the inhabitants aroused from their dreams
by the explosion, dressed hurriedly and rushed to the scene of
DR. E. G. PATTON.
In a short time, the flames had
crossed the street and secured a hold upon the new brick buildings
just in the rear of the post office.
The flames continued to leap from
one building to another until nearly every building near the
station on the west side were burning down with no possible means
of saving them. Many of them were occupied by families and scores
of people were seen in dishabille endeavoring to save their furniture.
Every one present lent a helping hand saving furniture and buildings,
but it was soon apparent that a number of good buildings were
bound to go. Thirteen were destroyed and a number of others barely
Dr. E. G. Patton and Rosser Thomas
were the heaviest losers.
The following is a list of the
One 2-story brick, valued at $2800;
insured for $1000 in Hartford.
One 2-story wood, valued at $1800;
insured for $1000 in the German and Freeport.
One 2-story brick containing two
stores, valued at $8000, with $2500 insurance in New York Underwriter's
Agency, $2500 in Liverpool and London and Globe--total $5000.
Palace Hotel building, valued at
$3000, insurance $1750; St. Paul, $750; St. Paul German, $500;
Liverpool & London & Globe, $______.
One one-story wood and brick, valued
at $800; no insurance.
Three one-story bricks, valued
at $32000; no insurance.
Allen's barber shop.
J. Davis saved furniture of the
Mrs. Burke, household goods in
W. E. Best,
grocer, lost $200 by removal; insured in full.
HAD NO INSURANCE.
F. A. Tripplet, feed store, building
valued at $500; household goods, $500, insured; feed stock valued
at $150; property insured for $450 in National of Hartford.
Felix L. d'Ablemont, vegetable
market. Loss on building and household goods were: Building valued
at $1250, insured for $350 in North British & Mercantile.
Stock $600, household goods $500. Both total loss.
F. E. Walker, cottage, valued at
$500; insurance not known.
Oak Cliff Journal, loss $3000 and
carried $1000 insurance in British American.
Dr. T. J. Avirett, two-story wooden
building, valued at $1300, insured for $800.
W. J. Parchman & Co., druggists,
stock valued at $1875 and insured for $1200 in the North British
and Mercantile. Household goods valued at $500 and $50 in cash
W. L. Nolen, proprietor of the
Oak Cliff China Hall, stock valued at $1200, and insured for
$500 in the North British & Mercantile. Total loss.
Nussbaumer & Co., butcher's
stock, $500; no insurance.
Rev. Sam R. Hay, pastor of St.
Mark's M. E. Church, South, lost his clothing and parsonage furniture,
valued at $500; no insurance.
J. S. York,
shoe shop, loss $300.
- September 25, 1891,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
Moore, photographer, loss $500.
J. M. Regan, Germaside agent, $300.
Colored Masonic Lodge, $500.
This is the third fire at the Tenth
street station in which several of the principal business houses
of Oak Cliff were destroyed. Like the other, the origin of last
night's fire is unknown.
Such destructive fires as these
are forcible arguments for a fire department in Oak Cliff.
Among the heaviest losers is Rosser
Thomas, editor and proprietor of the Oak Cliff Journal. He had
just bought his partner out and was going ahead building up a
Dr. Patton, the heaviest loser,
had six buildings burned.
It is said that it was with difficulty
that the postoffice was prevented from burning, as the burning
buildings were all around it.
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day Night -- Water Works
of the aldermen were present at the Oak Cliff council meeting
Saturday night, with the exception of Mr. Roach.
2, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
A petition was read from M. Goslin
asking the privilege of running a lemonade stand on Crawford
street every Sunday. Referred.
The mayor recommended that the
council take steps to determine what kind of a school house building
should be built. T. L. Marsalis, who was present, was called
on to give his views. He urged the building of a three-story
brick above ground, rather than a two-story and a basement building.
R. P. Toole offered the following
Resolved by the city council of
Oak Cliff that the mayor be instructed to advertise for plants
for a modern three-story brick school building with brick cross
walls [walks?] to be erected at Oak Cliff, Texas, to contain
twelve rooms for school purposes and the cost of said building,
complete, not to exceed the sum of '$22,000, with the right retained
to reject any or all plans. Said plans to be submitted to this
council up to 8 o'clock of the evening of May 14, 1892.
Mr. Jack moved that the advertisement
to be put in the official journal of Oak Cliff. Adopted.
The mayor called the attention
of the council to the fact that Messrs. Marsalis and Brown were
present, desiring to be heard on the water works question. Mr.
Marsalis spoke and submitted the following proposition to the
council That the proprietors would improve the water works and
sell to the city for $65,000, or would rent the city, forty fire
hydrants for $3000 per year for a term of twenty-five years.
The city attorney gave it as his opinion, that with the present
valuations, sufficient bonds could not be issued to give $65,000
for the water works, and as to renting, it was his opinion that
the present council could not rent the hydrants for a longer
time than their tenure of office, and gave as evidence the decision
of the supreme court in the Brenham water works suit. No suit
was taken by the council.
Alderman Means for the committee
for renting a city hall recommended the rooms up stairs in the
Smith building, which can be secured for $12.50 a month. Action
was deferred till next meeting.
The resignation of Prof. Dowell
as a teacher in the public schools was accepted.
A petition from R. E. Chatham asking
that the school census be taken was read, and Mr.. Chatham was
employed to take the census.
The council then adjourned till
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LOCAL ROUNDUP OF NEWS.
M. Thomas Edgerton of the Waco Female College, has leased the
Oak Cliff Hotel for a period of five years, beginning next September,
and will conduct one of the finest boarding schools for young
ladies in the United States. About 200 scholars will be accommodated.
2, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3-4.
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OAK CLIFF WATER.
The Council and
Problem -- Mass Meeting
Cliff council is in deep water over the water service question.
The new council, as soon as sworn in, were confronted with the
necessity for more water, better service and the best way to
get it. The council has had two sessions devoted principally
to this important question. Mr. Marsalis, president of the Oak
Cliff Water Co., which has done well, until outgrown by the city,
was present and submitted two propositions, one to sell for $65,000,
and the other to furnish forty water hydrants to the city for
$2000 per year for five years. Both are out of the reach of the
city, which is not authorized to contract beyond the term of
the controlling council for supply, and the bond limit is now
$30,000. The council has to use that $30,000 to the best advantage.
To this end, Alderman Henderson obtained an option on the Kidd
Springs for the city, to prevent others from depriving the city
of that source. There are contractors and water works builders
who think the $30,000 can be made to buy the Kidd property and
put in a very good system, which will, at best, give protection
against fire until it can be extended. It is not desired by any
one to compete with or cripple the private enterprise now in
existence, but, it is desired by all that there should be some
protection against fire which the present system cannot afford
at the prices named. The present water company, it is contemplated,
will continue the private supply until such time as the city
may be able to purchase and combine the two.
- May 5, 1892, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
It is to be hoped that some agreement
may be entered into between the city as purchaser of the Kidd
Springs and the Oak Cliff Water Company, by which, the Kidd Springs
water can be turned into the present system, fire plugs inserted
where desired, thus giving an improvement to the quality of water
and an ample supply. This would be to the advantage of residents
and business men of Oak Cliff.
A mass meeting is called for next
Wednesday night to discuss this question. All citizens should
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Knights of Pythias
At a meeting
of K. of P. Oak Cliff Lodge No. 80, on Wednesday night, the following
members were elected and installed as officers of the new lodge:
- June 27, 1892, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
R. P. Toole, Past Chancellor.
S. H. Hurlock, Chancellor Commander.
A. P. Tenison, Vice Chancellor.
J. O. Gill, Prelate.
W. D. Henderson, Keeper of Seals
R. G. Williams, Master of Exchequer.
J. I. Walsh, Master of Finance.
M. G. Knight, Master at Arms.
---- Alden, Inside Guard.
---- Wilkins, Outside Guard.
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Ordination at Oak
morning in the beautiful chapel attached to St. Mary's Orphanage,
Oak Cliff, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Brennan will raise the Rev. J.
L. Malone, deacon of Dallas diocese, to the dignity of the priesthood.
The ceremony will begin at 7:30 and promises to be unusually
impressive. Father Malone is a student of much promise and is
an acquisition to the clergy of Dallas.
- June 28, 1892, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
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OAK CLIFF COLLEGE.
Vote on the Journal's
Cliff Journal has offered a full free scholarship in the Oak
Cliff College and Conservatory of Music, to be voted to the most
popular young lady, and has arranged with the TIMES-HERALD to
report the result daily. The Journal's scholarship includes board,
tuition, music, fuel, lights, washing, etc., and is worth $400.
It is a liberal move on the part of the Journal and already much
interest is being taken in the contest. All letters pertaining
to the contest will be printed in the Journal every Saturday
evening, and only the total vote in the TIMES-HERALD.
The vote to-day stands as follows:
Miss Julia Daugherty.....903
A first -class faculty has been
engaged and the large Oak Cliff Hotel building transformed into
a well-equipped college building, furnished at a cost of $50,000.
Miss Willie E. Cormick....697
Miss Emma Love....427
Miss Stella Levyson...105
Miss Susie Samones....95
Miss Nellie Brown...93
Miss Jessie Giles...82
Miss Pearl Wood....6
Miss Annie Gardner...1013
Miss Susie T. Coffey....854
Miss Ethel Fitzgerald....217
Miss Mamie Ray.....55
Miss Maggie Brewer...40
Miss Katie Malone...30
Miss Lottie Brooks....20
Miss Emily Oliver.....10
Miss Fannie Stuart...1055
Miss Mabel Montgomery....60
Miss Onie Preuss....40
Miss Leona V. Buick....10
EXTENSION OF TIME.
that the coupon may appear in two more issues of the Journal,
the management has decided to extend the time of closing its
scholarship contest from Saturday, the 13th, to Tuesday, the
16th, at 1 p.m. To close on Saturday would prevent the coupon
being used that issue, and would be too late to give the result
of the ballot--as the forms must be closed on Friday night. This
change is in fairness to all and to the detriment of none.
- August 15, 1892,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
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Of the Oak Cliff
Building Laid To-Morrow.
At 10 o'clock,
the laying of the corner stone of the new public school building
at Oak Cliff will take place, under the auspices of the Masonic
grand lodge of Texas. All Masons in good standing are invited
to attend and participate. Alderman Henderson informs the TIMES-HERALD that
a band would discourse music, the city officers, board of aldermen,
citizens and school children will
- September 12, 1892,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 1.
turn out and participate in the exercises.
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The Letter Carriers
Will Make Regu-
lar Trips Across the River.
this morning, Oak Cliff citizens will have their mail delivered
at their homes. The change from the old way has been contemplated
for some time, and the postmasters of both Dallas and Oak Cliff
have been working with the postmaster general and his assistants
to consummate the scheme. The postal department was made to realize
the importance of Dallas' suburb, and, finally, to unite the
two postoffice with Oak Cliff as Station A.
- May 5, 1896, Dallas
Morning News, p. 8, col. 2.
All the plans have been effect
and the first free delivery of mail Oak Cliff has ever experienced
will be had at 7 o'clock this morning. The numbers of daily trips
the carriers will make has not yet been determined. Mail consigned
to parties in Oak Cliff is to be addressed "(Oak Cliff)
Dallas." Under the new rule, Postmaster Armstrong becomes
superintendent of station A. All people across the river are
proud of the new benefits they will receive. This is said to
be the only similar arrangement south of Kansas City and west
of New Orleans.
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Oak Cliff Notes.
meeting now under way at the First Methodist church in Oak Cliff
is drawing large crowds nightly. The Rev. L. P. Smith has charge
and is doing good work.
- May 6, 1896, Dallas
Morning News, p. 3, col. 4.
The free delivery system has not
as yet got to working smoothly in Oak Cliff as yet. Postmaster
Ward is busy getting up a directory for the guidance of his carriers
and things will be in good shape within the next two or three
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What is Going on in Oak Cliff.
resumed last week on the First Baptist church, corner Jefferson
street and Grand avenue, and will be rapidly pushed to completion.
the church is a very handsome brick veneer structure and will
be ready for service within a week or ten days.
- December 20, 1896,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 15, col. 2.
Rev. Baldwin, the pastor, who has
been suffering for some time with a carbuncle on the arm, expects
to be able to preach the dedicatory sermon Sunday, Dec. 27.
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CAPT. KEEHAN ON
DUTY IN OAK CLIFF
Beginning on October
1, He Has Been
in Charge of Police Station
Across the River.
P. Keehan, Dallas' oldest "cop," has been assigned
to new duties. Beginning the first of the month, he took charge
of the Oak Cliff police station, and from now on, until further
notice, he will be in charge of this station during the day.
Capt. Keehan has had much experience in station work, and it
is believed that this experience will stand him in good stead
in his new position in Dallas' most important sub-police station.
There will be four mounted men under Captain Keehan for the purpose
of answering emergency calls, while Capt. Keehan will take care
of the books and look after the stock pound, etc.
- October 4, 1911,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 1.
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WANTS THE LAKE
OAK CLIFF IMPROVEMENT
IS NOW ON RECORD ON THE
indorsing the movement to secure a lake for Forest Park, Oak
Cliff, and appointing a committee to take the matter up with
the board of city commissioners, the Oak Cliff Improvement society
went on record at its meeting Thursday for a further beautification
and improvement of the principal park of the Ninth ward. It was
the sense of the meeting that the action taken should set at
rest the desire of Oak Cliff as to the placing of the lake in
Forest park, about which there has recently been some differences
- October 8, 1911,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec, II, p. 14, col. 5.
The meeting was held with Mrs.
A. C. Briggs on Thursday morning. Mrs. J. G. Davis suggested
that this city should have what she termed an "observation"
park, and suggested a point overlooking the city, that might
be secured if the proposed bond issue for park purposes carries.
Mrs. J. G. Davis, Mrs. E. B. Reppert and Mrs. Villa Jacoby were
appointed a committee to lay the proposition before the park
board and the city commissioners.
Mrs. W. A. Shaw suggested that
a wide dam should be constructed in Forest park, with a driveway
leading over it, thus extending Lancaster avenue to the south,
there now being but one outlet in that direction. Mrs. Shaw,
Mrs. W. C. Padgitt and Mrs.. A. C. Briggs were named as a committee
to bring this matter before the board of city commissioners.
It was decided to erect two fountains
for horses and dogs--one at Beckley avenue and Jefferson street,
and one at Seventh and Beckley. Mrs. J. N. Wharton was named
chairman of a committee to look after the Beckley and Jefferson
fountain, and Mrs. Villa Jacoby for the Seventh and Jefferson
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Deal Made in Oak
Cliff Property -- Means
of the biggest realty deals that has been transacted in Dallas
in some time was completed late Saturday, when the Carroll Investment
Company sold to M. E. Love & Co., one hundred acres of land
lying just outside the southeastern limits of Oak Cliff for a
consideration of $92,000. The seller was represented by Seay,
Cranfill & Co., and the purchaser by J. Willard Crotty, who
is president of the Carroll Investment Company.
2, 1914, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 4.
This deal means more than the simple
transfer of acreage property --in fact, it means that a first-class
residence section will be added to the already rapidly-growing
Oak Cliff section of Dallas. According to Mr. Crotty, the work
of transforming the acreage property into a high-class residence
district will begin during the coming fall.
The streets will be graded, water
and gas installed, electric lights extended and the section will
be fully developed as a fine residence district. All modern improvements,
including the extension of car lines to the district, will be
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New Ice Plant to
Be Built in Dallas
are prepared and work will soon begin on a $50,000 ice plant
to be erected in West Oak Cliff. The plant is to be erected by
a company of well known business men from various North Texas
cities. The capacity of the plant will be about fifty tons per
day and about twenty-five men will be employed. It is planned
to erect a building about 75x175 feet and it will be of brick
and cement construction. The machinery for the plant has already
been ordered through Robert W. London, representative of the
Frick Company, makers of ice and refrigerating machinery.
- September 29, 1914,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 6-7.
Mr. London states that this plant
will be of the best and latest design known to the machinery
world. It will be of the improved distilled water system and
the freezing will be operated on the flooded system, insuring
The exact location of the plant
has not been made public, but it will be in western Oak Cliff
and will furnish ice for a large section of that part of the
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WORK TO START
MONDAY ON NEW
CONTRACT LET FOR
STRUCTURE AT BISHOP
for construction of the new Oak Cliff Medical-Dental building
between Bishop and Madison avenues on Jefferson avenue has been
awarded to A. J. Rife Construction company, it was announced
Saturday by Zach K. Brinkerhoff, of Brinkerhoff & Bennett
Investment company, owners of the building.
Work will start on Monday.
When completed, the structure will
have cost approximately $1,000,000, and will be the largest retail
development under one roof in the suburbs of any city in the
state, according to Mr. Brinkerhoff.
The structure will consist of a
central building of eight stories, designed for physicians' offices
and two one-story retail store groups, one on each side of the
main building. The entire project will face 477 feet on Jefferson
avenue and will have parking space entirely around the building,
providing more specially reserved parking space than any other
building in the city.
Many Leases Closed.
More than 60 per cent of the office
space and virtually all of the store space has been leased. B.
H. Majors, Dallas realtor, handled the store leases and H. W.
Willis handled leases on the offices.
Roy E. Smith, of Roy E. Smith company,
realtors, consolidated the 500-foot frontage under one ownership
for the construction of the building. Flint & Broad were
architects and will supervise the work.
The main building will be of reinforced
concrete and will have a superstructure and framework designed
to hold an additional two floors. The retail stores are all one
floor and have been leased to well-known firms. This group is
to be completed by Sept. 1 and the main portion of the building
is to be completed by Jan. 1.
- June 3, 1928, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, Sec. I, p. 8, col. 5.
This development is designed as
a community center for what is termed "downtown Oak Cliff"
and is placed on three main arteries leading in several directions
in Oak Cliff, three leading into the heart of Dallas across the
Oak Cliff viaduct and the Commerce street viaduct. Bishop avenue
leads directly from the medical building to the new Methodist
hospital in Oak Cliff. Jefferson avenue provides street car and
interurban service for patrons and the Trinity Heights street
car is within one block.
The Oak Cliff-Dallas Commercial
association has planned a celebration for the beginning of operations,
but this will be postponed several weeks and will be held at
the cornerstone laying exercises, it has been announced by Martin
Weiss, chairman of the Associated Improvement Leagues of Oak
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