OAK CLIFF CEMETERY.
The Ladies of the
Hard for Its Improvement.
P. Turner said to a Times Herald reporter yesterday:
- April 4, 1897, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 6-7.
"The ladies of the Oak Cliff
Cemetery Association are working earnestly to raise the funds
necessary for the improvement of the cemetery. They have met
with good success so far and appreciate the ready response from
those upon whom they have called for assistance, and all agree
that the improvement of the grounds should receive the co-operation
of all residents of our little city.
"In order to facilitate this
movement, the ladies of the association have agreed to meet at
the cemetery Saturday, April 10, at 9 a. m., and request all
who are interested in the undertaking to meet them and help in
the light work that will be necessary. Much of the rough work
will have been done by that time. All are requested to bring
rakes, hoes and baskets for removing trash, and those who can
remain all day should bring lunch. A flower, shrub or evergreen
to plant on some neglected grave would be gratefully appreciated."
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OAK CLIFF COUNCIL.
Ladies Want the
Cliff council met last night in regular session. Mayor M. L.
Morris presided. Aldermen present were: E. P. Turner, A. W. Clem
and G. N. Quillman. Aldermen Dorman and Bonner were absent.
- May 7, 1899, Daily
Times Herald, p. 7, col. 3.
A petition from several leading
ladies of Oak Cliff, asking that the Oak Cliff cemetery be improved
and beautified, was presented. The cemetery was dedicated by
W. H. Hoard to the community about ten years ago. Under the terms
of the gift, the cemetery was to be governed by a board of trustees
elected at a mass meeting of citizens of the community. The council
determined last night to call a mass meeting for the purpose
at an early date.
Mayor Morris stated that he had
been in correspondence with some gentlemen who wanted to put
a sewer system in Oak Cliff. The mayor said he had asked them
to show him a plat of the streets the sewer would traverse. The
projectors of the sewers, he said, wanted to own the system for
five years and then give the city an option on its purchase.
C. O. Fakes was elected city scavenger
and the council adjourned.
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December 27, 2005:
OAK CLIFF NOTES.
Cliff Improvement Society met in regular session last Friday
afternoon at 3:30 o'clock in the public school building. There
was a full attendance, and reports were heard from the heads
of the kindergarten and cemetery committees.
- October 11, 1903,
The Dallas Morning News, p. 40, col. 5.
The former committee reported that
there were enrolled at present, forty-eight pupils and that three
teachers were employed. Plenty of money is on hand to pay the
teachers regularly, and the kindergarten is in a generally prosperous
The cemetery committee made its
report, which included an appeal for more funds with which to
carry on the improvements already begun on the cemetery, and
to make additional improvements.
The society has made the improving
and beautifying of the cemetery a part of its regular work and
has, up to the present time, depended almost wholly upon those
personally interested, for funds. In accordance with the plans
of the committee, some of those who own lots have obligated themselves
to pay the sexton a fee of $1 per quarter for taking care of
their lots, the work to be done under the supervision of the
committee. Some have neglected to co-operate in this plan, and
as a result, the unkept lots tend to mar the general effect.
The committee is of the opinion
that quite a number of people who have a personal interest in
the cemetery have not heard of the efforts along this line, and
wants to appeal to all of them to come to its aid. It is desired
that each owner of a lot enroll his name at once, and pay the
$1 per month toward keeping the lot in order.
It is also desired to appeal to
all public-spirited citizens, whether personally interested or
not, to assist in this work. They want to make the Oak Cliff
cemetery a beauty spot, and to this end, they ask contributions.
All of the money realize by the fees of $1 per quarter is used
on the lot of the one who pays the dollar, and the committee
has to get what money is spent for general improvement from other
Members of the society say that
nothing speaks better for a city than a well-kept cemetery. The
word cemetery means a place to sleep. "Let us make it a
pleasant place," they say. "Let us have your assistance
in this matter."
All contributions should be sent
to Mrs. J. V. Spears, Grand avenue, Oak Cliff. Mrs. Spears is
chairman of the cemetery committee.
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