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Messrs. Gaston, Thomas & Morton, the proprietors of the new cemetery, have been pushing matters with commendable zeal, and now have the entire grounds - thirty acres - enclosed with a neat and substantial fence. There are fourteen hundred lots in the cemetery, each twenty-two feet square, while the streets are twenty-five feet wide and the alleys six. The grounds were surveyed and mapped out by Captain W. M. Johnson, our efficient city engineer, and reflects credit upon his skill and judgment. The cemetery is located on the McKinney road, adjoining the place of Mr. John H. Cole. The large gates are at the east and west corners.
- July 3, 1875, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
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Our reporter took an excursion over the Belt street railroad yesterday and, leaving the cars where the road turns out of the McKinney road, walked out to Trinity cemetery. This silent city of the dead is truly a beautiful location and, although it is small for so large a city as Dallas, it can be made as beautiful a cemetery as can be found in all the land. Young forest trees and cedars abound, which, if trimmed up properly and with nice shelled walks and drives winding among them, would make it a lovely spot for the repose of the dead. About three-fifths of the ground is already taken up. Many of the lots are nicely improved, some in one way, and some in another. Many imposing monuments and tombstones are to be seen, mementoes of affection for the loved and lost, and on all sides the hand of woman, mother, wife, sister or daughter, is to be seen in the lovely flowers and trailing vines that bloom and grow above the resting places of those who were so loved in life. There is no higher mark of civilization, no stronger proof of refinement and of an elevated morality of the people, than is the attention paid to their cemeteries. We may moralize upon death and philosophize as we may. Reason may tell us that death is the common lot of all and that we should not grieve, but when the time comes that we are called upon to shut the coffin lid upon the face and to heap the clods of the valley upon the bosom of one we love, philosophy and reason are but as the idle winds. When we see the tired eyelids pressed down on tired eyes that brighten no more at our coming; see that one we have over so fondly and tenderly loved, still and cold in death, logic and argument-thought itself is as nothing. All that is left us is a memory, a memory twined about with the cypress of sadness, enshrouded in the pall of grief. All we can do for our dead is to beautify the place where we have put them away, and what is more appropriate for this than trees and vines and flowers and lichens and mosses. As they will live again, so will the flowers and grasses that grow and bloom about them every spring time after the autumn of their fading.
Trinity cemetery belongs to a private company, if we are not mistaken, and it is certainly not amiss to suggest that they improve the grounds-not the burial lots, but improve the grounds by making walks and drives, by cutting out the undergrowth, by trimming up the trees and by setting out evergreens and shrubbery along the walks and drives. It is not amiss, either, to suggest that a street railroad to the cemetery would pay. Hundreds of people who have friends buried there would patronize it every few days, who now, on account of the distance, are debarred the pleasure of frequent visits, and it is a pleasure, sad and solemn though it be, to visit the graves of our dead.
- November 13, 1884, Dallas Weekly Herald, p. 7, col. 4.
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The G. A. R. benefit this afternoon and night at the Oak Cliff theatre promises to meet with liberal patronage. The proceeds will go towards the erection of a monument to the memory of the ex-Union soliders who are buried in Trinity cemetery.
July 4, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 3.
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Orders and Programme-Ser-
Memorial services on Sunday preceding Decoration Day (to-morrow), to be held at the Congregational Church, Rev. C. I. Scofield delivering the memorial sermon.
John A. Dix and George H. Thomas Posts G. A. R., Sterling Price Camp ex-Confederates, Custer Camp Sons of Veterans, Woman's Relief Corps and soldiers who wore the blue or the gray will meet at Grand Army Hall on Elm street at 10 a. m. and march to the church.
The public generally, and especially the school children are invited to attend these services.
DECORATION DAY, SATURDAY MAY 30.
Master of ceremonies, E. G. Rust.
Officer of the day, John Hunter.
Assistant adjutant general, J. C. Bigger.
Chairman of decoration committee, D. Hunter.
Chairman of transportation committee, Jas. M. Steere.
Chairman of reception committee, J. L. Boyd.
Musical director, A. S. Lee.
John A. Dix Post will meet at Grand Army Hall at 9:30 a. m. to receive visiting orders and procession will form in following order:
George H. Thomas Post G. A. R.
Sterling Price Camp ex-Confederates.
Custer Camp Sons of Veterans.
Visiting soldiers and citizens.
John A. Dix Post G. A. R.
Line of March will be down Elm to Austin street; south on Austin to Main street; east on Main to Preston street, where cars will be in waiting to go to Trinity cemetery. At the cemetery, the procession will reform in order as above and march in.
The Woman Relief Corps, having preceeded the procession with flowers and decorations and formed around the Grand Army burial ground, will open the circle on approach of procession, and department commander, past department commander, commanders and chaplains of the two posts, master of ceremonies and officer of the day, with firing squad, will enter the circle, the balance of the procession forming in the rear of the Womans Relief Corps. All being in position, the following order will be observed:
1. Bugle call.
3. Reading of orders and addresses of A. A. Gen'l.
4. Memorial service.
5. Salute to the dead.
The throng will then disperse themselves throughout the cemetery, strewing alike with flowers the graves of all soldiers of the late war. The same to be marked with a small American flag at the head.
At 3 p. m., exercises will continued at Oak Cliff opera house, where all the states of the Union will be represented by little girls and boys dressed in white with blue sash and red crown, with name of state in gilt on crown.
Speeches will be made by Capt. G. W. McCormick, Judge R. E. Burke, Judge A. B. Norton and others.
The celebrated male quartette, composed of Messrs. Blount, Cole, Ducker and Kremsy, have kindly volunteered to sing on this occasion. On the stage with the representatives of the states, will be a broken column, on which will be inscribed in evergreen, the words, "Our Unknown Dead," to be beautifully decorated with wreaths and garlands of flowers by the little representatives of the states. At the close of the exercises, a tableau will be presented representing the Goddess of Liberty. All school children under fifteen years of age will be carried free over and back by the Dallas & Oak Cliff railway, by their taking the 2:15 train from Main street; and returning on the 5:38 train from Park station. No other trains will carry them free. It is hoped especially that the teachers of all the schools will make an effort to have their pupils attend these exercises.
All soldiers who wore the blue or gray are heartily welcomed, as well as all citizens.
All persons living at a distance, or who wish to make a day of it, should bring a basket with refreshments.
- May 23, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 4.
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The Graves of Heroes Covered
Tuesday, May 30, is a legal holiday, decoration day, and was appropriately observed in Dallas by the veterans of the union army, assisted by their former antagonists, the boys in gray.
At 9:30, members of John A. Dix post were on hand at the G. A. R. hall over the Live Oak grocery on Elm street, to welcome the veterans. The procession formed in the following order.
George H. Thomas post G. A. R.,
Sterling Price camp (boys in gray),
Custer Camp Sons of Veterans, visiting soldiers and citizens,
John A. Dix post G. A. R.
The line of march was down Elm to Austin, down Austin to Main and east on Main to Preston, where cars were in waiting for the cemetery. At the cemetery, the Woman's Relief Corps were on hand with flowers at the Grand Army burial ground, and review at the procession in the following order: Department commander, past department commanders, commanders and chaplains of Dallas posts, master of ceremonies and officer of the day, firing squad.
At the burial ground, the following proceedings were observed: Bugle call, singing, reading of orders and address of assistant adjutant general, memorial service, salute to the dead, singing, taps.
The graves of the soldiers of the war, the blue and the gray, were strewn with flowers, and over the graves waved the flag of the county, the emblem of the Union. Hundreds visited the cemetery and participated in the decoration day ceremonies.
At 3 o'clock this afternoon, the exercises began at the opera house in Oak Cliff, transportation having been furnished by the management of the Oak Cliff Elevated railroad. All the states were represented by children dressed in the national colors. Colonel G. M. McCormick, Judge R. E. Burke, Judge A. B. Norton, Major Edwards and others are among the orators.
That excellent quartette, Messrs. Cole, Blunt, Ducker and Krumsey, favored the large audience with several choice selections.
The proceedings closed with a tableaux, consisting of a beautifully decorated broken column marked, "Our Unknown Dead," surmounted by the Goddess of liberty and surrounded by children singing, "Our Country, Tis of Thee."
- May 30, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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The procession will form on Elm street to-morrow at 9:30 and march down Elm to Austin, up Main to the postoffice, and will be composed of the various orders of the blue and the gray and all visiting old soldiers. After decorating the graves at the cemetery, the procession will disband to meet again at the Oak Cliff opera house, where a nice programme will be carried out with speaking, singing, etc., free to all, and the public is cordially invited. The 2:15 p. m. train from the main street end is free to all school children under 15 years to return on the 5:38 train from Park station. No other trains free.
- May 30, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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Night vandals are said to be robbing the graves in Trinity cemetery of their choice flowers and shrubbery.
- August 4, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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WHAT'S the matter with Trinity Cemetery? It doesn't look altogether like "the home of the dead" of a refined and civilized people. Grown up in grass, weeds, and lacking in care, it shows gross neglect in every part. A fund should be raised to put it in good condition.
- August 8, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
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CAUGHT ON THE FLY.
Complaint has been made to police headquarters of the ravages of stock in Trinity cemetery. Since the police force was cut down, there has been nobody to look after loose cattle out that way, and they have run riot in the cemetery, to the very great annoyance of those who wish to decorate graves.
- September 14, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 4.
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Fittingly appropriate at the Christmas tide, in memory of the Christ child, have been the many beautiful floral decorations in Trinity cemetery, laid by hands of love upon the resting place of loved ones who have passed the gates of pearl and are "safe on the golden shore." Especially beautiful among the many on Christmas day and yesterday is the decoration of the grave of Mrs. E. M. McMurry, by her only child, Mrs. J. R. Johnson, of this city, whose deep filial devotion is so often touchingly and tenderly evidenced by her lovely tributes sacred to the memory of her dead. Around the marble monument bearing in large old English letters the tenderest of all names, "Mother," is entwined mistletoe, holly and rose leaves from which flutter rich white satin ribbons ornamented with gold crosses and the word "Rest" in gold letters. Upon the grave rests an exquisite bisque cross of white roses; over the grave hovers a large and beautiful angel figure with snowy white wings outspread (a memorial tribute from Berlin, Germany) while at its feet, upon a marble dais, with name in relief, the gift also of one who loved her, rests a picture of "the loved one asleep" in a framing of silver filigree ferns. Around this are massed delicate ferns, bride rosebuds, sweet alyssum, Roman hyacinths, Parme violets and trailing smilax, while from the marble vase at the foot rises a crystal and gilt fernleaf vase holding ferns and long stemmed calla lilies--the whole exquisitely beautiful and touchingly suggestive that the living tenderly remembered her whose life was so full of loving deeds and who made in life many a joyous Christmas tide for her loved ones, and brought sunshine into the homes of the poor, "whom we always have with us."
- January 2, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1.
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_______ Pauper Bodies Given Scant
Coverings of Earth.
_____ Residents Near Trinity Cemetery Forced
to Appeal to the Commissioners
Court for Relief--Mr. Barkus In-
dorses Their Grievance.
Mr. D'Ablemont and others living in the neighborhood of the grave yard in which the paupers of the county are interred, which is adjacent to Trinity cemetery on McKinney avenue, two days ago lodged complaint with the Commissioners Court that the bodies in that potter's field are buried in such shallow graves that the stench is sickening for a radius of 200 or 300 yards, and the people living thereabouts are afraid the unwholesome air will make their families sick.
Commissioner Barkus to a TIMES HERALD reporter this morning said:
"I went out and examined the cemetery and found it quite as bad as represented. The end of one of the coffins has only a few inches of earth on it. A fearful stench came from the grave of a woman who was buried about the end of last February. The condition of these two graves satisfied me, and I declined to examine others, which are said to be as badly in need of attention.
"I will to-day employ men and have these exposed bodies placed at a sufficient depth.
"I do not wish to have anybody indicted for doing such work as this."
- August 6, 1895, The Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3
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THAT pauper graveyard matter comes pretty close to being a public scandal and an outrage on living and dead humanity. The developments made thus far are a disgrace to Dallas that should not be permitted to longer exist. The idea of bodies, even of paupers consigned to "potter's field," having such miscellaneous shallow depths of earth as 22 inches, 2 feet or 3 feet, as coverings for coffins is revolting to human sensibilities. It matters not whether the contract with the public's representatives, the county officials, clearly expresses the depths at which graves shall be dug, the public's sanitary interest and the appeals of common decency dictate that in a warm climate, such as prevails in the latitude of Dallas, graves should not be less than 6 feet deep, and the earth compactly filled in around and above the coffins, that the graves may be permanent in their solidity and proper form, as is the case in private and corporate cemeteries. The officials of Dallas county should pursue this pauper graveyard matter on lines that shall prevent a repetition of the current scandal.
- August 8, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
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Philip Lindsley Calls Attention to Its
Dallas, Tex., April 27.--(To The News.)--- Allow me to call the earnest attention of the lot owners of Trinity cemetery to the fact that its outside fence is down in many places; that cattle roam through it every night at will; that its drives, walks and many of its lots and graves are sadly in need of attention and repair; that is grounds are daily invaded by wagons heavily loaded with every variety of traffic, which use its main street as a roadway, and to suggest that the lot owners, at once, meet together, form a corporation to act, if possible, in harmony with the present owners of the cemetery and protect our graves. I here pledge myself to co-operate with them all in my power, and will at such meeting, present to them facts and figures, the result of a careful investigation of the matter in all its phases, with suggestions of how to, at once, and permanently protect, improve and beautify this resting place of our dead. My motion is, that we meet as early as possible, appoint our committees, let them go immediately to work, and within ninety days, the birds in its trees will sing their morning hymns to the memory of our dead amid surroundings made appropriate and beautiful by the love of the living. Will any one second my motion?
- April 28, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 6.
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Mr. Lindsley's Plan Seconded.
To The News: I am glad of the opportunity to second Mr. Lindsley's motion in regard to the better care and keeping of Trinity cemetery. I think his plan a good one, and I feel sure will meet a hearty indorsement from every one who has loved ones buried there.
MRS. W. A. BABCOCK.
- April 29, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 3.
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ROUND ABOUT TOWN.
Mrs. W. H. Johnson said yesterday to Round About: "Mr. Philip Lindsley has won our unspeakable gratitude by his appeal in behalf of Trinity cemetery. Time and again, we have tried to put this move on foot. The dearest spot on earth to many hearts in Dallas is this resting place of our loved ones. There is no more beautiful place naturally. It is near and east of access, which renders it a sacred resort to weary, overburdened ones who would spend a quiet hour in a holy place. We judge the people of a city by their reverence for the memory of those who have loved and served them. By such a standard in what estimation would we be held? Who has visited Galveston and not her beautiful city of the dead? You have not seen St. Louis if you have missed Belle Fontaine nor Richmond, Va., if Hollywood nor Washington, if you have failed to see Oakland. Mr. Corcoran erected his own monument when he brought from a foreign land the remains of the author of "Home Sweet Home" and perpetuated the features of John Howard Payne in marble, and his immortal verse, by this simple epitaph:
" 'Sure, when thy gentle spirit fled
To realms beyond the azure dome.
With outstretched arms God's angels said,
Welcome to thy home, sweet home.'
"In our cemetery there awaits the resurrection call, a soldier of the cross and a hero of the lost cause, with many loved ones, friends and comrades here, there is not even a stone to mark the resting place of Gen. L. M. Lewis. This ought not to be. Mrs. W. H. Prather and the writer, with many others, are securing the names of those interested (what citizen of Dallas is not?) in Trinity cemetery to meet at the Central Christian church Saturday at 7:30 p. m. to organize a permanent association pledged to take this matter in hand. We earnestly invite all to be present at this meeting. More than a year ago, we were granted by the city, a portion of the cemetery to be known as the King's Daughters' division, for burying the poor. We especially invite the King's Daughters to be also present. The Daughters of the Confederacy will be there, for was not Gen. L. M. Lewis our standard-bearer?
- April 30, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 3.
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WORK MAPPED OUT.
ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING OF THE
DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY
GRAVES OF DEAD HEROES
Will Be Strewn with the Blossoms of
Spring on May 5--Proceedings
of the Meeting.
The Daughters of the Confederacy held an enthusiastic meeting yesterday at the residence of their president, Mrs. Katie Cabell Currie, on Ervay street. May 23 was chosen as "Dirt Digging Day," for then they will dig the first dirt for the monument. It will be celebrated at the City park with a basket picnic to which all friends are invited, bringing their baskets of good things. After dinner, there will be short speeches and music on the spot where the monument will stand. Then, the spot will be marked off for the foundation and every veteran will be asked to throw a shovel of the dirt. A motion was then offered that an appeal be made to every southern woman to join this organization, "appreciating how much more good can be done by the multitude than the few, letting them know that the dues are only $1 per year and are used to prepare a suitable burial spot for the confederate dead and to suitably mark each grave."
The motion was unanimously adopted. One of the daughters said:
"Let us tell them what we have accomplished by our two years of labor, and again urge every woman whose loved ones wore the gray to join us. Our lots in Trinity cemetery are beautifully sodded and five marble head stones mark the resting place of those who sleep their last sleep; letting them know that our most cherished possession is a letter from the widow of one of these gallant men, thanking us for our loving care of her husband's grave and praying that God will prosper an organization that brings such comfort to the aching widow's heart. Urge every one to join so that we may be able to establish a charity fund from which Camp Sterling Price can draw when their comrades are in need. This has long been one cherished hope, and if our membership would increase as we wish this could be carried out with no extra assessment, but by putting aside half from our yearly dues."
It was next decided that the graves of confederates in all the cemeteries should be placed in order, and a committee to visit each cemetery, find out the graves of the noble dead, have the weeds cut, the graves marked, and on May 5, the next day of meeting, the Daughters of the Confederacy in a body, attended by the friends of the deceased veterans and Camp Sterling Price, will go from grave to grave in each cemetery, placing a floral tribute on each. The daughters also appeal to all who know where the confederates are buried to let them know, and also to bring all the flowers they can spare to Mrs. Katie Cabell Currie on Monday, May 4, so that the ladies can arrange them in suitable design. One of the speaks said: "We expect by this means to find all the graves that have been neglected, and from now on, hope to see each grave bear evidence of our loving care."
The secretary read letters from friends scattered throughout Texas and Arkansas, promising to attend on June 25, when the corner-stone of the monument will be laid.
Thus closed the business of the meeting and a motion to adjourn prevailed. Mrs. Curries said to a New reporter: "Just as soon as our plans are matured, invitations will be sent to all Masonic lodges, military organizations, confederate veterans, Grand Army of the Republic posts and all other societies, to take part in our grand parade on that day."
- April 30, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 5.
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The movement among lot owners to protect and improve Trinity cemetery is taking shape, and a call will be made tomorrow for a meeting of all interested.
- May 1, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 8, col. 5.
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IN RESPONSE TO MR. LINDSLEY'S
CALL A MEETING OF LOT OWN-
ERS WILL BE HELD
AT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
Every Lot Owner Urged to Be Pres-
ent--A List of the Signers Who
Will Be in Attendance.
The following communication is self-explanatory:
Dallas, Tex., April 20.--(To The News.)-- As lot owners in the Trinity cemetery, we decidedly approve and second the suggestion of Mr. Philip Lindsley in Tuesday's News, that we meet together and take prompt action for the protection of our graves. Those of us who keep our own lots in perfect condition are ,none the less, interested in this question. All such feel the outside fence should be at once repaired, the grounds protected against improper uses, the drives and walks graded and graveled, and the neglected graves cared for. We, therefore, call a meeting of all the lot owners to take place Saturday evening at 7:30 o'clock prompt at the chapel or Sunday school room of the Central Christian church on Masten street. Its pastor and officers, with characteristics kindness, have placed it at our disposal. We have reason to know this movement inaugurated by Mr. Lindsley has the warm approval of a great many of those interested. Surely, we can give an hour next Saturday evening to an earnest consideration of the plans he may suggest upon a matter so near and so dear to us all. Let every lot owner or his or her representative be present promptly at 7:30 o'clock.
Henry C. Coke, A. B. Taber, Edward Gray, M. L. Crawford, A. S. Lathrop, C. H. Edwards, A. D. Aldridge, Dr. J. M. Pace, W. C. Padgitt, George H. Plowman, John F. Worley, W. E. Best, Simon Philp, M. Pointer, H. C. Stephenson, W. R. Howell of Ennis, W. M. Edwards, F. M. Cockrell, C. F. Carter, J. M. McCormick, R. E. Burke, S. W. S. Duncan, W. Illingsworth, T. W. Scollard, S. D. Thruston, J. T. Elliott, W. L. Cabell, A. O. Carden, George N. Fearn, B. O. Weller, John G. Hunter, Sanger Bros., Mesdames John Lane Henry, W. H. Johnson, J. R. Johnson, M. D. Garlington, J. Z. Rogers, F. Fendrick, J. M. Coble, W. J. Clark, J. B. McLeod, C. Morrill, E. J. Thomas, W. C. Lemon, S. C. Knight, Hunter Craycroft, C. Crawford, J. S. Aldehoff, T. A. Randall, A. E. Randall, J. R. Cravens, A. C. Ardrey, J. J. Eckford, M. M. Gray, O. K. Harry, Lizzie Prather, C. H. Carter, E. B. Durgin, John Tucker, James Rhodes, Tillie Wiley, P. G. Mann, M. J. Newman, N. A. Georga, H. McAllister, W. G. Anderson, J. I. Reekes, S. C. Keller, S. C. West, H. R. parks, J. T. Downs, J. J. Carnes, J. R. Cole, F. I. Hunt, K. M. Bryan, Mamie Hamilton, M. A. Lewis, W. M. McCutchen, Miss Bessie Oram, Mesdames J. P. Murphy, G. M. Swink, S. Peterman, D. Nussbaumer, T. Beilharz, J. F. Metcalf, Miss Miriam Morgan, Mesdames C. J. Dent, W. A. Babcock, A. F. Kirkpatrick, S. J. Adams, G. N. Aldridge, Mattie Freeman, F. Garrard, Ida Gano, Jeff Thomas, W. A. Collins, R. E. Cowart, G. C. Figh, Miss A. E. Johnson, Mesdames W. H. Flippin, W. H. Prather, Rev. T. W. Morris, F. B. Bryan and J. D. Aldridge.
- May 1, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 24, col. 3.
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ROUND ABOUT TOWN.
"Yes," said Philip Lindsley yesterday to Round About, "this movement to protect and improve Trinity cemetery is indeed rapidly taking solid shape. The meeting to-night at the Christian church will solve a grievous problem to many of our people. I shall be ready with the facts and figures and the remedy. The letters and words of encouragement I have received are significant. Here are some of them:
"H. C. Stephenson--I read your notice with joy. Put me on the committee that has the hardest work to do. Tell me what my part of the required money is, and it is ready.'
"Henry C. Coke--I will do anything in my power to assist you in this matter.'
"W. R. Howell of Ennis--I was glad to see your call. I do not live in Dallas now, buy my dead are in that cemetery. Put my name down to anything required.'
"A. D. Aldridge--Thank you for that notice. Command my services.'
"Mrs. Kate M. Bryan--That call in The News is on a matter of vital interest to me. Let me help in this movement all I can.'
"Major A. B. Taber--Your article in The News read by me and others, and we give a hearty second to your motion. The condition of our cemetery is not only a disgrace to our city, but a sad reflection on those who have relatives and friends buried there. Call the meeting at once.'
"Miss Miriam Morgan--Thank you for your call in this morning's News, about the shameful neglect of Trinity cemetery. I have long wished to start some such organization as you mention. I will gladly join anything of the kind which you may establish.'
"S. W. S. Duncan--If I am not present, please represent me in any manner you see proper, with regard to the improvement of Trinity cemetery.'
"Mrs. W. H. Johnson--You have won our unspeakable gratitude by this appeal for Trinity cemetery.'
"W. S. Simkins--Put me on the committee where there's work.'
"Gen. W. L. Cabell--I am with you.'
"B. O. Weller and John G. Hunter--Anything in the world we can do to help this movement, we stand ready to do.'
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"I am glad that Trinity cemetery is to be looked after," said a well known citizen yesterday. "It certainly needs attention. Take the Jewish cemetery and see the care and attention the lot owners give the resting place of their dead. The driveways and walks are well graveled, the fences are in order, the weeds are never permitted to show their heads, the grass is kept cut, and around each lot there is a well trimmed hedge fence. This isn't all. There is a neat building in the Jewish cemetery where services are held if the elements are raging and mourners are not compelled to pay the last sad rites in pelting rainstorms or icy northers. The Jewish cemetery is a pretty spot, and President Alex Sanger and the members of the association, in conjunction with the lot owners, constantly keep the grounds, fences and driveways in excellent condition at all times.After viewing the Jewish cemetery, and then Trinity, I heartily agree with Mr. Philip Lindsley that the lot owners should organize and carry out reforms suggested by that gentleman."
- May 3, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 24, col. 3.
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ROUSING MEETING OF LOT OWNERS
AT THE CENTRAL CHRISTIAN
CHURCH LAST NIGHT.
PHILIP LINDSLEY'S PLANS
For the Improvement of the Cemetery
Adopted--One Hundred Shares
In response to a call issued to the lot owners in Trinity cemetery, about 100 gathered in the Central Christian church last night to take some action looking toward an improvement of the place.
Mr. Philip Lindsley, who has, up to this time, been the prime mover in this enterprise, called the meeting to order. In speaking of the cause of the assemblage, he dwelt on the great need of improvement at the cemetery and read a paper, which he had prepared, detailing the neglect and disorder which prevailed in that place. After enumerating the broken fences, gully washed driveways, etc., he asked the body if this was the way to treat their dead. He estimated that about $400 would be needed to make the necessary repairs. He submitted a plan for the improvement of the land. It was to form a stock company to be called the Cemetery Protective and Improvement company of Dallas, with a capital stock of $4000, who were to purchase the land and assume its care. The stock was to be divided into shares of $10 each, upon which an assessment of $5 per annum may be made after the stock has been paid up. Any lot owner or friend of the cemetery will be permitted to take as many shares as they desire. This corporation was to have a board of twenty-four directors, as follows: W. C. Padgitt, A. B. Taber, A. D. Aldridge, John S. Hetherington, Edw. Gray, J. M. McCormick, S. W. S. Duncan, Philip Lindsley, E. O. Weller, J. T. Elliott, A. F. Kirkpatrick, John Beatie, H. C. Stevenson, W. E. Best, John L. Henry, C. F. Carter, S. M. Leftwich, John Bookhout, W. Illingworth, Richard Morgan, C. H. Edwards, M. L. Crawford, J. M. Harry and H. C. Coke. He submitted a form of charter and the following subscription blank for their approval:
"We, the undersigned lot owners in the Trinity cemetery, every person who has a relation there, being considered a lot owner, hereby subscribe to the number of shares set opposite our names in the Cemetery Protective and Improvement Company of Dallas, said shares to be of the face value of $10 each and payable cash on demand. Should the twenty-four parties named at this meeting as directors of said company conclude it is for the best that we become stockholders in the Trinity cemetery, or that we purchase stock in said company under an arrangement by which said parties shall have entire control of the same, and that every dollar realized from the sale of lots shall be used to protect, improve and beautify the graves and grounds, then we herein agree that these subscriptions, or any amount of the same that may be necessary, may be considered as subscriptions for the purchase of stock in said Trinity cemetery company, with the understanding that every $10 here subscribed shall entitle the subscriber thereof to a paid up one share of stock in which every one of said company's said twenty-four parties may decide, shall take possession and control of said cemetery grounds."
In explaining the latter part of this blank, Mr. Lindsley said that he had deemed it proper to make this insertion in case it should be decided upon to purchase a controlling interest in the present cemetery company and improve the grounds under their name.
Here he was interrupted by Dr. Mosely, who made a motion, which carried, that a secretary be appointed to take the minutes of the meeting. Carried and Mr. H. C. Coke was selected.
Mr. Lindsley then concluded his remarks by stating that as he had started this movement, he would keep it up so long as he was able to do so with the hope that the grounds might at last be put in good shape. He said he submitted his suggestions for what they were worth and would be glad to hear comments on them. He also thanked Undertaker Loudermilk for the assistance he had rendered him in making different investigations in regard to the property. This latter gentleman had offered, in the event of a new corporation being formed to take the land, to donate to them on the purchase price the $454, which he had already paid down on it as purchase money for himself.
Immediately after the conclusion of his remarks, several gentlemen offered to take from two to five shares a piece, but Mr. T. D. Holloway made a motion that before any action of this kind was made, that Mr. Lindsley's suggestions be adopted, and that the directors named in the charter be instructed to act in carrying out the suggestions made. Carried.
Subscription books were then passed around and ninety-six shares were subscribed on the spot. Acting on a suggestion made, several gentlemen then came forward and offered to take a subscription book and endeavor to raise more of the necessary funds. Those who do not feel able to subscribe one full share may take a half share, or two may club together to buy a whole share. As soon as enough money is raised, the work of improving the grounds will be inaugurated.
After a vote of thanks had been unanimously tendered to Mr. Lindsley for his service and suggestions, the meeting adjourned.
- May 3, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 24, col. 3.
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FLOWERS OF SPRING
HEAPED UPON THE TOMBS OF SOL-
DIERS WHO FOUGHT FOR THE
NEGLECTED GRAVES VISITED
The Programme Carried Out by the
Daughters of the Confederacy
and Their Friends.
Decoration day with its wealth of flowers, its recollections freighted with sympathy and memories crowded with love, came yesterday. Dallas, and especially the Daughters of the Confederacy, proved equal to the occasion. Graves, forgotten and neglected, were found, and those sleeping in the silent cells were brought to mind while loving hearts dropped a tear for their memory. No grave was passed by. With charity and love to all nature's growth of weeds and vines were brushed away to make room for tender hands with their loads of wreaths and crosses with which every grave was decked. Christian prayers went up as requiems to those gone before. Christian songs added beauty to the exercises and Christian words were spoken in remembrance of the dead. A better day for the programme, or more and choicer flowers, had not been conceived by those who had it in charge. Everything was propitious and everything was done well.
Fully seventy-five or one hundred ladies and gentlemen took part in the exercises. The Daughters of the Confederacy, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Cabell Currie and the members of Sterling Price camp, U. C. V., were the prime movers. The Daughters of the Confederacy spent days preparing for the observance of the day and worked with enthusiasm till the last grave had received its share of roses and vines.
The ladies met at Mrs. Currie's on Ervay street at 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning, and proceeded at once to the old city cemetery on Akard street, where they were joined by quite a number of ex-confederates. The first stop was made at the grave of Travis Hensley. A touching prayer was offered by Rev. W. L. Lowrance. All joined in the singing of "Nearer, My God, to Thee." Following this, the grave was fairly covered with buds of every description.
From here, the decorators proceeded to the Masonic and Odd Fellows' lots. Here, the resting place of John J. Good, a gallant soldier, one of Dallas' early settlers, and one of the first mayors, was shown especial attention. Rev. W. Anderson prayed and all sang "Shall We Gather at the River." Then, willing hands set to work right and left. Fifty-four graves were strewn and wreathed with flower garden clippings in a short while. When the party left, the sight behind them was well worth the efforts it had cost.
From the old cemetery, the ladies led the way to Trinity. At Rev. Dr. A. P. Smith's tomb was made the first halt. Dr. Smith was a soldier of the cross and chaplain of Sterling Price camp. Prayer was made by Gen. Gano, who feelingly referred to the Christian graces of the one about whose grave they stood. Rev. Lowrance spoke of the virtues of the dead chaplain, of his life-long devotion to the cause of his master and asked his hearers to emulate the example of the man whom they honored. "Rock of Ages" was sung sweetly and tenderly. Graves around Dr. Smith's were decorated. Among those were five filled by men who followed the stars and bars. Rev. Mr. Anderson appealed in beautiful words to God. Gen. Gano added an address that was pronounced one of the finest features of the day. "God be with you till we meet again," was sung with all the feeling the choristers could command. Then, the decorators set to work again. In all, there were seventy-six graves covered in the confederate lot, some of the designs being very pretty and striking. On Major John Henry Brown's grave was placed a handsome star, representing his love for and efforts in behalf of Texas. Gen. Lewis' tomb was decorated with both a star and cross--the one to show his zeal for Texas, the other, his love for Christ. Many of the graves were covered with tangled vines and some difficulty was experienced in finding them. Each one that was located was garbed like the others.
It was after 1 o'clock before the work was completed. It had been done lovingly and well and with a prodigal use of leaflets, flowers and blossoms. The entire programme as arranged by the Daughters of the Confederacy, was prettily carried out, and the exercises will not soon be forgotten by those who observed the day. Mrs. Currie, as president of the confederate daughters, was greatly elated over the success of their work. She said to a News reporter: "I hope all the ladies will join us in this work we have inaugurated. The dues are only $1 per annum, and I am sure they will be pleased. We need their co-operation and assistance."
- May 6, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 3, col. 5-6.
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POINTS FOR ITS IMPROVEMENT SUB-
MITTED BY MR. PHILIP
FOR THE LOT OWNERS.
Work Outlined for the New Company.
A Very Full and Inter-
Mr. Philip Lindsley said to a News reporter yesterday:
"I have been asked by a number interested to give for publication briefly, the points for the improvement of Trinity cemetery submitted by me as adopted at the large meeting of lot owners Saturday night.
1. All lot owners prior to Feb. 25, 1895, hold under deeds from Gaston and Thomas, or receipts of their agents. On that date, they deeded to the Trinity Cemetery company, all unsold lots, expressly stating the deed did not convey occupied lots, and that all streets and walks to remain as at present. This company's capital stock is $3000, one-third owned by Capt. Swink, and two-thirds by Mr. Loudermilk, upon which, the latter yet owes $1544. There are now some 150 lots for sale. They have little value except upon the basis the grounds are to be protected and beautified in future. This company has no control over the old graves, lots, walks and drives. Practically, they are in charge of no one.
2. The plan contemplates the immediate formations of a new company, which will at once grade and gravel all drives and walks, repairs lots where owners all dead or absent, repair the fence, prohibit all use of the driveways for traffic, have constant police protection by having the keeper and assistant made a deputy sheriff and special police.
3. The new company to acquire all interests of the present company and be in exclusive control. Every dollar of proceeds of sales of lots to be applied to purchase money and protection and improvement of the grounds. We have reason to believe not much will be required to purchase the stock by the present company. Subscriptions to stock in the new company entitles subscribers to paid up shares in the company, the new directors decide, shall control the grounds.
4. A sub-committee for each of the twenty-four blocks. The space between each of the four drives is a block. Each block under a general provision of the company so as to promote uniformity to have its own walks and four feet around the block graded and graveled, and all its lots placed in perfect condition. This will allow the general of the new company to be used to grade and gravel the drives, repair the fence, to have a neat receiving vault, a handsome shelter from the rain, and pay for improvements of blocks whose owners, from death or otherwise, are unable to do so.
5. Mr. Loudermilk agrees to give the new company the benefit of the $450 he has paid on his $2000 stock, and convey it to them for the cancellation of his debt on the same. This debt is held in nearly equal amounts by Messrs. W. H. Gaston and W. H. Thomas. They will take the new company's notes instead of Mr. Loudermilk's, and they both volunteered the statement they would do more than that. That means the new company will get this stock at a liberal rebate on this debt. They will also execute to the new company, an instrument which will quiet the title to all lot owners to their lots, whose deeds or receipts are lost. The terms upon which we acquire Capt. Swink's stock have not yet been agreed upon.
6. The capital stock now being subscribed will be needed for the righting of the grounds. The $5 yearly assessment on each share, each year, will pay for keeping the grounds thereafter, in order. Where to help pressing needs, one person subscribes now for more than one share, his yearly assessment will, nevertheless, be only $5.
We expect to start the work just as soon as the required amount of stock is taken. The lot owners are practically in charge to-day, and must take steps to protect their dead.
- May 6, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 10, col. 5.
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ROUND ABOUT TOWN.
"It should be understood," said Mr. Philip Lindsley to Round About yesterday, "that the ladies will have an active part in the adornment and preservation of Trinity cemetery. At the first meeting of the directors of the new company, a by-law will be submitted, and no doubt adopted, creating a board of lady managers to be thereafter designated and organized by the ladies interested in this movement, this board to take charge of any special features of improvement it may suggest, and the two boards to co-operate with each other for the purpose which both have in common.
The suggestion was made in these intitiatory movements that the ladies take charge of the whole matter. We will be most glad to have their co-operation on such lines as they may desire. But, it would be a reproach to manhood to turn it over to them in its present condition."
- May 8, 1896, Dallas Morning News, p. 10, col. 6.
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The Property of the Old Company
Transferred to the New
The old Trinity Cemetery Company yesterday filed a deed, through its president, G. W. Swink, and secretary, W. L. Henry, conveying to the Greenwood Cemetery Association all lots and fractional lots embraced in the original conveyance by W. H. Gaston, excepting the lots sold since and five others, in consideration of the fact that the Greenwood Cemetery Association has purchased and now holds all the stock of the old company.
Some months ago, the condition of the cemetery and the graves was called to the attention of the owners of burial lots, and the formation of the Greenwood Cemetery Association was the result. Since then, the grounds have been improved, the unsightly growth of weeds and underbrush cut out, walks graveled and two new gates added. The name was also changed to Greenwood.
- November 21, 1896, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 5.
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An Appeal for Help to Keep it
Two years ago, next May, an enthusiastic meeting was held in Dallas to consider ways and means by which Trinity cemetery could be improved and kept in the perfect order befitting a "city of the dead." Fences and gates were dilapidated and, in many places, where roses and violets should have been, giant weeds and coarse grasses grew.
It was decided to change the name to Greenwood cemetery and the Greenwood Cemetery association was organized. Money was contributed to build a strong fence and gate and to get rid of acres of grass and weeds, "vile cumberers of the ground," besides buying in the grounds. Great improvement was visible to a close observer. Much was done at that time by the gentlemen-I started to add "God bless 'em," but remembered in time not to. In such work there must be co-operation. The necessity was felt for a Ladies Auxiliary Greenwood association and one was organized about one year ago. Its object was to continue caring for unkept lots, grading the driveways and the erection of a lodge with a room large enough to serve as a shelter during storms and where services could be held when not convenient or possible to have them in churches or homes. Strangers are sometimes taken from an undertaker's establishment direct to the cemetery.
A few ladies, brave in spirit, have struggled hard to carry out these plans, hoping to at last be able to have the grounds in such a state that by the payment of a fixed, reasonable amount per year by lot holders, they may be kept in perfect order. They need help and now is the time to give it. It is necessary to protect the grounds from vandalism; the keeper, or sexton, should be on the spot and has the power to do so. Generous donations of brick, lumber and such materials have been made. Carpenters will give of their labor, which is the same as money. Some money has been given, but more is needed. This is something in which rich and poor, weak and strong, may work "heart to heart" and "hand to hand."
"Many hands make light work." If all really understood the object of this association and the effects made by its members, surely none would hold back from helping to make our cemetery a beautiful place in which to lay your dear ones and, finally, ourselves.
CLARA BROWN MITCHELL.
- February 20, 1898, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 5.
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CITY NEWS NOTES.
Members of G. A. R. and W. R. C. are requested to meet at grand army lot, Greenwood cemetery, Tuesday, June 7, at 2 o'clock p. m. for the purpose of locating graves and placing headstones. Have just received headstones for twenty-two departed comrades. A. McWhirk, adjutant.
- June 5, 1898, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 5.
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To the Lot Owners of Greenwood Cemetery:
You are earnestly requested to call on Mr. R. C. Ayers, treasurer, and pay dues for the year 1900, that your lot may be kept clean and the walks and drives cared for.
The association has no funds for this purpose, and it is your duty as a lot owner to help take care of the grounds, and not expect a few to bear the whole burden. A concert of action in this matter will insure good results, and you will not be ashamed to drive through these grounds, and the complaints that are heard about them being neglected will cease.
B. O. WELLER, President.
- June 10, 1900, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 4.
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An Appeal to Owners of Lots
The following is self-explanatory:
To the One Thousand Lot Owners of Greenwood Cemetery: It has become imperative to announce to the over one thousand lot owners of Greenwood cemetery, that unless they pay their yearly assessments for the care of the grounds, they will have to be abandoned to weeds.
All of those who pay private individuals for the care of their lots re requested to pay into the Cemetery association, of which R. C. Ayers, is treasurer. While such lots are cared for so, no attention is paid to the walks and drives adjoining. Those amounts concentrated would be sufficient to do all of the work well.
This work has been carried on by the association with very little assistance for the past two years, and we feel that it cannot be continued unless the lot owners pay for the keeping of the lots. Mrs. S. J. Adams, president; Mrs. W. H. Prather, first vice president; Mrs. Wm. Belsterling, second vice president; Mrs. B. O. Weller, secretary; Mrs. J. L. Henry, treasurer.
- July 1, 1900, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 1.
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Nature of Re-Union.
....benefits are manifold...nearly all, if not all, of the camps are chartered and it is the camps individually that do the eleemosynary work almost exclusively. These camps make provision for the helpless and needy Confederates within their reach, each one doing noble and most generous charity. They buy medicines for the sick, provide physicians, supply food and clothing and fuel and bury their indigent dead. Sterling Price camp of this city, has its burial plat in Greenwood Cemetery, now stuck with headstones marking the graves of its dead--those who died by natural means. It was the chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy of this city that raised the money and purchased the headstones for these graves. No Confederate can ever sleep in the Potter's field in Dallas or elsewhere if the Confederates know of his death. Almost the majority of Confederate are poor.....
- December 22, 1901, Dallas Times Herald, pp. 6,7
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DIRECTORS ELECT OFFICERS.
Business Transacted at Meeting of
Greenwood Cemetery Association.
Directors of the Greenwood Cemetery Association met yesterday afternoon at the Oriental Hotel and selected officers for the year. Then, they proceeded to plan the work aimed at and to name the committees to report at a meeting next Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the chapel in the cemetery grounds. Officers are as follows:
President, Col. C. C. Slaughter; vice president, J. W. Young; secretary, Charles B. Gillespie; assistant secretary, Miss Willie Biggs; treasurer, M. M. Toole; committee on ground and improvements, S. M. Leftwich, Emil Fretz, J. W. Young; committee on finance, C. B. Gillespie, M. M. Toole, Mrs. Oliver Thomas.
It is the purpose of the improvements committee to make a selection of some design for a five-foot iron fence to be placed entirely around the cemetery. This committee will also select some ornamental design for a gateway at the Hall street and Cemetery avenue entrances. Under the direction of this committee, bids are to be called for the macadamizing of the two main driveways of the grounds with Jacksboro rock.
A full directory was present. The members and officers are to meet next Sunday afternoon.
- July 14, 1907, Dallas Morning News, p. 36.
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WILL KEEP CEMETERY
IN GOOD CONDITION
Board of Directors of Greenwood As-
sociation Has Elected Offi-
cers For Year.
The board of directors of the Greenwood Cemetery association, elected at the lot owners' meeting last Sunday, met Wednesday for organization in the directors' room of the National Exchange bank. Dr. King Cole was elected president; Mrs. Blanche Babcock, vice president, and T. M. Lucas, secretary and treasurer.
As the association depends almost entirely for revenue upon the assessments upon the lots and, as it is absolutley necessary to have the cash in hand to keep the cemetery in proper condition, it was decided to employ a collector for this purpose.
The new board consists of Messrs. A. V. Lane, A. B. Tabor, J. D. Cullum, Dr. King Cole, M. M. Toole, T. M. Lucas, Mesdames Dan Morgan, N. W. Finley, T. F. Nash, Blanche Babcock, Katherine Randell and Lewis Wagner.
- July 5, 1912, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
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ASK BOARD TO BUY
PARK NEAR CEMETERY
Pointed Out in Petition That Site Is
Ideal For Park and if Otherwise
Used Would Mar Beauty.
A petition which is being signed by many is being circulated asking the park board to purchase a tract of land adjoining the Greenwood cemetery for park purposes. According to those interested in this matter, the land belongs to an old family of Dallas and it is the belief of those working on the matter that the property could be purchased for a reasonable sum. It is pointed out in the petition that if the land in question was used for any other purpose it would mar the beauty of the cemetery, where many of the city's dead sleep their last long sleep.
The petition is as follows:
Hon. Chairman and Members Park Board, City of Dallas, Tex. Your petitioners, residents and taxpayers of the city of Dallas, would respectfully call your attention to and ask that you purchase, if obtainable, the following described tracts of land, if same can be purchased at a reasonable price, and dedicate the same as a public park.
This land lies adjoining the Greenwood cemetery, and if used for any other purpose, would greatly damage and destroy the beauty of this last home of the very best of our citizenship who have gone before. It would also damage, very materially, all of that part of North Dallas. This property fronts on Oak Grove avenue about 1,000 feet and extends back about 200 feet average to the northwest line of Greenwood cemetery, and is bounded on the northeast by Hall street and on the southwest by McKinney and Howell street. This property has a small drain through it and some beautiful shade trees, in fact, would make an ideal park and playground.
- April 12, 1913, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3.
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MASS MEETING OF
PROPERTY OWNERS NEAR GREEN-
WOOD CEMETERY WANT PARK
BOARD TO BUY LAND.
A mass meeting of the North Dallas citizens who are favorable to the purchase of four and one-half acres of land north of Greenwood cemetery by the Park board for park purposes, will be held Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock at the William B. Travis school. George Stewart, one of the leaders in the movement, said Tuesday morning:
"We believe the city should have this land for park purposes. It is in the center of a thickly populated section of North Dallas, and there are no other parks near by. The William B. Travis school, with its hundreds of children, is located just a block away. It is unnecessary to point to the advantage that would accrue to the children. Then the park would be a protection to Greenwood cemetery. I think all who own lots in Greenwood cemetery should be interested in protecting this beautiful burial place from the encroachment of buildings in the future.
T.P Scott and other North Dallas residents are active in the movement to have the Park board buy the land. They expect the mass meeting to be largely attended.
- April 15, 1913, Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 5-6.
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ANXIOUS FOR PARK
Meeting Will Be Held Thursday Night
at Travis School to Take Steps to
Urge Purchase of Plot.
North Dallasites who are interested in having the park board purchase the [fou]r and one-half acres just north and [adj]oining the Greenwood cemetery, for [par]k purposes, are to hold a meeting [at 7]:30 o'clock Thursday night at the William B. Travis school. All residents in the community of this school [and] the entire section of North Dallas are urged to attend this meeting.
Those behind the movement point out that the location is an ideal one for a small park and say that it will serve two purposes, that of preventing the encroachment of business and dwelling house in close proximity to the cemetery where many of the older residents sleep the last long sleep and will add much to that portion of the city from a beauty standpoint. The plot of land is almost across the street from the William B. Travis school and this is urged as another reason why it should be transformed into a park.
- April 17, 1913, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7.
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NORTH DALLAS WANTS
CITY TO BUY PARK
SELECT SITE NEAR TRAVIS SCHOOL
WHICH THEY WILL PURPOSE
TO PARK BOARD.
At an enthusiastic meeting of North Dallas property owners, held last night at the Travis school, it was decided to ask the Park Board to purchase property in North Dallas for a park, out of a portion of the money to be obtained through the $500,000 bond issue recently voted. The land in question fronts on Oak Grove avenue, running back to Greenwood Cemetery, between Hall, McKinney and Howell streets.
Thomas Scott was elected chairman of the meeting and George W. Achilles, secretary. A committee of three, consisting of Thomas Scott, Gilbert Irish and George Stuart was appointed to call on the owners of this property and see for what price it can be bought. They are to report to the next meeting, at which time another committee will be appointed to wait on the Park Board.
There are already many beautiful trees on the land in question and a little branch running through it, which could easily be utilized in carrying out landscape effects. The children from the Travis school are beautifying a portion of this property now.
The total area of the ground which it is desired to change into a park is between four and five acres. It fronts on Oak Grove avenue for about a thousand feet, extending back about two hundred feet to the northwest line of Greenwood Cemetery. It is bounded on the northwest by Hall street and partially on the south and west by McKinney avenue and Howell street.
"Unless we transform this ground into a park, there is a chance that it will eventually be taken up by an inferior class of houses, on account of its proximity to the cemetery," said Mr. Achilles last night. "We feel that North Dallas should reap some benefits from the big bond issue and the location in question is naturally one of the most beautiful spots that could be secured."
The date for the next meeting has not yet been announced.
- April 18, 1913, Dallas Morning News, p. 4.
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MAY LOCATE PARK
IN NORTH DALLAS
MEETING OF NORTH DALLAS PROP-
ERTY OWNERS HELD THURS-
WILL VISIT COMMISSION
Committee Is Named to Confer With
Owners of the Property -- To Ask
Use of Park Bond
North Dallas property owners met Thursday night at the Travis school building and decided to petition the city commissioners to purchase a tract of land for park purposes. The committee will urge that a portion of the $500,000 park bond issue voted at the April election be used for the purchase of the property. The tract of land proposed to be bought is bounded by Oak Grove, running to Greenwood cemetery, between Hall, McKinney and Howell streets. It covers nearly five acres and is declared to be an ideal spot for a park. Its natural resources gives promises of one of the best little parks in the city. It already has on it many large and shady trees and a small branch traverses it.
At Thursday night's meeting, a committee composed of Thomas Scott, Gilbert H. Irish and George Stuart, was named to confer with the owners of the property and report at the next meeting of the citizens. Thomas Scott presided at the meeting and Geo. W. Achilles was secretary. After next week's meeting a committee will be named to present the object to the city commissions.
It is not known what the property can be purchased for. The land, it is said, will never be used for handsome homes because of its near proximity to the cemetery. For this reason, the North Dallas people are anxious that a park be established there. The site will be easily accessible by electric cars, the Highland Park and Oak Lawn cars passing near by.
- April 18, 1913, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6.
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WANT CITY TO
USE GRAVE YARD
________ CITIZENS ASK CITY TO TAKE OVER
TRINITY CEMETERY FOR
Property owners interested in the Trinity cemetery on Hall street called on Mayor Holland Monday morning, and asked that the city take over the cemetery land for park purposes.
The Trinity property, on Hall street, according to their plan, would be turned over to the city free of charge with the proviso that the graves be properly cared for. The delegation will submit their project to the park board at their next meeting.
Mayor Holland said Monday: "Personally I am opposed to taking over this property."
-July 21, 1913, Dallas Times Herald, p. 4, col. 6
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Burial Ground of Dallas Pioneers Transformed
From Weedy Wilderness Into Place of Beauty
Greenwood Cemetery Association Will Raise
Coin to Pave Streets and Improve Grounds;
Flowers Bloom Where Grass Grew Wild.
During the past few months, Greenwood cemetery, the historic burial place of this city's pioneer residents and builders, has undergone a pronounced transformation.
Passersby, peering through the iron fence along Hall street, have been aware of the change. Grass and weeds which grew in rank profusion and hid from view the last resting places of once distinguished citizens, have disappeared.
Well defined roadways have come from out of the chaos of vegetation; flowers bloom where Johnson grass once thrived; a carpet of closely cropped and neatly trimmed green spreads beneath the overreaching boughs of shade trees. What was a desolate wilderness has become a place of distinct beauty -- a fitting burial place for them who made Dallas great.
Will Plan Roads.
The process of beautification is not to end with trimming the grass and cutting down weeds. Roads within the Cemetery will be paved, tombstones which have toppled out of plumb will be straightened and the cemetery will be converted into a genuine beauty spot if plans of the Greenwood Cemetery Association are successful.
At a recent meeting the lot owners decided to spend $15,000 paving roadways and making other improvements. Each lot will be assessed $25. The coin will be collected by a committee of twenty appointed at a meeting held Friday afternoon, and work will be started as soon as possible. The city of Dallas will help, the commissioners having recently agreed to do the grading free.
The transformation began when the association changed administrations recently. M. M. Mayfield, the new president began his official duties by replacing the sexton with a "business manager." J. M. Harry was picked for the job and instructed to clean up the premises. Harry employed a crew of 16 workmen and assailed the weeds. Then the ground was sodded, paths were trimmed and flowers were planted.
Formerly lots were kept clear of weeds only when the owners paid for it. Now every lot is kept beautiful and all graves are cared for. The association members, which is composed of the lot owners, decided it would be better to maintain the beauty of the entire cemetery even if some of the owners were unable to pay.
This isn't the first time Greenwood Cemetery has been rescued from neglect.
Back in 1896, Philip Linds[l]ey, father of former Henry D. Linds[l]ey, called attention to conditions in a letter to lot owners. At that time the cemetery was known as Trinity Cemetery. His letter follows: "Allow me to call the earnest attention of the lot-owners of Trinity Cemetery to the fact that its outside fence is down in over twenty places; that cattle roam over its fresh-made graves at will; that its drives, walks and many of its lots and graves are sadly in need of attention and repair; that its grounds are daily invaded by wagons heavily loaded with every kind of traffic, which use its main street as a common roadway. I suggest the lot-owners at once meet together, form a corporation to act in harmony, if possible, with the present owners of the cemetery, and protect our graves. I here pledge myself to co-operate with them all in my power, and will at such meeting present to them facts and figures, the result of a careful investigation of the matter in all its phases, with suggestions of how to at once and permanently protect, improve and beautify this resting place of our dead. My motion is that we meet, as early as possible, appoint our committees, let them go immediately to work, and, within ninety days, the birds in its trees will sing their morning hymns to the memory of our dead amid surroundings made appropriate and beautiful by the love of the living. Will any one second my motion?
A meeting was held, a new association was organized and a crew of men was put to work repairing fences, trimming trees and clearing away the weeds.
Greenwood Cemetery was founded in 1875 and was originally owned by W. H. Gaston and W. H. Thomas. The first grave, that of Mrs. Susan Work, who was buried March 24, 1875, is one of many interesting landmarks in the older section of the cemetery where were buried the pioneer citizens of Dallas.
-July 31, 1921, The Dallas Daily Herald, Sec. I, p. 12, cols. 1-4.
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