Dallas, Texas

Author: Mike Magers

Mesquite Middle School and High School Students, around 1920

The photograph above represents middle school and high school students of Mesquite, Texas. The exact date is unknown, but it is believed to have been taken from 1920 to 1922. Do you know someone in this picture? Description: Photograph of Mesquite middle and high school students standing outside of the school building. On the back…
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Big A Cemetery

We recently recovered some historical articles on old cemeteries in the county. This one concerns Big A Cemetery in Rowlett. Big A is the first known cemetery to have ever served the Rowlett area. Early pioneer families would travel from all the various surrounding communities to the Kirby meadow in order to bury their dead.…
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Dallas, 100 Years Ago

On January 25, 1920, the Dallas Trade League published an advertisement in the Amarillo Daily News promoting Dallas area businesses. The image below contained a list of businesses which were members of the League. View a PDF Source: Amarillo daily news. (Amarillo, Tex.), 25 Jan. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042551/1920-01-25/ed-1/seq-14/>

Event Postponed

“BECOMING GARLAND AVENUE—2020 REVIVAL” POSTPONED UNTIL FALL; NEW DATES ANNOUNCED SOON With Garland city council determining last night that all city entertainment venues, including the Plaza Theatre, are shut down through at least May 9 due to health concerns, the long-planned musical drama, “Becoming Garland Avenue—2020 Revival”, has been postponed until the fall. New dates…
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W. W. Glover Cemetery

On March 12, 2020, DCPA members plotted tombstones in the northeast quarter of W. W. Glover Cemetery. The next workday is planned to be on Saturday, March 28, when Dr. Jarvis James will oversee a group of young people repainting the gate.

William E. Parry

William E. Parry (Parry Avenue) was born in Dearborn City, Indiana in 1846 and grew up in Kentucky. Parry came to Dallas in 1873, around the time that the railroads reached the area, and began working in the lumber business as a clerk. He married the former Mary Louise Bowing. Parry served the city in…
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Exposition Park Presbyterian Church

This congregation took its name from its proximity to Exposition Park, now known as the State Fair of Texas. The land was donated by the Gaston family and facilitated by the Parry family, both of which were early residents of Dallas. The church was organized in late 1890 as a mission church of the Second…
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Theatrical Production Tells Early Garland History

SELL-OUT “BECOMING GARLAND AVENUE” RETURNS IN APRIL 2020 “Becoming Garland Avenue”, the historical musical drama that played to a sell-out audience last April at Plaza Theatre Downtown Garland, will be performed again in a revised version on April 18 and 19 at 3 p.m. The play is set in 1913, 22 years after the side-by-side communities…
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Quarterly Meeting: 3/5/2020

Save the the date for our upcoming meeting with Mark Stuertz: Nationally award-winning journalist and author, Mark Stuertz. He has been a Dallas-based writer for more than two decades. His investigative reporting, features, criticism, and business process articles have appeared in a variety of publications including the Dallas Observer, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Dallas Business…
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St Paul United Methodist Church

St Paul United Methodist Church is one of the very oldest churches in Dallas. It was founded in the heart of what was to become a thriving African American community just outside the downtown business district. The community wrapped around downtown from west to north, encompassing the old State Thomas neighborhood to Deep Ellum. According…
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