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First Christian Church of Rowlett

Rowlett was a tiny farming community of less than 1,000 people when a church of the Disciples of Christ was founded there in 1893. It was the first church to be organized in this area of cotton, corn and onions. Thirteen church pioneers led by Aunt Ebb Coyle, who donated part of her farmland for…
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Pleasant Valley Cemetery

We recently discovered some historical articles on Dallas County cemeteries. This one concerns Sachse’s Pleaseant Valley Cemetery. The Pleasant Valley Cemetery is located on Merritt Road in northeast Dallas County, one-quarter mile north of Pleasant Valley Road. A concrete driveway divides the new part from the old part. The old portion consist of all property…
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Cottonwood Cemetery

We recently discovered some historical articles about cemeteries in Dallas County. This story concerns Cottonwood Cemetery. The Cottonwood Cemetery is located at 2920 Whitely Road, in the northeastern corner of unincorporated Dallas County. The east end of the cemetery abuts Cotton-wood Creek. This cemetery is part of the J. C. Johnson Survey and the land…
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Hampton Place Baptist Church

This is from a vintage article by DCPA about the history of this church: A large crowd attended the Seventieth Anniversary of Hampton Place Baptist Church on Sunday, March 14, 1999 for a time of worship, praise and reminiscing. This seventy-year-old church grew from the concern of a retired pastor and a group of neighbors.…
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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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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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