William Henry Gaston
William Henry Gaston (Gaston Avenue, W. H. Gaston Junior High School) was born in Alabama in 1840. Prior to the Civil War, his family moved to Anderson County in Texas. W. H. Gaston joined the Confederate Army at the beginning of the war and was elected captain the First Texas Infantry Regiment of Hood’s Texas Brigade in 1861. After contracting and recovering from typhoid fever he was transferred back to Texas where he served in various capacities with the Confederate Army until the end of the war. He married the former Jane Laura Furlow and the couple had three children. His wife, Jane Laura, died in 1867 and he married her sister Ione while managing the family farm in Anderson County. William and Ione had four more children. The couple relocated to Dallas where William went into the banking business, real estate and other enterprises. Two of his banking companies went on to become the First National Bank in Dallas and Republic National Bank, respectively. Gaston was credited for helping bring the rairoads to Dallas, developing the streetcar system and in 1886, he donated eighty acres to form the State Fair of Texas. He passed away in 1927 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, north of downtown.
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