MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS….FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD OF ITS OCCUPANCY TO THE PRESENT TIME…AND ALSO WITH FULL-PAGE PORTRAITS OF SOME OF THE MOST EMINENT MEN OF THE COUNTY AND BIOGRAPHICAL MENTION OF MANY OF ITS PIONEERS, AND ALSO OF PROMINENT CITIZENS OF TO-DAY.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1892. vii,1011pp. Index to the biographical sketches. Portraits of prominent citizens with facsimile signatures beneath. Original embossed leather, title in gilt on the spine with “The Lone Star State” on the cover also in gilt. First edition. Externally, the covers have been skillfully restored with the spine re-backed using the original spine. Internally, the first ten pages are badly chipped and exhibit short tears (no loss of text) along the edges. The edges of these pages have been reinforced and tears closed with acid-free archival tape. There is also a small amount of staining to some pages. Overall, a good or better copy. The first 124 page section is devoted to biographical sketches, complete with a portrait, of the first twenty-three presidents of the United States. This is followed by a 212 page section on the history of Dallas County. The county portion contains information on the early settlers, the organization of the county, Dallas County in the Mexican & Civil Wars, Trinity River navigation, businesses, railroad facilities, schools and post offices. Since it is the county’s major metropolis, the city portion of the book focuses on Dallas. It gives details on the city’s founding and organization; early families; unique advantages; population; city officials; city services including police, fire and health department; corporations, major businesses and labor organizations; its place as a financial center; available social services including Buckner Orphans’ Home; schools including St. Mary’s Institute and the College of Pharmacy; religious institutions and much more. There are more condensed sketches of the communities of Richardson, Garland, Mesquite and Oak Cliff. The bulk of the volume, almost 700 pages, is devoted to sketches of early settlers and prominent citizens. Many of these accompanied by a full-page portrait with facsimile signature. An extremely comprehensive history of the county and its citizens.