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El Tivoli Place History
"Saint Vincent de Paul Institution or Order for the benefit of the sick Sister's of that Order." Julien died
on 30 December 1905 and in 1906 Robert Freeman went to court to obtain a "competent construction"
of the will to determine whether or not he was entitled to a title in fee simple (absolute ownership of real
property). One can only guess that he wanted to sell or keep the property for his own benefit. The Trial
court held that he was entitled to a title in fee simple and the Appellate court affirmed that decision.
However, on 24 March 1909, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the lower courts and
the will stood as written.
Robert M Freeman graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1907 with a degree of Doctor of
Medicine. Census records show he had married probably in 1904. He died without issue 20 January
1935 at his home on Bryan Street in Dallas. He is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas.
A copy of the Warranty Deed 449 page 621-624 dated 10 July 1909 from Robert M. Freeman and wife
to Saint Paul Sanitarium found in Book 2 Corp & Firms Series 1 1900-1910 can be seen in the Records
Building, Dallas, Texas.
Searching online for more information about the land that has become my home, I discovered the
Dallas Historical Society message board. The site is rich with questions, comments and answers
regarding La Reunion Colon)y, the El Tivoli Golf Course, and the El Tivoli Night club. These items
led me to additional sources of information. I also consulted newspaper articles that mentioned El
Tivoli, the Dal-Oak and later Cliff Dale golf club, in the Dallas Morning News archives. E. D.
The land first occupied by the La Reunion Colony, then Reverchon's estate and now the El Tivoli
Addition, was mostly native prairie until well into the 20th century. The first activity noted in the Dallas
Morning News newspaper archives on 30 September 1923, was for the construction of a golf club. A
lease was signed by a realtor, C. Crutcher, for the land to build the Dal-Oak Golf Course. The
construction of the golf course was begun, according to an article in the News, the day the lease was
signed. It went on to state that this new course was being established by I. J. Willingham, George O.
Wallace, and B. C. Warlick, along with a playground located on Ft. Worth Pike and Coombs Creek
where it crosses the highway. Total cost of improvements were estimated to be $25,000. The first nine
holes were opened in the latter part of November, 1923, with an additional eighteen holes to be
constructed as soon as possible. Erection of a club house was to begin in a few weeks and was to house
locker rooms and showers in a 30 by 60-foot building.
The "few weeks" turned into a year, as the 27 November 1924 issue of the Dallas Morning News states
that ground was broken and construction of the Dal-Oak Club House was begun. "The new clubhouse
will be rebuilt from a well-preserved farmhouse on the location and will be attractively remodeled.
Some of the features of the new house will be a large lounging-room, card-rooms, dining-room, locker-
room, kitchen and wide verandas will provide comfort in the summer weather."
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