The Dallas Journal, Volume 54, 2008 Page: 70
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Index of Persons in Dallas County
Published in The Dallas Express
Indexed and Contributed by Allison Marable
Founded by William Elisha King (7 June 1865 - 20 August 1919), The Dallas Express began
operations in 1892 under the name, The Dallas Bee. The name was later changed to The Dallas
Born in Noxumbee County, Mississippi shortly after the Civil War, King taught school in
Lauderdale and Jasper counties, Mississippi. There, he owned and edited a local newspaper, the
Fair Play, in 1885. King then moved to Dallas where he became the managing editor of the
Western Star in 1892. Later that year, he began publishing The Dallas Bee.
In addition to his responsibilities as editor, King was the state founder and organizer of the
Negro Business League. He traveled the southern states as a speaker on "civil rights" for
African-Americans and Republican candidates in the United States.
King's reach for stories of interest to the community was extensive. Every Saturday, The Dallas
Express published stories that ranged from local news to international events. Along with wire
stories from the Associated Negro Press (ANP), stringers from cities in Texas and Oklahoma
also submitted articles.
The names found within this article were extracted from a larger index of names, organizations,
businesses, and places mentioned in The Dallas Express. The intention was to focus upon
residents, businesses, churches, and events relevant to Dallas County. The full index is an
ongoing project benefitting patrons of the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division at the
Dallas Public Library. Microfilm holdings at the library start with the January 1919 issues. The
earlier issues (1892-1918) no longer exist.
In the beginning, unlike modern newspapers, The Dallas Express did not continue articles with
"see page" notations or create a logical column layout. Sometimes the end of an article cannot be
located and articles are occasionally duplicated in the same issue or the following issue. These
idiosyncrasies seemed to plague the early months of The Dallas Express of 1919. By April 1919,
The Dallas Express showed more format continuity. Also, there are missing or duplicate pages in
some issues. Another problem was date mixing. Occasionally, the reader will find the correct
page number but the wrong date in the issue being viewed. Apparently, the company making the
microfilm did not catch the error.
If you use the 7th floor microfilm during the daylight hours DO NOT use the readers where the
screen faces the window - the glare is awful! A magnifying glass or sheet may also help with the
text of The Dallas Express, as would a small flexing book lamp. A microfilm copy machine is
available on the 7th floor and any staff member can help with that. Copy cards are available at the
main desk on the 1st floor or can be purchased on the 7th Floor.
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