Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 1,108 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNVTY.
purpose of singing anew the praises of the
valiant and honored dead. [Applause.] The
elthulsiasm of youth, the strength of manhood
and the remaining embers of old age
have alike been wasted to ashes on the hearthstone
of time in the vain search for the right
and the wrong of the conflict that made it
possible for you to worship heroes to-day.
It remains for coining generations to throw
liantles of charity where mantles of charity
are needed. It was a family quarrel and it
'' The bow of promise was set in view,
On the skirts of the vanishing day,
But Liberty sighed for the man in blue
And wept for the man in gray."'
"For one of the leaders who sat in that
cabin on the hill at Appomattox you have a
longing for, Ulysses S. Grant, the great
conmmoner of Anerica, the great general of
the age, the great patriot of the world.
[Applause.] In him all the fire of the Gracchi
and the love of Christ seemed to unite; yea,
nature had excelled herself. Christian, warrior,
patriot, statesman, man. A man beautiful
in character unto Christianity, bold in
belief unto the warrior, true to his flag unto
the patriot, versatile in mind unto the statesnan,
humble in carriage unto the nman. Like
unto a child in simplicity, a lion in boldness,
a sage in wisdom, a god in devotion. Bow
your heads, then, you followers of Grant and
do homage to him, not as your superior, but
as a sacred privilege granted to men who
followed him. [Applause.] The love of your
country has made Sylosons of each of you.
Tea in the Boston harbor and slaves on the
southern boundary spilled the same sort of
blood. Brush aside the web that prejudice
weaves, grasp the Southern hand and know
that mistakes are the heritage of mankind.
[Applause.] I care not to what tenets others
may cling; as for myself, granting to every
man that liberty of opinion which constitutes
the true glory of our American citizenship, as
for myself, I would not lose the responsiveness
to the touch of an old soldier's hand for
all the victories of battle and riches of gold
since Iscariot betrayed and Constantine confessed.
[Applause.] Pile high, then, flowers
on the graves of your dead; no perfume is too
costly, no incense too sweet, no rose too pure;
all nature smiles sweetest on the heroic deeds
of men. [Applause.] "
I ORTH PEAK, a real-estate dealer in
Dallas and residing in Oak Cliff, is
the eighth of the eleven children of
Jefferson and Martha M. (Reeser) Peak,
natives of Scott county, Kentucky. In an
early day his father was a steamboat man on
the Mississippi river, at one time owning
boats on the Ohio river, plying between Cincinnati
and New Orleans. In 1854 he moved
with his family to Dallas and engaged in
general merchandise. Dallas at that time
was a hamlet of only 150 people. After
continuing his business, on the public square,
some years, he erected a building in which to
carry on his business, but it was afterward
burned. He also erected the first brick
residence in this county, namely, his dwelling
at the corner of Peak and Worth streets.
His death occurred in October, 1880, and his
wife survived until July, 1890. The senior
Peak took a conspicuous part in the early
history of Dallas county, being public-spirited
and enterprising. For the Mexican war he
raised and took out a company of cavalry.
Of his family six are now living, namely:
Julius, who is married and is a ranchman of
Albany, Shackelford county, Texas; Sarah,
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/1108/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.