Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 183 of 1,110
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The first two or three years I worked for
wares and drove an ox team. After that I
got a team of my own. We charged front
$4.50 to $5 per 100 pounds for hauling from
Iouston, and we hauled about 6,000 pounds
at a load. We used bois d'arc wagons with
iron axles, drawn by five and six yokes of
steers; and in the spring and summer, when
the roads were good, we made the trip in
about four weeks, tllough I have been as long
as six weeks on the road. After hauling
awhile I bought a certificate from the State
and located 320 acres of land which I have
held ever since. Corn, wl\eat, watermelons
anld pul)lpkins were about the only crops we
tried to raise at first. There was little market
for anything and we only raised enough
for ourselves and to supply tile settlers as
they cane in. We used to spend Sunday
grindling our week's supply of meal before
dilnnler, and after dinner we would go hunting
andl kill game enough to last us through the
\lWhen the first railroad catne to Dallas I
know soino men in thle county who took stock
in it and who never saw it. I ain seeing the
fourth courthouse put up ill tlhe county. The
first Nwas a pole building, withl only one room,
about sixteen feet square. It was burned by
uloni boys who were on a spree one 1niirht.
Tin hsave cehar ngred since then. I believe
the grand juries in Dallas return more
bills of indictment in one day now than were
returned in a whole year tllen. We scarcely
ever heard of anything being stolell then.
.o5netiwes thle Inlia;s would steal horses,
but our people were a quiet, industriolls,
law-abiding class, and when anybody did do
wrong punishment was sure to follow."
ORGANIZATION OF DALLAS
The first legislature of the State of Texas
passed an act March 30 th, 1846, creating
Dallas county, consisting of a territory embracing
900 square miles, or 576,000 acres.
AN ACT CREATING THE COUNTY OF DALLAS.
SECTION 1.-Be it enacted by the Legislature
of the State of Texas, that all that
territory included within the following limits,
in Robertson and Nacogdoches counties, to
wit: Beginning on the southern boundary
line of Fannin county, three miles east of the
eastern boundary of Peters' colony grant;
thence, south thirty miles; thence, west thirty
miles; thence, north thirty miles to Fannin
county line; thence east with said line to the
beginning,-be and the same is hereby created
a new county to be known and called by
tile name of Dallas.
SEC. 2.-Be it further enacted, that the
inabitants residing within said limits, shall
be entitled to all the rights and privileges
enjoyed by the inhabitants of the several counties
in the State, except as to the right of
separate representation until entitled by nurnbers
to separate representation and the rights
of having a separate land district.
SEC. 3.-Be it further enacted, that this
act shall take effect from and after its passage.
Approved March 30, 1846.
April 18, 1846, another act was passed
by the legislature, and provided that the
town of Dallas should be the county-seat of
Dallas county, and all the courts should of
course e be eld there until otherwise provided
by said legislature. The following is the act
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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/m1/183/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.