Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 281 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
of the county judge, as the law at that
time provided, the county records therefore
Mayor, John W. Lane ................ 66
John M. Crockett ............ 25
Marshal, Matt J. Moore ............ 49
Henry Hickman ............. 44
Aldermen--John Neely Bryan......... 91
Dr. S. S. Sanders........... 88
A. W. Morton............. 88
Edward W. Hunt.......... 88
M. M. Morrow........... 86
Governor Throckmorton, having selected
Lane as his private secretary, the latter resigned
as mayor, and George W. Guess was
elected by the city council to fill out the
In 1867 no records appear of any election
during this year, and there appears to have
been no mayor from August, 1867, till September,
1868, when the following officers were
appointed by the Federal authorities at Austin,
under Governor Davis' rule:
SEPTEMBER, 1868, TO NOVEMBER, 1872.
Marshal, John F. Barbier.
Treasurer, A. J. Gouffe.
Aldermen-J. P. McKnight, C. R. Miller,
Henry Bole, Edwin Taylor, John Tenison.
John Henry Brown gives the following
items in his history:
"Mr. Bole refused to serve, and Mr. Tenison
soon resigned. Samuel S. Jones and J.
C. Seydel were appointed in their stead; then
Jones resigned, and John Loufot was substituted.
Long resigned (to visit Europe) April
1, 1870, when Henry S. Ervay was appointed
by the newly installed Governor Davis, and
held the office till the four days November
5, 6, 7 and 8, 1872, under the charter
granted in May,. 1871. Under Ervay's administration,
John M. McCoy was attorney,
R. S. Druley, secretary, and G. W. Campbell
marshal. The aldermen at different
times (some resigning) were F. L. Willemet,
Ira B. Conklin, Samuel Crosley, E. H. Kendall,
J. C. Seydel, Z. E. Coombes, Dr. E. W.
Tucker, and Edwin Taylor.
" In 1872, Governor Davis, who had been
'counted in' by General J. J. Reynolds, of
the United States Army, headquarters at Austin,
concluded that Mr. Ervay was not sufficiently
loyal, and issued an order removing
him and appointing another in his place; but
the civil government had reorganized, and
both, under legal advice, and a sense of duty
to the people, refused to yield. District
Judge Hardin Hart issued a mandate commanding
him to surrender the office, but Mr.
Ervay positively refused to comply, and thereupon
he was committed to jail. It so happened,
however, just at that crisis, that a
decision arrived here made by Davis' own
supreme court, in a precisely similar case,
ruling that the Governor did not possess the
power of removal; whereupon Judge Hart
hastened to unlock the prison door, and Mr.
Ervay stepped out a free man, to resume his
duties as mayor, and enjoy an increased respect
of the people. His conduct throughout
the affair deserved and received the
warmest approval of the people. "
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