Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 334 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
merchandise; W. P. Coolidge R. E. Taylor
John A. Rogers, druggist.
Lancaster has two roller mills and three
cotton gins, which turn out the very best
quality of work. The religious denominations,
Methodist, Baptist, Christian and
Presbyterian, are represented here. Each
has a large and handsome church building,
and large and flourishing congregations.
Lancaster boasts of two of the best schools
of all the towns of its population in the State,
namely, the Lancaster Masonic Institute and
the Lancaster Female Institute. Each has a
superior faculty, a high curriculum, and a
very extensive patronage. They are institutions
of which any town may well feel proud.
The Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities
each have an organization here and a large
Lancaster is one among the oldest towns in
the county, but had never made any rapid
stride of improvement until a few years of
late. It was incorporated in May, 1886, and
since then has rapidly grown in every respect.
The following are the articles of incorpor.
ation in full, as made by the county judge on
the minutes of the Commissioners' Court of
WHEREAS, on the 20th day of April, 1886,
P. N. Taylor, J. W. Baskin, J. A. Lindsey
and more than twenty others, residents of
the village of Lancaster, in Dallas county
Texas, filed an application in the office of the
county judge of said Dallas county, Texas,
asking that an election be held to determine
whether or not the town situated upon the
land hereinafter described, to wit, the town
of Lancaster, Dallas county, Texas, should
be incorporated under the general laws of the
State of Texas with the following limits,
to wit: Beginning at a point 1,244
south 45 east from the center of the public
square in said town of Lancaster; thence
north one mile, a stake. Thence west one
mile, a stake; thence south one mile, a stake;
thence east one mile, to the place of beginning,
WHEREAS, on said 20th day of April,
1886, an election was ordered by me for the
above stated purpose, and J. A. Lindsey appointed
to preside at the election, and
WHEREAS, on the 1st day of May, A. D.
1886, said election was duly held in accordance
with the statute in such cases made and
provided, and resulted in a majority of the
qualified voters in said boundaries voting in
said election to wit: Sixty voters in favor of
incorporating said town of Lancaster, and no
votes being cast in opposition thereto.
It is therefore ordered that the inhabitants
of the town of Lancaster within the bound.
aries herein before described, be and the
same are hereby-incorporated under the provisions
of Title No. 17, Chapter 2, of the
Revised Statutes of the State of Texas.
And it is further ordered that an election
be held in said town of Lancaster by the
qualified voters residing within the corporate
limits of the same, for the purpose of
electing a mayor, a marshal and five aldermen
for, said town, on the 22d day of May,
A. D. 1886, at the office of the justice of the
peace in said town. J. A. Lindsey is hereby
appointed presiding office to hold said election
and make due returns thereof. Witness
my hand this 5th day of May, 1886.
E. G. BOWER, County Judge.
Attest: W. M. I. ILL, Clerk.
by W. A. HUDSON, Deputy.
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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/m1/334/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.