Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 339 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
are the articles of incorporation incorporating
the town of Mesquite, as appears on the
Commissioners' Court minutes:
WHEREAS, on the 16th day of November,
A. D. 1887, J. M. Knox and twenty-four
other resident citizens of the village of Mesquite,
in Dallas county, Texas, filed an application
in the office of the county judge of
said county asking that an election be held
to determine whether or not the town situated
upon the land hereinafter described,
to wit: The town of Mesquite, Dallas county,
Texas, should be incorporated under the
general laws of the State of Texas with the
following limits, to wit: Beginning at the
southeast corner of the W. Lakey survey;
thence west with said line to a point north
and opposite the northeast corner of the S.
D. Carver'survey; thence south on D. S.
Carver's east line to a point one hundred
(100) yards south of the northwest corner of
L. L. Thompson's tract; thence east to the
west line of the J. R. Worrell survey; thence
north with said line to the Texas thence east to tie Texas thence north to a point in
the John McDaniel survey and immediately
east and opposite the southeast corner of the
W. Lakey survey; thence west to place of
beginning; and, whereas, on said 16th day
of November, 1887, an election was ordered
by me for the above stated purposes; and R.
S. Kimbrough was appointed presiding officer
of same; and, whereas, on
1887, said election was held in accordance
with the statute in such case made and provided,
and resulted in a majority of the qualified
voters in said boundaries voting at said
election, to wit: twenty-five voters in favor of
incorporating said town of Mesquite and
fourteen voters against. It is therefore ordered
that the said town of Mesquite with
the boundaries hereinbefore described be and
the sane is 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
on Friday, December 23, 1887, in said town
of Mesquite by the qualified voters residing
within the limits thereof for the purpose of
electing a mayor, a marshal arnd five aldermen
for said town. R. S. Iimbroughl is
hereby appointed presiding officer of said
election and is ordered to make due return
thereof as required by law. Said election to
be held at I. D. Browder's store in said town.
Given under my hand this 10th day of
December, A. D. 1887.
E. G. BOWER,
Dallas County, Texas.
W. M. C. HILL, Clerk,
By S. J. BROOKS, Deputy.
The first officers of the incorporated town
as above set out according to the returns of
the election ordered in said articles of incorporation
were: J. E. Russell, mayor; S. E.
Champion, marshal; J. M. Talley, L. L.
Thompson, G. B. Gross, R. S. Kirnbrough
and I. D. Browder, aldermen.
This place took its name from the
cedar breaks on Mountain creek, which
runs a short distance from the town. It is
the second oldest town in the county, coming
next to Dallas in age. It is situated on a
high prairie hill, nineteen miles southwest of
the city of Dallas, and in 1856 experienced
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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/m1/339/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.