Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 380 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
He is kind-hearted and generous, and his purse
has been many times opened to the calls of
suffering humanity. He has built him a cozy
home on Oak street and lives in a manner
becoming his position and influence.
On the 22d of March, 1872, he was married
to 'Miss Lillie Ward of Grand Rapids, Michigan,
by whom he has one son, William J., Jr.
V. COLE, a retired farmer of
Dallas county, was born near Fayo
etteville, Washington county, Arkansas,
January 2, 1837, the tenth child of
John an d Polly (McDonald) Cole, natives of
Virginia. The father moved to Tennessee in
an early day, where he opened up a farm,
and later removed to Arkansas, and in 1843
to Dallas county, spending many years of his
life on the frontier. He took up a claim of
640 acres in Precinct No. 1, where his death
occurred in 1850, and his wife's death occurred
there also, in 1869. The subject of this
sketch was reared to farm life and was educated
in the subscription schools of the county
and also attended the Hudson Academy, near
Dallas. He came to this county at the age of
six years, and, after reaching manhood, commenced
farming and stock-raising. In 1862
he enlisted in Scott's Battalion, which was
attached to Darnell's regiment, and was confined
mostly in Arkansas. He was discharged
in the latter part of 1862, after which he returned
to Dallas and engaged in farming.
Mr. Cole has since added to his original purchase,
one and a-half miles from Dallas, until
now he owns 300 acres, all of which is well
improved. He also owns a fine residence and
six acres in the city. Mr. Cole affiliates with
the Democratic party, and in 1873 was
elected County Treasurer serving three terms,
and 1884 served one year as County Commissioner
of Precinct No. 1. He is a member
of the School Board from the Ninth Ward,
and was active in securing the erection of a
fine school building, costing $20,000. Socially,
Mr. Cole is a member of Tannehill
Lodge, No. 52, A. F. Edwin L., reporter for the Herald,
of Dallas; Birdie May, at home, and Marshall
V., also at home.
A. POYNOR, City Engineer, was
born in 1854,in Tennessee, and spent
his youth in that State. He pursued
a course of study at the Nashville University,
with the specialty of civil engineering, and
graduated in 1874. The next year he came
to Texas and was employed as civil engineer
on the Texas Pacific railroad for a number of
years, in addition to general work at his profession
throughout the State. In 1890 he
was called by the city of Dallas to the office
of city engineer, and he entered at once upon
the discharge of his duties. His fitness for
the place is amply tested by the excellent
condition of all the public works under his
control,-waterworks, sewers, streets, etc.
He employs twelve men, skilled and efficient.
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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/m1/380/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.