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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
classifying the work. Dr. Buckner suffered
many hardships during the-time he was with
the Indians, and-during his residence with
them he was adopted as a citizen of the Creek
Nation, and since his death his widow and
family still resides in the Nation, where they
enjoy all the privileges of citizenship. Rev.
Buckner, during his residence anong the Indians,
was always recognized as their true
friend, and traveled alone through any of
the wild tribes without a feeling of fear. He
died while in the Nation, in 1882, at the age
of sixty-four years.
Our subject, Rev. R. C. Buckner, removed
to Texas in 1859, and was for about fourteen
years pastor of the Baptist Church in Paris.
He then became the founder, and for -ten
years editor and proprietor of the Texas
Baptist, which reached a circulation of more
than 5,000. His next work was as the
founder of the Orphans' Home at Dallas,
which bears his name and of which he is yet
general manager. It has at this time 212
inmates, and for the last several years has
cared for an average of 150 orphaned children
annually. The children are clothed, fed
and educated, and the boys are taught farming
and the girls housekeeping. The facilities
for receiving an education are as good or
better than at other schools in the county.
The school runs the entire twelve months of
the year, and is managed by A. F. Beddo, a
graduate of Baylor University at Waco,
Texas, and son-in-law of Dr. Buckner. His
wife is now the matron of the institution.
The purpose of this Home in the future is to
establish manufacturing industries, such as
broom and shoe manufactories, etc. It has
now under construction one large brick building
with different departments for the female
inmates and infants; and in this building will
also be an immense dining ball, 23x130 feet.
The boys will be domiciled in cottages
throughout the grounds, which will be handsome
and commodious buildings. The HIome
has all the modern improvements to be found
in the county, and the building now under
construction will be heated by steam, and in
the near future it is the intention to have it
lighted by electricity, with a steam laundry
attached. The farm belonging to the Home
has 100 acres under cultivation, besides 200
acres in grass and pasture.
Dr. Buckner, our subject, is a member of
the National Prison Congress, and is frequently
in attendance at the meetings of that
society, of which General Rutherford B.
HIaes is the president. Mr. Buckner has
also been frequently sent by the Governors of
this State to the National Convention of
Charity and Corrections, meeting in the different
States, and connected with his work
has visited many of the charitable institutions
in the United States. He is still engaged
in his ministerial duties and has calls
from different churches, both to preach and
lecture, and has recently accepted an invitation
extended him to go to North Carolina to
deliver an address on orphanage work. Dr.
Buckner was for some years president of the
Baptist General Association, of Texas, also
general agent of the same organization,
trustee of Waco University, and is frequently
called upon to deliver literary addresses and
commencement sermons. A number of his
addresses have been published in various
forms, several in the proceedings of the
National Prison Congress, and the National
Convention of Charities and Corrections.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Buckner
are as follows: Bobbie, born January 5,
1867, was married in 1890 to Dr. T. L. Westerfield,
of Dallas; Mary Bell, born Septem-
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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/m1/495/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.