Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 497 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
lowed this occupation until his death, which
occurred in Graves county, in 1871. The
mother died many years before. Our subject
received a fair education in his own county,
and remained under the-parental roof until
1844, when he removed to Texas, landing at
the mouth of the Rio Grande river. He enlisted
in the Government service, and was in
the battle of Cerro Gordo, and all of the engagements
up to the city of Mexico. He was
honorably discharged at Vera Cruz, in 1847,
and returned to Texas. He staid at Brownsville,
Texas, two years, and then went to
Corpus Christi, where he took charge of a
Government post under Major Chapman. He
was there four years, and then was stationed
at San Antonio for two years. During all
this time he had many narrow escapes from
death at the hands of the Indians, and frequently
was compelled to keep guard all
night. He helped to fit out an expedition
to Utah, and took charge of it from Fort
Leavenworth to Salt Lake City. He remained
two years in Utah, and, on his return trip,
met with many perils both by water and land.
There were ten in the party and only four of
the number came through alive. They spent
three weeks on the ice in the Platte river,
where six of the company froze to death.
Some of the ponies suffered the same fate.
Mr. Haskell finally reached civilization, but
his love of adventure was not thoroughly
satisfied, so he joined the expedition with General
Johnson to survey the Indian Territory
line. This work occupied six months, and he
then returned to his old Kentucky home,
from which he had not heard for fifteen years.
After a visit there he went back to Texas and
located in Dallas county, where he has taken
a place among the progressive citizens.
During the Civil war Mr. Haskell was detailed
to carry supplies, but he settled on
thirty-three and a third acres, which he had
purchased in Precinct No. 1. His first house
was a small cottage,which was replaced twelve
years ago by a more commodious structure.
He has divided twenty acres of this purchase
into lots, which have found a ready market.
In 1860 he was married to Mrs. Eliza
Coleman, a native of Kentucky. Three children
were born of this union: Calvin died in
infancy; Charles Addison married Laura
Carlisle and died in 1888; Jefferson Davis
married Roxie Hinson, and to them were born
two children, Clyde and Winnie; he died in
1890. Our subject has been a member of
the Golden Cross Lodge for ten years. He
and his wife are consistent members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically, he
affiliates with the Democr:atic party and is an
ardent advocate of its doctrines. He has been
Alderman of East Dallas for six years and
been faithful to the trust placed in him.
O. CONNOR, one of the leading
business men and manager of the
1 wholesale department of the Sanger
Bros. establishment, was born at Hamburg,
Hardin county, Tenn., October 9, 1852. His
parents were William J. and Julia C. (Hymes)
Connor, both natives of South Carolina. The
father died when our subject was quite young.
He came from a noted family of the South.
One uncle is a prominent banker in Charleston,
South Carolina; another, W. G., is a Methodist
Episcopal minister at Waco, is president
of the college at that city, and has
been for years. The father was a successful
merchant of Hamburg, Tennessee, Corinth,
Mississippi, and Madison, Arkansas. He was
a man of good business qualifications and was
successful in tle different enterprises in
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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/m1/497/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.