True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young. Page: 223
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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 223
out drowning them or smothering them in mud was another thing.
I am not certain, but I believe it was Chief Coyle who solved the
problem. He sent for Theodore, the most responsible hack
driver in Houston, and consulted with him. The two together
evolved a plan that worked like a charm. Chief Coyle prepared
a list of the young ladies and their escorts and had all the
young gentlemen meet at Gray's Hall early in the evening.
About 7 o'clock Theodore came 'round from Preston Avenue
driving six yoke of oxen hitched to an omnibus. He got the
omnibus from Westheimer's stable, but where he got the oxen
I never did know. Theodore had the list of the young ladies and
had mapped out his route. The young men boarded the omnibus
and the procession started. One by one the young ladies
were picked up and within an hour or two everybody was safely
in the ball room. Everybody enjoyed the ride as much as the
ball and it was a perfect success in every way. Theodore is
still living in Houston and is as proud of that ox team drive
today as he ever was. He is about the only hack driver who
ever took ladies and gentlemen to a ball in a vehicle drawn by
But everything was not quite as novel and enjoyable as that
drive was. Dr. Charley Owens, who had charge of the City
Hospital, located on McKinney Avenue and Austin Street, was
called out of the city and got me to take charge of the institution
during his absence. One evening a messenger from the H.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/223/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .