The early history of Galveston, by Dr. J. O. Dyer Page: 1
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Galveston was first visited by the writer in 1874, who became deeply interested
in its early history, because it was closely connected with that of
his family. Besides the history of Lafitte and the Cannibal Indians presented
a "glamour" to a young and active mind. The notes of Galveston were thus
first gathered, when men were living, who had been in contact with the
Indians, and a few who had been associated even with Lafitte.
The father of Galveston's history, Col. Warren D. C. Hall, not only left
lis memoirs, but for many years entertained his neighbors down the island
with the tales of early days. Mrs. Gen. Long, of Richmond, visited the
writer's family for many years. Col. Leon Dyer was intimate with Colonel
Hall and Colonel Graham in 1836. Both these gentlemen were on the island
previous to 1820. Five of Lafitte's associates were still alive, and they and
their families have contributed to this history. The late N. B. Yard kept a
scrap-book, as did Geo. W. Grover and Isadore Dyer. Clippings from old
Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile and Baltimore papers were invaluable, and
so were old files of still existing copies. To the descendants of old families,
the writer offers this method of thanks for assistance rendered. Southwick
and Ben Stuart have left interesting memoirs. The 1900 hurricane destroyed
many valuable papers, but it is hoped enough were saved to make a
fairly accurate and interesting history. The writer admits the work should
have been done many years earlier, but the demands of medical practice,
family cares and illness prevented this. The object of this work is to only
preserve the early history of Galveston, touching lightly on matters immediately
before the war. The record since the war has been faithfully chronicled
by others. As the various city and private corporations have full
records of their staffs, this volume will not be burdened with long lists of
officials or employees. The same applies to the postoffice and customs
service. An attempt has been made to accurately depict the method of life,
as well as the surroundings, of the people who lived here during the early
period of the island's settlement.
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Dyer, Joseph O. The early history of Galveston, by Dr. J. O. Dyer, book, 1916; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24651/m1/4/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .