Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 20, Number 2, Fall, 2008 Page: 15 of 68
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The Switzer Woman's College and Conservatory of Music operated in Itasca from 1902-1912.
public at the Bush Temple Auditorium.68 The
school began operating on a cash only basis,
and the Switzers soon settled their old bills.
The third year, the Switzers moved to 427 East
9th Street. For a short while, they maintained
one or two boarding students, but they soon
had their home free of boarders for the "first
time in our lives." 69
David Switzer was listed as manager of the
Switzer School of Music, but as in Itasca, his
wife and daughters undertook the work of the
school. His unfulfilled dream was to organize a
private school for boys in Dallas.70 Although he
used crutches due to his increased lameness,
Switzer walked to his Oak Cliff Methodist
Church where he served on the board of
stewards. Perhaps he also continued activities
in teachers' and Confederate veterans' organizations.71
Dallas city living did provide opportunities
the Switzers had not previously enjoyed. Of
particular pleasure was the fine music now
available to them, such as operas, orchestras,
and piano recitals by Paderewski and others.72
Zoe McDade fondly recalled days spent at her
grandparents' home in Dallas. Her favorite
time with her grandfather was during the
twice-daily dressing changes of that old Civil
War wound received at Perryville. As he sat
patiently waiting for the open sore on his right
leg to be cleaned and rebandaged, he would
regale her with stories of his Civil War and
Texas schoolman experiences. On a darker
side, young boys, she said, threw stones at him
during World War I because of his Germanic
last name, a cause of great disappointment to
This map of Texas indicates the various communities
referenced in this article where David Switzer taught,
proposed a school, or attended a professional meeting.
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