Lost Boy - December 5, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald,
p. 2, col. 4.
A delicate looking little boy about six or seven
years of age and poorly clad, was seen standing at the East Dallas depot
in a state of bewilderment at 5:20 last evening. On inquiry, it
turned out that the little fellow had arrived from Corsicana on the
north bound train, and was in search of his mother, whom he said was
residing somewhere in Dallas. He carried in his hand a pail, which was
packed with provisions given him, he declared, by his aunt, who put him
on the train at Corsicana, without letter or instructions of any kind.
A hackman carried him from the depot to police headquarters, on
examination, he gave his name as Charles Henry Henderson, but could give
no further information of any importance. The police are attending
to the wants of the little stranger.
Article Submitted by Jim Wheat 10/2000
4, 1998: Biffle's
Texana. by Kent Biffle - Dallas Morning News
CORSICANA - All was law and orderly at Navarro County's nonagenarian
courthouse when I looked in last week. But in 1855 some accused
killers burned down an earlier log courthouse to burn up their
The arsonists were re-indicted on murder charges but acquitted according
to a memoir of the late Sheriff Buck
Barry. After the frustrating
verdict, he chewed out the jurors. And then the judge chewed him out.
A brick and marble fortress of justice, the present 1905-style
courthouse promises to stand sturdily into a new century
County Courthouse Index ]
2, 1940 Dallas Times Herald
Navarro County Stockmen Ask
Aid In War on Wolves
CORSICANA, Tex., May 2
Southern Navarro County stockmen Wednesday appealed for aid from a
commissioners' court to combat the depredations of wolves. The ...
are credited with destroying eighty goats and a number of turkeys and
pigs near Streetman. No action was taken by the court.
Calling for payment of $10,000 ... No 1 bonds was authorized and the
sponsoring of a WPA project for indexing the probate and commissioners'
court minutes, along with some work in the district clerk's office, was
decided on. (NOTE: " ... " indicates the word is unreadable in
the microfilm copy)
Country with Weldon Owens
Abt 1964, probably Dallas Morning
News or Dallas Times Herald
CORSICANA - In his
approach to things in general, no man could be more positive in taking
the negative than Alva
Taylor. Mr. Taylor, a photographer built
like an overgrown weed and just as relentless, has been collecting some
of Texas' most fabulous historic photo negatives almost half a century.
The lanky white-haired lensman is the power behind the throne in
preservation of Navarro County history.
A heart flutter has
braked his tornadic round-the-clock schedule at the curves, but he still
goes at roaring speed on the straight-away. He has just completed
his "Navarro County History" with more than 100 authentic
pictures. (He has negatives of famed gunman John Wesley
prominent pioneer E. H. Tarrant, et al.)
His collection of
guns is something to write about. But his more general beneficent
energies have been devoted to restoration of old log cabins and
household goods of long ago. Fact is, this summer you can watch a
blacksmith shoe a horse, a mill squeeze cane or see corn ground into
old-time meal right here in CORSICANA. And all because of Mr. Taylor and
Joe Daniel of KERENS.
Back in 1955, they
were chewing the fat over a cup of coffee. The idea of a county
museum and historical society was born. So they nurtured the
embryo and it grew into a plan with people like Matt Dawson, Lewis
Hodge, Mrs. Kirke Steele, Mrs. E. D. McCormick and Mrs. Edward Hale.
thousands have come here to see houses that were build more than 100
years ago, containing original furnishings of time-thinned cowhide
bottom chairs and divers extinct bric-a-brac. However attendants
are present only on Sundays throughout the summer.
Anyway, all hail
the historian with the photo lens. To Alva Taylor this generation
and more to come are deeply indebted for the privilege of seeing such
things as --
An actual split
rail fence that served in 1855 (this is no replica), donated by Will
S. Price of KERENS;
mule-powered corn-grinding mill found in Texas. (This summer a
younger mule will be pulling it);
building still in fair health, built in 1851 to serve as Hartzell
Store at DRESDEN community. Jacob Hartzell and son built it of
cedar and first post office in Navarro County is still therein -
just as first postmaster Ethan Melton used it. They even
preserved patent medicines of 1870-80. These were
donated by Mrs. Minnie Garlington Walker, who ran a general
merchandise store for 75 years at CRYER
in RICHLAND donated old churns, shot case, coffee grinders and other
And Mrs. Lillie
Thomas gave old Confederate uniforms, guns, flags, money and muster
roll of men from the county who were called to duty in 1861.
celebrated its 100th birthday in 1948, and since then more history has
been written in oil here. During the first seven months of 1955,
more than 700 permits were issued to drill oil wells within the city
limits. The city collected $25 for each of the permits. Mr.
Taylor's history notes that " a lot in East Corsicana without a
well was a rare thing. The cost to drill and finish a well was
around $7,000. In less than three years, the wells were abandoned and
the areas have now taken on the look of the usual city lot.
Corsicana, Tex, Feb 3
Monday afternoon, Mrs. Herring of Freestone County was in the
city with her son looking for a madstone to apply to a wound caused by
a watchdog biting the young man on the foot a few days previously.
They were referred to Dr. W. J. W. Kerr, who has a madstone. On
application, the stone adhered to the wound for 3 hours.
Feb 4, 1897 Thursday Dallas Morning News