The Denison Daily
1 January 1879
10 June 2012
on pioneers found in old newspaper
by Donna Hunt
know it isn't a new year, but I ran across a copy of a special holiday
edition of The Denison Daily Herald dated Jan. 1, 1879, that contains
thumbnail sketches of 28 of Denison's leading citizens at that time.
Many of their names are very familiar, but the edition shed's
little light on who they were.
B. Boss was superintendent of the Lone Star Flour Mill in Denison.
Boss was born in 1832 in Baltimore. After high
went to work in merchandising for several years, then turned his
attention to railroading. In September 1872, the year that
Denison was established, he began the business here as the head of the
first Boss, Pinto and Jennings, in the lumber and agricultural
implement business and building of the Lone Star Flouring Mill, where he
at the time was W.C. Everheart, who was born in |
Calhoun County, Ala.,
in 1848 and was brought to Texas
to grow up. He followed
merchandising for several years
before going into law enforcement.
He was serving his
second year as sheriff.
of us have heard of Justin Raynal, who was a very outstanding early-day
resident and a supporter of education in Denison.
was a native of LaBelle, France, born in Bordeaux, His
was limited to common schools of that country and in 1873 he moved to
Denison and was engaged in the hotel business. He built the
Southern Hotel that summer and operated a saloon
there. In 1877 he was elected to the City Council from the
ward. When the special edition was printed, Raynal had just
completed a two-story building on Main Street showing that he
expended money here "instead of putting it in his pocket and walking
off with it as others have don," according to the article.
C.B. Berry was one of the best know and most successful physicians in
Denison. He came to this area from Augusta County, Va., in
before Denison was established, and earned a collegiate and medical
education. In November 1872 he came to Denison where he had a
large practice, evidenced by his skill and success in his profession.
Sherburne was a wholesale and retail dealer and manufacturer |
and shoes. He was a "live Yankee with true western get up
git," according to the article. He was born in Boston and
in a shoe and corrected it with a slipper." He came
Denison in the
winter of 1872 where he saw the necessity for
good boot and shoe
business, established it and conquered high prices.
R.M. Grubbs served two years as Mayor of Denison. He was born
Kentucky in 1831|
and received a common school education before settling
in Indiana, a state he represented in
the Federal army. He
to Denison in 1873 in charge of D.W.C. Davis hardware store.
year he was appointed Postmaster, an office he filled to the
satisfaction of the public for
one year before being elected mayor in
C. Foster also was born in Kentucky in 1831. He received a
school education and afterwards a course in the law school of
Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. In 1836 he went to
to practice law and was chosen a member of the constitutional
convention of 1859. He was three times chosen a member of the
lower house of the Kansas Legislature and was sent to the
Senate. He came to Denison in 1873 as an attorney for the
Railroad and also wan as attorney for the Dallas & Wichita
Railroad. He was elected in November 1878 to the Texas
Legislature by an overwhelming majority.
Hardwick was Denison's City Marshal. He also was born in
and received a common school education before single-handedly going out
to make for himself in the world. He followed railroading for
several years and came to Denison with the Katy Railroad. He
was elected city marshal and the thumb sketch said that the duties of
his first term were so well and satisfactorily performed that he was
re-elected by an increased majority.
Coffin was city tax assessor and collector and a practical civil
engineer by profession. In Denison he was engaged in the real
estate business. He was born in Jamestown, N.C., and received
scientific and classical education. He was connected with the
Corps of Engineers who established the lines of the Katy Railroad and
assisted in surveying and plating of Denison. He was
for the First National Bank for three years and in 1877b was elected
city assessor and collector and then re-elected in June 1878.
Schmucker was born in Pennsylvania and brought up all the way from
there to Kansas City. He managed to pick up a good business
education and fitted himself for running a hotel. He was a
at the Alamo Hotel for so long that he was know by the traveling
public from the lake to the Gulf. In 1879 he was the
of the Alamo and was striving harder than ever to add to its comfort
convenience and popularity.
and Jeweler J.P. Woodyard was born in 1844 near Parkersburg, Va.
His education was only as available in the annual three
district school until his 15th year. He was a farmer boy and
time was required at home. In 1873 he settled down in
where he hung his sign out as a jewelry and watchmaker. He
several terms on the city council.
these men and many others were the city's leaders through those early
years. Pictures used in the edition are I believe line
Ever one of the gentlemen sports a mustache or a full beard.
They all have a stern look on their faces, but no doubt they
good founding fathers since Denison thrived in those early years, and
got a good grip on the foundation that remains today.
Hunt is former editor of The Denison