William Daniel Julian was born at Center
Hill, Houston Co., TX, August 28, 1892. The first Julian
came in 1850 and established a settlement named Julian in which
a post office by that name was located.
Dan Julian graduated from Kennard High School
in 1911. Homer West and others tell of a teacher named
Lollard who inspired many of the pupils of that day to attend
institutions of higher learning. Prof. Lollard did inspire
Dan Julian who worked in the office of the Four C Mill between
Kennard and Ratcliff for about a year, and then went to SMU
Pharmacy School. He received his degree in 1915, and was
for many years the only graduate pharmacist in Houston County.
His first job after graduation was at Wharton. With his
father's death in December 1916, he returned to Houston County.
He entered service from Houston County during World War I,
hoping to be sent to France but was held at San Antonio and
spent the war as a medical corpsman. He had at that time
met Lois Miller, who later became his wife.
After the war, he worked at Bratton Drug,
Palestine, TX. He and Lois were married Dec. 20, 1920, and
moved to Denison where he worked for Burtis Drug. Their
only son was born in Denison Sept. 15, 1921. They returned
to Crockett soon thereafter and he worked in Crockett Drug
Company, located in the Pickwick Hotel. This was the same
drug company which had earlier been operated by Harry Beasley,
Mrs. Julian's uncle. This business was sold to Tom
Hariston and others and Dan Julian entered a partnership to form
Goolsby-Julian Drug Store, the NE corner of the square, former
location of Bishop's Drug Company. This partnership was
dissolved in 1935, and Julian operated at that location with
Terry Van Pelt. In 1938, he purchased the old Baker Drug
Store and located on the SE corner of the square, re-opening as
City Drug which ahe and wife operated until he suffered a
Dan Julian was short, solid-plump and red
headed, at least, more red-headed than haired. In his
youth he was a good baseball player and in and around Kennard
and Ratcliff was known as a good hitter. He played ball
with such as Walter English who later served as captain of the
University of Texas baseball team.
Julian's life was taken up with his
profession. Until he died, he went to work at eight each
morning, Monday through Saturday, staying at work until nine
each night. On Sunday, he worked from nine till 11 in the
morning, re-opening the store at three in the afternoon and
staying until after four o'clock. He was on call at all
'Mr. Dan' loved boys and he loved sports.
He, Coach John Royal and W.L. Jordan, two Crockett coaches and
teachers, were very instrumental in 'recruiting' athletes from
surrounding communities and seeing that they came to Crockett to
school and getting them places to live and eat. For years,
he obtained sporting equipment for the school at cost.
The Crockett Lion, issued a special citation
to Dan and Lois Julian in 1953 regarding their life of community
By: W.D. Julian, III
Source: "History of Houston County, Texas
1687-1979" - copyright Eliza Bishop