Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lt. William J. Lang (1919-1944)

Bill Lang was an aviator in WWII.  Bill was the son of prominent Dallas architect William J. Lang, Sr. and the grandson of Otto H. Lang, both of whom were well known in the area.  The Lang name had long been associated with the architectural firm Lang and Witchell, a company that designed many of the buildings that still stand in Dallas.

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in biography


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Pitchfork Ranch

This historic ranch was started in 1881 as a partnership of D. B. Gardner and Col. J. S. Godwin.  The holding company Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company was formally organized in Missouri in 1883 and the founding shareholders were A. P. Bush Jr., Sam Lazarus, D. B. Gardner, W. H. Carroll, E. F. Williams and A. D. Brown.  Gardner and Williams had been boyhood friends from Mississippi.  Prior to the 1883 formation of the holding company, Williams had been a sales manager for Hamilton Brown Shoe Company, and Gardner had been a surveyor in Texas.

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in ranches, ranch families


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Collin McKinney

Collin McKinney was a early settler in North Texas.  He was born in 1766 in New Jersey to a Scottish couple, Daniel and Mercy McKinney, making him 10 years old at the height of the American Revolution.  Near the end of the war, the family first moved to Virginia and then again on to Kentucky around 1780.

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The Old 300 and Family Ties

The Old 300 refers to settlers in Moses Austin and Stephen F. Austin’s colony in Texas.  Moses Austin petitioned the Spanish government to be allowed to settle in Texas in late 1820 and received his grant in early 1821.  Shortly thereafter, Moses Austin died in Missouri and his son Stephen F. Austin elected to replace his father in the arrangement.  This was later confirmed by the Spanish governor who formally recognized Stephen F. Austin as the person to succeed Moses and complete the grant.

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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized


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