North Shore Drive Trivia

Following is a collection of newspaper articles, published primarily in the Dallas Morning News over the past 80 years, relating to events, features and stories on North Shore Drive. If you have any additional stories or photographs of the time, please drop us a note and we will be happy to include your material.

Overflow From Sewers Public Health Menace (1929)

"Locations of Overflows - While the overflows are more of a startling nature, the total amount of sewage flowing through them into the creeks does not approximate in the least the amount discharged by the manholes and cleanouts. In many cases, the cleanouts merely serve as overflows, their six-pound, seven-inch tops being quickly pushed off by sewage pressure. Some of the locations where overflowing by manholes and cleanouts is most noticeable, follow: [...] at Lake Helen on South Beckley in Beckleywood addition, where a ten-inch main overflows from a manhole partly into Lake Helen where swimming occurs; in Ramsey street numerous manholes and cleanouts overflow into the creek [...]" (© Dallas Morning News, September 13, 1929, Section I, Page 4)

Victims of Drowning to Be Buried Friday (1933)

"Funeral services for Christine Enslen, 11, and Louise Ehrhardt, 17, who drowned Wednesday in Lake Helen, a small body of water near Beckley Avenue between North and South Shore drives, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday. [...] The young girl wandered into deep water while wading. The older one went for her and both drowned."

Two Bandits Wait For Victim at His Home, Obtain $150 (1937)

"Two unmasked, unidentified bandits waited for A.G. Schepps, 103 North Shore Drive, to enter the driveway of his home at 9:45 p.m. Monday, robbed him of $150 and his automobile, a 1937 model sedan, but allowed Mrs. Schepps to escape to the house. The bandits had positions on both sides of the driveway as the couple drove in, and with drawn guns ordered her to be quiet, but while her husband was engaged in conversation by the bandits, she slipped out of the car and ran to the house. After taking the money from Schepps' pockets the bandits took his new sedan and slipped away. The automobile was valued on police records at $550. Schepps said his billfold, his driver's license and several checks also were taken. Both bandits were described as being small men. One wore a slouch hat pulled over his face and the other wore a tan leather jacket. They were last seen going north of Beckley." (© Dallas Morning News, October 26 1937, Section II, Page 1)

A Beauty Spot in the Neighborhood (1941)

“S.P. Glover a resident of Dallas for fifty years and one of the first persons to settle on Cedar Springs Road used to live at 115 North Shore Drive from 1935 to 1941. For many years after he first came to Dallas, Mr. Glover farmed a tract of land near what is now the Cedar Springs, Turtle Creek and Rowan intersection. When the Tennessee native and former Denton County farmer moved west of the Trinity he took up as his hobby the cultivation of poppies. For fifteen years he toiled over a patch of the flowers in a vacant lot next door, and at the time of his death had created a beauty spot in the neighborhood.” (© Dallas Morning News, February 12, 1941, Section I, Page 2)

Change of Name (1944)

On August 3, 1944 North Shore Drive, near Northwest Highway at Midway Road, changed name to Lakemere Drive to avoid confusion with the Oak Cliff thoroughfare by the same name.

Oak Cliff Homes, Gardens To Be on Strolling Show (1959)

Garden on North Shore, 1959

“By Nancy Richey Ranson, Garden Editor of The News - In a strolling Home and Garden Show the Oak Cliff Woman's Club will open to the public five beautiful homes. Hours for visitors will be from 1 to 4 and fom 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets may be bought at any of the give; the cost $1 for all. Included in the pilgrimage will be the homes and gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon S. Smith, 636 Kessler Lake Drive; Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Piranio, 606 Monssen Drive; Mrs. and Mrs. C.R. Gruneisen, 211 North Shore Drive; Mr. and Mrs. John Turbyfill, 706 Misty Glen Lane; and Mr. and Mrs. Claude C. Beard Jr., 3638 Cripple Creek. Mrs. Turbyfill is chairman of the pilgrimage. [...] Large cedar elm and oak trees shade the contemporary cream brick home of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gruneisen, 211 North Shore. A walk leads to a patio at the back, charming with wishing well, old dinner bell and thickly planted bed of violets surrounding a huge pecan tree. Bordering the dining area of the garden are a rectangular swimming pool and bath-house. The wide lawn extends all the way from the back door to the pool.” (© Dallas Morning News, May 24, 1959, Section VII, Page 1)

Real Estate Firm Barred (1970)

“The first real estate firm here charged with “blockbusting” was barred Tuesday from selling or renting property in the Oak Cliff area for one year. In a consent order issues by U.S. District Judge Joe E. Estes, Sue Stewart Realty and its agents were permanently enjoined from inducing any person to sell or rent property by stating persons of a particular race, color, religion or national origin were moving into a neighborhood. The realty firm has denied the discriminatory housing practices charge filed by the U.S. Justice Department. But to avoid further litigation, Judge Estes said, Sue Stewart and two sales agents, Elsie Campbell and Harold Warnick, "acknowledge their desire to comply" with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Judge Estes enjoined the firm from soliciting for the sale or rental of properties for one year in the Oak Cliff area bounded by Kiest Boulevard on the south; Expressway 35E to Saner, Saner to Beckley, and Beckley to North Shore Drive on the west; North Shore Drive and Winters on the north, and Ewing on the east. Sue Stewart is to maintain complete records of all solicitations of property for one year, according do Judge Estes' order. Oak Cliff is mainly a white, single-family home residential area, but increasing numbers of blacks have been moving into its neighborhoods in recent years. Some blocks are now predominantly black. One of the defendants, Campbell, is a Negro.” (© Dallas Morning News, September 3, 1970, Section D, Page 1)