Ramsey Avenue 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 Ramsey Avenue. 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.

Beckley Club Group Feted With Barbecue (1938)

“Members and patrons of the newly organized Beckley Club Improvement League were entertained at a barbecue Monday night at the home of Conly K. Stevens, 1424 Ramsey. Adoption of a constitution and appointment of committee chairmen by President Lynn Landrum took place. Committees and chairman include: Finance, E.R. Schoen; legal, Mr. Stevens; beautification, Mrs. Henry Otis; restrictions, W.B. Miller; sanitation, Mrs. E.R. Schoen. Mr. Landrum will appoint chairman for publicity, streets and utilities committees. The league's public improvement and civic betterment committee is headed by Mr. Landrum and is to be composed of committee chairmen. Four members will be named to serve on an executive board with the president, Herman Munster, secretary-treasurer, and Mr. Stevens, J.B. Ferguson and Mr. Schoen, vice-presidents. The next league meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5. Guests at Monday night's entertainment included Mr. and Mrs. Martin Weiss, Mrc. C.H.C. Anderson, W.M. Teal, and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Clardy.” (©Dallas Morning News, August 2, 1938, Section II, Page 7).

Lake Dam Destruction to Be Asked by League (1938)

"A petition asking that the concrete dam impounding water in Lake Helen in Beckley Club Addition of Oak Cliff be destroyed will be discussed at 8 p.m. Monday by the Beckley Club Improvement League preparatory to its presentation to the City Council. The meeting will be held at the home of Conly K. Stevens, 1424 Ramsey. Mr. Stevens, vice-president, will preside in the absence of Lynn Landrum, president. The petition has been drawn up, Mr. Stevens said, on the advice of the city health department that the lake is being contaminated with raw sewage. The league also will discuss building restrictions in the community." (©Dallas Morning News, September 11, 1938, Section I, Page 14)

Veterans Get War Reports at Barbecue (1939)

"Threats of war in Europe dominated discussion at a party given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Conly K, Stevens, 1424 Ramsey Street, Thursday night, honoring new and outgoing officers of Mountain Creek American Legion Post. More than 300 veterns of the World War gathered around tables to eat barbecue. The veterans listened to the commentators discuss the swift-moving events overseas or read newspaper reports. "Conditions overseas look very serious," said Mr. Stevens, retiring commander of Mountain Creek post. "It is the duty of all service men and of Americans to guard against un-American actions at home." O.K. Luna is the new commander of Mountain Creek post." (© Dallas Morning News, August 25 1939, Section II, Page 1)

Dallasite Gets Office (1940)

“Eugene L. Smith, 1414 Ramsey, division plant superintendent of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, was elected one of the vice-presidents of the Telephone Pioneers of America Friday at a meeting in New Orleans, La., N.R. Powley of San Francisco, Calif., was elected president of the group”. (©Dallas Morning News, October 26, 1940, Section I, Page 2)

Policeman Rescues Drowning Boy (1942)

"Policeman E.B. Howard, 1511 Ramsey, saved the life of a small boy Wednesday afternoon in Beckleywood. Several youths were swimming in Cedar Creek when Willis Warren Plumley, 200 South Marsalis, suddenly cried for help. He had gone under twice when Policeman Howard, hearing the shouts of the boy ran to the creek, only a short distance from his home, pulled the boy from the water, and gave him first-aid treatment. The boy was taken to Parkland Hospital, where attendants said his condition is not considered serious." (©Dallas Morning News, June 4, 1942, Section II, Page 1)

This is The House A Deer Head Built (1948)

“Offhand... by Ken Hand - This is about a character named Tom Hunter, a man capable of clinging to a single idea, and the house he built around - of all things - a deer head. Unburdened by cut and dried conceptions of architectural design, Hunter, a personable, imaginative, young ex-GI, began planning his dream home after the war's end with a single idea. He wanted a place big enough to hang a deer head. Hunter is one of those rare people whose name suggests his personality. He is indeed a hunter, and makes at least two trip a year to the Texas deer country, with expeditions into Old Mexico. Through the years, he had managed to garner several trophies, but the one he liked best was the head of a durable old 8-point buck that now looks benignly down from a fireplace. With pencil and sketchpad in hand, Hunter tackled the problem with the realization that the obvious place to hang a deer head is over a fireplace. So - the fireplace had to be big enough that the 8-point evidence of Hunter's prowess with a rifle would not dwarf the rest of the room. The fireplace, he decided, would have to extend from floor to ceiling. That immediately called for a combination living and dining room. He settled on a size about 26x15. Otherwise, the room would be out of proportion. A ranch style home seemed to suggest itself as the proper background for the deer head. It followed naturally that such a house should be in a rustic setting, in keeping with the natural habitat of the central theme, the deer head, because it would be difficult to imagine a deer grazing on a barren lot of pool table flatness. Hunter found such a place at 1621 Ramsey, in Beckley Club Addition. He built the wide floor-to-ceiling fireplace of bright red Santa Clause brick. The low ceiling afforded by a ranch-style house gave an illusion of length. Designing of the rest of the house was an anticlimax. There were architects and builders who shrugged their shoulders. After all, it was Hunter's house and Hunter was paying for it. The garage, attacked to the house, had to be blasted out of solid rock. The house itself was built of concrete tile, treated, and painted white. Steel casement windows were fitted with copper screens. Three picture windows were included in the plans, one presumably for the deer to look out of. As an afterthought, Hunter added some features not found in ordinary houses - fluorescent lighting in closets, a butler's pantry with a glass wall, giving the combination living room a suggestion of even greater depth. Hunter always felt that the small homeowner should have some safe place for his army discharge papers, insurance policies and victory bonds, if any. So the butler's pantry was equipped with a small, fireproof, combination safe. An attic fan, central heating, two telephones, and a water connection in the garage for home laundering, came as a matter of course. Such was the house that Hunter built, a house to last a lifetime. He lived in it six months. Then business called him to Texas City. “But I've still got the blueprint,” said Hunter triumphantly, “I did it once and I can do so again. I'll not make a single change. The deer head is going to be over the fireplace.” (©Dallas Morning News, August 2, 1948, Section II, Page 12)

Fair Wants Recipe for Cabbage Cake (1952)

If you have a recipe for cabbage cake tucked away in your cookbook, you have the clue to end a yearlong search, which began at the 1951 State Fair of Texas. Home economists who turned out hundreds of special recipes for visitors to the "Recipe Box" in the Natural Gas Exhibit Building have sought that "once recipe" since the close of last year's exposition. A few leads proved fruitless, including inquiries to cookery experts in a number of German communities in Texas. The cabbage cake recipe request came from Mrs. Gilbert Easley, 1419 Ramsey Street. Last year she told the home economists she thought cabbage cake was an old German dish. With the State Fair opening on Saturday, Lone Star Gas Company home economists assigned to the Natural Gas Exhibit Building are making a local appeal for help in locating the missing recipe for cabbage cake." (©Dallas Morning News, October 3, 1952, Section II, Page 3)

Woman's Death Termed Suicide (1956)

“The slashed body of a 29-year old Oak Cliff realtor, Miss Marguerite Colleen LeBoeuf, was found Wednesday night in the bathtub of her home at 1511 Ramsey, police reported. Justice of the Peace Bill Richburg returned a verdict of suicide following a homicide investigation. Police said the body was found about 6 p.m. by an ambulance driver who broke through a door to the upstairs bathroom after being summoned by an associate of the realtor. The body bore multiple razor-blade cuts [...]” (©Dallas Morning News, March 8, 1956, Section III, Page 18)

Young Diaper Tester, 1959

Young Tester (1959)

“Brett Stacey Trimble, age 5 months, was a willing guinea pig for the new Chix Diaper Separates. The pre-folded gauze diapers do not require pins when used with the new boilable baby panties.His mother, Mrs. R.D. Trimble, 1629 Ramsey, was one of 3,000 American mothers who tested the new diaper separates combination on their offspring.” (©Dallas Morning News, March 5, 1959, Section III, Page 9)

'Newcomer' Big Booster for Dallas (1959)

“By Ruby Clayton McKee, Society and Club Editor of The News - It's hard to find a Dallas native more enthusiastic than Mrs. William E. Hudson about this city, her home since 1945. Mrs. Hudson's enthusiasm stems from the warm reception given her as a newcomer and from the opportunities she has been granted to serve the community. Her interests are given another boost as the club she heads undertakes a project with a double appeal to her. Mrs. Hudson is a collector of antiques. She is also president of the Dallas Sunshine Club, which is sponsoring the sale of tickets for the Dallas Antiques Fair of the State Fair of Texas and the Antiques Dealers League of Dallas Nov. 5 through 8. The fair, a Fall Festival Event, will be in the Electric Building, Fair Park.

Mrs. William E. Hudson, 1959

The Sunshine Club has long been recognized for its philanthropies. Its program, varying from the loan of wheel chairs to college scholarships, offers aid to the sick and needy, to the young and the old. Mrs. Hudson channels most of her social service activities through the Sunshine Club and her church, St. James Catholic Church. The native of Brownswood works in the Red Cross, Cancer, Polio, and Heart Fund Drives. Representing the Dallas Deanery Council of Catholic Women, she served on the Meals on Wheels program of the Women's Council of Dallas County. She is corresponding secretary of the deanery council, sunshine chairman of the Dallas Federation of Women's Clubs. Mrs. Hudson believes her love of history made her appreciate antiques, and the home in which she and her husband live at 1409 Ramsey is furnished with antiques and Early American furniture. Many of the antiques have been collected on vacation travels throughout the United States and Canada. If there is a lamp to be modernized, Mrs. Hudson knows just how to wire it. Soon to be added to the lamp collection is the gas lamp recently removed from a Philadelphia, Pa., street in that city's redecorating plan. The old gas light will be placed in the front garden to light the driveway. The antique idea goes even further at the home. Mrs. Hudson collects demitasse cups and saucers, quilt patterns and combs of unusual design.” (©Dallas Morning News, October 1, 1959, Section III, Page 1)

Talented Betty Brown (1965)

"Miss Betty Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde C. Brown, 1507 Ramsey, has been elected junior class favorite at Abilene Christian College and has been named a member of the Abilene Christian College A Cappella Chorus. The chorus has recorded albums with Pat Boone and has performed on tours from coast to coast." (©Dallas Morning News, June 6, 1965, Section E, Page 2)