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Re: John T Trezevant (ATTN Angie and Ernie)
Posted by: Fred Ragsdale (ID *****0769) Date: June 18, 2004 at 09:06:54
In Reply to: John T Trezevant by Angie Smith of 1986

Since you both have an interest in JTT, here's a little more background. Angie, I'm posting this to the DHS MB, too.


From the book, "The Lusty Texans of Dallas" (orig. copywirte 1951), by John William Rogers, pp.160-161:

"Sam Cochran came to Dallas in 1883 to work for the firm of Dargan and Trezevant and by 1888, the name of the firm had become Trezevant and Cochran, a listing under which it still does business. His senior partner, J. T. Trezevant, was for many years not only one of the business leaders of the town, but a gentleman who had a place of peculiar distinction in its social life. He was a tall, fine looking man, in later years somewhat bald. This deficiency he covered with a handsome silver toupee unusual in the Texas of those days. Public interest was further piqued by the report that he had two, one of which reposed on a wig stand, perfectly groomed, on call. He was a native of Tennessee and like all southerners of his generation, he had been a soldier in the Civil War. He was wounded twice - once so badly that the wound did not heal and he was forced to stay on crutches a semi-invalid for more than a year. Then it was discovered that his trouble was not so much the graveness of the wound, as that there had been bound up in it not only a piece of his army trousers, but the bullet itself, which in the sketchy medical attention he had received had never been noticed. By all the laws of hygiene it should have been fatal but he was a man of robust constitution, and when they were removed after fourteen months, the wound promptly healed.

Trezevant settled for a while after the war in Little Rock, Arkansas, but came to Dallas in the seventies. He was a gay gentleman in the cavalier tradition who loved the good things of life and who brought a grace of living into the community that made his home for many years one of the centers of the polite society of the town. He enjoyed ladies and ladies enjoyed him. He was one of the promoters of the North Texas Trust Building which stands on the northeast corner of the block occupied by Sanger Brothers and which many years ago was bought by Sanger's and incorporated in its store. Over the main entrance of this building can still be seen to the right and the left two women's heads carved in sandstone. To the casual observer they appear half-revealed, impersonal caryatids, but there is a story behind them, for the model was a lady whom Colonel Trezevant admired at the time the structure was being built and whom he complimented by this memorial in sculpture.

What his position was in Dallas at the turn of the century can be gleaned from the gesture in his direction by one of his sister's children. This young man had some personal cards made and as well as displaying his name, down in the left had corner was engraved 'Nephew of Col. Trezevant'.

During the Colonel's long life - he died in 1929 at eighty-nine - he had several wives, all of them charming women."

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