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Tarrant County Commissioner Honors Southlake's Past

Mar 03, 2014 10:51AM ● By Anonymous

Southlake Boulevard and FM 1938 in the mid-80s. Photo courtesy of City of Southlake.

Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes will be the featured guest speaker for the event 'History Out Your Window,' presented by the Southlake Historical Society.

Fickes will take the stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 in the Southlake Public Library in Southlake Town Hall.

In the early 90s, then-Mayor Fickes placed an ad in the Grapevine Sun newspaper asking residents to join him in preserving the area's rich history for future generations. 

"The Southlake area has a rich history that is a perfect slice of Americana," Fickes says. "It covers pioneer families who settled the Cross Timbers area in the 1840s with daily threats of Indian attacks to the present-day ‘settlers’ who came here for the same reasons…beauty of the land, mild weather and a sense of community.”    

The program will feature the recognition of two longtime Southlake Historical Society members, Jack Cook and Jack Wiesen, who both recently passed away. 

"We cannot say enough about Jack Cook and Jack Wiesman. Their tireless contributions to documenting Southlake’s past were invaluable," says SHS president Connie Cooley. "Many of the stories, detailed maps, and photographs included in our website are there because of these two men.  We will miss them."

Established in 1992, the Southlake Historical Society is decided to archiving historical materials, including scanning historical photos; gathering oral history interviews; helping in the research of both family and area businesses as well as developing programs for teachers and students.