So, we’ve learned about the men who began some of Dallas’ most historic retail companies. Although nearly all women of those early times served as homemakers, some even taking in a little money as seamstresses or teachers, one stands out as having had great influence on the development of the city.
In the year 1847, Alex and Sarah Cockrell planted their meager roots in Dallas County. Alex was an involved and respected businessman having opened a sawmill, a gristmill, a lumberyard and a freighting business.
In 1852, Alex added to his business portfolio when he purchased the Trinity River ferry and ferry license from John Neely Bryan.
In the early 1850s, Sarah began to become more involved in her husband’s businesses taking over the books since Alex had never learned to read or write.