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Cooper’s father, Anthony Almain, bought the farm in the 1960s from Will Fannin, who lived on the farm with his sister Narcissus until her death.
Almain owned a grocery store in the location of the present-day Browse-a-Bit store in downtown Dallas. Fannin was a customer of Almain’s and came to him first because he knew he wanted a farm.
The state acquired the farm land from Native Americans and deeded it to Thomas Everitt in 1831 as part of a program that paid Revolutionary War soldiers with land, according to Cooper.
Two land lots were given to Everitt, one being 40 acres and the other, a short lot, 32.
From what the Cooper family have been able to uncover about the farm, the main farmhouse was built around 1887, along with the mule barn.
The tenant house and small barn were built around 1882.
“My folks redid the main house when they bought it in the ’60s,” said Cooper. “It originally had a propane refrigerator, and it still had an outhouse in the yard. It was really primitive when they bought it.”
The house is now a dichotomy of eras, furnished with antique furniture and 1960s touches, including avocado green carpet in the living room.
Cooper said when Narcissus Fannin died, a trunk of money was found with her things.
“No one knows how she had all that money, but there used to be liquor stills on the site, so I kind of think that’s what it was from,” Cooper said.
Cooper raised his two children in the tenant house, a small house further back on the farm with one bathroom and one closet.
Today, Cooper lives in a house he bought on the other side of the farm. He has a working cattle farm on the property, keeping his father’s tradition of raising and selling cattle.
The former salesman said he hopes to preserve all the wildlife, including an albino wild turkey, and historical property on the farm for as long as possible.
“That’s our main purpose, is to keep something for the future, so you can see how things used to be,” he said.