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100 YEARS AGO

FROM MAY 1911

Denton-Dallas Interurban supported

Secretary George M. Roark of the Denton Chamber of Commerce returned Saturday evening from Chinn's Chapel, on the southern edge of the county, where an enthusiastic crowd of between 700 and 800 persons showed their support for the Denton-Dallas Interurban. Mr. Roark said their great interest in the line was altogether pleasing to the promoters.

While no effort was made to secure subscriptions, offers ranging from $100 to $1,000 were made. Mr. Roark said everybody he saw showed a willingness to donate outright land for the right of way.

Arrangements are progressing in Denton for a meeting this Thursday night, and a big crowd is expected to be in attendance. Local businessmen are desirous of the construction of the line, feeling it will add materially to Denton's trade territory, and are expected to subscribe liberally to the stock offer when it is made.

 

29 graduate from Denton High School

The R.E. Lee auditorium was filled almost to capacity Monday night upon the occasion of the commencement exercises of the class of 1911, with an audience present to witness the embarking upon the sea of life of the 15 young girls and the 14 young men who have finished the foundation work of their schooling and are now ready for "nobler tasks that need a will, all trained and ready for the task."

Hon. Lee McCormick, with an appropriate speech, presented the 29 diplomas to the graduates. In a short speech awarding the Texas University scholarships, professor A. Logan announced that the young lion who made the best grades of the 1910-11 year was Chas. Francis, and the young lady who had won the girls' honor was Miss Ethel Allen, so accordingly were presented the scholarships.

 

 

75 YEARS AGO

FROM MAY 1936:

County council names Trigg national delegate

In recognition of her recent 20th anniversary as the Denton County Home Demonstration agent, the County Council of Home Demonstration Clubs voted in its monthly meeting to send Mrs. Edna W. Trigg to Washington to attend the triennial conference of the Associated Country Women of the World, June 1-12.

The international organization will hold its conference in the U.S. Capitol, and its program includes a garden party with President and Mrs. Roosevelt receiving.

 

Ad: Straw Hat Day

Straw hats available from 79 cents to $5 at the following Denton stores: Penney's, H.M. Russell & Sons, The Williams Store and The Boston Store. The model you want, styled right!

 

Warning issued to double-parkers

Motorists who double-park on the court Square, particularly Saturday afternoons and evenings, were warned today by City Marshal I.E. Jones that the police department was tightening up in its drive to rigidly enforce traffic rules in Denton.

The danger to life caused by double-parking, because of narrowing the street to moving traffic and because of forming a screen so drivers cannot see pedestrians, is not abated by the fact a driver sits in the double-parked car.

Bicycle riders were also warned by Jones that carelessness and failure to observe traffic rules is creating a hazard in Denton that might result in the killing or crippling of a cyclist.

Bicycles must keep to the right in traffic, must not cut corners or make wrong turns any more than automobiles. They must also be fitted with front and rear reflectors when ridden at night and they must be kept in the street and not ridden on sidewalks. Bicycles must not be parked on the court square walkways. Cyclists failing to observe the rules will be ticketed as readily as motorists.

 

 

 

50 YEARS AGO

FROM MAY 1961

Tornado hits Denton; two die, 19 injured

Storm-battered Denton today dug out from debris caused by tornadic winds that killed two persons, injured 19 and resulted in possibly $2 million worth of property damage.

A Lewisville man, Lewis Stark, and his 4-month-old son were killed in an automobile accident caused by the storm and his wife critically injured.

Hardly a house in Denton escaped damage as shingles were blown from roofs and trees uprooted. Two buildings, including the Whitson Food Products building and the Brittain Lumber Company on Fort Worth Drive were almost demolished.

Denton County Clerk A.J. Barnett said the storm was the worst he has seen since he came to Denton in 1916.

Denton's two universities took a beating from the storm.

At TWU, windows were broken in the new Aquatics Center and the Music-Speech Building. Part of the copper roof on the library was swept away, according to Ed Williams, business manager.

Part of the roof of TWU President John Guinn's home was blown away.

At NTSC, President J.C. Matthews reported the most extensive damage was to the roof of Kendall Hall, a women's dormitory on Highland. The men's West Dormitory had a reported 60 windows broken. The men's gym, Terrill Hall and a ROTC building all had damage. President Matthews' home, around the corner from the gym, lost its roof.

Electricity was out for much of the town. City Manager Homer Bly said while many will have power restored during the day, it will be humanly impossible to restore power to all before nightfall.

 

College renamed North Texas State University

Gov. Price Daniel signed the NTSC name-change bill in Austin on Monday, as interested persons looked on.

Watching the ceremony were Sen. Tom Creighton of Mineral Wells, who sponsored the bill in the Senate; NTSC President J.C. Matthews; Jack Wheeler, president of the NTSC student body; Rep. Alonzo Jamison of Denton; and Rep. Joe Ratliff of Dallas, the chief author of the bill.

The school's last name change came in 1949, when then-Gov. Beauford Jester signed the bill changing the name to North Texas State College and also gave the school its own governing board. Prior to that change, the school had been known as North Texas State Teachers College.

 

 

 

25 YEARS AGO

FROM MAY 1986

Denton to host area conference on tourism

Representatives from 12 counties will meet in Denton on Tuesday to discuss ways to cultivate tourism as a function of National Tourism Week, May 18-24.

"Denton is fortunate to have the tourism conference," said JoAnn Ballantine, director of the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I am glad … we can host it in our new Sheraton."

It is reported that the 12 counties in 1984 received more than $4 billion generated by tourism, creating $86 million in state taxes and $44 million in local taxes.

Ms. Ballantine said she believes international unrest will play a big role in keeping American travelers within the country's boundaries for vacationing. "It will definitely have an impact. A lot of people are nervous about going abroad right now, and Denton's location is an advantage to bringing them here."

While Denton is not a destination city, Ms. Ballantine said several new projects, like the Confederate Air Force's D-FW wing move to the Denton Municipal Airport and the annual Spring Fling and Denton Jazz Festival, will provide added entertainment attractions.

 

NTSU to host literati

Texas authors, poets and filmmakers will gather in Denton for the Governor's Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts this fall.

Novelists Larry McMurtry and James Michener and writer-producer Horton Foote are among the 40 Texas native or resident authors, poets, songwriters and scholars who will attend.

Also expected to attend are novelists David Lindsey, Rolando Hinojosa and Shelby Hearon; essayists John Graves and William Owens; short-story writers A.C. Greene, Carolyn Osborne and Hughes Rudd; Western writers Elmer Kelton and Benjamin Capps; poets Jose Flores and Lorenzo Thomas, songwriter Steve Fromholz; filmmakers Martin Jurow and Ken Harrison; humorist John Henry Faulk; and journalists Jim Lehrer, Bob Ray Sanders and Leon Hale.

"All of us at NTSU are honored and excited to have the opportunity to host what will certainly be the premier literary event in Texas," said Dr. Alfred F. Hurley, chancellor of the university.

DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He may be contacted at 940-458-4979 or djtaylortx@centurylink.net.


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