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100 YEARS AGO

FROM NOVEMBER 1911

Ghosts did no damage

While there seemed to be the usual number of ghouls around Halloween night, the peace of the evening was unbroken by any real disturbance and the extra police reported the crowds as very orderly.

At some of the Halloween festivities, a number of mysterious masked figures appeared at different times unbidden, but they only added to the merriment of the occasion.

The following morning brought a few protests from owners on the west side about gates that had been spirited a few blocks away, or buggies or carts treated in the same undignified manner. But Halloween on the whole seems to have passed away as quietly as it came.

A bunch of youngsters, from 10 to 16 years old, made an effort to grease the streetcar rails on the Evers hill, but the application wasn't enough to cause any harm.

A Denton first

The first electric auto in Denton came in Wednesday. It was purchased by A.E. Graham.

Sanger votes to incorporate

In the election held here Saturday to vote on incorporating the town of Sanger under the law regulating incorporation of towns over 1,000 persons, the proponents won the vote, 77 to 56. Considerable interest was shown and almost a full vote recorded. In spite of some agitated talk, the day passed quietly.

 

75 YEARS AGO

FROM NOVEMBER 1936

WPA library work under way in county schools

Hundreds of dilapidated old library books in Denton County are being repaired; volumes in school libraries are being catalogued, indexed, and issued by a group of 16 librarians at work under a WPA county library project, according to Miss Mattie Pyrene Wilson, head librarian for county schools.

Final approval of the project and allocation of $3,684 in WPA funds to finance it followed a conference of Miss Wilson and County Superintendent R. L. Proffer with WPA officials in Fort Worth. Schools are furnishing the mending materials.

It is hoped the project will be continued throughout the school year. Regular meetings of the librarians will be held in order to keep the work coordinated in all parts of the county, Miss Wilson said.

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County project seeks 400 miles of lines

The Denton County application for a Rural Electrification Project signed by 1,293 county farmers, asking for a Federal loan to construct some 400 miles of power lines to bring electricity to farm homes in virtually every section of the county, was on the way to Washington on Monday, County Agent G.R. Warren announced.

The project was mapped to show where the prospective customers are spotted over the county before it was sent to Federal heads for action.

Those farmers who did not sign the survey sheets probably will get another chance to join if they wish to do so, local officials believe.

 

50 YEARS AGO

FROM NOVEMBER 1961

Farmer's new business makes syrup from cane

One stalk of sugar cane planted by Gates D. Inman a few years ago on a dare has resulted in what may be Denton's newest business.

This week Inman is turning out several hundred gallons of high-grade ribbon syrup from his own mill on Denton's southwest side. All the syrup will be from three acres of cane raised on his Denton place, plus a small amount raised on the east side of Garza-Little Elm Reservoir.

Among those helping with the operation is R.C. Winfrey, who learned about sugar cane in his native Alabama. He runs the old-type crusher while Buster Vaughn of Corinth is the handyman.

"I raised the first cane here a few years ago when I gave a stalk to my grandbaby," Inman said. "No one thought it would grow."

Last year he had the cane made into syrup at Winnsboro. A few weeks ago Inman built his own mill, a smaller version of those found in the eastern part of the state.

Noble Holland to be honored

Noble Holland, Negro civic leader, will be honored Friday night during an appreciation night on his behalf at the American Legion Hall at Lakey and Wilson streets in Southeast Denton.

The appreciation night for Holland is being sponsored by the Rev. T.L. Young, a pastor of the Emanuel Church of God in Christ in Dallas. Also on hand will be the Rev. F.L. Haynes, a bishop in the Church of God in Christ and pastor of the Denton congregation, of which Holland is a member.

Holland is presently commander of the Negro American Legion and the Legion Hall had been completed under his guidance. He is also vice commander of the American Woodmen Lodge.

He has always been a leader in fund-raising drives, and he has worked with the Negro Day Nursery.

This year he became the first person of his race appointed to a city government agency when he was named to a seat on the Denton Park Board.

 

25 YEARS AGO

FROM NOVEMBER 1986

Denton council OKs historic district

Denton City Council members ended six years of debate by unanimously approving the creation of the Oak-Hickory Street Historic District, calling their vote for "the good of the community."

The historical district will include parts of Oak, Hickory, Denton and Pearl streets. Under rules of an ordinance approved later, residents will have to have approval from the city's Historic Landmark Commission before making substantial changes to the facades of their homes.

Bill Doggett, who lives on Oak Street, and L.S. Forester, who owns property on Hickory, both spoke against the ordinance.

"I'm just opposed to having restrictions written into this ordinance imposed on me against my will," said Doggett.

Mike Cochran, chairman of the Historic Landmark Commission, said the advantages of the district would far outweigh "the detriments to individuals or the town itself."

Sally Beauty continues growth philosophy

Why not be the biggest in the world?

That's what Michael Renzulli says when he explains his Denton-based company's phenomenal growth. He wants to be the biggest beauty products supplier, so he opens a new Sally Beauty Supply store every week.

The company employs 250 in Denton and 2,000 in 23 states.

Renzulli plans on the company having 1,000 stores in all 50 states by the 1990s.

Renzulli said vanity is another factor that fuels Sally's growth.

"Americans want to get beautiful and they'll pay the price to stay beautiful," he said. "Even in a tough economy, the beauty supply business will do well."

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


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