100 YEARS AGO
FROM JANUARY 1912
Footballers get 'D' sweaters
The new "D" sweaters for the Denton High football squad were distributed Wednesday. This year, in addition to the players, sweaters were ordered for Prof. Jackson, the coach, and Dr. Piner, who evidenced a very considerable interest in the players and also acted as official in the games. In addition to Mr. Jackson and Dr. Piner, those honored with letter sweaters were Will Collins, Jack McMath, Harrold Millar, Fred Lane, Laud Ratten, Ned Rector, James Potts, John Cobb, Ira Jones, Homer McNew and Haggard Buckingham.
The team had its picture taken Thursday and copies of it will be sent to the state papers, together with the local team's enviable record for 1911.
Paul Ramires is back again at his restaurant in the Owsley Building on West Oak Street, where he always keeps FRESH CHILI and TAMALES. Short order served at all time. Come and see me - Paul Ramires
There's gold in Denton County
That there is gold in Denton County rocks is the statement of Sam P. Allison, former Denton boy now in the assay business at Ravia, Okla. Inferentially it is possible to put it no stronger; that the gold exists is sufficient quantity to make its extraction a profitable venture. Dr. E.W. Fritz sent some peculiar-looking rock he blasted out of a hillside on his place to Mr. Allison recently. The results will probably cause further exploration.
In his reply, Mr. Allison mentions the fact that while Denton County is one of the best prospect counties on earth geologically, "nobody knows it," he said. Allison also requested to see samples from artesian well drilling that would further corroborate his findings.
75 YEARS AGO
FROM JANUARY 1937
Mrs. Trigg's career had rough start
At the gate on a Texas farm home in 1912, the owner stood addressing a young woman, his tone querulous.
"Lady," he said, "I know the government is sending you here to help us folks, and don't think I don't appreciate it. But I've got $5 here, and I'll give it to you not to come back to this farm anymore!"
That was ex-teacher Mrs. Edna W. Trigg's introduction on one of her first visits as the first home demonstration agent in Texas. This month Mrs. Trigg completed her 25th year as a home demonstration agent, having served Denton County the past 21 years.
She recalls being referred to as "that government woman" and being bitterly opposed by rural residents who didn't want the government trying to "teach the farm people how to run their business." Slowly, she won over many of her opponents.
When she first came to the county, farm homes were in varied states of unsightly disrepair. Rare indeed was the home which had a garden for foodstuffs, or a cow to supply milk and butter. Mrs. Trigg many times pleaded with farmers to give permission for their wives and daughters to paint a house from egg and butter money, or to cover an unsightly dry well with a flower bed.
Her success in these efforts can now be seen in many Denton County farmhouses, one of which, the A.B. Whitlock home near Green Valley, won first place in the Texas Garden Club's statewide beautification contest in 1935.
County school library is one year old
The Denton County school library is celebrating this week the first anniversary of its operation.
The first books from the then-97-volume library were put into circulation on Jan. 25, 1936. Today its 3,079 volumes are serving 2,400 pupils in 39 common school districts, through 88 teachers. In addition to the added books, the library now includes 1,000 informational bulletins and pamphlets.
County schools allowed $10 per teacher for the purchase of books during the year prior to opening the library. That amount usually purchased about 10 books. The same amount, now applied as a subscription fee for the county school's library, gives the teachers access to 120 books per year with a purchase value of $96. Books are issued by the month, with each teacher allowed to check out 15 books per month for the use of her pupils.
50 YEARS AGO
FROM JANUARY 1962
Lewisville charter group chairman named
Businessman Conrad Duwe was named chairman of the Lewisville Charter Commission in Thursday's initial charter meeting.
Others named to assist Duwe in the study of the proposed charter for the city of Lewisville are Harold Fieszel and Dan J. Morse.
Duwe appointed teams to visit Plano, Decatur, Hurst, Farmers Branch, Denton, Richardson, Mesquite and Carrollton to study their types of government. From their investigations the commission members will choose between the council-manager or the mayor-council type of government.
Roads stay one-way
Denton's one-way streets are here to stay.
Denton voters settled this by favoring the one-way streets by a margin of 1,412 to 1,233 in a special election Tuesday. Sixteen votes were mutilated and not counted.
The total vote, 2,661, was surprising for a special election; nearly as heavy as last April's city council election when 2,689 ballots were cast.
The election climaxed a controversy which has raged since the one-way system was put into effect last September. Operators of service stations and other firms claimed the one-way streets have hurt business and reduced property values.
The victory came despite opposition from a group called the United Citizens for Denton's Stability that launched an advertising campaign favoring two-way streets.
The Denton City Council voted 3-2 to return to two-way streets at their Dec. 10 meeting, but that touched off new protests that led to the called special election.
25 YEARS AGO
FROM JANUARY 1987
Martino promotes American-made goods
Frank Martino has never bought a foreign-made car.
And when he shops, he checks labels to make sure the clothes he buys are made in the United States, because he knows what it is like to compete with foreign manufacturers.
Martino is president of Russell-Newman Manufacturing Co., a Denton-based company that makes ladies' lingerie. In addition to the company headquarters off Loop 288, the company has plants in Pilot Point, Seymour, Stamford, Cisco and Breckenridge. Over the last two years, the company closed two plants, one in Saint Jo and a sewing plant in Denton. Russell-Newman currently employs 632, down from 1,000 in 1979.
Martino attributes the reduction of plants and employees to market share taken by foreign competition. He says it is tough to compete with countries where the wage is only 14 cents an hour. But Martino believes he's formulated the best plan.
"I call it quick response. When a customer calls and says he needs something, we'll have it to him in 30 days." Martino added that "If you buy anything offshore, it takes a lot longer."
Russell-Newman opened in 1939 as a manufacturer of panties. It has since expanded to include gowns, robes, teddies, pajamas and slips. The products are carried by Mervyn's, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Cravens, Russell's, Macy's and more than 75 other retailers nationwide.
City dedicates Martin Luther King Jr. Park
More than 100 Denton residents turned out Thursday for the dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Park and future recreation center site in southeast Denton.
The crowd, which included the Denton City Council, gathered first at Fred Moore Park and marched several blocks down Wilson Street to the park site at Morse and Newton streets. Many carried signs commemorating the birthday of the late civil rights leader.
Mayor Ray Stephens said it was appropriate that the dedication occur on King's birthday. "This park is long overdue. It represents a dream of all of you here today."
The park was obtained last year through Community Block Grant funds. In December, voters approved bond funds to construct a $1.2 million neighborhood recreation center at the site.
Mark Chew, Denton's first black City Council member, said he especially wanted to thank City Manager Lloyd Harrell for "his dynamic leadership" in working for passage of the city's bond issue.
"We all owe our city manager," Chew said. "All of the citizens of Denton have a lot to be proud of today. … You and I are witnesses to history today."
- Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor
DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He may be contacted at 940-458-4979 or email@example.com.