100 YEARS AGO
FROM FEBRUARY 1912
Yeggs blow safe at Argyle State Bank
A punctured tire of an automobile carrying Sheriff Orr and a party of officers from Denton prevented the capture of yeggs who were in the act of robbing the Argyle State Bank early Wednesday morning. The delay in repairing the punctured tire permitted the yeggs to get away 10 or 15 minutes before the officers arrived, carrying off $1,700 of the bank's funds.
The bank's vault was absolutely wrecked by 10 dynamite charges, which had been exploded in cracks around the door. The bank was badly cluttered up by the remains, according to Frank Wheeler, bank cashier.
The sheriff, aided by deputies Gallagher and Wilson along with Sam Davis of Argyle, Will Dunham and Bob Carruth of Roanoke, and City Marshal Goode of Denton, tracked the yeggs to a thicket along Denton Creek near Roanoke. There, a chocolate wrapper matched chocolate found at the bank. In the same vicinity a bank bag believed used for deposits by Argyle postmaster Fenton was found.
Deputy Wilson stopped a train south of Roanoke and two men jumped from the train and ran east. The deputy fired thrice at the fleeing men but was unable to capture them. It is known that one man wore a size 9 shoe and the other a size 7.
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Alliance Mill offers to help city after big fire
Prompted by the seriousness of the big fire on the city's west side Wednesday night when the city's pumping plant almost went out of commission, President J.N. Rayzor of the Alliance Mill arranged to present a proposition to the City Council at its next session looking to better guard against emergencies in case of another bad fire.
The mill, Mr. Rayzor said Friday, has plenty of water from its deep well and pumps that are almost as powerful as those in the city station. Mr. Rayzor's proposition, in brief, is to offer this assistance free of all cost except making connection between the two mains.
Wednesday's half-block fire on West Hickory Street, which brought out about 3,000 watchers, started in the Johnson Bros. big barn and inflicted damage on several businesses, including the City Livery Stable, S.S. Patterson's building and the Magill & Shepard used furniture building. The new furniture part and the undertaking business of Magill & Shepard, including their hearses, was not damaged.
The city fire department was particularly vigilant in keeping the big blaze away from the First Baptist Church.
75 YEARS AGO
FROM FEBRUARY 1937
Public library for city, county endorsed
At a meeting held Monday night in County Judge George P. Elbert's office, representatives of the City Commission, County Commissioner Court and the County School Board voted to have those three bodies elect members to a library committee to work actively to secure a city-county public library in Denton.
Plans for the library were outlined by Mrs. Judge Gambill, representing the Junior Shakespeare Club which originated the movement, explaining that joint support of all three bodies named would be necessary.
Space in the courthouse - the commissioners' room on the third floor given as temporary headquarters - has been promised by the County Commissioners Court as its part.
The present county school library of around 3,000 volumes could be incorporated and the yearly county appropriation for books could be used to purchase new books for schoolchildren, with the volumes available to the public, said County School Superintendent R. L. Proffer. …
Mrs. Pearl C. McCracken, the Teachers College librarian, and Dr. Harold Brenholtz, of that college's education department, both stressed the library as an aid to keeping boys and girls occupied with wholesome activities and turned away from idleness and crime.
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County got much from WPA in 1936
Food and clothing having a retail value of $45,920.21 was distributed to Denton County's needy through the WPA during 1936, according to the annual report.
Roy L. Stone, county commodity supervisor, reported that 22,141 cans of meat; 26,919 cans of fruit; 23,703 cans of vegetables; 77,676 pounds of flour; 1,412 pounds of butter; 10,000 pounds of onions and 42,208 pounds of fresh apples were distributed.
Other commodities distributed included cauliflower, evaporated milk, eggs, dried peaches, dried peas, oat cereal and dried prunes.
The clothing report shows adult and children garments, sheets, mattresses, quilts, towels and miscellaneous items.
50 YEARS AGO
FROM FEBRUARY 1962
Club told Civil War not a thing to celebrate
Mrs. Brooks Holt presented a program, "The Civil War in Poetry, Legend and Song" for the Modern Era Department of the Ariel Club Monday at the home of Mrs. Frank Barrow. Mrs. W.S. Harpool presided.
Mrs. Holt observed that the Civil War Centennial is not a celebration but a commemoration of an event which shook every home. Members of some families even fought on opposite sides during the war.
There were many poems, tales and songs resulting from the war. Some told of victory; others of defeat. Homesickness, heroism and sorrow were other themes.
Juvenile books exhibited at TWU
A collection 750 new juvenile books - from kindergarten to ninth-grade levels - will go on display at the TWU Library Monday.
The exhibit, prepared by 34 book companies, is sponsored by the TWU School of Library Science, headed by Miss Genevieve Dixon.
25 YEARS AGO
FROM FEBRUARY 1987
Commissioners OK county line change
A chunk of land on Denton County's southern boundary has been returned to Dallas County.
Denton County commissioners approved the findings of Lichliter-Jameson, the Dallas company which surveyed the area.
The boundary was originally surveyed in 1846 and resurveyed three times before 1880. Discrepancies in the survey led to a triangular error that amounted to as much as 1,000 feet at one corner. The original records were destroyed when the courthouse burned in 1875.
The area is part of a 10-mile border Denton County shares with Dallas County. Commissioner Sandy Jacobs said the area is primarily a flood plain.
The General Land Office is expected to approve the findings next week, Jacobs said. Then, surveyors will study the boundary between Denton and Tarrant counties.
Welcome to Fruit Jar Junction
Railroad conductors once alerted passengers they were entering "Fruit Jar Junction," the premier moonshine producing town in North Texas. Aubrey is no longer dependent on illegal liquor for its economy, but instead relies on peanuts and horses.
When Prohibition arrived in the 1920s and '30s, the area's cotton industry was in decline. A local resident perfected a still and sold prefabricated models to neighbors. People as far away as Dallas rode the train to imbibe in Aubrey.
Travelers may soon make frequent excursions to Aubrey once again, but they will be coming to visit the new Lake Ray Roberts.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.