100 YEARS AGO
FROM MARCH 1912
Telephone poles downed on Square
A crew of men was put to work Monday morning cutting down the poles of the Southwestern Telephone Co. on the Square. This removes practically all of Southwestern’s construction from the front of the business houses, and adds very much to the sightliness of the Square. The work of cutting the poles at the base and pulling them down with ropes attracted the usual crowd of curious onlookers. The fall of the poles sounded as if dynamite was being exploded.
Press Brick plant sold
A deed was filed this week by the Denton Press Brick Co. whereby it transferred the plant south of Denton to the Acme Brick Co. of Madison, Ill. The consideration in the deed was $25,000, all cash.
Local Socialists have mass meeting
The Socialists of Denton County held a well-attended mass meeting in Denton on Monday, with what was declared to be a representative attendance from every part of the county. An impromptu debate between Democrat Smith and Socialist Hurd featured the occasion.
According to M.A. Anderson, the Socialists’ secretary, steps have been taken to place a full slate of candidates for county office on the official ballot in November.
75 YEARS AGO
FROM MARCH 1937
Book drive progresses
The Junior Shakespeare Club’s house-to-house canvass for used books to donate to the projected city-county library has accumulated more than 1,800 books, club officials reported, exceeding the goal of 1,000 books.
Last weekend’s rain slowed the drive for two days but the drive will be extended for several days before it is completed. The club now believes it will collect more than 2,000 books.
Nation’s first lady speaks in Denton
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife of the nation’s president, spoke before capacity crowds at the Women’s College in two addresses Tuesday.
In the morning address, the first lady spoke on the “Problems of Youth.”
“The necessity of earning a living is the first great problem for most young people today and it must be met with two kinds of preparation: training in a skill that will enable one to earn a living, and preparation to enable one to enjoy living,” she said.
Accompanied by her son Elliot Roosevelt of Fort Worth, Mrs. Roosevelt visited the 200 men of the local CCC camp before her evening address.
In her second speech, Mrs. Roosevelt’s topic was “Relationship of the Individual to His Community.” Explaining that an interest in local affairs has widespread results, she touched upon state, national and international problems.
“We live in a democracy and should know just as much about the laws that are passed as do the persons in the state legislatures,” the first lady said with emphasis. “The more we know about our community and state community, the more we will be anxious to act for its betterment.”
School board allocation secures 100 books
Approximately 100 new volumes were added to the Fred Douglas Negro School on Wednesday — secured through a Denton school board allocation of $100.
The additional books bring the total number of volumes to around 500 books, according to Fred Moore, principal. The new books represent an expenditure of $4 per high school pupil at the school compared to 75 cents per student at Denton High School. It was pointed out that the reading facilities of the 25 Fred Douglas students compare favorably with those available to the 600 students at Denton High.
Moore said all the books purchased are on the approved list of the state department in order to maintain standards required of a first-class Negro high school.
50 YEARS AGO
FROM MONTH 1962
Episode of ‘Route 66’ filmed in Lewisville
Lewisville became the town of Kilkenny along Route 66 on Saturday as cameramen, directors and actors filled the streets to film an episode for the television series of the same name.
“We like to work in Texas because we can find locales for our stories,” publicity director Leo Wiener explained. “We need a unique small town for each story because each is individual.”
Route 66 is the story of two young vagabonds in search of adventure, romance and economic stability.
Filming is done entirely on location and the company does not have a home studio. Their caravan of 10 vehicles includes five sports cars driven by the stars.
“Love Is a Skinny Kid” is the story of a beautiful young girl, portrayed by Tuesday Weld, who has been ignored by her mother and declared dead in her home town, which she left. She returns for revenge but the story has a happy ending.
Several Lewisville residents are playing minor roles and are in crowd scenes. Former Denton resident Bob Brock, the radio and television editor of the Dallas Times Herald, plays Miss Weld’s father.
Speaker warns of long struggle for equal rights
Married women in Texas face a long struggle if obtaining legal rights equal to those of men or even divorcees, widows or single persons Mrs. Louise Raggio, Dallas attorney, told the Professional Business Women’s Club at TWU this week.
“Texas has a minimum of 44 discriminatory laws against married women. The laws are among the most backward in the United States,” Mrs. Raggio said.
In Texas, a married woman cannot manage, sell or give away her own separate property acquired prior to marriage without her husband’s consent.
Under Texas law, the wife is not the natural guardian of her children, the husband is. If the wife’s aunt dies and leaves a sum of money to a child, the husband is the guardian of the money.
If a husband catches his wife in a “compromising situation” with another man, the husband may kill the boyfriend and it is called justifiable homicide. If the wife catches the husband and kills the girlfriend, it is murder.
Various organizations, including the Professional Business Women’s Club are crusading to change the laws through a constitutional amendment. It calls for “no discrimination against women because of sex.”
25 YEARS AGO
FROM MONTH 1987
Plan for hydroelectric plant runs out of steam
The Texas Municipal Power Agency turned down Denton’s plans to construct a long-planned hydroelectric plant on Lewisville Lake.
In a move that surprised city officials, a motion by Richard Stewart, Denton’s representative on the board, died for a lack of a second. The city will now have to look for other alternatives for building a power plant.
Stewart said TMPA officials stated that any effort by a member city to produce energy would amount to a violation of the contract between Denton, Greenville, Bryan and Garland.
The proposed 2.8-megawatt plant would have provided 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
NTSU sets exhibit of 18th-century works
A distinguished exhibition of some of North Texas State University’s most prized possessions will open Monday, an exhibition that will reveal the breadth of intellectual and publishing interests of the 18th century.
“An Eighteenth Century of Miscellany from Great Britain, America and the Continent” mounted by Dr. Kenneth E. Lavender, the university’s bibliographer, and Morris Martin, the university’s music librarian, will be exhibited in the Rare Book Room and the Music Library at the Willis Library in conjunction with the conference of the South Central Society for 18th-Century Studies.
“The items we have chosen for the exhibition represent a broad spectrum of 18th-century intellectual interests. It includes witchcraft, the occult and other strange interests of the time. It also was a century of landscape gardening and we will show those works,” said Lavender.
The Rare Book Room has several original William Blake works and first editions of Johnson’s Dictionary as well as Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson and Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer.
— Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor
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