100 YEARS AGO
FROM OCTOBER 1912
Powerful auto owned by Denton man
The most powerful auto ever in Denton, and maybe in Texas, is owned by O.A. Graham, who received it Tuesday afternoon. His first run brought numerous complaints about the city’s speed ordinance being violated.
The car was driven by Burman in the Indianapolis races and has 120 horsepower. The car will develop 65 or 75 miles per hour in intermediate gear.
George Sheridan drove the car to Krum and said it is impossible to throttle down to a reasonable speed when in high gear. The car has been driven 115 miles per hour.
NOTE: The speed limit in Denton at the time was 15 mph.
Depot to get new drinking fountain
Wonders! They are to have a sure enough drinking fountain at the passenger station, and the old makeshift one that used to do double duty — one side for “whites” and the other for “coloreds” — will be supplanted by a brand new drinking fountain with running water. That is, if the improvement can be installed without breaking up the concrete floor.
J.N. Rayzor’s home robbed; valuables taken
Thieves, probably working in the wake of the circus that was in town, entered the home of J.N. Rayzor on Oak Street Saturday afternoon while the family was away, walked out the front door in plain view and made off with grips containing clothes and valuables worth about $200.
A nurse working next door at the home of Arthur Rayzor saw the two leaving but thought it was two of the Rayzor boys going somewhere.
The thieves took two new suits belonging to Preach and Colonel Rayzor; a purse belonging to Preach and his ring; a new overcoat, a gold cable chain and handsome gold watch belonging to Mrs. Rayzor and other property belonging to the two boys.
The sheriff’s office was notified, but little could be done toward identifying or catching the thieves due to the large crowd being here for the circus.
75 YEARS AGO
FROM OCTOBER 1937
Old quilts exhibited at county fair
A quilt 110 years old entered by Mrs. Bob McMahon of Aubrey was the oldest quilt on display at the County Fair. The quilt is patchwork circles and bordered in yellow and white polka dot material.
Another quilt was “over 100 years old” and a Little Elm woman entered one 75 years of age that had a homespun lining. Mrs. A.C. Wilkerson of Justin entered a quilt that was 80 years old. All were distinguished for their tiny stitches and complicated patterns.
Order a Goblin Cake for Sunday Dinner, 35 cents and 50 cents; Electric Made Doughnuts, 20 cents a dozen. Purity Bakery.
570 on relief rolls in Denton County
There are 570 persons from 151 families receiving relief aid in Denton County at the present time, according to Miss Ila Decker, city-county caseworker.
These cases are divided into two groups, families receiving clothing and food — direct cases of unemployable persons — and those receiving clothing only, cases where they possibly work but cannot clothe their families.
The number will be greater from this time on through winter, because of the harvest season being over.
Two WPA canning plants at Pilot Point and Lewisville, supervised by Mrs. Mable D. Shinn, employ 68 persons. The sewing rooms at Sanger and Denton employ 28 persons and are under the direction of Mrs. E.C. Powell.
50 YEARS AGO
FROM OCTOBER 1962
Major step taken for civic area
Work toward providing a site for Denton’s planned Civic Center was culminated Saturday in the announcement by the city of Denton that more than 112,000 square feet of property has been or will be acquired along East McKinney Street.
Included are two large tracts at Oakland and McKinney; one being the Coca-Cola bottling plant that will be razed immediately. The city has decided to exercise options on property that runs from Oakland Street to Austin Street as well.
Total cost of the properties is $159,000, or about $1 per square foot. Allowances for buildings were negotiated separately.
The City Council has indicated it will issue warrants to pay for land purchases. In the meantime, First State Bank, the city’s official depositor, is providing money for the purchases and holding title for the city until the warrant are issued.
Denton unit on alert as Cuban crisis mounts
The Denton Missile Site, just north of town, apparently was among a vast number of military units placed on alert prior to President Kennedy’s address on the Cuban crisis last evening.
Although the base would have no comment, passers-by noticed four rarely seen Nike Hercules missiles were out of their below-ground locations and appeared ready for launching.
The activity at the missile base during the afternoon came just prior to the president’s address. Many residents, including callers to the Record-Chronicle, spent the time before the address speculating what he might say. Some thought it might have something to do with Berlin and others worried about the recent Chinese invasion of India.
President Kennedy called for a naval blockade after he revealed the Soviet Union had sent missiles to Cuba. A Soviet government statement called the blockade a “gamble” and issued what it called a “serious warning.”
25 YEARS AGO
FROM OCTOBER 1987
Rotary Club admits first female members
The Denton Rotary Club, which historically has allowed only men as members, admitted two women members.
It was a first for the club, brought on by a Supreme Court decision that ruled against the Rotary International bylaw restricting membership to men, said Bob Woodin, president of the Denton Rotary Club.
Linda Knight, part owner of Denton County Title Co., and Lynne Dower, who owns and operates Dower Buick-GMC-Suburu, were invited to become members and admitted without fanfare.
“It’s certainly significant that Rotary recognizes that there’s a large untapped pool of talent willing to volunteer their services to work for the things they [Rotarians] stand for,” said Ms. Dower.
Sanger’s first lady of history gets her day
She’s called the Sanger historian and she has one book and five historical markers to prove it.
Eunice Gray, a retired teacher, is also involved in civic affairs. She is largely responsible for establishing the Sanger Public Library and the Sullivan Senior Center in Sanger.
Recently, Sanger Mayor Nel Armstrong declared it “Eunice Sullivan Gray Day” near her 80th birthday. Mrs. Gray was recognized for her efforts that have had a “vital part in the development and growth of Sanger.
Mrs. Gary credits her achievements to daily doses of enthusiasm and traces her interest in history to her parents, Sam H. and Mamie Sullivan. “My mother taught history and my father was an oral historian,” she said. “I can’t imagine anybody not wanting to know where they came from.”
Her roots in the area run deep. Mrs. Gray’s father’s family settled in the Sanger area in 1856 and her mother came to Sanger to teach after graduating from what is now North Texas State University. Her grandfather, Jack R. Sullivan, helped establish Denton County National Bank.
The first of five historical markers in town can be found on the old Presbyterian Church building, now the town’s library. Mrs. Gray researched and submitted the application for the historical makers, which must be approved by the Texas Historical Commission. She said it usually takes about a year for the research and approval for the markers to be completed.
Much of her research has been published in the Sanger Courier.
— Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor
DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He can be contacted at 940-458-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.