100 Years Ago
FROM NOVEMBER 1912
Democrats celebrate local, national wins
County Democratic Chairman Levi Belew of Pilot Point issued a call for Denton County Democrats to meet here Friday night to ratify and jollify Democratic victories in the county, state and — for the first time in 20 years — the presidential race.
Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey carried the county as handily as he did the nation with President Taft and the Republicans narrowly surpassing the Denton County Socialists for second. Former President Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive (Bull Moose) Party came in fourth.
In county elections, S.H. Hopkins won the race for county judge with 2,299. Republican candidate W.W. Baxter polled 199 and Socialist W.W. Smallwood, 179. For county clerk: Oscar T. Button (Democrat), 2,304; John F. Schmitz (Republican), 198, and A. J. McCurley (Socialist), 182. For sheriff: W.C. Orr (Democrat), 2,302; S.M. Maynard (Republican), 197; L.C. Lincecum (Socialist), 181.
Winners of turkey shoot-off named
In a shoot-off Tuesday, Clifford Witherspoon made the high score, besting Al Henry and Fred Rayzor. Another shoot will be held Thursday afternoon at Hiland Park.
Normal College defeats Pilot Point High, 47-5
With an average of one field goal every one and one-third minutes, the champion North Texas Normal basketball team defeated Pilot Point High by a score of 47 to 5.
From the first minute it was a walk-over for the quick, lithe, well-trained athletes of the college.
The visitors from Pilot Point took their heavy losing with perfectly good humor; the game being absolutely free of wrangling and bad humor, which is somewhat unusual for basketball.
75 Years Ago
FROM NOVEMBER 1937
Turkey market to open
Denton produce men expect the Thanksgiving turkey buying period to open Thursday.
They expect to see a fairly good volume for the local trade, although a light hatch has resulted in 10 percent less turkey than last year. The going price as of yesterday was 12 to 14 cents per pound.
E.A. Nall at the turkey plant has jobs available for turkey pickers.
Required driver’s license tests starting
Drivers applying for driver’s licenses after Nov. 15 will find skilled examiners asking about their driving habits and ability.
On that date, trained examiners will start enforcing the new state law requiring physical and driving tests designed to keep from the roads inept drivers blamed by many for increasing roadside deaths.
In addition, vehicles used by the applicant must undergo examination for proper horn, brakes, lights and windshield wipers.
Minimum age requirements for a private operators license is 14 with signed consent of a judge or legal guardian. Otherwise, it is 16.
Daily tests will be given in Dallas and Fort Worth. Tests will be given in Denton one day each week.
Lord Marley to discuss international issues
The distinguished British statesman Lord Marley will discuss “America and the Pacific — Is the Future with Japan?” at his lecture in the Texas State College for Women auditorium Wednesday night.
A member of the House of Lords, Lord Marley will discuss Japan’s search for markets and raw materials, China as her goal; the threat to other foreign trade with China; Russia’s attitude on the situation; the present trend in Manchuria and North China and the relation of all this to America.
Grocers close early for Armistice Day
Denton grocery stores will close at noon Thursday to give employees a half holiday in observance of Armistice Day, W.E. Mann, Retail Merchants Association secretary, announced today.
The grocers joined in an appeal that Denton housewives order their groceries as early as possible Thursday so that the day’s business may be transacted by noon.
Many businesses have announced they will be closed all day for the observance and others may join the grocers in half-day closings.
50 Years Ago
FROM NOVEMBER 1962
Event to honor retiring banker R.M. Barns
Banking associates of R.M. Barns will honor him tonight at the Country Inn upon his retirement at the completion of his 57th year with the Denton County National Bank.
Barns began his long banking career on Nov. 1, 1905, serving the bank in every capacity from bookkeeper to president. He recently served as honorary chairman of the board of directors.
In addition to his service at the bank, Barns has been active in the Denton Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other civic enterprises.
Acme to donate 10,000 bricks to Fairhaven
The first 10,000 bricks produced at the new Acme Brick plant will be donated to Fairhaven, the proposed home for the aged to be built on Bell Avenue at Peach.
Hub Hill, chairman of the board of Acme, made the announcement at the official groundbreaking for the new plant. Hill and Chamber of Commerce President Murrell set off a dynamite charge to break ground officially.
Denton warned on campus program
Lyn Davis of Dallas, the newly elected vice president of the National Association of Realtors, said Denton “will sell its soul down the river” if the campus redevelopment program and urban renewal agency now under study is approved by voters.
“Under terms of House Bill 70,” said Davis, “any part of Denton could be called a slum area under its broad regulations.”
Davis said he drove around the TWU campus area and saw no need to condemn residential properties. “If I was in dire need for land to expand that campus, I believe I would sacrifice a portion of the golf course. I saw a beautiful golf course but I didn’t see anybody on it.”
25 Years Ago
FROM NOVEMBER 1987
Polls busy as voters OK pari-mutuel betting
Denton County voters went to the polls en masse Tuesday, 60.67 percent of them voting in favor of pari-mutuel betting. The issue carried statewide, 57 percent to 43 percent.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said election judge Marilyn Nelson of Highland Village.
At 7 p.m., when the polls closed, 175 people were still waiting to cast ballots.
Tempers flared at some precincts when paper ballots ran out, but that was soon remedied. Other precincts reported some voters angry over the long lines.
Most precincts reported 30 to 40 percent of registered voters showed up to vote. Overall, the county saw 33 percent of registered voters participating, compared to less than 8 percent when the constitutional election was held two years ago.
Many, such as horse rancher Jerry Rheudasil of Flower Mound, were happy about the passage of the measure. “The agribusiness [will] benefit and the state will receive money from construction, tourism and other jobs needed for the tracks,” said Rheudasil.
State Rep. Jim Horn is betting gambling will pay off. “In this area, with or without a track, it is important to Denton County,” he said, noting the county is well known as horse country.
Not everyone was delighted with the outcome. The Rev. Skip Boman of Central Baptist Church warned, “It’s rebellion against God because the Bible says to make a living by the sweat of the brow and not at the race track.” Similar complaints were voiced by other area ministers.
County to pay extra for JP-constable squabble
County commissioners voted to rent space on Oak Street in Roanoke to house Constable Sam Skinner. The matter was in response to the ongoing dispute between the constable and Justice of the Peace Hubert Cunningham, who dismantled Skinner’s office in the space the two were sharing.
Commissioner Sandy Jacobs questioned why the county is paying for the extra location while still paying for the space Cunningham moved Skinner out of.
But Jacobs added, “I don’t think it will ever work out as long as the constable is the one we have now and the JP is the one we have now.”
“What authority did Cunningham have to move him?” Commissioner Don Hill asked.
“That’s not on the agenda,” County Judge Vic Burgess replied and called for the vote.
— 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.