100 YEARS AGO
From February 1913
Women’s suffrage debated by orators
After one of the most exciting contests ever held by the oratorical society at Denton High, the negative side won the debate on that question now looming large in Texas and other states, “Resolved that women in Texas should be extended suffrage on equal terms with men.”
The speakers, Harold Young and Woodson Dyer for the positive side and Earl Dyer and Vivion Rogers for the negative, presented their points forcefully and at times with brilliance. When the judges adjourned to select the winner, each side of the question seemed appealing to the gathering.
Earl Dyer, speaking for the negative side, carried off the individual honors and the $10 gold piece offered by the Alliance Milling Co. and Raley & Co. Harold Young, representing the affirmative side, was awarded a $5 gold piece.
639 trees planted at schools for Arbor Day
To the tune of a rousing drumbeat, the classes at the R.E. Lee School marched and followed flags carried by Roy Huffines and Carl Harris to the playground for the Arbor Day program. Simultaneously, the students at Jackson and Sam Houston schools filed out for their outside exercise and tree plantings “for the benefit of future generations.”
The trees, provided by Denton’s park commission, were planted by the students along with, at each school, a bottle containing the school’s roll, the names of the Mayor, the park commission and city officials. Each student who individually donated a tree also buried a bottle with his or her name in it. The Lee school planted 357 trees, Jackson school planted 175 and the Houston school 107, for a total of 639 trees.
75 YEARS AGO
From February 1938
Electricity flows in Krum thanks to project
The 50-mile Krum section, the first of Denton County’s $530,000 REA project, was electrified Wednesday afternoon to carry power to 233 farm homes.
The project, said to be the state’s largest, will eventually stretch 550 miles and serve 1,862 farms in this county and in neighboring sectors of Cooke, Grayson, Tarrant and Wise counties.
A brief ceremony was held at a point one-half mile north of Krum. Present were Will S. Long, project superintendent, and directors W.C. Moss, B.T. McGee and Henry Koiner of the county electrification association sponsoring the project. Also attending were E.R. Williams of Texas Power & Light Co., R.J. Edwards and O.L. Fowler of Denton.
Colored Scout troop organized
The first colored Boy Scout troop in Denton has just been organized with 20 scouts from ages 12 to 18 enrolled, said J.D. McDonald, scout executive. He said the scouts are so enthusiastic they are meeting two or three times a week.
Scoutmaster for the troop is A. Tennyson Miller, and the chairman of the troop committee is Fred Moore, principal of the Fred Douglass School.
Scouts in the troop are Carl Lee Jones, William Devorx, T.C. Hill, Felix Hill, Bennie Lee Dorrty, Billie Bell, Mitchell Jackson, Charlie Jones, Willie Bolden, James Williams, W.C. Reynolds, D. L. Johnson, M.C. Bell, Oscar Chambers, W.D. Lawson, H.C. Bell, William Fred Goodner, Raymond Jackson, James Whitlow and G.W. Foreman.
Truck to take library books to schools
Culminating the growth of the Denton County-City Public Library was the recent purchase of a library truck equipped to carry up to 2,000 books to the schools of the county. The truck is equipped with electric lights and built-in shelves and a desk to hold the equipment for issuing the books. Ned Conner of the library staff will drive the truck.
The library project is one that the County Board of Education agreed to sponsor after standardized achievement test scores in 1935 showed Denton County students were far below the state average in word meaning and knowledge of literature.
Until now, teachers from the county schools have had to come to Denton to check out books and take them back to their school. Because the truck will now take the books to the schools, the number of books that may be withdrawn by each teacher will be increased from 15 to 25 and possibly 30 volumes, said R.L. Proffer, county school superintendent.
50 YEARS AGO
From February 1963
Supreme Court justice backs press in address
The public’s misunderstanding of some Supreme Court decisions is more the fault of the court itself than of the nation’s newspapers, Associate Justice Tom Clark told a crowd of 1,200 at North Texas State University on Wednesday.
A native of Dallas who has been on the bench since 1949, Clark said the handing down of opinions “we may have been discussing for six months” makes it difficult for reporters to interpret in minutes.
He cited the Supreme Court’s ruling in the prayer case, which many American’s misunderstood.
“Some thought we outlawed the use of ‘In God We Trust’ on the coins, some thought we had even outlawed prayer in the church,” said Clark.
What the court actually did was to rule it unconstitutional for a government body to write a prayer and have the government-written prayer recited in a public school.
Clark later reminisced about his days as a Dallas attorney, when it would take two hours to drive to Denton instead of today’s 30 minutes, to try cases with Fred Minor, a Denton attorney and one-time speaker of the Texas House.
Dame Judith Anderson to perform at NTSU
Knighted three years ago by Queen Elizabeth II, Dame Judith Anderson will play two of her most celebrated roles, Lady Macbeth and Medea, at 8:15 Wednesday in the NTSU Main Auditorium.
A part of the NTSU Fine Arts program, admission to the program is $2 or by Fine Arts season ticket or with student identification.
The New York Herald Tribune has hailed Anderson as “our greatest living actress.”
25 YEARS AGO
From February 1988
Mrs. King to lead off new TWU series
Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, will inaugurate a new Women of Achievement Series sponsored by the Texas Woman’s University President’s Council.
The series will bring to the TWU campus women of distinction in education, politics, arts, community services, sciences, health care and other fields.
King, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, will receive the university’s first Woman of Achievement Medal at the program on April 14.
The medal is given to honor distinguished women who have made significant contributions toward the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons and who serve as role models for women who seek leadership positions.
County attorney fees soaring
Commissioners Court attorney fees have increased 11,525 percent since 1982 according to County Auditor’s records. Attorney fees for fiscal 1982 were $2,000 and were $232,500 for fiscal 1987.
Count Auditor James Wells said much of the increase has resulted from “the overall growth in lawsuits” filed against the county.
County Commissioner Don Hill said, “ … if people think the lawsuits are going to stop, they’re not.” Hill added, “You know, I just wonder if people get up in the morning thinking, ‘Who can I sue today and how many attorneys can I hire?’”
The court hires attorneys in “reaction” rather than action, said Hill.
Because the county is required by state law to provide attorneys for indigent defendants in criminal cases, the Commissioners have no control over those cases. Those costs have increased 801 percent since 1982, from $74,000 to $667,000.
Sanger chamber honors citizens
Sam Burrus was named outstanding citizen of the year during an annual banquet of the Sanger Chamber of Commerce at the new Chisholm Trail Elementary School on Saturday night.
The crowd of 200 also saw outstanding chamber member awards go to Debbie Snider and Judy Webster.
The event, hosted by radio station KVIL personality Suzie Humphreys, also recognized the young people of the community for notable achievements, including 1987 student of the year Allen Blocker and Little Mr. and Miss Sanger, Stormy McQuistion and Windy Morgan.
— Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor
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