100 YEARS AGO
FROM MARCH 1913
Old photographs of county officials sought
A very good suggestion comes to the Record and Chronicle that the county should start a collection of photographs of all the county officers possible. Doubtless the ex-county officials still living would be glad to furnish photographs. The relatives of those deceased might have photographs they would be willing to donate to the collection. There is plenty of blank space in the courtrooms that could be used for that purpose and the collection would have a very considerable local interest.
Denton County has been organized since 1846, and not a few of its officers have been intimately connected with the political history of the state. If we had all the pictures of the county sheriffs, attorneys, clerks, judges, assessors, collectors, representatives, senators, surveyors, et cetera, it would furnish a collection that would grow both in size and interest.
I have an agency for the famous “OVERLAND” line of automobile for the western half of Denton County. The Overland model 69T, which at $985 is fully the equal of most cars selling at $1500 to $1800. Full 30 HP and full equipment. Reuben Rucker, Krum.
Excursionists pleased with first auto trip
A most enthusiastic crowd left Tuesday morning on the first of the trades extension trips which the business men of Denton have planned. The first outing was made to the southern and southwestern part of the county, including stops at Stony, Ponder, Justin, Roanoke and Argyle. The excursion comprised about 100 of Denton’s business and professional men in 25 automobiles.
The road to Stony was pretty bad after the rains and three cars dropped out. At Stony, about 150 residents gave their welcome.
Justin will always be remembered favorably by the Denton visitors. The Baptist and Methodist women joined in serving a sumptuous dinner. There is a lot of growth taking place in Justin. Large crowds greeted the travelers in both Roanoke and Argyle. Great enthusiasm was heard in response to working together for better roads to help improve the county’s standing.
Upon the return to Denton, the entire group was taken to the Alliance Bottling factory and treated to soda pop.
75 YEARS AGO
FROM MARCH 1938
Better kitchens goal of demonstration clubs
The Home Demonstration Club women of Denton County have set as their aim for the year more attractive and efficient kitchens, according to Miss Nena Roberson, county home demonstration agent.
The goals for some 500 club women include: refinishing walls, woodwork and floors; all openings tightly screened; windows curtained attractively; water piped into the kitchen with drainage; and provide sanitary garbage containers for the kitchen.
While work of this type will bring many problems before the club women, none will be so great that with the aid of their families and the county agent it cannot be solved, Miss Roberson said.
Suggestion made for Courthouse sidewalks
A suggestion that sidewalks be put around all four sides of the Courthouse lawn, replacing the present gravel strip and dirt that borders the curb, is under discussion by the county commissioners.
If the sidewalk is very wide, it would necessitate moving back the shrubbery or removing it entirely. The court will study the suggestion carefully.
Heavy damage done by 8-inch downpour
Rain-drenched Denton County, with as much as eight inches received in a cloudburst at Denton on Sunday night, surveyed the aftermath Monday morning. Homes, streets and other property affected by the deluge are expected to see the damages soar into the thousands of dollars.
Weary police and sheriff’s deputies, after responding to numerous calls for help and rumors of persons being swept away, were able to report the casualty list as short. Two aboard the Fort Worth-bound M-K-T train that collapsed into the creek south of town had serious injuries but both are expected to recover.
A number of houses in the eastern part of Denton were washed away, including a house on Bois d’Arc Street that was carried to the nearby M-K-T overpass south of the mill where it lodged.
Officials reported that all routes south and east of the city were blocked by high water.
The Women’s College reported some dormitories and basements flooded up to a depth of four feet. The Teachers College reported that only the old library building had water inside but it was easily mopped up.
50 YEARS AGO
FROM MARCH 1963
Argyle votes to incorporate, again
With 113 of an unofficial total of 115 voters casting ballots, Argyle residents decided to continue plans for incorporation Saturday. The final vote was 62 against discontinuing incorporation and 51 for abolishment of the incorporation process.
The community originally voted to incorporate in October 1962. The incorporation was challenged by the city of Denton and the courts ruled Argyle had incorporated more land area than allowed by state law. In January, the citizens of Argyle again voted to incorporate, 43 to 25.
The latest vote was an effort by those opposing incorporation. While 1962 poll tax receipts were in effect in January, the election on Saturday required a 1963 receipt. Those opposed hoped the increase in eligible voters would be enough to stop the process.
Argyle residents will return to the polls on Tuesday to vote for an unopposed slate of candidates for city offices.
Candidates include M.H. Wilson for mayor; William Carpenter, Elmo Smith, L.R. Carty, Grover Wallace and DeWitt McDaniel for aldermen; and Jack Gibson for marshal.
Officials honor League of Women Voters
Members of the Denton League of Women Voters were commended Wednesday at their first birthday luncheon. Commendations came for city and county officials.
“I commend you for your diligent study of the structure of the city and county governments,” said County Judge W.K. Baldridge. He was joined in similar praise by Denton Mayor Warren Whitson.
The Denton league voted to publish a booklet designed to inform voters of the structure of local governments. It is available at the Denton Chamber of Commerce office.
Mrs. Thomas Pierce is the local president of the Denton chapter. She said the organization has passed out state, local and national legislative guidelines, and collected poll taxes this past year. The group will study all bond issues and the parks and recreation in Denton for the 1963 projects.
25 YEARS AGO
FROM MARCH 1988
Primaries bring change, runoffs
A heavy turnout for both the Democratic and Republican primaries produced an incumbent’s defeat and a couple of major runoffs.
Denton automotive repair owner Troy Glenn defeated Precinct 1 Commissioner Ruth Tansey on Tuesday, and Precinct 3 Commissioner Lee Walker faces a runoff as a result of the Republican primary.
A member and past president of the Denton County Taxpayers Association, Glenn ran primarily on the tax rollback issue currently being opposed by Tansey and the present Commissioners Court in state appellate court. In November he will face former County Judge Buddy Cole, the Democratic nominee, in the general election.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Lee Walker, with 43 percent of the vote, will face Judy Larson, who garnered 33 percent. Mansell “Smitty” Smith was third in the race. Larson has criticized Walker for her stand against taxpayers in the rollback issue and for excessive spending on attorney fees. The winner will face David Witherspoon, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
The stormy sheriff’s race in the GOP primary resulted in a runoff between incumbent Sheriff Randy Kaiser and challenger Kirby Robinson. Kaiser received 40 percent of the votes to Robinson’s 31 percent. Dwight Crawford, who finished third in the four-man race, was quick to throw his support to Robinson. The other candidate, Mike Melton, is expected to endorse Robinson as well. The winner of the runoff will face Democratic nominee Ben Thurman in November. Thurman received 51 percent of the vote against his two opponents, Robert Genova and Frankie Hale.
— 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.