100 Years Ago
From March 1914
Denton County bank moves into new building
The Denton County National Bank moved into its new quarters Wednesday night and now occupies what is declared to be one of the handsomest Bank buildings in the state. The removal was effected with little difficulty, everything in the fixtures being new and necessitating the moving only of the valuable papers, bank supplies and the like.
Built in the classical style the building covers a ground space of 26 feet 10 1/2 inches by 74 feet, 5 inches. Its two-stories are 45 feet above the ground, with a commodious semi-basement which extends several feet above the ground. Limestone quarried from Johnston County, Oklahoma, is the material from which the building is built and gives a handsome effect.
The interiors are of imported French marble with mahogany woodwork and brushed brass railings and gratings.
The result of the work is very satisfactory, both to the architect, George Burnett of Waco, and to the contractor, Whitlock & Co. of Denton.
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Naylor looks to start baseball team
Dick Naylor of Ponder, the old Denton Athletic Club star and former Texas-Oklahoma League player, was in Denton Saturday. He has decided to remain on his Ponder farm this season in preference to playing professional ball, but said he would like to put in a team for Denton from about June 15 to September 1. By that time the most urgent part of his farm work will be over with and he could devote practically all of his time to baseball work and still have time to go over to his farm at intervals.
“I have strings on several good players whom I could secure for Denton,” said Mr. Naylor, “and that with the wealth of excellent material here would give Denton a team of which it could well be proud.”
Mr. Naylor’s visit caused the matter to be talked up considerably among the fans.
75 Years Ago
From March 1939
Denton greatly benefits from WPA
An extensive improvement program using WPA funds and employing large numbers of men has been carried out in Denton since the inauguration of the Works Progress Administration here in 1935. City Engineer W.N. Harris estimates $82,540 has been spent on WPA work.
Eleven WPA projects have been completed. The first was the concreting of a drainage ditch in the alley north of Panhandle Street from Malone Street to Pecan Creek.
Other projects have included the turtle-back football field for Denton High School; the paving of Chestnut Street by the Teachers College; two sewer projects; the laying of water lines; an addition to the negro school; the widening of North Locust Street; a rock wall around the IOOF Cemetery; the beautifying and improving of creeks and a continuation of the creek project begun in 1938, adding rock faces to the banks of the creeks that had been concreted both north and south of town.
Arches go up for college chapel
The arches are rapidly going up for the student chapel now being erected on the campus of the State College for Women. The arches will hold the high ceiling of this little place of meditation and worship for the students.
Texas gray sandstone will be used for the walls of the building which is expected to be completed in June. O’Neil Ford is the architect for the chapel.
50 Years Ago
From March 1964
Blacksmith’s legacy lives on
But for the deeds of St. Valentine’s Day 1946, very few would remember the name of Homer E. Flow.
A blacksmith and farmer, Flow had been an invalid for 10 years and had no family closer than cousins.
The 76-year-old bachelor divulged to a few friends the content of a will he had just completed —most of his estate would go to establish a hospital in Denton.
Blind for over 20 years, Flow hoped to live long enough to hear the sounds of construction on the hospital, but died before the rest of the money could be raised to build the $1 million structure.
Flow’s estate, estimated at $360,000, was destined for several cousins until he was approached with the idea of giving it for some worthy project. He initially wanted it to go for an old folks home but was worried that it might not be sustainable. He then decided to either give the money for a hospital. Three close friends probably played a part in his decision. They were R. M. Barns, his banker; Dr. Wallace E. Kimbrough, his physician; and Mrs. Lydia Ford, his housekeeper.
Construction on Flow Hospital began in 1947, but the original design for 80-100 beds had to be cut to 60 beds.
Bond proposals all pass by large margins
Going to the polls in record numbers, the citizens of Denton overwhelmingly passed all seven bond proposals totaling $6.5 million on Tuesday.
No vote was closer than 2-1 and one passed by an 8-1 margin.
“We’re all pleased that it all passed, especially by such large margins as most of it received,” said Denton mayor Warren Whitson.
The airport bond passed by the narrowest margin, 1484-701. The street improvement package got the most support, carrying 1957-224. Other proposals passed were for Municipal Building, Library, Parks, Community Center and Electric department.
25 Years Ago
From March 1989
County approves Food Center site
County Commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to house the Community Food Center in unused office space at 319 E. Oak, with Commissioner Sandy Jacobs voting “no” because she said the proposal was unfair to residents in the southern part of the county.
The short but acrimonious debate, which incorporated other issues of appropriate location of county services, forced County Judge Vic Burgess at one point to use his gavel to quiet the proceedings.
Mrs. Jacobs charged it was a Denton-only service and therefore should not be subsidized by the county.
“I’m opposed to providing free space when we’re spending $150,000 for rent for services that are mandated,” Mrs. Jacobs said.
She said a number of Lewisville social service agencies do not use the center’s services and some refer people to Christian Community Action in Lewisville.
County Commissioner Don Hill said that he had contacted the center and found that residents from Ponder, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, Carrollton and other cities use the center.
During a break, Mrs. Jacobs said she would bring up the issue of fair appropriation of services again during budget discussions.
Read-A-Thon a success at Sanger school
It looks like a big brontosaurus with a funny head, but the 21-foot long Read-o-saurus and its equally strange-looking offspring at Chisholm Trail Elementary School in Sanger represents a serious achievement by the children who created them.
A total of 228 children — about half the kids in the early childhood to third grade school —participated in the three-week Read-A-Thon that raised $5,000 for their library.
“The students asked relatives and friends to pledge an amount of money for each book they read,” said Rebecca Hines, a kindergarten teacher at Chisholm Trail. “All the books were read at home because it was a parent-child interaction activity.”
Parent volunteer and Sanger artist Gail Jenkins created the blank outline for the Read-o-saurus. Students were awarded paper scales for each book read to place on the mascot. Halfway through the contest, a baby Read-o-saurus was added to accommodate all the scales.
Currently in its second year, Chisholm Trail has been working to create a library of books from scratch, said librarian Kathy McIntire.
Second-grader Bryan Knox with 252 books read was the winner of the most books read contest; third-grader Steven Glickman was runner-up with 232. Third-grader Eric Tipton raised the most money—$213.50.
Principal Travis Underwood wasn’t surprised by his students’ success, pointing out that they already score in the 90th percentile on the TEAMS reading test.
Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor.
DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He can be reached at 940-458-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.