Lynn Sheffield Simmons / Place is Argyle

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The Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary was organized in 1971 and raised the funds to buy two acres on U.S. Highway 377 to build the fire station.
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Argyle official seeks residents’ input

Argyle Town Council member Dr. Jeff Cantrell will meet with residents from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Aug. 24 for his monthly meeting with the public. The meeting will be at Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

“I really have no set format,” he said. “The main purpose of the monthly meetings is to give our residents the opportunity to voice their ideas, thoughts or concerns about things going on in Argyle. This is their town; their home.

“To be able to meet with fellow Argyleans in a nonformal setting to discuss issues they feel passionate about, not only encourages more people to get involved, but it promotes unity. It has been extremely satisfying to witness the pride the people of Argyle feel for the place they call home.”

Cantrell, an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Lewisville and Flower Mound, serves as the team physician for Argyle High School and as a consulting team physician for the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University.

After he was elected to the Town Council in May, he began his monthly meetings with the public to learn the concerns and thoughts residents have about Argyle. Some of the topics discussed during the two previous meetings were the Argyle Food Bank, the Lions Club, Keep Argyle Beautiful, the Graham-Argyle Cemetery and the town’s growth and development.

Coming events

The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon Tuesday in the Community Room at Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Ongoing events

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

Days gone by

In the late 1960s and 1970s, many airline pilots flying for American Airlines, Braniff International Airways and Trans-Texas Airways found they could easily commute to and from the airport to Argyle.

Living in the country seemed to be a perfect place to build homes and raise families. Soon people outside the industry began joining the commuting process and Argyle’s population grew.

The newcomers brought their talents and support to the Argyle churches, the PTA, the booster club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department.

In 1971, the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary was organized to raise funds to buy fire trucks, firefighting equipment and eventually build the town’s fire station. Through the leadership of the auxiliary’s presidents — Edith Sheely, Sylvia Barnard, Yvonne Jenkins, Marcia Savage and Dorryece Cochran — the organization helped to raise more than $84,000 in its first 13 years.

To raise funds, the auxiliary had chili suppers, bake sales, raffles, domino tournaments, barbecue dinners, turkey shoots, Christmas gift bazaars, pet vaccinations, raffles, garage sales, the Fashion Fling and direct solicitation.

During Fire Prevention Week, the fire department and auxiliary sponsored a Fire Prevention Poster and Essay Contest for school children in conjunction with the Miss Flame, Little Miss Flame and Fire Chief Mascot Contest.

There were so many newspaper articles announcing the auxiliary’s upcoming events one headline read, “Those Little Ladies are at it Again.”

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at lynnsheffieldsimmons@gmail.com or 940-464-3368.


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