100 YEARS AGO: FROM NOVEMBER 1913
Mayor: More adequate water supply needed
In his message to the City Council Wednesday night, Mayor Ed. F. Bates pointed out the imperative need of a better water supply for Denton before hot weather begins again and regretted the fact no money is available for a reservoir or for drilling wells in a different stratum.
“We can no longer boast of an inexhaustible supply of artesian water,” said Bates. “Our wells are gradually failing, and it is history that they fail and cannot be relied upon.”
The mayor added that the population of Denton is increasing rapidly and that another summer like this past one might lead to disaster.
Bates advocated drilling wells about a mile and a half northwest of the city or building a reservoir on Hickory Creek or Clear Creek. However, he added that cost of either is beyond the amount the city can fund, the city being encumbered by taking on the old water supply bonds from the private water company when it was purchased.
Experiment farm moves
Secretary A.E. Ware of the Texas Experimental Station was here Saturday from College Station and closed a deal whereby, in effect, the state trades its 100-acre experiment farm property, just southwest of Denton, for the 203-acre J.T. Luper place, four miles northwest of town, with Luper receiving almost $4,000 cash in the exchange.
The old farm is covered with Johnson grass but the farm is also not suited for the work it was intended. It is not typical blackland prairie; not uniform enough for the work of experimentation.
Texas has two experiment stations in the blackland belt but has been criticized for really having none wholly in the belt. The new location renders that criticism moot.
75 YEARS AGO: FROM NOVEMBER 1938
Nursery sets open house
R.L. Selby & Sons, florists and nurserymen, will hold an open house Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday at their establishment on the Fort Worth road so that the public may inspect their enlarged and improved plant.
Doubling their hot house space, the Selbys have erected a 100-by-28-foot greenhouse. Also recently constructed is a workroom of 30 by 20 feet, which will be used for making floral designs, cutting and make-up work. Behind the workroom is a newly erected garage for two delivery trucks, one of which is refrigerated in the summer months to deliver cut flowers to the Dallas and Fort Worth markets.
The Selby nursery and floral plant now covers 35 acres and was started 15 years ago as a truck farm. R.L. Selby bought the old Bayless nursery in 1921 and truck farmed it for two years before he opened his nursery business.
The establishment has grown from a one-man operation to its current staff of seven persons with another one to four persons added in the winter months.
Banks to close on Saturdays at noon. Effective at once, the two Denton banks will close at 12 o’clock on Saturday. This change is necessary to meet the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Our Congress at Washington, thinking of our whole people, believes this to be a good law, and as we are law-abiding citizens, we bow to their mandate. First State Bank of Denton & Denton County National Bank.
Schools to get motion picture equipment
In cooperation with the State Department of Education in its visual education program, $600 worth of motion picture equipment has been purchased for use in the Denton County public schools, R.L. Proffer, school superintendent, announced.
“In the visual education program, we will be able to give the parents and students so much more information on the screen than would be possible otherwise,” Proffer stated.
The equipment includes a motion picture camera and a 16 mm sound projector, making it able to give sound movies to the various communities of the county. With the camera, it will be possible to take pictures of outstanding school projects and show them to school patrons and students.
Films have already been shown at May Hill, Elm Ridge and Bolivar with large crowds attending each evening. Films shown included “The Story of Bananas” and “Wings of Gold” plus a news reel.
50 YEARS AGO: FROM NOVEMBER 1963
President Kennedy dead
NOTE: The following report was filed on the afternoon of Nov. 22 by Record-Chronicle Managing Editor Tom Kirkland, who was at the Dallas Trade Mart, waiting for President Kennedy to arrive.
The rumor started spreading here at about 12:45 p.m., but nobody believed it.
Everyone just stood around in disbelief. At about 1 p.m., [Dallas Mayor] Erik Jonsson announced that there had been a mishap during the parade.
At 1:07 p.m., Jonsson announced in a very trembling voice: “I’m not sure that I can say what I have to say. I feel almost as I did on Pearl Harbor Day.”
At that point his voice broke and he announced that the president and governor had been shot.
And then Dr. Luther Holcomb of the Greater Dallas Council of Churches offered a prayer.
It was quiet. Several of the hundreds of reporters at the hall to cover the president’s speech were crying.
Denton people express shock over assassination
Horrified — shocked — sorrowful — tragedy — grief.
These were the almost unanimous description offered by Denton area residents as they reacted to President Kennedy’s sudden assassination.
Mrs. Fred Barns, president of the Denton County Democratic Women’s Club: “There’s just nothing anyone can say to comfort a nation which so badly needed a man of Mr. Kennedy’s abilities. We are all full of grief.”
Mrs. W.M. Johnson, president of the Denton County Republican Women’s Club: “It’s such a tragic thing for a young man’s life to end this way. It’s very tragic also in light of our country losing a great leader.”
George Bell, Aubrey: “It was just about the worst thing I ever heard of.”
Mrs. Virgil Barber, Denton: “I feel a deep personal loss. We’ve lost one of our greatest leaders.”
Paul Moline, Denton: “Regardless of personal feelings toward politics, it’s horrible. We lost our president whether we voted for him or not.”
Buck Beaty, Aubrey: “I’m proud I don’t live in Dallas and wish I lived a little farther away.”
Mrs. Thomas Pierce, president of the League of Women Voters of Denton: “I just can’t make myself believe that it happened in our country and especially in our state.”
25 YEARS AGO: FROM NOVEMBER 1988
Commissioners hear options for highway
A representative for the Perot Group presented to commissioners Monday six options for the location of the proposed State Highway 114, including one option that would pass through an existing church in Roanoke.
Rick Patterson told the commissioners that the State Highway Commission would probably favor the route through the church site that has an estimated price tag of $77 million.
County Commissioner Lee Walker welcomed the proposed improvement to 114, saying it was something people in the area have long needed.
“Ever since I’ve been county commissioner the people in that area have wanted the highway upgraded. All you can see in your rearview mirror on one particular three-minute stretch is the grill of a truck,” said the commissioner.
Robinson wins sheriff race; takes office early
Republican candidate Kirby Robinson, with 64 percent of the vote, easily defeated Democratic candidate Ben Thurman for the sheriff’s office on Tuesday.
Then, less than 24 hours later, Robinson was sworn in as acting sheriff when Ron Douglas resigned. Douglas had been acting sheriff since Randy Kaisner was removed last spring following his felony indictment in a scheme to have Robinson drop out of a runoff in exchange for a chief deputy position.
Robinson ran on a platform of returning credibility to the sheriff’s office after the months of controversy surrounding the Kaisner indictment and conviction. Robinson said he believes the people of Denton County are ready to put the past behind them.
— 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.