Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle seniors launch Bible study

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This photo shows a side view of the historic Argyle State Bank building on Denton Street in Argyle.

Argyle Senior Center will begin a nondenominational Bible study at 9 a.m. Friday. Larry Simmons will be conducting the studies and inviting different speakers from the Argyle community.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Wednesday and Friday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St.

Exercise begins at 10 a.m., followed by card games at 11 a.m.

For more information, call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438, or visit www.argyleseniorcenter.com.

Ongoing events

The Argyle Lions Club meets every first Tuesday of the month at noon, while the board meets every third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., with membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are in the Town Hall Community Room. For more information, email Susan Curry-Langston at scurry@nstarbank.com.

Argyle’s Little Free Libraries, where readers can take a book, leave a book, are at Real Estate Station, 702 U.S. Highway 377; Edward Jones, 100 Country Club Road, Suite 100; PointBank, 302 N. U.S. 377; and Argyle Town Hall.

Days gone by: 1895 fire destroyed downtown Argyle

In 1895, a fire swept through downtown Argyle, wiping out most of the town, but the residents worked together to begin rebuilding it. The dry goods store reopened and also sold groceries as well as farm tools. The drugstore opened as did the blacksmith shops and other stores.

In 1888, Argyle State Bank opened. The bank was at the front of the building on what is now U.S. Highway 377, and a drugstore was in the back. By the turn of the century, cotton had become the major cash crop and Argyle had a cotton gin that was built in 1908 by J.C. Smith. Wallace Lynch, a longtime resident who was born and raised in Argyle, said “nearly everyone grew cotton and schoolchildren were dismissed from school early to help their families pick cotton.”

By 1910, the automobile was instrumental in taking people to surrounding towns to do their shopping. Before long, the depletion of the soil made agriculture less profitable and people left the farm to work in the cities. In 1947 the population had dropped to 147.

In 1960 the residents of Argyle voted to become incorporated, but the election was challenged by the city of Denton and the courts ruled it illegal. In 1962 there was another election to incorporate and it passed, giving Argyle 2 square miles and a population of 200 people. In the mid-1960s there was a growth spurt of new people wanting to leave the city and move to the country. In 1962 the Argyle Water Supply Corp. was established, in 1963 the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department was organized, and in 1971 the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary was formed to raise funds for firefighting equipment and a fire hall.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at lynn@argylebooks.com.


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