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100 Years Ago

From August 1914

Cricket plague diminishing

Denton’s cricket visitation which began Tuesday night and has continued every night since, showed some signs of diminishing Thursday night, but the insects were sufficiently numerous to make walking down-town inconvenient, for the crickets showed a strong desire to crawl upon the people rather than upon the walks.

At the height of the plague any person passing through the square and particularly about the arc lights carried off with him on the outside or inside of his clothes several strange and unwelcome visitors, which caused screams of excitement from the ladies and lunges and scratchings from the men.

The crickets continued in the daytime by the millions but were not so aggressive as by night. Store employees were kept busy keeping the unwelcome visitors outside and away from dark places inside.

Several places in North Texas have reported similar visitations and they seem to be attracted to arc lights. Residential areas, where tungsten lights are more common, have hardly had visitations that were noticeable.

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Produce prices uncertain due to European war

Local grocerymen are “up in the air” so far as being able to prejudge the market on necessities since the beginning of the European war. In some cases, unexpected rises in prices have been made while other products are unaffected. Articles of local consumption that have been affected most are hog products, sugar and coffee.

In the last two weeks the price of sugar has advanced $2.25 per hundred and the market advancing daily. Beans have advanced from 75 cents per hundred to $1. Coffee has advanced 3 cents per pound; hog products have advanced 2 cents per pound with the market unsettled.

Canned goods and most manufactured goods remain mostly unchanged.

 

75 Years Ago

From August 1939

Boy Scout camp dedicated

Hills and Hollows, the Boy Scout camp west of Denton, was formally dedicated in a brief ceremony held Friday night at the meeting of the Denton County Boy Scouts district committee on the camp grounds.

J.J. Maclachlan gave a brief history of the property and B.E. Looney gave the dedication address as the notes for payment of the property were burned. The camp was dedicated to the Boy Scouts of the county.

Attending were B.E. Looney, J.J. Maclachlan, Eli Cox, M.D. Penry, C.C. Knight, Dr. Charles Saunders Jr., C.E. Hasting, V.Y. Craig, Harold Brenholtz, Charles Sick, Dr. W.H. Hawley, R.L. Proffer, M.L. Ramey, Walter Hansen, O.D. Bell, R.J. Garner and Lyndon T. Grant.

 

Women’s college art teacher in France

Miss Dorothy LaSelle, director of art work for S.C.W.’s Chapel in the Woods, which is now under construction, left Monday for New York City where she will sail on the Queen Mary to France to study stained glass windows in the great Gothic cathedrals there before supervising the completion of the stained glass windows for the chapel here.

“I felt that as director of arts projects for the chapel, I needed again first hand contact with the finest stained glass work ever done,” Miss LaSelle said.

Miss LaSelle will return to Denton for the opening of the fall term.

The $28,000 chapel is nearing completion and should be finished sometime in October, officials said. It will be a museum of collegiate art as well as a place of worship with 500 student artists having worked on some phase since its beginning in early spring.

 

15 WPA library workers laid off

Fifteen workers on the Denton County WPA library project have been laid off under the new WPA ruling that workers who have been working for the WPA 18 months are to be dropped, according to Mrs. Bess McCullar, librarian.

“It is problematical when and how many will be replaced, as this depends on the quota assigned by the WPA for this district,” said Mrs. McCullar.

 

50 Years Ago

From August 1964

County to sell armory land for freeway

The Denton County Commissioners Court voted to sell part of the land occupied by Denton’s National Guard Armory to the Texas Highway Department for use in constructing IH-35W.

The 2.772 acres is part of a 10-acre tract bought jointly by the county and the city of Denton in 1952 for the use of the 49th Armored Division of the National Guard and leased to the Guard for 99 years. A spokesman for the National Guard said the sale of the land would not hamper the unit. “We don’t use it for anything now,” he said.

The land is located on the present IH-35E where it crosses West Prairie and is needed for the construction of the approaches to the new Fort Worth Freeway.

Former NTSU student has LBJ’s ear

Bill Moyers planned on a quiet career in teaching and religious work after graduating from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. But Lyndon B. Johnson talked him out of it.

This is typical for Moyers. Fate heads him one way when he wants to go another.

After two years at North Texas State, where he was elected outstanding student both years, Moyers transferred to the University of Texas in 1954 after working as an intern on Johnson’s staff. He soon began working for the Johnson family radio-television stations. Even while working 48 hours a week at the stations, Moyers still achieved the best scholastic record ever achieved at UT’s Journalism School.

Moyers worked on Johnson’s 1960 campaign for the Democratic nomination and soon became known as the one person who could calm the fiery Texan’s temper. After the Kennedy-Johnson ticket prevailed in the 1960 election, Moyers eventually became the deputy director of the Peace Corps but has been used of late by the president as a trouble shooter and speech writer—a niche on the White House staff formerly occupied by Theodore Sorensen under President Kennedy.

Though Moyers longs to return to his Peace Corps position, the 30-year-old’s hopes of returning are fading since he is one of the busiest members of the Johnson staff.

One friend says, “I wonder what he’ll have left at 40, the ways he’s going.”

Note: At age 80, Bill Moyers is currently the host of the PBS news program Moyers & Company.

 

25 Years Ago

From August 1989

Commissioner Jacobs objects to fee increase

Before a county budget can be approved, commissioners will have to vote on a proposed $5 increase in vehicle registration, an issue Precinct 2 Commissioner Sandy Jacobs spoke against on Monday.

The fee would reduce Denton County’s dependence on property taxes from 71 percent to 69 percent, said County Judge Vic Burgess. The new fee would bring in an additional $750,000 for the county. Burgess stated that without that revenue the county would need to raise taxes 7 percent, an increase that would require a public hearing.

Mrs. Jacobs said that avoiding a public hearing was the primary reason for the other members of Commissioners Court supporting the raised fee.

“It’s not that I don’t understand that position,” said Jacobs, “but I don’t agree with it.”

Burgess pointed out that some don’t own property and don’t pay property taxes yet drive on the roads. He said the $5 is a user fee.

Jacobs said it was not a user fee because city dwellers don’t use county roads which are found in unincorporated areas.

 

GTE given more time by Denco E911

The Denco Area E911 Board of Managers agreed to extend by two weeks the deadline for GTE Southwest to provide a proposal for hardware for the district’s emergency telephone system.

The enhanced 911 system, when operational, will provide access to any emergency police, fire or medical agency in the county by dialing the three-digit number. It will also provide information about the caller on a computer screen once the call is answered.

GTE has said that it will take nine months from the time the actual work is begun until the system can be turned on.

 

— 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 djtaylortx@centurylink.net.


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