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100 Years Ago: From October 1913

New Exchange National Bank building opens

The Exchange National Bank opened for business Thursday morning in its new building on the southeast corner of the Square. The interior is pronounced by many to be even more attractive than the imposing exterior of grey pressed brick with white stone trimmings.

The working quarters are arranged in a central octagonal lobby, in the center of which is a handsome mahogany desk for the convenience of the customers. The fixtures are of marble and mahogany throughout, with windows for the tellers and others all the way around the right of the main entry. The mezzanine floor sits atop the vaults with quarters for the directors’ rooms and other sessions of the bank.

The total cost of the building was considerably in excess of $25,000.


Miller Bros. & Edw. Arlington’s 101 Ranch Real Wild West Show, October 9. Featuring Auto-Polo; Football on Horseback; More riding, shooting & roping than any other show! Iron Tail — The Sioux Indian Chief whose profile adorns the new nickel! Largest Indian village with any exhibition! Big Parade on Thursday. Tickets on sale at the O.M. Curtis Drug Store.

Tag Day to raise funds for Confederate statue

The Katie Daffin Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, is preparing for Tag Day next month. The purpose of the campaign is to raise $5,000 for a monument to the Confederates sometime within the next year. The plans for this handsome monument have already been decided upon.

A county committee, representing every town and voting precinct in the county, will be named later to work in the outlying districts. Five committees have been appointed to assist with the Tag Day work.

75 Years Ago: From October 1938

Big Pioneer Parade starts County Fair

One of the largest crowds in Denton history thronged the court square and lined North Locust and East Oak as the big “Pioneer Parade” made its way to the fairgrounds east of the railroad tracks for the opening of the Denton County Fair.

The parade, led by an old-fashioned big-wheel bicycle, featured several sections of horses, many old conveyances, four bands from Teachers College, Moslah Shrine Temple and the Denton and McKinney High Schools, circus stunts by Boy Scout troops and local clubs and community floats.

Carriages, buggies, old automobiles and chuckwagons were prominently featured. M.T. Cole, living southwest of Denton, furnished one chuckwagon with Sanger and Bolivar communities supplying others.

Krum had one of the interesting exhibits featuring an old-fashioned square dance complete with fiddler. The Argyle-Roanoke combined entry exhibited an old stagecoach made in 1846 and a float representing a country school from the early days.

Heaths rack up fair wins

Penn Heath and son Jim Heath of Denton County won eight blue ribbons, three seconds, four thirds, and one each for fourth, fifth and sixth places at the State Fair in Dallas for their Rambouillet sheep. They were awarded championships on yearling ram and yearling ewe.

Dueling reference may no longer be in oath

A proposed state constitutional amendment to the oath of offices on next month’s ballot would eliminate the old reference to dueling. The current oath requires the office holder to state: “I have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within the state or nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with weapons, nor have I acted as a second …”

50 Years Ago: From October 1963

A place for them to go

The Denton County Business and Professional Women’s Club is observing their 35th anniversary this week. Perhaps the most significant contribution of B&PW has made is the Fred Moore Community Center in Fred Moore Park.

Dedicated as a Negro community center to honor Denton County Negroes who fought in World War II, the renovated building became home to a nursery school for pre-school Negroes in 1955, fulfilling the dream of the late longtime Negro educator Fred Moore.

While the B&PW raised $3,000 for the project, a drive in the Negro community led by Joe Kinney and Noble Holland raised another $1,000 to see the nursery school dream of Mr. Moore become a reality.

Nazarenes get two-ton rock from Pilot Point

The thumping of a trip-hammer nearly blotted out the constant buzz of grasshoppers next to an abandoned ice house in Pilot Point.

It was an ordinary fall afternoon in this town of 1,200.

Except for the rock.

On a flatbed truck on the lot was a two-ton brown sandstone rock, splotched with green lichen, bound for Kansas City, Mo., to be a monument in front of a new publishing house of the Church of the Nazarene.

The denomination had its beginning in Pilot Point in 1908 when 248 holiness churches merged from all sections of the country to form the Church of the Nazarene.

Although the rock did not come from the church property, it did come from a pasture belonging to Mrs. C.L. Wells, who worked as a nurse for 26 years at Rest Cottage, a church-sponsored home for unwed mothers which actually gave rise to the church.

A bronze plaque will be attached to the stone noting that it came from Pilot Point, the original site of the church.

25 Years Ago: From October 1988

County redistricting near completion

The committee studying ways to redistrict county commissioners’ precincts is nearing the end of its task, but the project will be completed without Commissioner Don Hill, who resigned from the committee.

Commissioner Sandy Jacobs, chair of the committee, said the group will have one more meeting and have a proposal for a public hearing Nov. 14.

Hill has been a constant opponent of redistricting because it will probably result in a significant increase in roads to administer in his precinct. The court has not given him assurances that the current method of funding road and bridge precincts would be changed to accommodate the shift, he said. “My heart’s not in it,” he added.

Mrs. Jacobs said it would be ludicrous to wait any longer to redistrict since the variation in population exceeds the 10 percent maximum variance mandated by the federal government.

“I find it very hard to understand why an elected official would want to continue to violate the law,” she said of violating the one man-one vote principal.

“The total population of my precinct is about 85,000 and Commissioner Hill’s is about 40,000. His no vote, which represents 40,000, wipes out my yes vote,” Jacobs noted.

Denton OKs King holiday

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a holiday in recognition of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The same proposal was tabled, 5-2, in January 1985 after city staff told the council it would be expensive. Council members split along racial lines in that vote. Council members Linnie McAdams and Mark Chew, both of whom are black, favored the holiday then.

This year the council approved it as part of the city’s 1988-89 budget package.

“Dr. King was certainly one of the greatest leaders of this century and what he had to tell us about nonviolence and social change and freedom are lessons that we need to hear again and again,” said council member Randall Boyd.

Boyd and Ms. McAdams both said they thought Denton was a little behind in recognizing King’s birth date.

“I’m just pleased we decided to participate,” Ms. McAdams said, noting that other governmental agencies already close in honor of King. “I think it speaks of an attempt to recognize and acknowledge the part that Martin Luther King played in getting us to where we are.”

— 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