The Place is Argyle
The town of Argyle is planning its Spring Community Event on Saturday, April 19 at Argyle High School, 191 U.S. Highway 377.
The Argyle Lions Club will begin the affair with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. , with more details being announced at a later date.
At 11 a.m., there will be an egg hunt for the children and plans are being laid for other activities.
Booths will be available for groups wanting to distribute material about their organizations. Those interested in having a booth are asked to contact Argyle Town Hall at 940-464-7273.
St. Patrick’s Day luncheon set for Friday
The Argyle Senior Center St. Patrick’s Day pot luck luncheon will be held at noon Friday.
Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish, and the Argyle Police Department will furnish the meat. Following the luncheon there will be Bingo games and prizes sponsored by Edward Jones-Argyle.
The Argyle Senior Center meets every Wednesday and Friday, with exercise at 10 a.m. and card games at 11 a.m.
The Argyle Senior Center is located in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St. For more information, call Stella McDaniel at (940) 464-7438, or visit the website, www.argyleseniorcenter.com.
Days Gone By
1980s’ forecast for Argyle
In January 1980, Mayor Richard Hensley forecasted there would be a slow and steady growth for Argyle.
“I do not expect large housing developments on small tracts because of the lack of a sewer system,” the mayor said.
Hensley said he expects growth will be of high-quality custom homes built by people who are not so affected by the ups and downs of the economy. Yvonne Jenkins, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said there are too many variables to accurately project the growth.
“Residents expect continued and new services, and without a tax base, the city will be hard pressed to meet many of these demands,” she said.
Lee Judy of the Argyle Planning and Zoning Commission said that she sees small communities to become more self-sufficient with most necessary businesses and services available. Women with time saved from shopping, cleaning and waiting for repairmen will take more responsibility for public policy making and all phases of local government.
“The Argyle Water Supply Corporation began with 90 customers in 1963 and now services 509,” Jenkins reported. “School enrollment has now reached 425, compared with 250 in the early 1960s, when there were eight grades instead of K-9th in Argyle now. When Argyle was incorporated, there were only 205 people in the two-square-mile area. As the city limits have been extended, the population has grown to about 1, 200.
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.