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100 Years Ago

From March 1911

Drinkers react to alleged whiskey swap

Local drinkers of "bottled bond" stuff have been considerably stirred up of late over the alleged finding of indications that the Internal Revenue stamp has been violated and inferior whiskey substituted. The claim is that holes have been drilled in the bottom of the bottles, the higher-priced stuff extracted and the bottles refilled with a cheaper grade and resealed, leaving the federal stamp intact.

One Denton man promptly went to a Dallas wholesale house announcing his find and declaring that if the impure stuff wasn't replaced immediately by the quality he paid for, he would complain to the State Pure Food Department. The wholesaler immediately forwarded the complaint to the state commissioner.

The deputy commissioner investigated and declared there was nothing to the claims. "I've been chasing about over the state and spent $50 investigating these whiskey substitution complaints and I don't believe there is anything to it," he said.

Denton High baseball team may disband

With the prospects for the best local team in several years and an excellent schedule arranged for the next two months, it begins to look now as though Denton High will have to disband its baseball bunch on account of no park and lack of finances with which to begin the season.

The north fence of the old D.A.C. park has been torn down, leaving that side bare, and the management felt it questionable if people would pay to get inside when they could view it from without. Lack of funds in the treasury to face any possible loss on account of rain or postponed games is also, they declare, a handicap. A subscription list may be circulated among the fans for a fund to help the team.



75 Years Ago

From March 1936

Socialist leader speaks at women's college

"There is no excuse for poverty and famine in this world," declared Norman Thomas, two-time Socialist candidate for the presidency of the United States, who delivered an address at Texas State Women's College Thursday morning.

He asserted that poverty from lack of food should not exist, and that the younger generation is failing unless it can conquer this lack. He declared that no education will give security unless it conquers poverty among the masses.

"One reason fascism came into existence," said the speaker, "was after the war we did not provide for the people but built higher the walls of nationalism by enforcing navy and other defense measures."

Thomas urged central ownership of productive industries if there is to be abundance. "Under this plan," he stated, "engineers must work for society rather than for the profit of an owner." He cited examples like the public schools.

County literary meet concludes

Events Saturday afternoon brought to a close the annual literary contests of the Interscholastic League county meet.

Four perfect papers were submitted in the three divisions of the spelling contest: Ruth Lyles of Justin in the senior group, Imogene Waggoner of Denton Junior High in the sixth-seventh grades group, Mary Lee Gunstead of Pilot Point and Doris Nell Erwin of Argyle in the fourth-fifth grade group.

Winners of the storytelling contest, directed by Mrs. Ruby Richard White, were: Betty Lou Smith of Little Elm, first place; Dorothy Atherton of Denton North Ward, second; Betty Jane Hester of Denton Lee School and Betty Ann Lamkin of Justin tied for third.

In the music memory contest, the R.E. Lee School of Denton took first, with West Ward of Denton placing second. One R.E. Lee student, Bill Penry, registered the sole perfect score.



50 Years Ago

From March 1961

Speaker addresses clashes of cultures

Miss Laurine Hlass, assistant to the director of the Southern Region of the Arab Information Center Office in Dallas, spoke to Delta Kappa Gamma sorority members Friday night.

She expressed appreciation for interest shown in the Arab world, stating, "There has never been a time in the history of man in which understanding was more needed than today. The world as a whole is suffering from misunderstanding and misrepresentation of facts. This cannot continue if man is genuinely interested in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to peace, stability and happiness."

She said, "Arabs regard life as a deeply spiritual thing. Religion is a part of life and the Arab feels this whether his faith is Judaism, as it is for a few thousands; Christianity, as it is for some 10 million Arabs; or Islam, as it is for over 70 million Arabs."

Miss Hlass believes that foreign aid, technical assistance or political alliances will not bring Arabs closer to Americans. "What is needed and needed urgently is the discovery of the kindred, the good and strong in each other's culture. It is on the level of contacts with the best in their heritage that the East and West shall really and permanently meet."

Vote set for Hickory Creek incorporation

Denton County may soon have another municipality.

An election has been scheduled for April 29 to incorporate an area that would be known as Hickory Creek.

The area petitioned is roughly bounded by the Dallas Expressway on the east; the government take line on the north bank of Hickory Creek on the south; the M.L. Hennen property on the north; and a 100-acre tract owned by J.J. Smith on the west. A petition bearing 30 signatures was presented to Denton County Judge W.K. Baldridge on Saturday by attorney Shirley Peters, representing the landowners in the proposed town.

Baldridge named Duvall Williams and W.W. Scoggins election judges and set Scoggins' store as the polling place.



25 Years Ago

From March 1986

County celebrates Texas Sesquicentennial

A crowd gathered on the Courthouse on the Square lawn Sunday to celebrate the Texas Sesquicentennial and the restoration of the county courthouse built in 1896.

The Denton County Community Band, under the direction of Carol Lynn Mizell, entertained the crowd with renditions of "Chisholm Trail," "Streets of Laredo," "Buffalo Gal" and "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

Frank Davila, city of Denton Sesquicentennial chairman, welcomed the crowd. Then the master of ceremonies, County Judge Buddy Cole, added historical notes on the county and its courthouse.

"This is the last remaining example of a truly stupendous edifice in our county, illustrative of an era gone by, which has held a special and common meaning for all the citizens of Denton County these past 90 years."

Bullitt Lowry, Denton County Historical Commission chairman, presented appreciation awards to courthouse architect Ward Bogard and assistants Mark LeMay, Chris Thompson and Johnnie Pittman of the Texas Sunshine Inc. construction firm, Judge Cole, and County Commissioners Ruth Tansey and Lee Walker.

Mrs. Tansey, Mrs. Walker, Cole and Pittman later dramatically pushed out the large southern window on the courthouse's first floor. The opening will be restored to its original purpose as an entrance.

Luminaries to help dedicate new library

A diverse cast will help Texas Woman's University dedicate its new library Friday.

The lineup includes renowned opera star Beverly Sills, Texas Secretary of State Myra McDaniels and Ann Richards, state treasurer.

Sills will deliver the dedication address at 10 a.m. in TWU's Margo Jones Auditorium. As general director of the New York City Opera, she adopted an innovative practice of projecting English supertitles.

After Sills' address, McDaniels will cut the ribbon for the new library at the site and deliver a few remarks.

Richards, the first woman state treasurer in Texas history and the first woman elected to any statewide office in 50 years, will speak at the luncheon following the dedication.

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