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100 years ago

From April 1911

Paving of public Square in sight

The City Council is willing, the commissioners long ago agreed to do their part, every property owner on the Square whom the committee has approached has signed the contract to pay his pro rata - and it begins to look as though the paving of the business section of Denton is in sight.

The committee - Messrs. J.M. Evans, P.J. Beyett, W.W. Baxter and C.E. Fowler - started out Tuesday with a tentative agreement for circulation among the business property owners, who under the plan would bear one-third of the cost. Assisted by Street Commissioner Wiggs, they had secured the signatures of half by Wednesday afternoon and the remainder by week's end. The committee reports that all signed willfully and freely.

The work is estimated to cost $3,000, of which one-third will be paid by the city, one-third by the county and one-third by the property owners.

Crushed rock will be used, but it is purposed to make it thicker and better than any heretofore put down in Denton. In addition, a binder will be used in dressing off the top surface, almost the durability of the best bitulithic pavements and almost indestructible.

Fountain will probably be installed on Square

Louis A. Sevier, secretary of the National Humane Society, left Monday night for the North. He spent Monday afternoon in Denton piloted about by Mayor Poe and Messrs. W.B. McClurkan and John A. Hann. While the gentleman did not commit to making a donation for the purchase of a public drinking fountain, his impression, Mayor Poe said, seemed very favorable.

Mr. Sevier's visit followed two years' correspondence with the officers of the Woman's Shakespeare Club. He came as a representative of Herman Ensign, a philanthropist who gives water fountains to deserving cities for watering livestock. Mr. Sevier stated that if he recommended the donation, it would be with the proviso that the city should maintain a drinking fountain on the northwest corner of the Square in place of the one shown him there, which was, as usual, about dry.



75 years ago

From April 1936

Boxing, wrestling matches to be held

Next Thursday, the first series of boxing and wrestling matches will be held in Denton High School's new gym. Matches between prominent students are billed, and are scheduled as follows:

- Bud "Krum Killer" Smith vs. Jake "Stony Stomper" Coulter

- Honey "Pride of Ponder" Terry vs. Loren "Marietta Mauler" Dukes

- John "Cowboy" Spain vs. Walter "Milkman" Worthington

- John "Huxley" Karnes vs. Richard "Toughy" Coulter

Also, there will be a match between two masked marvels.

These matches are promoted by Ed Miller, Loren Dow Dukes and Honey Terry.

Cleanup pressed by federation

Further steps toward cleaning up unsightly places in the city were taken at the regular monthly meeting of the City Federation on Monday when the president, Mrs. W.H. Clark, appointed Mrs. Beulah Hill chairman of health and sanitation with instructions to co-operate with the Chamber of Commerce and other forces in the city.

Anyone knowing of places that need improvement is asked to notify her, and every effort will be made to put the city and highways in better condition before the opening of the Texas Centennial in June.

Mrs. Walker King and Mrs. R.W. Bass were named a committee to confer with City Park Board relative to trimming park shrubbery; now growing so rank it has on occasion formed a lurking place for criminals.

Mrs. U.C. Travelstead, treasurer, reported a balance of $196.80, and outstanding debts of $2,060.50 on the clubhouse and $67.50 on the piano.



50 years ago

From April 1961

Barrow re-elected as Denton's mayor

Frank Barrow, Denton insurance agent, was re-elected mayor of Denton today.

Members of the council renamed Barrow as they met to reorganize for the coming year. Barrow has served as mayor since Denton adopted the city manager-council form of government in 1959.

Also re-elected as mayor pro tem was George F. Spuller, sales controller at Moore Business Forms Inc.

The council heard a report by City Manager Homer Bly that the Texas & Pacific Railroad Co. has refused to erect flasher signals at crossing on East Sycamore, East Prairie and Pertain streets.

In a letter, A.C. Siler Jr., executive agent with the railroad, wrote: "The railway's traffic is presently at a most disappointing level and we do not have the finances to provide those installations."

The council directed Bly to make a study of the feasibility of the city of Denton erecting safety devices at its own expense.

Collection tops in Denton library

George W. Hill of the State Historical Survey Committee recently called the Denton City-County Library collection of books on Texas an unusually good one, and pointed out some rare and valuable books that are rarely found and probably should be in glass cases. Newcomers are amazed at the size of the Denton collection as well as its fine range of material.

The Texas Collection is just part of the story about various collections in the library. Many are bought with gift and memorial funds.

The newest and one of the most interesting collections locally is the Denton County Authors section. It is hoped by the library staff that county residents will help this collection grow by contributing older books authored by Denton Countians. The newest addition to this collection is American Indians, by Dr. William T. Hagan of NTSC.



25 years ago

From April 1986

University program to center on life in Texas

North Texas State University announced today the establishment of the Center for Texas Studies and the appointment of A.C. Greene of Dallas as coordinating director of the center and resident professor of Texas studies.

The first of its kind in the state, the center will serve as a clearinghouse for Texas literature, art, geography, history and politics. Scheduled to begin full-time operation in the fall, the center will sponsor conferences, undertake projects on Texas life and culture, and provide information to scholars, political leaders and leaders of business and industry.

Greene, who will teach one class each semester in the English department, is a former president of the Texas Institute of Letters and the author of 16 books.

Working with Greene will be longtime NTSU faculty member Dr. James W. Lee, a well-known folklorist and the author or editor of six books.

TWU Pioneer Woman statue rededicated

Had it been left to the art jurors 50 years ago, Texas Woman's University would have a statue of a family in the nude on its Denton campus.

Instead, the Pioneer Woman statue has stood the test of time in symbolizing the strength and spirit of women who helped found the state.

For the Texas Sesquicentennial year, the statue was rededicated by TWU's retiring President Dr. Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey on Thursday.

The work was commissioned by the state in 1936. A group of artist-judges recommended a monument depicting a nude man, woman, boy and baby. It was more than a year later that the controversy was settled, according to Dr. Joyce Thompson of the TWU Language and Literature department, who reports, "The Pioneer Woman stands alone, remarkable for her strength rather than her beauty - but remarkable."

"She may be frozen momentarily in mid-stride," adds Dr. Thompson, "but she is unmistakably on the move."

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