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From June 1911

Commissioners appoint rural school board

Complying with the new Rural High School law, Judge Hoskins and the Commissioners' Court have elected a county school board and appointed a new superintendent for the rural schools.

J.J. McCook of Denton High and Sanger has been appointed to the superintendent's job being vacated by J.W. Beaty, who is taking a mathematics teaching position at Gainesville High. The commissioners heard speeches from six candidates before selecting McCook for the job that pays $1,500 per year.

The commissioners appointed a school board member from each precinct. Precinct 1 will be represented by B.F. Brown of Aubrey; Precinct 2 by J.S. Hayes of Little Elm; Precinct 3 by E.C. Buell of Roanoke; and Precinct 4 by J.M. Miller of Sanger. J.N. Rayzor of Denton was appointed as the at-large trustee.


Courthouse mourns longtime worker

"Uncle Zach" Rawlings, ex-slave, for many years janitor at the courthouse and perhaps the best known negro in Denton County among the white folks, died at his home in Quaker, aged about 80 years.

"Uncle Zach" was born in Granada, Miss., and came to Denton County, a slave with his master, Dan Rawlings, before the war and lived near Lewisville until his election as courthouse janitor. Here he served since 1886 until the present year when he resigned, his health and age incapacitating him.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Sam Walker at 10 o'clock Wednesday in the African Baptist church. Interment followed at the city cemetery.

The Commissioners' Court attended the services as a body, as did several other county officers and many white people.

On the day of his death, the Commissioners accepted a petition from county officials honoring the memory of "Uncle Zach" Rawlings and read it into the minutes of the court.



From June 1936

Denton residents get a glimpse of FDR's smile

The 100-watt Franklin Delano Roosevelt smile, best known cheerful grin since the times of his kinsman T.R., was turned on Denton Saturday afternoon and local citizens, massed about the railroad station, saw close up the features already familiar through photos and news reels as the presidential train drove north, leaving its Texas trip.

Although the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and Denton citizens to have the train stop in Denton were in vain, the train slowed as it passed through. Many in the large gathering that crowded the tracks and streets on both sides of the train saw the president, who smiled and waved his hand.

City police were busy handling the large number that waited, but kept the situation under control and no accidents or mishaps marred the occasion.


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Over half of county acreage in soil program

Denton County's farm committeemen announced that a total of 1,365 farmers signed under the new government farm benefit plan - the soil conservation program.

The number represents about 36 percent of the county's farms, but considerably over 50 percent of the farm acreage, County Agent G.R. Warren estimated.

One question frequently asked of the county agent is what crop can be planted after green oats are plowed under. Warren said any soil conserving crop can be planted and no restriction is placed on its use - it may be grazed or harvested in any manner. If he wishes, the farmer is not required to plant anything after plowing under his green oats.



From June 1961

NTSC's old Vet Village thing of the past

The Vet Village of the postwar era has disappeared at NTSC.

In place of the 50 wooden GI hutments, the college today will open a 53-unit apartment center for married graduate students.

Seven modern brick buildings have been erected and furnished at a cost of $325,000. They're on the same site as the old Vet Village, about four blocks north and west of the main classroom area, on Bradley Street.

Single efficiency units rent at $45 a month including utilities. Double units with an extra bedroom rent at $65. Wiring provisions were made for occupants to install their own refrigeration type air conditioners with an extra utilities charge of $8 a month.

The graduate apartments are filled for the summer session and nearly all have already been reserved for the fall semester.


United Fund efforts expected to continue

Should Denton County abandon its lagging United Fund?

This was the question as United Fund leaders met to discuss the future of the annual fund drive for charity.

The purpose of the meeting was to convince Dr. J.C. Matthews, NTSC president, and Dr. John Guinn, TWU president, that there is enough interest in the fund drive to continue it. NTSC and TWU staff members are among the fund's largest contributors.

Dr. Matthews and Dr. Guinn have agreed to head the fund drive for the coming year if Denton business and civic leaders show enough interest to make the campaign a success.

Thursday's meeting failed to convince either. 175 invitations were mailed out and only 35 attended.

"Until there is a show of interest, I have a lot of other things to do that stand a better chance of success," Matthews told the group. Dr. Guinn said he agreed.

It was suggested that a professional fund raiser be employed for the next campaign.

Matthews disagreed with the proposal. He said employees would be disgruntled if they felt part of their contributions were going toward paying a professional fund raiser.



From June 1986

Sesquicentennial Wagon Train stops here

Eighty-seven covered wagons and almost 1,000 latter-day pioneers rumbled into Denton Tuesday afternoon to the cheers of hundreds of people who lined the streets to welcome a rolling bit of Texas spirit.

The Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train and its support vehicles left Denton this morning and soon marked its 3,000th mile of a six-month journey.

This afternoon the wagons will circle at Ponder and 22 students - including one high school senior - will graduate tonight in front of an 1870 one-room schoolhouse local residents restored for Texas' 150th anniversary of independence.

The students attended class during the trip in a school wagon equipped with educational tools ranging from McGuffey Readers to personal computers.

The wagon train will camp the next night at Pilot Knob Ranch in Argyle before heading east for an encampment at Lewisville Lake.

The wagon train started its journey Jan. 2 in Sulphur Springs and will come to the end of the trail at the Fort Worth Stockyards on July 3.


Evers House nears completion as museum

After almost nine years, the Evers house on West Oak Street - a showplace in Denton since 1903 - will finally be restored as the home of the Denton County Historical Museum.

Built by J.H. Evers, the massive white frame house burned Dec. 1, 1977. At the time only Dolph Evers, the 82-year-old son of the builder, lived in the three-story, 14-room home. Members of the Denton County Historical Commission persuaded him to restore the exterior, but the interior remained in ruins.

Isabel Mount Miller, a local architect who had just completed the restoration of the Scripture Building on the Square, worked with Evers on the exterior, returning the building to its original stateliness.

Last September Bob Tripp, an Evers nephew who now owns the house, agreed to the basic reconstruction of the interior.

The county museum will occupy parts of the first floor when it opens. The rooms on the second and third floor will not be completed in this first phase of reconstruction.

Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor


DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He may be contacted at 940-458-4979 or