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100 Years Ago


Wagon damaged in mix-up with auto

An automobile-wagon mix-up at the corner of East Oak and Bell Avenue resulted in the breaking of the wagon tongue and springs on both sides of Luther Bell's cart, and painfully hurting his foot.

The driver of the auto, A.T. Bates, depot bound, came into the street, which is narrow, and the mules hitched to the cart made a sharp turn, throwing out Mr. Bell.

The cart went over his foot, bruising it, and the mules became thoroughly frightened, but when starting to run away caught abreast a telephone post at the corner, stopping them and breaking the wagon as described.

Mr. Bell was homeward bound to his place five miles north of town when the accident occurred and was forced to rent another cart to go home.

Highway pathfinders group arrives late

The pathfinders for the Red-to-the-Gulf highway completed their journey at Gainesville Saturday night after leaving Denton at 4 o'clock.

After taking a wrong turn from Fort Worth, bad roads, rain and mud set them further behind and after arriving here two hours late, they were correspondingly late at the northern terminus of their long journey.

Starting at the Red River north of Denison the party sent the rear wheels of their Maxwell car into the waters of the Red. At Galveston they touched the front wheels in the waters of the Gulf. Returning to the Red, they touched the front wheels in its waters marking the close of a tour of more than 950 miles.

Col. James Hayes Quarles of the A&M college said that they found the best roads in Dallas, Ellis, Harris and Galveston counties. In other counties the roads ranged from fair to below average.

The roads of Denton County were very poor, made worse by the rains which fell Friday and Saturday.

A local committee composed of Mayor O.P. Poe, Alvin M. Owsley, R.P. Lomax and C. Lipscomb Jr. welcomed the pathfinders to a meeting held in the courthouse, where the citizens of Denton County were urged to take up the work for better highways.

J. Fred Smith of Celina and Prof. Robert Potts of A&M explained the law under which bonds can be issued for building good roads.

While the party was here, they were guests at a luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce.



75 Years Ago


Mayor to transients: It's time to move on

Transients and hoboes were warned today by Mayor J.L. Wright that they are not needed in Denton and that drifters coming here must drift on their way.

A number of complaints are coming in to city officials about transient groups camping along railroad tracks and in other sections, bringing health hazards and an ever-present threat of petty thefts, Wright added.

"Many of these summer drifters are now laying plans to settle in Denton and stay over the winter, expecting the city or charity groups to care for them," the mayor said. "Denton has enough to do in caring for its own who need financial help. We can't and won't allow these transient families to [force] themselves on us."

Signs, new underpass welcome visitors

The Chamber of Commerce has erected a large neon sign along Highway 77 on the north side of Denton welcoming Texas Centennial visitors to town.

The sign touts the town's two colleges; North Texas State Teachers College is proclaimed the largest state college in the United States and Texas State College for Women is claimed as the world's largest woman's college.

The Denton-Gainesville section of Highway 77 has been improved for visitor travel, too. As part of the federal underpass and overpass program, a new underpass has been built at the Santa Fe railroad south of Sanger. The new roadway is wider and straighter and has been completely re-topped between Denton and Gainesville by the State Highway Department.



50 years ago


Peace Corps' Bill Moyers speaks at NTSC

Bill Moyers, former NTSC student who is assistant director of the Peace Corps, spoke at the college on Wednesday.

"The heart of the world is bursting for a new order, where justice and progress are the chief goals," he said.

Moyers said the purpose of the Peace Corps is to communicate rather than convert - not to convert the peoples to our way of life or thinking, but to communicate to them the principles of American culture and society as a whole.

A native of Marshall, Moyers, 27, attended NTSC from 1952 to 1954 and later received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.

Moyers said that the $40 million requested from Congress for the upcoming fiscal year would enable 2,700 peace corpsmen to be put in the field by the end of fiscal year 1962.

Ponder children make up proud 4-H trio

Three proud children of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Swafford belong to the Ponder 4-H Club. It is difficult to pick the proudest - all have good reasons to be proud.

Buster Swafford, who will turn 13 next month, is on his fourth year in 4-H work. He has Duroc hogs, cotton and sorghum.

Last year Buster won first place in district and bi-district showing his hogs. This year, he will show a gilt and two barrows.

He also has planted five acres of cotton and 10 acres of sorghum. When he isn't busy at one of these, he helps out at either the cotton gin or grain elevator his parents operate in Ponder.

Peggy Joyce, 11, was busy this week canning apple butter. She has been in the club three years and has mastered cooking and sewing, having saved money from baby sitting to buy her own sewing machine.

Often when Mrs. Swafford is helping at the gin or elevator, the house is run by Peggy Joyce. She is teaching her sister, Alice Jean, 10, the basic rules of cooking and sewing. Like her older sister, Alice Jean is an "A" student at school. Both play the piano and each has won a trophy.

Two other Swafford children, Debbie, 4, and Douglas, 7, watch their older siblings with great thoughts of the future. Douglas will join 4-H next year and Debbie is imitating everything her sisters do.



25 Years Ago


TWU's Huey sidesteps rejecting merger

Texas Woman's University President Mary Evelyn Huey stopped short of rejecting North Texas State University's proposal for a Metroplex system of universities but said TWU is "very leery of system government."

Universities statewide have been asked by the Select Committee on Higher Education to defend the status quo in Texas higher education or recommend changes that could bring improvements.

NTSU regent chairman Wayne Stockseth said last week he believes the NTSU plan to have one nine-member board of regents govern NTSU, TWU, TWU nursing center in Dallas, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, the Universities of Texas at Arlington and Dallas, the UT health science center in Dallas and possibly East Texas State University could save the state $20 million.

Dr. Huey said she was not prepared to respond to the proposal but said TWU has argued its response to the Select Committee that systems governance costs the state more in administrative payroll without increased benefits to students.

"But I do compliment the North Texas board on its vision and efforts to find a solution," she said.

Dr. Huey's press conference preceded an anti-merger rally at noon on the front lawn of Hubbard Hall, where a crowd of about 1,000 gathered.

State finds county bridges substandard

State inspection show that most Denton County bridges need repairs and some should be closed pending repairs.

District Engineer Robert L. Yielding sent the county a list of bridges that "under national standards criteria are unable to safely carry the state legal load of a 34,000-pound tandem axle" and another list that the state says can't safely carry a 5,000-pound single or tandem axle.

Commissioners Lee Walker and Bill Switzer were most vocal in criticizing the state inspections.

"If we built bridges the way they want them built it would take all of our road and bridge budgets," Mrs. Walker said of her bridges in Precinct 3.

"Precinct 4 has estimated that we need $7,464,000 to bring our bridges into compliance," Switzer said. "I'm for suing the state. They come up her and tell us to close bridges. Where is the money to come from? Where does the state get the authority to come in here and do this if they don't furnish the funds? All this does is open up lawsuits for the county."

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