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100 Years Ago

From August 1912


Official: Denton needs better train service

Dallas will probably lose a large percentage of the trade from Denton and surrounding towns unless better train service is afforded between the two towns, asserted George J. Roark, secretary of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, who was in Dallas yesterday.

Mr. Roark went to Dallas on the Katy train and declared that the train was so crowded that a large number of ladies and most of the men were compelled to stand up all the way for the two hours ride from Denton.

“Travel from Denton to Dallas is sufficient to require three trains a day and we have but one,” Mr. Roark said. “Last year when the proposition of building an interurban from Dallas to Denton was being agitated the Katy put on an additional train. That satisfied the Denton people for awhile and the agitation was dropped. Then the Katy took off the other train and left us with our poor, old, inadequate service.”

Roark added that “We have six trains into Fort Worth every day over good roadbed, so you see how much easier it is to go there than to Dallas.”


Plague of flies worsens

The plague of flies that began a week or more ago is getting worse. Reports have been received of several deaths of horses, mules and cows. All sorts of preventative measures are being used, but apparently with slight success. Every team that comes into Denton is partially covered with sacks or other materials to keep the flies off as much as possible.

W.B. Simpson, from near Stony, reported the loss of a valuable mule.

J.G. Hester reported that Byron Brier, west of town, lost a good horse that was simply choked to death by the flies getting into its nostrils while plowing.

J.R. McNabb of Pilot Point says the plague is very serious in that section of the county, with horses and mules driven frantic by the attack.

J.H. Paine, near Argyle, has lost several head of cattle to the flies.

The flies are not the usual house fly variety. These bite ferociously; the sensation feels like someone is inserting a small drill into the flesh.

County Clerk Button reports that the plague is worse in the eastern sections of the county and that Collin County is considerably worse off than here.

The flies worry the livestock in the daytime so badly that some farmers are plowing by moonlight.



No soda pop sold on Sunday. Better order a case today.

Alliance Milling Co.


75 Years Ago

From August 1937


Central’s ‘Snooky’ rides the fire wagon

The best-known dog in town is Central Fire Station’s mascot, “Snooky,” a two-year-old American bulldog.

Snooky used to eat at the fire hall, but she has become so popular in recent months that she merely goes to the back doors of local cafes, lets her presence be known and feasts off the fat of the land. This summer she has taken to following the local ice wagons around to keep a “cool outlook on life.”

A big white dog except for one brown eye and ear, she can distinguish between the regular phone and the fire phone and is always the first one on the big hook-and-ladder truck. If she is out when a fire call comes in, she waits at the station and hitches a ride with any late arriving volunteer.

Snooky has only one enemy — a sworn enemy. He is “Troubles,” the mascot at the West Side Station, and the dogs do not get along. Troubles recently won the longest tail competition at the Texas Theater. But the Central Station boys say Snooky is the best natured.

WPA road work nears completion

Workmen under Commis­sioner J.S. Boydstun are busy completing a road-widening project in Precinct 4. When finished, it will mark the conclusion of a three-part WPA program in Denton County this summer County Judge George P. Elbert said Saturday.

County Precincts 2, 3 and 4 received $8,153 in WPA funds to which the county added $1,085.

The Precinct 4 work is widening a roughly 8-mile stretch of county road connecting two lateral roads in the Cannon Creek community northwest of Bolivar.

Two other projects have already been completed. In Precinct 2, Commissioner C.W. Orr’s crews have finished a similar job in the Stringtown community and in Precinct 3, Commissioner John Under­wood’s workmen are finishing their project on a road west of Bartonville.

Though other projects have been discussed, no new applications have been filed with the WPA headquarters, said Elbert.


50 years ago

From August 1962


Big welcome awaits return of 49th Armored

A major portion of Denton’s 49th Armored Division rolls in Tuesday awaiting a hometown welcome and the command “dismissed” from active duty.

Convoys will depart from Fort Polk, La., and the National Guard unit will arrive in Denton around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Fort Polk officials awarded Army Commendation Medals to three soldiers from the 49th. The medals went to Sgt. Billy Kenas, Spec. 4 James Riley and Spec. 4 Jay Kearby.

The brief mustering out ceremony will be followed by a barbecue and numerous forms of entertainment, including musical entertainment, children’s rides and concessions for the returning guardsmen sponsored by local merchants and civic organizations.

Commissioners Court proposes new highway

The Denton County Com­missioners Court took the first step Monday toward the establishment of a farm road from Ponder to the proposed Interstate 35W that will connect Denton to Fort Worth.

At their meeting on Monday, the commissioner decided that steps should be taken to secure right of way from fourteen landowners for a farm road eastward from the town of Ponder. The road will end at the K.Y. Foreman farm.

County Judge W.K. Baldridge said that the county will acquire right of way and turn it over to the State Highway Department for an extension of FM2449, which runs westward out of Ponder.

The residents of Ponder have sought construction of a shorter route to Denton for several years.


25 Years Ago

From August 1987


‘Pinky’ Harpool honored

A Denton businessman who has promoted agriculture through his fertilizer company has been named a Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association.

W.S. “Pinky” Harpool, president of Harpool Fertilizer Co., became the second Denton resident to receive the award in its 25-year history, county extension agent Alfred A. Croix said. Harpool’s brother, Tom, received the award in 1971.

“I don’t think there’s anybody more deserving of this recognition,” said Croix. “I could go on for hours talking about the things he has done.”

Harpool regularly donates seed, fertilizer and other material for agriculture tests and demonstrations in Denton County and across the state.

“The extension service and county agents do a magnificent job,” Harpool said. “It’s a delight and pleasure to be involved with those folks.”

Harpool’s grandfather, Charles Harpool, moved to the Denton County community of Hebron in 1873 and the family moved to Denton in 1928. In 1939, the family started Harpool Seed Inc., and in 1962 created Harpool Fertilizer, a separate firm that was the first independent bulk blending plant for fertilizer in Texas.


County voters approve 911 in bond vote

Denton County voters Saturday overwhelmingly passed a proposal to implement a countywide 911 emergency telephone system designed to save time and lives.

The issue passed by a vote of 13,086 for and 3,024 against. The proposition’s approval means that county residents within two years will be able to dial 911 to report emergencies to police, fire and ambulance departments.

Under the system, the addresses of residents who call will be immediately displayed on a computer terminal. The appropriate agency will then be dispatched to deal with the emergency.


— 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