100 YEARS AGO
FROM SEPTEMBER 1912
Football players get in shape, learn new rules
Denton High’s husky athletes, candidates for the 1912 football team, are practicing daily at Hiland Park to get rid of the “beefiness” they built up over the summer months. The group is doing some excellent work and the team shows signs of having an excellent desire to win.
There are several new playing rules this year. Here are some of the changes:
1. The offensive team is given four trials to make 10 yards, instead of 3.
2. The value of the touchdown is increased from 5 points to 6 points.
3. The playing field is reduced from 110 yards to 100 yards.
4. A pass caught over the goal line is now permitted as a touchdown.
5. The ball is kicked off from the 40-yard line instead of from midfield.
As a result of these changes, more scoring is expected this year.
Cotton pickers demand $1.25 per 100 pounds
Negro cotton pickers have told farmers that they have decided to demand $1.25 per hundred pounds of picked cotton and would stand pat on the demand. The farmers say they are unable to pay such a price, with a prevailing offer of $1 per hundred. Renters now pay the landlord one-third of their crop and the new demands would leave them with only five-twelfths for their year of work.
Some confused about law on animal bounty
Ignorance of the provisions of the new wild animal bounty law has cost some citizens their expected bounty. Hunters must bring in the entire skin, not just the head and ears. The old law merely required the scalp to be brought in. The person bringing their bounty to the Courthouse must complete a long affidavit that he alone killed the varmint along with the entire skin before the County Commissioners then issue a statement for the Clerk to issue a warrant for the proper sum.
The prices set by the law are as follows: coyote, $1; lobo wolf, $5; grey or timber wolf, $5; wildcat, $1; panther, $5 and Mexican lion, $5.
75 YEARS AGO
FROM SEPTEMBER 1937
Dance code goes to court
Attorneys for W.M. Murphy, proprietor of a cafe and dance hall at 330 E. Hickory St., asked Judge Ben W. Boyd for a restraining writ against Denton’s recently passed anti-dance hall code that prohibits public dancing establishments within 500 feet of a house, church, school or other occupied building.
R.B. Gambill and Brent C. Jackson, attorneys for Murphy, contend that the code violates the due process clause in the federal constitution.
Note: The code was upheld according to a later news article.
First REA poles arrive at Krum
The poles that will carry more than 500 miles of power lines to Denton County farmers by a $530,000 Rural Electrification Administration project have begun arriving.
A squad of 38 men was sent with the first load of poles to Krum. Gus Egan, president of the local organization handling the project, said work on erecting the poles would begin immediately.
The first poles will go up about a half-mile north of Krum on a farm owned by B.W. Gough.
College recovers long-lost cornerstone
Teachers College student C.L. Loftin of Denton was playing tennis on the extreme southeast corner of the campus when he hit a ball out of bounds Thursday afternoon. Loftin followed after the ball and saw a square marble stone.
The stone read, “Denton Normal College, A.D. 1891” and was also inscribed, “J.A. Carroll, Mayor; T.W. Abney, W.H. Baldwin, J.R. Edwards, Building Committee.”
Dr. J.L. Kingsbury, curator of the state historical collection at the college, said the cornerstone for the school’s first building was lost after the structure burned in 1907. He speculated that the cornerstone was hauled away with the other debris.
Kingsbury himself recovered the two cornerstones of the second administration building that was rebuilt in 1923 from the back of the smokestack of the power plant, covered in vines. All three stones have been placed in the lobby of the museum.
50 YEARS AGO
FROM SEPTEMBER 1962
Cattle bring Irish presence to Argyle
The Irish have invaded the Argyle area.
No, not the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame nor prototypes of John L. Sullivan — these are compact cattle “bred for suburban living.”
Eddie LeRoux, American Airlines flight engineer, is building up a herd of Irish Dexter cattle. Dexters are small cattle that are disease resistant and graze on rough pasture in all seasons.
When he acquired his Argyle farm four years ago, LeRoux brought two cows with him that he had purchased in New York and transported to Dallas via aircraft. Four more cows were bought from Clint Murchison. With his purebred bull, Henry VIII, LeRoux had increased his herd to 26.
The cattle are cared for by LeRoux’s 14-year-old son, David, who is aided by siblings, Debra, 9, and Phillip, 7.
“Dexters are thrifty,” says LeRoux. “Three cows can graze where two other cows would. They are very gentle — even the bulls.”
Miss Shook Day proclaimed by mayor
Bessie Shook Day has been proclaimed by Mayor Warren Whitson. Miss Shook, president of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs and one of Denton’s most active civic and social workers, will be honored Monday when an engraved proclamation will be presented to her at 3 p.m. at the Women’s Shakespeare Club meeting, of which she is the past president.
A member of the Shakespeare Club since 1923, Miss Shook has served her city and state in numerous civic activities.
25 YEARS AGO
FROM SEPTEMBER 1987
Denton schools start no-smoking policies
The usual smell of new jeans, chalk and books fills the Denton schools this morning, the first day of class. But the odor of smoke from the faculty lounges is now gone from nine of the 13 campuses, a policy that affects teachers and staff as well as pupils.
Those schools that do not have smoking policies — Ginnings, Lee, Rayzor and Sullivan Keller Instructional Center — will by the start of the next school year, the principals say.
“If we teach at school that smoking is bad for you, then every example we can show that we don’t allow it, we’re going to do it,” said David Graham, principal of the high school.
Last year, the high school prohibited students from smoking on campus. This year, even visitors will be asked to extinguish their cigarettes.
The schools that have not enacted policies report a higher-than-average number of smokers among teachers and other employees. However, those principals are moving toward having policies in place.
“We probably will go to that next year. But I wanted to give them some time, knowing that some of them need a certain amount of nicotine each day and would be a little crabby if they didn’t get it,” said Dalton Gregory, principal at Lee Elementary. “So for the sake of the students, let them [the teachers] continue this year, but explain to them that the next year, we would go for a smoke-free school.”
The DISD health department is offering to help employees who want to quit smoking, said Dr. Dean Anthony, director of elementary education.
County’s oldest house gets a new home
The Mike Cochran family brought home another stray yesterday.
The latest orphan was the oldest house known in Denton County and no one else wanted it. So Cochran and his wife, Linda Lavender, hauled it from its site of more than 115 years to a bluff in Cooke County that overlooks Clear Creek.
Cochran said a man named Sullivan moved his family to the Peters Colony in 1856, settling between Sanger and Pilot Point. The family built the 2,000-square-foot house over several years and completed it in 1872.
The home was given to Cochran by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the Sullivan Settlement site.
The home was near the new Ray Roberts Lake but would not have been covered by water.
The old house needs a lot of repairs.
“I think they just didn’t want to worry about maintenance,” said Cochran.
The Corps searched for a civic group to take the home, but no one was willing or able to do it. Cochran and Lavender agreed to move it when the lake and dam were dedicated on June 30.
“We regret taking the oldest home in Denton County out of Denton County, but that’s the only place we had for it. It’s not far across the border.”
Cochran and Lavender say they will probably spend the rest of their lives restoring the house.
— Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor
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