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100 Years Ago

FROM January 1913


Denton Chamber secures factory

The Chamber of Commerce’s hard work of many weeks has paid off with the securing of the Courtney Broom Factory to move to Denton from Haskell.

The money required for securing the factory has been subscribed and loaned to Mr. Courtney for 12 months.

Last year the factory made more than 120,000 brooms that were sold in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Old Mexico, all bearing advertisements for the town of manufacture.

The factory expects to move here by Feb. 1 and will employee 18 people. Expansion will bring employment to at least 50 people. If no building can be rented for the factory, a building will be erected at once on a lot given by the M. K. & T. railroad.

Mr. Courtney will devote time and money toward encouraging county farmers to grow broom corn and will teach them how to go about it.


Baby buried under load of bollies alive, happy

Mr. & Mrs. A. V. Elkins of Little Elm were on their way to the gin in Denton with a load of cotton bolls when their wagon, with their two children atop the bollies, failed to make the sharp turn to the bridge at the Big Elm crossing.

Mr. Elkins was unhurt and Mrs. Elkins suffered a sprained ankle. She quickly turned her attention to her 3-year-old son, Hoyt, who was bleeding profusely from a cut on his chin. Mrs. Elkins became frantic when she realized the 1-year-old baby was not to be found. A passerby, A. W. Robertson, hurried to help Mr. Elkins scatter the bolls and they found Mr. Baby unharmed and not the least bit discommoded under the fleecy pile. Mr. Robertson brought Mrs. Elkins and the children on into Denton while Mr. Elkins and Ben Sullivan of Denton repaired and reloaded the damaged wagon.


75 Years Ago

From January 1938


Denton to meter all free utility services

Placing meters on all free utility services now furnished by the municipal power plant was approved by the City Commission at its January session on Monday. The installation will require four to six months for completion and cost $5,000.

The meters are needed for the plant to monitor its output against consumption, according to W. N. Harris, city utilities superintendent. 

City Utilities currently provides free utilities to a number of public institutions as well as the city’s street lights.


Women’s college uniforms abolished

TSCW President L.H. Hubbard asked for no demonstrations in the college’s auditorium Thursday morning as he announced to the 2,400 silent young ladies that the school uniform was no more. The uniforms have been required since the school opened in 1903 as the Girls Industrial School of Texas.

A motion at a meeting of the student-faculty council on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt a proposal calling for abolition of the uniform.

Miss Elizabeth Robertson, president of the junior class, called the uniform requirement “an oasis of abnormality.” Some said the lifting of the requirement would be less expensive for the students, and others pointed to the unwieldy rules surrounding the uniforms. 

President Hubbard and student body president Mary Ann Walker urged modesty in dress by the students and allowed that the uniforms or parts of them may be worn. For classroom and campus wear, sweaters, skirts, oxfords and similar attire shall be worn. Students shall dress in good taste for dinner, and hose must be worn. Athletic attire must only be worn when participating in athletic classes or going to or from such classes.


50 Years Ago

From January 1963


Voters reject campus urban renewal plan

By a vote of 1,016 to 893, Denton voters rejected a proposal that would have expanded the city’s two universities. 

The referendum was on the question of whether or not the Denton City Council ought to set up a local urban renewal agency through the two universities and participate in a program of the U.S. Housing and Finance Agency. Under this program, approximately $3 million to $4 million could have been spent for purchasing additional campus land and relocating persons in the area affected. The federal agency would have paid $3 to every $1 spent by the universities.

Mayor Warren Whitson said, “I think Denton has lost a good opportunity,” but added perhaps it could be accomplished another way. “If this is what the people want, we’ll do it.”

Mrs. Paul Simpson, who acted as spokesman for a group of NTSU-area residents who opposed the program said this: “My reaction is that the ‘little’ people of the town spoke. That’s where our support came from.”

NTSU President J.C. Matthews had this to say: “This means we’re going to have to do our developing of a plan for our campus on a step-by-step basis instead of with the help of a master plan. Of course, we’re old hands at doing it that way.”


Communism discussed at meeting of club

In a meeting of the Elective Study Department of the Woman’s Shakespeare Club, Mrs. W.W. Morrison presented a talk, “Our Fight Against Communism,” and led a discussion on the views toward communism as espoused by Senators J.W. Fulbright and Barry Goldwater.

Fulbright favors negotiations and compromise. Goldwater says Fulbright is a deluded defeatist and that this is a futile approach. He believes we should fight communism without inhibition, said Mrs. Morrison.

But persons on both sides of the discussion acknowledge the communists are in it for a fight to the finish — our finish.

Those gathered were told that they should stay informed of things that are taking place in the world and to move forward purposefully and positively for expansion of human freedom everywhere.

25 Years Ago

From January 1988


Sheriff’s race leads parade of candidates

The race for Denton County sheriff heated up Monday as six candidates filed to meet the deadline for the March 8 primary ballots.

On the Republican side, Sheriff Randy Kaisner filed for re-election. He will be opposed by Dwight Crawford of Krum, a private investigator for a Dallas firm, Kirby Robinson of Flower Mound, who served as that town’s assistant police chief, and Mike Melton of Sanger, a deputy constable in Precinct 3. The race on the Democratic side also has three candidates. Ben Lyndol Thurman of Lake Dallas, police chief at Corinth, Justin police chief Frankie Hale and Lewisville police Sgt. Robert Anthony Genova will vie for their party’s candidacy.

In the commissioner, Precinct 1 race, incumbent Ruth Tansy is challenged by Denton resident Troy Glenn. Democrats filing for the position are former Denton County Judge Buddy Cole of Pilot Point, Denton resident Ken Stout, Joe Wilson of Aubrey and Bill Coleman of Aubrey.

The race for commissioner, Precinct 3 features incumbent Lee Walker of Flower Mound in the GOP primary facing Mansell “Smitty” Smith of Ponder and Judy Larson of Lewisville. The Democratic challenger, David William Witherspoon of Bartonville, is unopposed.

Tax Assessor/Collector Herb Barnhart is opposed in the Republican primary by deputy assessor/collector Betty Powell. No Democrats filed for the position.

District Clerk Lou Morales is opposed by Tracy Kunkel in the GOP primary, and Democrat candidate Patte Kent is unopposed.


State board OKs
TWU renovation

Texas Woman’s University has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for renovation of a portion of the Old Main Building to accommodate the university press.

At a cost of $922,400, the project will include waterproofing and sealing work in addition to replacement of windows and exterior doors on the 1903 building.

The university press, currently located in the Journalism Building, will move to the basement of Old Main after the renovation. The Journalism Building will be razed.


— 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