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100 Years Ago

From April 1913

Denton cleans up; county resident riled

In three days, the residents of Denton rid the town of an estimated 200,000 pounds of tin cans, cast-off machinery and other trash. The three rubbish wagons hauled away 75 loads of refuse.

Houston Stiff, living south of town, however, has expressed indignation to Mayor Bates that individuals are dumping trash on vacant property beyond the city limits and has called upon the mayor to take up the matter with the City Council.

“For two miles in every direction from Denton,” said Mr. Stiff, “the public roads and private property are being used as the dumping ground for Denton rubbish.”

Stiff alleges that the city is to blame. “My idea of the main cause of the practice is that the city keeps its dumping grounds locked to all except a chosen few,” adding most of the dumping occurs at night and is against state law.

The City Council discussed the matter and proposes to dispose of rubbish in two old tanks in the south part of the town until they are filled.


Melba Cream — the pink perfection is an aristocrat amongst ice creams, made for particular palates. Manufactured in my own plant from pure Jersey cream and flavored by the finest fruits. $1.50 a gallon, packed and delivered. O.M. Curtis Drug Co.

City Federation for civic work organized

Delegates from the women’s clubs of the city and the C.I.A., also the literary clubs of the Normal, met Monday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce rooms to perfect an organization for civic work, to be known as the City Federation Club.

Miss Moore of the Normal faculty was elected temporary chairman and Mrs. Hauslein temporary secretary. The proposed organization grew out of work among the various clubs over the past year.

The following committee was appointed to draft a constitution and bylaws: Mrs. Banks, Ariel Club; Mrs. Garrison, Shakespeare Club; Miss Adkisson, Brackenridge; Miss Yates, Mary Arden; Miss Johnson, Current Literature Club; Miss Rush, Chaparral.

75 Years Ago

From April 1938

CCC aids 50 farmers with soil conservation

Enrollees of the Denton County Civilian Conservation Corps camp have worked on 50 cooperating farms embracing 12,000 acres during the past year in the practice of soil conservation.

M.P. Frank is superintendent of the 200 men of the local camp, one of 22 in Texas.

The local camp men have set out 17,000 trees and 40,000 shrubs that not only serve for gully control but also provide food for wildlife.

Also, the camp has aided in the construction or removal of 15,000 rods of fencing and planted 40 miles of strip crops that will afford erosion protection for 900 acres of land.

City Federation celebrates 25 years

Many accomplishments of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs were brought to mind at a tea held in the Women’s Club on Tuesday afternoon.

The group was formed primarily for the purpose of obtaining cooperation in work for civic betterment of the city, especially in cleanliness, sanitation and civic beauty. Their early motto was, “This is my city. I love it. What can I do for it?”

Soon after its organization, the federation began agitation for a city park and that was accomplished when the Negro area known as Quakertown was bought for the park.

Other projects have included a drive to place drinking fountains in the public schools to replace the wooden bucket and tin cup; a fountain on the square for horses; work on improvements to streets, sidewalks, alleys, public buildings and backyards; an anti-spitting ordinance; a library; a chicken law and a number of lesser projects.

The club’s efforts have helped make Denton an up-to-date and beautiful small city, but the City Federation stands ready to aid when needed.

50 Years Ago

From April 1963

County attorneys’ practice raises questions

Denton County Attorney John Lawhon and Assistant County Attorney Bob Amis opened an office in Lewisville last month where they are also practicing law privately.

The matter was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the Commissioners Court meeting last Monday. The court took no official action on the matter. Several members of the court do not think the practice is a good idea, although it is not illegal under Texas law.

Lawhon and Amis initially said the office was for the convenience of the Lewisville area residents so they wouldn’t have to drive to Denton to conduct business with the county attorney’s office. The two planned on spending alternate afternoons, from one until five, in Lewisville.

Lawhon said they are paying for the office’s rent out of their own pockets. Because the county is not paying for the office, the attorneys are accepting private clients, primarily acting as a closing office for real estate sales.

The annual salary for Lawhon is set by the county at $9,147; Amis’ salary is $5,280.

Ferguson: Bright future ahead for jazz in schools

“Jazz should give you every emotion, from irritation and sadness to joy and beauty,” commented trumpeter Maynard Ferguson before his Tuesday performance with the NTSU Lab Bands.

Ferguson went on to say that jazz in the schools will make a positive contribution to the evolution of jazz as an art form and will eventually dispel the public image of the jazz musician as an irresponsible rebel.

The trumpeter thinks that jazz musicians coming from the colleges are generally better trained and acquire techniques that are sometimes lacking in musicians.

25 Years Ago

From April 1988

Glider tow pilot sets sail

Although Norman Gore has participated in 2,000 glider flights, he is just now getting a license.

Gore has been the chief tow pilot for the North Texas Gliders, the local soaring club, since he retired from the Air Force in 1983, but has never, until now, held a license to fly a sailplane himself.

Saturday before last he completed his 2,000th tow, piloting the powered plane that gets the gliders off the ground.

The same day as the 2,000th tow, Gore made his solo flight in a glider for the first time. He had already completed the required flights with an instructor to qualify.

Landing a glider takes a different set of skills and Gore has to remind himself to come in lower. There are no second chances in landing a glider since there is no power to pull up for a second try.

Norman Gore believes flying is safer than driving the freeways, although he has had a few close calls. But his adherence to safety is steadfast. He personally follows the adage: “There are old pilots and bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.”

Robinson wins runoff in GOP sheriff primary

Kirby Robinson soundly defeated incumbent Sheriff Randy Kaisner on Tuesday in the GOP runoff election for Denton County sheriff.

Robinson, former assistant police chief of Flower Mound, received 5,422 votes (67 percent) to Kaisner’s 2,629 votes (33 percent).

Kaisner called Robinson to concede the election before the final tallies were in, an effort Robinson said “was a very professional move.”

Robinson said he has been told this was one of the most bitter elections the county has seen. He will face Democrat Ben Thurman in the November general election.

In other GOP runoffs, Precinct 3 incumbent Commissioner Lee Walker defeated challenger Judy Larson 2,022 votes to 1,362, and Joe May defeated John Hatzenbuhler for constable of Precinct 4 by a vote of 865 to 674.

The lone Democratic county runoff, for constable of Precinct 5, incumbent Vic George bested Bob Kline by a margin of 193 to 134.

— 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