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100 Years Ago

From August 1913

County road gangs limited to 8 hours a day

Denton County commissioners, who have been working their road gangs of prisoners 10 full hours a day, will be forced to stop that practice by the new eight-hour law, according to an interpretation by County Attorney Wilson.

The effectiveness of the crews will be decreased by this measure and no commissioner can afford to violate the provisions since it carries a fine from $50 to $1,000 for each day the law is violated or a six-month imprisonment, or both.

It was first thought the law wouldn’t affect work done by convicts working out fines or imprisonment. Some complaint is expected from taxpayers who do not understand the law but one commissioner said the law will be followed because “It is better to stand for the criticism than face a heavy fine or imprisonment.”

Autos, motorcycles must show lights at night

City Marshal Goode of Denton announced that automobiles and motorcycles must carry a lighted tail light to show their numbers as well as have headlights after dark.

The automobile law is very particular about this and there have been numerous complaints about autos running around without tail lamps and even some reports of automobiles driving without headlights on city streets at night.

Local news briefs

I.N. Burgoon Monday completed a new home for James Barnes on North Locust Street, at a cost of $1,800.

Fox Brothers have delivered 20 Fords this month. They have received 12 carloads this year plus local shipments.

The fire alarm whistled for the 8th District shortly after noon Tuesday was for the R.J. Wilson home. Grass was being burned in the yard and went under the house, causing considerable anxiety. Just before the department arrived the home bucket brigade triumphed.

75 Years Ago

From August 1938

Over 400 on WPA jobs

Over 400 persons are employed on various Works Progress Administration projects, a survey revealed. Those projects include city and county recreation, sewing room, property survey, library, street improvement, the highway project near Lewisville, construction of a school gymnasium in Justin and the fish hatchery at Lake Dallas.

The WPA sewing rooms, one of the oldest WPA projects in Denton County, employ 36 in Denton, 22 in Pilot Point and 18 in Sanger.

The Denton County Library employs 25 WPA workers, with 13 at Denton, one each in Aubrey, Hebron, Pilot Point, Little Elm, Sanger, Lake Dallas, Ponder, Argyle, Lewisville and Donald, with two in Roanoke. The Denton WPA Recreation Project employs 19 persons on WPA roles and four on National Youth Administration (NYA) roles. The county project has 13 WPA and four NYA.

The local street improvement project employs 44 men, the county sanitation project 21 men, the property survey project 13, the fish hatchery 60, the Justin construction project 60 and the Lewisville road construction project 70 WPA employees.

There are now about 780 persons representing 156 families receiving direct relief, that is, they are furnished food and clothing at regular intervals.


The Morrison Milling Co.

If you ain’t tried them Peacemaker biscuits we talked about last week, you’d better soar right over to the grocery store and seek to buy a sack of Peacemaker Prints, before the wife has fits. And you need not tell her to keep the bag, she surely knows it ain’t no rag — four of ’em make a purty dress, and Peacemaker bakin’s never made a mess.

Clothes end controversy

The statue of a pioneer woman is now under construction on the campus of the State College for Women. A photo has been taken that shows the figure fully clothed, as approved by the State Board of Control. Earlier, a furor erupted when a group of nude figures was first offered for the proposed statue.

50 Years Ago

From August 1963

Pilot Point schools to integrate in fall 1964

Racial bars will be lifted by the Pilot Point Independent School District for all Pilot Point schools starting with the fall term of 1964.

The action was taken during a special meeting of the school board Wednesday, Supt. Ben Smith said. The vote was unanimous.

The school board decision will affect approximately 30 Negro students who now attend Fred Moore School in Denton.

Jamison declares 58th Legislature noteworthy

Speaking before the Hi-Noon Lions Club, state representative Alonzo Jamison said the last session might be considered noteworthy — it finished on time.

He added that this year was the first time in many years that a special session was not called to hash out other legislation.

“In fact,” Jamison added, “it finished three days ahead of schedule. Some people feel we slacked off because we quit early. But we wouldn’t have passed any more legislation if we had stayed 30 days longer. The session was marked by a high degree of cooperation — both by Senate and House leaders and by the governor.”

Jamison said, “The error of former governor Price Daniel was fighting with the Legislature. [Governor] Connally really felt that he would benefit by working with the Legislature.”

Jamison added that a second reason was the growth of the Republican Party in Texas made the Democrats ready to work together.

25 Years Ago

From August 1988

Library exhibit covers getting it covered

Some books can be judged by their covers.

In proof see the exhibition of leather-bound books currently on display in the Rare Book Room at the University of North Texas Willis Library.

“When we were mounting the exhibition we were thinking of aesthetics and education,” said Dr. Kenneth Lavender, UNT’s bibliographer. “So we came up with the idea of showing the steps of binding a book.”

In the exhibition, visitors will see the steps involved in hand-binding a book as well as final products of bookbinders through 300 years of printing.

Each Friday Lavender will work on binding an 1843 edition of A New Greek and English Lexicon by James Donnegan. The book from Lavender’s personal library is one of five he has rebound since studying the art-craft with Dr. Mary Tigelaar, a fine-leather bookbinder living in Dallas.

Denton, Dallas projects on collision course

Two Lewisville Lake projects planned separately by Denton and Dallas have put the two cities on a collision course, with water quality and cheaper electrical costs at issue.

The conflict revolves around Dallas’ plan to run a pipeline from the Lewisville Lake dam to its Carrollton treatment plant in the coming decade and Denton’s planned hydro-electric turbine downstream next year.

Negotiations are under way but a solution acceptable to both cities is unlikely.

Denton officials wrestled for months to get approval this past March from the Texas Municipal Power Agency to construct the turbine. Unbeknown to Denton was Dallas’ plan to build the 8.5-mile pipeline that they claim will keep their water cleaner by avoiding contamination from runoff along the river way. Diverting that water would make it extremely difficult for Denton’s power plant turbine to turn.

Denton’s executive director of utilities Bob Nelson said the turbine would save Denton ratepayers $180,000 a year and substantially more when the debt on the project is paid off.

Matalyn Harp, Dallas’ deputy director of water utilities, said Denton’s claim that Dallas had assured them the pipeline would not be built “was an assumption on their part.”

— 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