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100 Years Ago

From May 1914

Continuance refused; Interurban suit dropped

The Commissioners refusal to grant a postponement or continuance in the condemnation suit of the Fort Worth-Denton Traction vs. Henry T. Stewart was followed by the plaintiff’s dismissing the suit.

Messrs. L.G. Belew of Pilot Point, J.R. Schoolfield of Stony and S.S. Freeman of Bolivar, the commissioners appointed previously by Judge Hoskins to hear the testimony, were all here, as were a number of witnesses for both parties. Mr. Stewart contested the application for postponement filed by the plaintiffs and when the postponement was refused, the dismissal order was entered.

The action involved 9.93 acres of land belonging to the defendant west of Argyle, over which the final survey of the Fort Worth-Denton Interurban runs. Among the witnesses in town were H.T. Stewart, Dick Taylor, L.I. Bullard, Joe Hampton. R.W. Fenton, Jess Boyles, G.W. Dudley, I.L. Crawford, W.C. Frasher, C.M. Hall, W.Y. Fincher, M.G. Parkey, J.H. Paine and W.A. Faught.

NOTE: The Fort Worth-Denton Interurban rail line was never built. Part of present-day Interstate 35W approximates one of the old surveys for the proposed tracks.


Better get ready for harvest by having that Thrashing Machine overhauled and put in shape for business. All our work is done right and guaranteed. Denton Machine Works, P.C. Storrie, prop. Phone 33


Boy Scout movement proposed for Denton

Scoutmaster Richmond of the Dallas Y.M.C.A. has promised to some in Denton to promote a Boy Scout movement in this town. Several citizens have interested themselves in the effort, particularly to secure the organization before the summer begins.

“There isn’t a boy in Denton but would be benefited by membership in the Boy Scouts,” said a Denton lady who has always been interested in the welfare of boys and young men, “and there are many who will have little to do during the vacation that would be especially helped. We ought to have a Scouts organization here. It helps both the minds and the bodies of the boys who undergo the rigorous training of the Scouts and it tends to make a manly boy out of every boy who subscribes to the pledge and lives up to the code of morals adhered to by every loyal scout.”

It is believed there are many citizens who would take an interest in promoting the organization and helping it in every way, and if the proper interest is developed it is certain that the scoutmaster’s visit will result in effecting an organization.

NOTE: The first Boy Scout troop in Denton was organized in June 1914 by W.A. Combest, principal of the North Ward School.


75 Years Ago

From May 1939

Report finds bookmobile worthy of its travels

The bookmobile of the Denton County Public Library in the past 14 months has circulated a total of 34,425 books at a cost of only $275.64 according to a report made by Ned Conner, truck operator, to R.L Proffer, County Schools Superintendent.

Conner has taken the truck over 12,595 miles in the county to distribute books to 46 schools. The cost of circulation per book is less than one-hundredth of one cent and the cost per mile is two cents.

Also on the truck is visual equipment which includes a motion picture projector, sound apparatus, projection screen and films. Thirty-six of the schools have electricity and are able to use the projector.


Special for this weekend! A fresh strawberry sundae with lots of whipped cream and nuts for only 10 cents! Also, you can get all the Old-Fashioned Churned Buttermilk you can drink for 5 cents. The current record is one gallon and 11 ounces, held by Ralph Cox. Aristocrat Ice Cream Store, south side of the square.


Scottish women’s group entertained at home

Daughters of Caledonia, natives or wives and daughters of native Scotchmen, held an annual meeting at the home of Mrs. P.C. Storrie Wednesday afternoon. Fifty-seven were present, including some over 80 years old, as eager and interested as the younger ones. Mrs. Storrie is a charter member of the organization.

The afternoon session, after business, which is only routine as these annual gatherings are for pleasure and reminiscence, was devoted to informal talk and singing Scottish songs. Mrs. John Evans served with Mrs. Storrie as co-hostess. They were aided by Mrs. Robert Storrie, Mrs. Pike Martin, Mrs. Fred L. McFadden and by Mrs. John Storrie of Corsicana.


50 Years Ago

From May 1964

Downtown businessmen discuss problems

Public transportation; fewer one-way streets; fewer two-way streets; underground parking; remodeled buildings: just some of the ideas touched upon by about 60 Downtown Denton businessmen and property owners during a meeting at the Holiday Inn Monday night.

Bill Drenner, president of Denton County National Bank, urged the group to set long-range goals and that “Whatever is done, keep it in front of the people. Do it with them — not to them.” He also warned: “Many cities spend so much time diagnosing the patient that he dies before they get around to writing a prescription.”

One of the most popular ideas came from Holford Russell, owner of Russell’s Department Store. He told them that more parking was not the entire answer to saving Denton’s downtown.

“We need a public transportation system,” Russell said. “Transportation is the problem, not parking.”

Dr. Ector Roberts raised the lone dissident voice, saying, “I don’t think a socialist idea like that is the answer.”

Riley Cross of the Record-Chronicle summarized the problem for the group.

“We have had enough evidence that the downtown area is drying up,” he told the men. “The downtown area is an eyesore. It is the worst-looking part of Denton.”

And Cross asked this question: “Is the downtown property worth the price that downtown owners think it is without making improvements?”

Adding that the group needed to get realistic, he noted that “Many of the downtown buildings look the same as they did in 1914.”

Mrs. Tom Richardson, a retired downtown businesswoman, told the group part of the answer to the parking problem was to cut down the size of the Courthouse lawn.

Drenner urged the group, at the close of the meeting, to get as many ideas as they can about the future of Downtown Denton and decide what the problems are and then formulate plans to solve them.


25 Years Ago

From May 1989

Chamber honors Denton businesses for longevity

They leaned forward to listen, almost talking over each other in their excitement of remembering the good old days when horse buggies were the main source of transportation.

Bob Tripp, 74, and Wilford Pierce, 80, reminisced about their days at Evers Hardware during a Chamber of Commerce 80th anniversary celebration honoring nine businesses that have helped support the chamber through the years.

Of the nine, only Evers Hardware has retained its original name. Pierce recalls his favorite parts of the store were the horse buggies upstairs and the freight elevator. “I sold the last buggy in 1932,” he said.

Tripp, the only grandson of founder Robert Henry Evers, remembered first working at the store when he was 12 years old. “I used to sit out there on the back porch and talk to my grandfather” when he wasn’t making deliveries.

The other businesses honored, with their current and previous names are: Deposit Insurance Bridge Bank (Denton County National Bank); Russell’s Department Store (W.H. McClurkan & Co.); Schmitz-Floyd-Hamlet Inc. (John B. Schmitz and Magill & Shepard); Ramey, King & Minnis Insurance (O.P. Poe Insurance); Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton Record & Chronicle); Harpool Farm & Garden (Denton Seed House); Morrison Milling Co. (Alliance Milling Co.); and Terrill Wheeler Printing (McNitzky Printing).

Leon Callihan, vice-chairman of the Denton County Historical Commission, said the nine businesses have helped shape the county economically as well as in the humanities.

— Compiled from the files of the Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor

DJ TAYLOR resides in the Sanger/Bolivar area. He can be reached at 940-458-4979 or