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100 Years Ago


September 1915

Interest shown in  organizing golf club

Considerable interest is being shown in regard to the organization of a golf club in Denton.

B. L. Taylor, owner of the Taylor Lake resort north of town, has under consideration the establishment of a golf course on his tract, which is said by experts to be admirably suited for that purpose. Mr. Taylor will visit golf clubs in nearby cities to ascertain the requirements and the work.

Lloyd & Little Elm join Denton in road work

“Lloyd and Little Elm and as far north as F. O. McReynolds’ and B. F. Witt’s are enthusiastic about the plan for working the road through Elm bottom,” said Ed. F. Bates, who returned Saturday from a trip to the eastern part of the county, “and they will duplicate Denton’s efforts in the number of teams and men at work on this stretch of road.”

Mr. Bates discussed the plans Monday with Commissioner Riley, who was here attending court, to arrange the details so there will be no delay about beginning the work early in the day and continuing it through the entire day.

Nineteen teams have been engaged so far by Denton business interests, Secretary Roark of the Denton Chamber of Commerce said. He hopes to secure 35 and perhaps 40 before the canvass is complete.


75 Years Ago


September 1940

Teachers College  asks for ROTC unit

Application for the establishment of an ROTC unit on the campus of the North Texas State Teachers College was filed Monday with the office of the commander of the Eighth Corps Area in San Antonio, President W. J. McConnell announced.

This action was taken at the suggestion of Colonel Theodore K. Spencer, acting assistant adjutant general.

In his letter to President McConnell, Colonel Spencer said, “With disturbed conditions at present, universal draft being applied in peacetime, and considerable discussion above some form of compulsory training in the United States, it is possible that a part of this compulsory training may be done through ROTC units.”

Formal approval of the school’s application is hoped for next week, McConnell said. At the city’s new landing field on the old Taylor Lake property, an all-metal hangar has been completed and painted, the field prepared and tentatively approved and the planes ordered.



Duke & Ayres Re-opening Sale, Sept. 14! For the past 27 years we’ve had the pleasure of serving the people of Denton and Denton County and it’s through this splendid patronage that we are able to announce and present to you our new store on the southwest corner of the square. Nylon hose, $1.00; galvanized washtubs (No. 2) 59 cents; Jergen’s Lotion & Cream, 39 cents.


Duke & Ayres’ original Denton location was at 104 N. Locust St., on the east side of the Square.

Shakespeare Club opens season with luncheon

A three-course luncheon in the crystal room of Marquis Hall, and a talk of “A Shakespeare Garden” by Miss Mamie Smith of the English staff of the Teachers College, were featured at the first meeting of the season by the Shakespeare Club attended by sixty-five members.

Showing that Shakespeare really knew his English gardens, Miss Smith said that all flowers mentioned in his plays, save one, were prominent in gardens of his day. Various ones were mentioned and their symbolism pointed out.

Mrs. Olin Ford sang “Morning Greeting” by Schubert and “You and I.” She was accompanied by Ralph Daniel.


50 Years Ago


September 1965

Youth Corps ends in Denton

Denton’s participation in the Neighborhood Youth Corps ended today, with an estimated $25,000 of federal and city money.

The total budget for the program was originally $122,000 but due to delays it lasted only one month instead of the planned three months.

The accomplishments of the program include:

Completion of two ballparks, one at Evers Park and one at Denia Park.

Landscaping of the new Municipal Swimming Pool.

Development of Hickory Creek Park.

Cleaning of several rights of way.

Cleaning of the creek bed through Civic Center Park.

Leveling of Skiles Park.

Re-cataloging of the City-County Library.

Reorganization of the city warehouse inventory.

The City-County Day Nursery was also staffed by Youth Corps members


New airport may boost Denton

Supersonic air travel will become a realization for Denton residents and North Texans if recommendations made by a Civil Aeronautics Board negotiations group are followed.

The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, to be built on the Tarrant-Dallas County line, extending from the Greater Southwest International Airport of the south to northwest of Coppell, nearly into Denton County, will be one of the greatest airports in the world, according to Ross I. Newmann, Civil Aeronautics Board examiner who mediated the airport question.

Both Dallas and Fort Worth City Councils were quick to give their formal approval to the site, thus bringing an end to the long-lived arguments between the cities over the location of a regional airport.

Si Ragsdale, executive vice president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, said the location helps Denton.

“The location of the airport is a very good one for Denton,” Ragsdale said. “It provides for air travel for the immediate proximity without the noises and inconveniences found near large airports.”

Ragsdale also noted, “We have been using the two old airports as a sales and business tool for Denton for some time now, but the closer location will add to Denton business considerably.”

The new airport should be completed by 1973.


25 Years Ago


September 1990

Polling site at UNT rejected

The Denton County commissioners on Monday turned down a request for an on-campus absentee polling site at the University of North Texas, saying the deadline has passed for submission of such requests to the U.S. Justice Department.

County Clerk-elect Tim Hodges said that he had discovered in his research over the weekend that the deadline for submitting pre-clearance plans on a polling site had already passed. This is required under the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

While saying they supported the concept of increasing student participation in elections, commissioners said there was simply not enough time left to comply with Justice Department guidelines this year.

The request for a site was made by Bill Miller, the vice president of the UNT Student Association. Mr. Miller said the association believed an on-campus polling site, especially if located in the UNT Union Building, would increase student voting significantly.

Denton County “debtor’s prison” eliminated

People who are assessed fines for committing Class C misdemeanors no longer will be forced to “lay out” those fines in county jail if they cannot pay them, a sort of “debtor’s prison,” a sheriff’s official said.

Class C, the lowest classification of crimes, includes public intoxication, bad check writing and most traffic fines. A recent suit against the sheriff of Angelina County resulted in a ruling that, by law, the crimes are punishable by fine only.

If a person tells a judge that he has no assets and cannot pay the fine, another form of punishment must be worked out. That might be a reduced fine, paying the fine in monthly installments or performing community service. The sentence is at the discretion of the judge.

“If the defendant is jailed because of a fine, everybody loses,” said Chief Paul Drewry, jail administrator. “With a bad check, for instance, the victim receives no restitution. The person loses his job. And the taxpayers pay his fine because they are paying for his upkeep during his incarceration.”

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