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100 Years Ago

From October 1916

Unusual animal from tropics found at Stony

A full grown armadillo was killed Saturday morning by dogs on the G.H.M. Smith farm near Stony after a short fight. The animal, an unusual one in this part of the country, was brought to Denton by Mrs. W.L. Smith and exhibited to quite a large crowd of interested people.

The habitation of the animal is in the more tropical climates and the only reason for it being in this section is that it probably was lost from some passing show. Mrs. Smith will probably have the body sent to a taxidermist to have it mounted for preservation.


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Canning Club girls earn trips to fair

The winners in the Canning Club work in the county this year were announced by Mrs. Edna W. Trigg, home economics agent, under whom the work was done this year.

Miss Monette Sanders of near Aubrey scored the highest grade, and with Misses Grace Wallace, Denton; Gladys Kelso, Justin; and Lavada Price, Ponder, will make the trip to the Dallas Fair this fall as a reward for their efforts in the work.

Mrs. Trigg also noted the work of Miss Selma Weyers of Aubrey who had gathered in July over 700 pounds of tomatoes and has a nice collection of canned products in glass and tin.


75 Years Ago

From October 1941

National defense course opens at NTSTC

Although construction is incomplete on the new national defense training shop being built under a WPA project on the campus of North Texas State Teachers College, out of school youths between the ages of 17 and 25 are meeting each night to study auto mechanics.

Farm boys and grocery clerks are among the 15 young men reporting for the first 10 weeks’ course in auto mechanics, which is taught by Owen Griffin, veteran mechanic in Denton. The boys take the course from 7-10 o’clock every night and furnish their own cars and equipment to work on.

After completion of the mechanics’ course, the new defense shop will be open to out of school youth for night courses in electricity, wood work and metal work.


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Students fingerprinted

Believed to be the first college to attempt it for the entire student body, Texas State College for Women has started a movement to fingerprint every student enrolled. Members of the student council and journalism students have led the way by being the first to volunteer in the movement sponsored by the Lass-O campus newspaper.

W.M. Loveless, business manager of the college, is using his own equipment and is conducting the work for this one positive means of identification. Federal agents have given many reasons for fingerprinting, including settling all legal questions as to identity. A fingerprinting group will be in each dormitory after dinner this week to make prints of every girl who volunteers.


50 Years Ago

From October 1966

Towns get visit from ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

Notorious Clyde Barrow stormed into the Ponder State Bank Saturday, waved a fierce-looking revolver in the face of a cashier and yelled, “This is a stickup!”

He got no money; the cashier explained the bank “went busted” three weeks before.

So went the fast and furious filming of the Ponder bank robbery scene in Warner Brothers’ new movie, Bonnie and Clyde.

Barrow is played by Warren Beatty, who is also producing the film. Faye Dunaway plays his partner in crime, Bonnie Parker.

The filming began around 10 and before noon the bank had been robbed, it seemed, at least a 100 times.

The movie makers, stars and large crew will move to Pilot Point in November to shoot a scene at the 1898 Farmers and Merchants Bank building and at Mike Amon’s service station.

The infamous pair of bank robbers roamed the North Texas area in the early 1930s on their path of crime.


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End of an era: TWU’s last manual elevator

The old elevator in the four-story Education Building at Texas Woman’s University has carried its last passengers.

The manually operated machine, one of the first in Denton, was installed more than 50 years ago in what was then the Administration Building.

It is being replaced by an automatic push-button elevator from the Otis Elevator Co.

Carl Hill, operator since 1936, is being assigned other work at the university.

In the early days, most students had classes in the building and hundreds rode from the first floor to the upper ones in the old elevator.

Hill always kept his passengers informed on campus activities through a bulletin board filled with pictures, news stories and cards.


25 Years Ago

From October 1991

Speakers say prejudice, intolerance still alive

Nearly 30 years after a decade of successes in civil rights, several members of Denton’s racial and ethnic minority communities say prejudice and intolerance are still a quiet reality.

Linnie McAdams, a speaker in this week’s symposium on prejudice at Texas Woman’s University, said that although she has not personally experienced prejudice in recent years, blacks and others have seen a resurgence in those attitudes.

The persistence of such attitudes often provokes a strong reaction from young blacks who had not expected to see racism in their lives.

“Obviously I grew up in a segregated society, and there were all kinds of things. I rode in the back of a bus, and I had to drink in a separate water fountain. All those things were very vivid to me. While you were angry about it, you didn’t feel the same kind of hate that young people do feel when they encounter something they don’t expect to be out there,” said Ms. McAdams.

Jewish people living in Denton have been victims of vandalism apparently motivated by bigotry. The Jewish congregation in Denton has also received threatening and harassing phone calls at times, according to Dr. Frank Feigert, a University of North Texas professor.

Carl Williams, local NAACP president, said that blacks are still under-represented in business and government in Denton, particularly the schools.

“There are less African-American teachers in DISD than there were when the schools were desegregated,” Mr. Williams said.

Ms. McAdams said she believed politicians and others need to speak out strongly against prejudice.

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