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100 Years Ago

From November 1916

‘Tag Day’ sale raises $370 for refugees

The “Tag Day” sale, organized by the Denton Pastors’ Association on Monday with the assistance of the ladies of the various churches, netted a sum of $370 for the benefit of Armenian and Syrian refugees. Ten tables were maintained on the courthouse square all day. Tags were sold on the basis of what individuals could give.

The day was observed pursuant to the call of President Wilson and Congress to raise $5,000,000 for the destitute Armenians and Syrians. Hundreds and thousands have been driven from their homes by the merciless Turk horrors unmentionable, the women and children must go thru through.

The collections from all over the United States are to be sent in a “Christmas” vessel to the people of the war-trodden region.



Dodge Brothers Motor Car. The gasoline consumption is unusually low. The tire mileage is unusually high. The price of the Touring Car or Roadster, complete, is $785 (f.o.b.) Detroit; $950 with mohair top for winter. John T. Moore, local agent.

10,000 at courthouse celebrate Wilson’s win

For a full hour Friday night, beginning at 7 o’clock, 10,000 residents, college and public school students celebrated the re-election of President Woodrow Wilson on Denton’s courthouse square. Such a grand celebration for a presidential election has probably never been known in Denton.

Bonfires were lit at the southwest and northwest corners of the square and multitudes of flaming skyrockets, roman candles and red-fire added to the cheers for Wilson as the crowd marched double file around the square.

The big fire siren at the power station began coding out “Wilson” with five agreed blasts for the occasion. J.O. Bell and Charles Alexander headed a snake dance that weaved the way through the crowd and every now and then cries were made in support of the Good Roads issue.

While the celebration was at its highest, a “Dove of Peace” in the body of a white bird, appearing to be a pigeon, flew over the center of the courthouse, passing within feet of the courthouse steeple, and headed away toward Washington.

[Note: Wilson ran under the slogan “He kept us out of war.” A month after Wilson’s March 1917 inauguration, the United States declared war in the conflict that later became known as World War I. This came after Germany resumed attacks on American ships and the revelation that Germany promised Mexico the lands of the American Southwest, including Texas, in return for declaring war on the United States and provided that their alliance was victorious in the war. Mexico declined.]

75 Years Ago

From November 1941

New Denton-Dallas road section opened

A new concrete highway will be opened tonight by the State Highway Department to replace the section of U.S. Highway 77 between Lewisville and Carrollton, saving 2.7 miles between Denton and Dallas.

Long considered one of the most inadequate sections of Highway 77 between Dallas and Oklahoma City, the old highway through the Trinity River bottoms was subject to overflow during heavy rains and the narrow pavement with sharp turns contributed to many traffic accidents. The road is built well above high water levels of recent years and engineers are confident it will not be inundated.

Between Lewisville and Carrollton the new route is straight with two easy curves on the section. The concrete is 24 feet wide, or eight feet wider than the old pavement. In addition, gravel shoulders eight feet wide are built on each side of the concrete.



Sale! All Silk Hose. Only 15 dozen to sell. Sizes 10 and 10 ½ only. 3 for $2.75. The Williams Store.

Influence of national defense seen in toys

With 26 shopping days before Christmas, Denton stores find already their supply of toys being depleted earlier than usual shoppers, although window and counter displays are just now going up.

The influence of national defense is seen in the types of toys being presented to the public. Many toys ordered have not arrived because they require aluminum or steel. Metal toys have seen their prices advance.

Complete battalions of toy soldiers, ships and aircraft of all kinds are displayed along with the more peaceful dolls, scooters and picture puzzles.

All in all, it promises to be a gay Christmas with only a few articles unobtainable because of the national defense emergency.

50 Years Ago

From November 1966

Viet Nam prime minister Ky honors Sanger man

Brig. Gen. James F. Hollingsworth of Sanger received the Republic of Viet Nam National Order, 4th Class from Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky on Thanksgiving Day.

The citation for Hollingsworth said:

“During the multidivisional Operation Attleboro, Brig. Gen. Hollingsworth was instrumental in the deploying and maneuvering of units of the 1st Infantry Division. His personal courage is undaunted. On numerous occasions he has personally directed artillery and air support while flying over enemy positions. His professional excellence and sincere devotion to duty have contributed significantly to the Republic of Viet Nam’s war against tyranny.”

General Hollingsworth also holds the Soldier’s Medal and the Air Medal for gallantry in Viet Nam. He was also a hero of World War II.

He is the son of Mrs. J.N. Hollingsworth of Sanger and the son-in-law of Mrs. John Nicholson of Sanger; his wife is the former Katherine Elizabeth Nicholson.

Local DAR chapter observes 38th birthday

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution observed the 38th anniversary of its founding with a luncheon at the Greater Denton Athletic Club Saturday.

Miss Joe Johnstone gave a “Birthday Toast to the Past and Present.” It included a brief history of the chapter, which was organized in 1928 by Miss Elizabeth Lyon and named for her Revolutionary War ancestor, Benjamin Lyon.

“Emblem of DAR” was read in unison, led by its author, Dr. Virginia Haile. Musical accompaniment written especially for the poem, was played by Mrs. G.F. Bryant.

Dr. Haile was one of three charter members who attended the luncheon. The others were Mrs. J.W. Smith and Miss Genelia Lewis of Dallas.

25 Years Ago

From November 1991

Hudspeth, Horn announce candidacies

Willie Hudspeth, a two-term Denton school board member, has announced to run as a Republican for the newly created position of constable, Precinct 6.

Mary Horn, the wife of state representative Jim Horn and a 20-year veteran of helping elect others, has announced she will run for county tax assessor-collector to replace the retiring Herb Barnhart

The new constable precinct has the county’s largest concentration of minorities with 25.16 percent black, Hispanic and Asian voters.

Hudspeth said he plans “to get into these communities where they haven’t had a spokesperson and role model, and try to bridge that gap of distrust and get people to work together.”

If Mr. Hudspeth wins, he would apparently be the first black to be elected to county office since Reconstruction. Mary Denny-James, chairwoman for the Denton County Republican Party, said the GOP should be thanked for the breakthrough.

Mrs. Horn said that after years of raising children and helping elect others, she was ready for something more.

She worked 17 years for Braniff Airlines as manager of special services and managed her own business for nine years. “I perceive the job to need someone not only with accounting ability, but management skills,” she said.

Better access to taxpayers is her goal, she says. “We are there to be of service to the taxpayer,” she says of the office.

A graduate of the Minnesota School of Business, Mrs. Horn lives in Denton with her husband and two children.


— Compiled from the files of the

Denton Record-Chronicle by DJ Taylor