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Yesteryear: June 2017

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100 Years Ago

From June 1917

3,042 Denton County boys registered for draft

Three thousand and forty-two of Denton County's young men between the ages of 21 and 31 were written on the honor roll for American patriots who registered their names with officials Wednesday renewing their allegiance to the nation and willingness to fight for their country in the war. The number was short of the 4,000 expected.

It was stated at the County Clerk's office that it is imperative that a man within the selective conscription age must register and keep the card as of June 5. Thereafter peace officers everywhere will be on the lookout for slackers and if one has not the certificate of registration they will probably cause some embarrassment.

Rumors of disaffection and opposition in some localities was sporadic and no trouble was reported. County Clerk Mays fears many who work in the harvest fields, here from other counties or states, have disregarded the requirement to register.

Sheriff Gallagher and his deputies have already registered those in the county jail and in the convict camps of the county.

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Registration of non-residents continued briskly

Registration of non-residents continued briskly at the County Clerk's office all day Saturday, as many had waited until almost the last day before they registered.

No persons have thus far registered who are citizens of enemy nations, but Saturday morning a citizen of Russia who has never been fully naturalized presented himself before the officials for registration. A number of resident Germans and Austrians have registered here who have been fully naturalized.

75 Years Ago

From June 1942

Defense school at Teachers College to open

A school within a school, born of the necessity of war, has brought a major phase of the battle of production into focus on the Teachers College campus — the training of labor for industry.

The new National Defense School recently completed on the NTSC campus is scheduled to open for classes within the next few days. Courses scheduled for the school include radio repair, aircraft sheet-metal riveting, arc and acetylene welding, electrical sub-assembly, machine tool operation and drafting.

Graduates of the school, which is under the supervision of Dr. J.C. Matthews and R.W. Adams of the Teachers College faculty, are expected to be absorbed in the expanding North Texas warplane plants.

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Movie tickets offered for scrap rubber display

What kind of article do you have to contribute to the national scrap rubber campaign?

If you have one not on the display in the collection of rubber items in the H.M. Russell & Sons show window you may get a ticket to the Texas Theater.

As a contribution to encouraging general participation in the scrap rubber drive theater Manager J.P. Harrison has offered a guest ticket to every person who can bring in any kind of rubber article not now on display.

Among the sixty-three different items in the show window are: a hot water bottle; auto pedal pad; bicycle tire; shower hose; bathing cap; eye dropper; and a doll.

Meanwhile, the campaign to get all possible rubber was being pushed here, with every householder and every individual urged to search his or her premises and bring out every rubber article which can be dispensed with and take them to a filling station where they will be paid for at the rate of one cent per pound.

50 Years Ago

From June 1967

Mill fire turns tragic as fireman dies

Firemen continue to keep watch over the rubble of the Kimbell-Diamond Milling Co. today after Wednesday night's spectacular blaze which claimed the life of a student fireman when a wall collapsed on him.

Crushed under tons of brick and metal was Kenneth Alan Kramer, 21, of Dallas, who had been a student fireman for only 15 days. He was a senior government student at North Texas State University and lived at fire station No. 2, 1515 N Elm St. Student firemen receive free room and board plus $85 a month for being a part-time fireman.

The fire began in the mill's basement and was reported at 8:41 p.m. by mill workers. All off-duty firemen were summoned but by 9 p.m. the fire had broken through to the upper floors. By 9:30 p.m. portions of the third-floor brick walls started giving way on all four sides.

Kramer and four other firemen were about 10 feet from the east wall when the walls began to fall. All except Kramer made it to safety. He was found under the ruble almost an hour later, still clutching the fire hose.

Kramer was the first Denton firefighter to die fighting a fire since June 22, 1911, when Joe Turpin and Ernest Bushey were killed fighting a fire just south of the square, between Walnut and Mulberry streets.

Fred Moore High School to close

Fred Moore High School will be closed in September, the school board decided Thursday.

The 112 students who would have attended the school this fall will attend Denton High School instead.

In addition, the ninth grade will be eliminated from Fred Moore Junior High this September, with plans calling for the elimination of the seventh and eighth grades a year from now.

Thus, the predominantly Negro school will become an elementary school only in the fall of 1968.

In addition, the school board announced that several Negro teachers will be assigned to Denton High School and possibly Denton Junior High.

The action was taken at a historic meeting of the school board at the Ramada Inn.

Inefficiency in trying to operate a first-class high school for only 112 students and compliance with the Civil Rights Act were given as the reasons for the moves.

Under the Denton school district's "freedom of choice" desegregation plan, students now have the right to attend any school they choose. There were 37 Negro students in Denton Junior High School this fall. Negro teachers taught at both the Denton High School and the Junior High for the first time this past year.

25 Years Ago

From June 1992

County asked to study lake tunnel

Rather than building a bridge over troubled waters, Curtis Ramsey says Denton County commissioners should dig a little deeper to link the east and west shores of Lake Lewisville.

The Democratic candidate for commissioner from Precinct 1 surprised commissioners Tuesday by suggesting they study tunneling underneath the lake.

Most eastern shore communities support the bridge project but many residents in the small towns on the west, such as Shady Shores and Lake Dallas, fear the bridge might disrupt their way of life.

The environmental impact of crossing the lake also could pose problems, and would be a major factor in any decision by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant an easement across the lake.

A tunnel might be a way around both obstacles, particularly the community opposition, said Mr. Ramsey.

His Republican opponent in the November 3 general election, Kirk Wilson, dismissed the suggestion for a tunnel and strongly opposes that option.

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

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