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Yesteryear: July 2017

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100 Years Ago
From July 1917

Denton's Miss Blanton first woman elected to state office

Probably the happiest woman in Denton today is Miss Annie Webb Blanton, who as Democratic nominee for State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be the first woman ever to hold a state elective office.

Miss Blanton handily won a three-way race for the nomination against two men.

"I shall endeavor to improve conditions for the children and for the teachers of Texas," she said. "I expect to work for the advancement of both men and women teachers and to show in all official acts and policies fairness to both."

Born in Houston and educated in the public schools of that city and La Grange, Miss Blanton graduated from the Texas University in 1899. After teaching at the Austin High School, she came to Denton's North Texas Normal College when the state took it over in 1904. Her brother, Thomas L. Blanton, has just been elected to the United States Congress from the Abilene district.

Miss Blanton is also a vice president of the National Education Association and the author of two text books extensively used in several states.

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Mrs. Trigg encourages fall gardens for war effort

Mrs. Edna W. Trigg, county home economics agent, will begin soon a county-wide campaign to encourage the planting of fall gardens and, where possible, the raising of all poultry to augment the food supply and help win the war. Mrs. Trigg has devoted much time this year to encouraging the raising of gardens and assisting in canning the surplus food products. The steam canners furnished by the Chamber of Commerce have been put to good use and the people of the various communities where they were placed have been very enthusiastic in taking advantage of the opportunity to use them.

She will also work among the members of the boys' and girls' agricultural clubs and with the members of the women's home economic clubs to have their involvement for fall gardens.

75 Years Ago
From July 1942

Denton man commended for leading air raid

Colonel Roger M. Ramey of Denton was commended Tuesday for having led the successful raid of U. S. air forces on the Japanese-held Wake Island last month. Born in Hopkins County, Ramey came here as a child in 1908 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Ramey, 519 North Locust Street.

After graduation from Denton High School, he graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1928 and received his wings in 1929 for successfully completing work in the air branch of the U. S. Army. That year he was married to Miss Margaret Miller of New York City.

At Selfridge Field in Detroit, Michigan, he studied pursuit flying and was in the first squadron formed in the United States. He is currently stationed at Wheeler Field in Hawaii.

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Lost something? Look in library book advises librarian

Lost the children? The kitchen stove? The knitting needles? Look in a library book. Yes, it's getting to the point of being able to find any lost article in a library book in the opinion of Mrs. Bess McCullar, librarian for the Denton County Public Library, who has been taking out articles and laying them aside, waiting for their owners to claim them, for a number of years.

By actual record, there's been a paring knife, eye-glasses, a slice of bacon, sandwiches, cookies, locks of hair, clippings, letters, old stamps, pressed leaves and flowers, fountain pens, insurance policies, hairpins and doll clothes among the countless items found in library books.

Nearly every day an article that is just a little out of place in a book falls out to keep the routine check-ups from being too monotonous.

50 Years Ago
From July 1967

Construction begins on new city hall

If you were in the Civic Center park Friday afternoon near where the new Denton city hall will be, a piece of red ribbon was your only means of survival. A bulldozer operator had orders to demolish and clear out anything that didn't have a red ribbon tied around it.

A number of small trees and, unfortunately, a few large trees were toppled by the construction men of Cain and Cairn Co. of Fort Worth. The new city hall was designed around a large grove of trees in the park area near the creek. All the trees to be saved had bright red ribbons tied around them. They far outnumbered the ribbon-less trees. A number of old huts are to be removed starting Monday.

The city hall site is located immediately west of the county courthouse annex building and a new post office-federal building will be built to the west of the city hall. City Manager Jack Reynolds said he hopes to move into the new city hall building by May of 1968.

All municipal offices will be moved to the new building, leaving the present building on Elm Street vacant with the exception of the central fire station. The city hall annex where the police station is headquartered will also be vacated. The west wing of the new building in the Civic Center will be the new police station.

No plans have been made as yet for the present city hall and the annex behind it.

25 Years Ago
From July 1992

Shelton to help review judicial ethics

University of North Texas assistant journalism professor Keith Shelton hopes to shed light on the state's process for disciplining bad judges.

The former editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle recently was named by the Texas Supreme Court to an 11-member task force on judicial ethics.

Mr. Shelton, who is serving with noted Texans such as former congresswoman Barbara Jordan, believes too much of the commission's work occurs behind closed doors.

The task force is reviewing a model Code of Judicial Conduct recommended by the American Bar Association, and is also reviewing the procedures for disciplining judges by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. About 15 percent of the roughly 600 complaints handled by the commission each year result in disciplinary action, Shelton said. Only 8 percent are ever made public.

"One of my purposes is going to be to see if we can recommend the process be as open as possible. Right now it's not a very open process," Shelton said.

Sanctions, including admonitions, warning or reprimands can be confidential unless it reaches a formal hearing before the commission, but few make it that far.

Some bad judges are allowed to quietly resign or retire from the bench without the public ever knowing, according to Shelton.

He added that, "I think the code of conduct goes too far to protect judges. They deserve privacy, but not that much.

"Right now it gets down to 'Trust me, I know what I'm doing,'" he said. "The public doesn't buy that with the other branches of government."

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