100 Years Ago

From October 1918

Denton’s ban on public gatherings continues

The ban against public gatherings in Denton, due to the Spanish influenza outbreak, will not be lifted for several days yet, according to Dr. F.E. Piner, city health officer. Dr. Piner was still confined to his home with influenza but was somewhat improved.

The public school will not be opened Monday and the pastors of the Denton churches made a joint announcement that no services will be held here Sunday because of the influenza situation. The theaters remain closed and no public gatherings have been held since last Wednesday. Because of the influenza situation, Barnum & Bailey Circus has canceled the dates for the rest of the season and will not show here next week.

Dr. J.E. Stover, county health officer, was somewhat improved from his attack of influenza. Reports from different sources were that the disease was epidemic in nearly every section of the county and it was thought the disease is now beginning to spread more rapidly in the rural districts.

NOTE: The paper reported in the Oct. 31 edition that the county had 35 deaths during the month of October, 26 because of influenza. It was a rare instance where deaths outplaced births in the county. Normally, there occurred two births or more for every death.


Dreamland Theater, today: Dreamland Closed on account of Spanish Influenza

Captain had narrow escape in France

According to a dispatch from the battle front, Captain Charles Trickey of Sanger had a very thrilling experience and a narrow escape from death recently when his airplane fell in flames after being attacked by five German airplanes.

Captain Trickey, an observer, was flying over the German lines with a pilot when the episode occurred. He made a desperate attempt to fight off the planes with his machine gun when an explosive bullet hit their gas tank. The Sanger man unbuckled the belt and climbed out and swung on one of the wires fastened to the wings of the machine as it dashed toward the ground. Death seemed to be certain.

The plane hit the ground at sixty miles an hour and Captain Trickey hit the ground on his feet and was thrown down, rolling over and over. He ran to the plane which was ablaze. A crowd of doughboys had gathered around the wreckage. The pilot asked, “Did I get the captain down all right?” before he lapsed into unconsciousness and lived only a short while.

Captain Trickey was not injured except that one hand was burned and the other badly swollen from hanging to the wire on the machine.

75 Years Ago

From October 1943

Former slave, 95, brings grandson to school

Thick, gray hair, a tall, lean body motivated by a walking cane and eyes that through the years have lost their keenness mark 95-year-old Henry Williams, a Negro who makes a daily appearance on the Denton streets.

“Uncle” Henry brings his young grandson to school in Denton each day from his home near Ponder. Being too old to work, he spends his time on the streets waiting to take the boy home after school.

Among the stories which reveal a memory greatly betraying his age is old Henry’s recollection of throwing his master’s ox whip over his shoulder and assuming duties of driving oxen at the age of 12 when the Civil War began.

Williams, who has been living in and near Denton for more than 60 years, came to north Texas from Shelby County, where he was born. He took the name of his father’s master, but while still an infant, he went with his mother and was a Van Loy slave near Tyler until slaves were given freedom.


CLOSED Until Thursday, Oct. 21st. We’re Out of Meat Ration Points. Due to the fact that we are out of meat ration points, and, in order to give our help a much-needed rest, we will be closed until Thursday, Oct. 21, when we will reopen with new and improved means of serving you with better foods. JOE’S STEAK HOUSE, “On the Highway.”

Rent control office to open in Denton

All persons renting any type of housing units in Denton County will be required to register the property at an office which has been set up in the basement of the municipal building, southwest entrance, in Denton, beginning Monday, Nov. 1.

Rent charged March 1, 1942, is the prevailing rent which can be charged after Nov. 1, 1943, except where property was not rented on that date.

All landlords who have rented any type of housing in this county between Jan. 1, 1943, and Nov. 1, 1943, must register the property. Houses on farms occupied by tenants who work in farm operations are not to be registered.

50 Years Ago

From October 1968

21 protest at City Hall

Twenty-one Negroes, presumably all students of North Texas State University, carried picket signs outside the Denton City Hall this morning.

They were protesting alleged “police brutality” in the treatment of a Negro student who was arrested on a charge of being drunk in public on Sunday morning after a disturbance call.

Police Chief Wayne Autrey said he had investigated the complaint and that, in his opinion, it was unjustified, and he would take no disciplinary action. The arrested student rattled cell doors and shouted and refused to quiet down, Autrey said, and policemen had to subdue him in order to maintain peace.

Each of the pickets, who paraded up and down a short strip of sidewalk, carried a sign. The signs bore various legends, including “Hitler Lives in Denton,” “Denton and Chicago Could Pass for Twins” and “Police Brutality.”

The pickets marched an hour and disbanded.

Shelton: Right to know threatened

Keith Shelton, managing editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle, told the Kiwanis Club Tuesday that the public’s right to know is being threatened.

Shelton, speaking in observance of National Newspaper Week, told the Kiwanians that they should be aware of warning signs such as secret meetings, closed sessions and the withholding of public records.

The freedom of the press is guaranteed by the Constitution and is not especially for newspapers or a particular industry, Shelton said.

“Freedom of the press is the freedom of the people to know,” he said. “It is vital to all of us. It is your right to know what’s going on.”

He said that American presidents have become accustomed to lying to the people of the United States and cited Eisenhower’s lies about the U-2 program and Kennedy’s lies about the Bay of Pigs incident.

25 Years Ago

From October 1993

LLELA opens undisturbed wetlands

In a remote area of Lewisville, set apart from the hustle and bustle of life, sits a mile-long nature trail, just waiting to be used.

The new and improved Cicada Trail was unveiled Friday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Named for the noisy insects, the trail is part of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) established by a consortium of educational and environmental organizations, including the University of North Texas.

The 2,000-acre learning area, concentrated along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River between Texas 121 and the Lewisville Dam, provides a mecca of undisturbed wetland prime for research and study.

The trail takes visitors to the edge of the Elm Fork and on into a grassland area, which features a viewing platform made of wood and recycled plastic. The plastic is designed to last 200 years of flooding, rain and soil erosion.

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

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

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