100 Years Ago

From January 1918

Another porkless and wheatless day added

The addition of another wheatless and another porkless day a week is now in effect, driving home to Denton citizens the fact that the country is at war and that conservation must be practiced in order to feed America's allies and her own soldiers.

Saturdays are porkless days.

Tuesdays are porkless and meatless days.

Mondays and Wednesdays are wheatless days.

F.F. Hill, local Food Administrator, received notice Sunday of the new order and will go to Fort Worth this week to attend a meeting of County Administrators concerning the order.

Local bakers say they are experiencing difficulties in finding substitutes for wheat flour. Efforts to buy rice flour or rye flour have been unsuccessful.

A local seed dealer reports that seeds, especially those for gardens, will be in short supply. Corn and seed potatoes appear to be plentiful but other seed orders are only being filled at 25 percent to 50 percent of the requested purchase.


We have received from our Federal Reserve Bank a supply of Thrift Stamps and War Saving Stamps for you, and all are urged to buy all you can afford. Let us tell you about them. Denton County National Bank.

Airplane exhibition doesn't occur

Monday morning eleven airplanes were seen floating over the city and seven of them landed at Highland Park. Alfred Grant, a local man who was among the men, telephoned his mother to say that as soon as the other planes arrived they would give an exhibition of flying over the city and give a sham battle for the entertainment of the citizens.

But after a short time, the four which had not landed sailed away and the seven on the ground took off and sailed away, too.

Alfred and his squadron were to leave today for the east.

75 Years Ago

From January 1943

Local girl debuts in film at Texas Theatre

For the first time in the history of the city perhaps, a Denton resident will see herself on the screen in a picture here made by a major Hollywood studio.

Nancy Gates and a party of close friends will be guests at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Texas Theatre shows The Great Gildersleeve on the big screen. The young 16-year-old actress plays the second feminine lead and has a good speaking part in the film.

J.P. Harrison, local manager of Interstate Theatres, succeeded in bringing the film to Denton while Miss Gates is in town visiting friends and family. The official release date for the movie is later this month.

USO to open here this weekend

USO activities in Denton will get off to a gala start this weekend, when the American Legion Hall will be officially opened as the temporary headquarters for the Denton USO. Several pieces of furniture have been added to the hall and many plans have been worked out by W.L. Wessels, director, and Miss Virginia Hicks, assistant director.

Signs are being placed around the city to direct military guests to the Legion Hall and Denton residents are urged to cooperate in the project by directing the boys to the hall whenever possible.

Among the many features of the hall are telephone service, stationary, free books and magazines, etc. The USO will serve refreshments on Saturday afternoon and evening. A "Java Club" will be sponsored at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and an effort is being made to get boys into Denton homes for Sunday dinner.

50 Years Ago

From January 1968

No Roanoke lake, but Aubrey Reservoir likely

A proposed lake at Roanoke likely will not be built because of Interstate 35W, the head of the Dallas Water Department, Henry J. Graeser, said.

However, plans are going forward for the proposed Aubrey Reservoir. The City of Dallas has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include money for advanced planning for the Aubrey project in the budget for fiscal year 1969.

Projections call for the Aubrey Reservoir to be completed and full of water by 1980, although that depends on Congress and the Corps of Engineers.

The lake would be jointly owned by Dallas and Denton.

The high cost of raising or rerouting Interstate 35W would be prohibitive, according the Graeser.

Graeser also warned that a lack of water may someday keep this area from reaching its potential.

New Denton City Hall will be unique

A unique new Denton City Hall building is about 75 percent complete. Late May has been set as the date for the big move.

The new building will differ greatly from the present structure on Elm Street. Architects took advantage of the available scenery and designed the building around 15 tall trees. The building is U-shaped and the base of the U has all-glass walls on both the north and south sides.

The south side has a view of the courtyard and its trees while the north overlooks Pecan Creek, which will have waterfalls and maybe even waterfowl.

The new building is being constructed to allow for five more floors to the base of the U-shaped building. City Manager Jack Reynolds said there is also room for more ground expansion when necessary.

25 Years Ago

From January 1993

Joella Orr's career one for the books

As she prepares to leave a 24-year career with the Emily Fowler Public Library, Joella Orr's legacy of achievements speaks volumes.

Mrs. Orr, director of Denton's public library, retires Jan. 31. A reception for Mrs. Orr will be Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Orr was responsible for doubling Denton's library and implementing more services to the public.

"I think she has really played a very important part in the library service in Denton and the various things we have to offer the public," said Linda Touraine, reference librarian and co-worker for the past 18 years.

"She's always looked to the future and has tried to keep abreast of the changes in library and library service," said Mrs. Touraine.

In 1968, Mrs. Orr came to the library after serving as a librarian for the Lewisville schools. She walked into a library with 24,507 items, many unfit for circulation, in a crowded building.

Since that time, the library has expanded to 584,592 items and its budget has grown from $40,000 to the current $1 million-plus budget.

Running a library is a brisk business, Mrs. Orr said, and has kept her so busy that retirement now represents a chance to do all the things she has wanted to do.

An avid animal lover, Mrs. Orr immediately plans to show her prized Borzoi dogs.

County officials 'draw a line in the sand'

Denton County officials sought Tuesday to "draw a line in the sand" in their border flap with Tarrant County, this time by unveiling a new Denton County border sign planted along Texas 114 in Trophy Club.

But Tarrant County assistant district attorney Gerald Summerford discounted their claims and said his county planned to hire a surveyor to prepare an official survey of the line and submit to the General Land Office.

In dispute is about 4,000 acres of prime real estate worth nearly $60 million.

County Judge Jeff Moseley, along with Commissioners Don Hill, Kirk Wilson and Scott Armey, spoke at the unveiling. Noticeably silent was Commissioner Sandy Jacobs.

Mrs. Jacobs was a leader in the push to redraw the Dallas/Denton county line in the 1980s to add Dallas County land to Denton County. The effort actually resulted in Denton County losing territory to Dallas County.

- 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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