100 Years Ago

From February 1918

Denton declares pool halls a nuisance

The City Commission Tuesday night passed an ordinance which is interpreted to mean the practical prohibition of pool halls in the city of Denton.

The ordinance declares that the exhibition or operation for hire or profit of any pool table, billiard table, pin or ball alley with 100 yards of where a student of the schools resides or within 100 yards of any place they frequent is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $10 or more than $100. The grounds for the new ordinance is that such games mentioned are a public nuisance.

The ordinance recites that there are about 2,500 students enrolled in the two state colleges here and that about 2,000 of them are girls. It is declared that the operation of pool halls, billiard halls, pin and ball alleys is not conducive to the moral atmosphere desired for the students and townspeople. The law passed Tuesday is effective upon its official publication.

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Aviation landing ground to be located here

Denton very soon probably will have an official landing ground for use of the military aviators at Love Field in Dallas, as a result of the visit here Sunday afternoon of several aviation officers. The old landing ground in the Lipscomb addition is not large enough for the purposes of the flyers.

Major Netherwood, commander of Love Field, selected the large space north of this field in the Carroll addition. A. Green of Dallas, owner of the tract, gave his permission to the city to use the land and to work cleaning off and leveling the land. Plans for markings of the ground, etc., will be sent by the aviation officials.

Major Netherwood stated that twenty or thirty planes will fly together and will want to land at different grounds and times and for this a large space is needed.

75 Years Ago

From February 1943

Rationing of canned goods to begin

The can opener will yield to the cookbook after midnight Feb. 20.

From that time until March 1, when rationing starts, there will be no canned fruit or vegetables sold. Frozen fruits and vegetables and canned soups and canned baby foods also are included in the order, issued yesterday by the Office of Price Administration.

With the armed forces and lend-lease taking half of the canned goods put up, the government has ordered rationing to assure everyone of their share.

Fresh fruits and vegetables will not be rationed and one of the goals of the program will be to compel people to do more real cooking and less can-opening. Home canning will also be encouraged because such goods will not be counted against ration coupons.

Rationing will be by points, 43 points per person in the month of March, regardless of age or occupation. The ration books will contain red and blue coupons. The blue ones will be used for canned goods; the red ones will be used later when meat rationing begins.

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County library branch created at undertaker

A branch of the Denton County Library has been created for Negroes, according to Mrs. Bess McCullar. It will be located in the W.M. Jones undertaking establishment, 1025 East Hickory Street, and Stella Garrett will be in charge. The nucleus is about 100 books and magazines from the county library, and will be added to from time to time. The Shakespeare Club will assist Mrs. McCullar in securing more books and magazines. The club has asked others to contribute, as well.

As there is not reading space in the undertaking parlors, books and magazines are to be checked out and taken to houses for a period of two weeks.

50 Years Ago

From February 1968

'Bonnie and Clyde' gets 10 Oscar nods

Bonnie and Clyde along with Guess Who's Coming to Dinner made the biggest noise in the nominations for the 40th annual Academy Awards. Each received 10 nominations, including Best Film.

Bonnie and Clyde, filmed in the Denton and Dallas areas, used several area people in the filming, as director Arthur Penn sought a realistic approach to the film.

A happy Warren Beatty, star and producer of the movie, reflected his jubilation over the nominations in a telegram to Bill Rives, executive editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle. The movie held its Southwestern premiere last September at the Campus Theatre and Beatty called it, "A wonderful premiere opening."

His telegram said, "All members of the cast and myself will never forget your hospitality and enthusiastic response to the picture."

While the picture was being made in the area, the Record-Chronicle gave it extensive publicity, including two special sections, one of which was distributed on a huge scale in the United States and Europe by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, distributors of the film.

Council votes to remove downtown meters

The Denton City Council voted to discontinue the use of parking meters in the downtown area on a permanent basis during its regular meeting on Tuesday night. The vote will lead to the poles and meter heads being removed.

The proposal to make permanent the six-month trial of not requiring money to park was requested by the Denton Chamber of Commerce. Richard Taliaferro, who has been in charge of the chamber project, said public opinion of store owners and shoppers were overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing the meters.

25 Years Ago

From February 1993

Playing name games with 9-1-1 service

What's in a name, especially one used for a county road?

Denton County's Department of Public Works is in the midst of a project to find names for the 1,167 private drives and roads in unincorporated Denton County.

Residents of those roads are being asked to submit their suggestions. If no names are suggested, the job will be left to the county commissioners.

With enhanced 9-1-1 service, an address appears on the operator's computer screen once a call is received. Although rural residents can now call 9-1-1, they must provide directions on how to get to the caller's location.

"We have to know where you are; that's how they're going to get help to you," said Rosalyne Taylor, 9-1-1 coordinator for Denton County.

Ms. Taylor said about 125 name applications have been received. Some request names for the county's earliest descendants; others point to a memory.

If more than one name request is submitted for a road, Ms. Taylor will contact the property owners and tell them to work it out.

"Hopefully, we're dealing with mature people, and they'll come to some kind of agreement," she said.

- 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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