100 Years Ago

From February 1919

Marshal declares war on stray dogs, chickens

City Marshal W.M. Swinney has declared war on stray dogs and chickens in the city of Denton. The city has a nuisance ordinance in force against chickens running at large and one providing that dogs must have license tags to be permitted on the streets. Marshal Swinney said he is receiving many complaints that both of these ordinances are being violated and is warning the citizens that the regulations must be complied with or owners will face fines.

So far this year, only 34 dog licenses have been issued by the city. Marshal Swinney said all dogs found on the street without the 1919 tags are to be killed.

He also warns the owners of chickens that they must pen them up and not permit their depredations on the premises of neighbors.

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Commissioners reserve bond money for roads

By formal motion Friday, the Commissioners Court went on record that the upcoming $1,500,000 road bond election, if passed, will limit to half the funds being spent on state highways, leaving approximately $750,000 for lateral roads.

Under agreement previously arrived at between the Commissioners, the money set aside from the highway fund will be apportioned among the Commissioners’ precincts on the basis of their taxable values and the roads in those precincts on the single basis of how they will serve the greatest number of people.

75 Years Ago

From February 1944

Denton chamber talks post-war planning

Directors of the Denton Chamber of Commerce heard O.L. Fowler, manager, discuss tentative plans for post-war growth, progress and problems.

Fowler commented on the fact that the housing situation here is still very acute and suggested that housing problems might be made part of Denton’s post-war planning. Every day calls come in from people who desire to move to Denton if they can find suitable housing, said Fowler.

With the new municipal airport in the process of construction, the Chamber will carry on renewed activities in the field of aviation, according to Fowler.

A major field of operations will be in city planning. This will include a new telephone system, new sewage disposal system, enlargement of the municipal power and water plants, street improvement, remodeling of business houses, a better healthcare program for citizens and systematic fire prevention.

Fowler said new efforts at highway improvement should be made a definite part of post-war planning. Denton badly needs better highways, he pointed out.

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Byron Nelson thrills group with golf talk

Taking time away from resting at his farmhouse in Denton, professional golfer “Lord” Byron Nelson thrilled local golfers at a dinner Thursday night at the Southern Hotel.

Nelson has won 40 tournaments in recent years, including the national Open and the national PGA. This winter he is playing in a series of bond sale tournaments, his next being in New Orleans.

“Denton is the best-known city of its size I’ve ever heard of,” Nelson said. “Wherever I go in my tournaments over the country and tell them I live in Denton I seldom have to explain where Denton is located.”

Nelson owns the old Proffer place, about three miles southeast of town, which is named “By-Lo Farm” for Nelson and his wife, Louise.

Note: Before he moved to his Fairway Ranch at Roanoke, Byron Nelson owned a Denton farm that was on Spencer Road.

50 Years Ago

From February 1969

Visiting executives train for nuclear war

Top business and industrial executives who have been in Denton the past two days planning for the “improbable occurrence of a nuclear attack” on the United States discussed and praised the emergency preparedness program in which they have been participating.

As members of the President’s National Defense Executive Reserve, the executives have been involved in training sessions which simulate a nuclear attack and they must go through emergency procedures to keep the nation on its feet.

The 300 here are all volunteers, part of 4,200 nationwide.

One of the largest groups meeting here this week was the Emergency Petroleum and Gas Administration. In the event of an attack, they would handle the priorities for repairs and provide materials and manpower to get the job done. The group is available in case of any emergency, said Carroll M. Bennett, president of Texas Pacific Oil Co., instead of just in the event of war.

Another group worked on transportation in times of war or national emergency. F.N. Stuppi, general manager of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and Charles D. Mathews, president of Red Ball Motor Freight in Dallas, spoke of the need for heavy hauling and transporting fuel during a crisis.

“This is a very important project and it is our patriotic duty to plan for such an emergency,” said Stuppi.

25 Years Ago

From February 1994

Lions celebrate 65 years in Denton

There are two kinds of people in the world: gripers and doers, Channel 8 sports anchor Dale Hansen told the Denton Lions Club Monday night.

“There are always going to be people in society who whine and complain about the problems in society. Thank goodness there are enough of those who think something can be done and are actually going out and doing something about it. You are those people,” Mr. Hansen told more than 100 Lions and family members.

The Denton Lions Club celebrated 65 years of service to the community at a dinner banquet at the University of North Texas Student Union.

From its first meeting in the cafeteria at what is now Texas Woman’s University in January 1929, the local service club emphasized local philanthropy. The club furnished the Denton County library during the 1930s; later, Flow Memorial Hospital benefited from the club’s penchant for interior decorating.

Denton Lions provide free eye exams and glasses to poor people throughout the county. The group operates concession stands at Denton Broncos football games, gives money and labor to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and sends candidates to the American Legion Boys State Camp.

Denton Community Garden made ready

Big, cold raindrops pelted about two dozen garden-variety folks who gathered at a city park Saturday.

Many were master gardeners, and all were there to cultivate a little community spirit.

They were getting the soil in Denton’s Community Garden ready for planting.

“So many people who grew up in the city don’t know what vegetable growing is all about,” said retiree H.A. Turney.

He has leased one of the 15-by-15-foot tilled garden plots, and plans to grow onions, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, “and some okra later on.”

There are 32 plots in the garden, and 13 had been leased by Saturday morning. They cost $20 for the season, and water for the plots is free.

“It gets people out. Mentally and physically it’s therapeutic,” said John Cooper, county extension agent for horticulture.

Cooper teaches a master gardeners class. As part of the class, the students do 50 hours of volunteer service. For many, though, it did not seem like work.

“I like gardening. That’s why I got into the program,” said Marsha Williams of Denton.

The plots are unshaded, and crops that need direct sunlight do best there, said Tom Harpool who has leased two plots, so he can grow, among other things, cucumbers and squash.

His plots are not far from those of Mr. Turney, who hopes his two grandsons, aged 4 and 5, can help him: Last year he let them plant some beans.

“That was quite a feat for them — to watch them come up and grow.”

— 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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