Moon Anniversary

Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. stands beside the U.S. flag after he and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong planted it after landing on the moon in July 1969. In honor of the moon landing, both Denton universities suspended classes for a day, and the city and county offices were closed.

100 Years Ago

From July 1919

Mrs. Orr survives lightning strike

Lying with her head in a pool of water, Mrs. C.C. Orr of the Floyd community, was found by passersby Monday afternoon unconscious and with life almost extinct from the effects of a bolt of lightning. She regained consciousness three hours later.

Numerous marks were left by the bolt of lightning. Her clothes had been burned about the collar and down the side of her dress. Her skin had only a small burn on one temple.

Mrs. Orr has had several accidents in which she narrowly escaped death. Three or four years ago, Mrs. Orr was walking between her house and the barn when a rifle was fired. The bullet passed between her lips but did not touch the teeth.

About three years ago she was bitten by a dog that was thought to have rabies, but this proved to not be the case.

A year later, a horse ran away with her and her little infant daughter. Mrs. Orr threw the child from the buggy and jumped herself; the buggy was badly broken up before the horse stopped.

Unlawful to throw melon rinds on streets

Since the market square has been moved to its present location there has been little trouble with rinds on the square, but there are still a few who continue the practice of scattering melon rinds about, causing flies. This is against a city ordinance and the city health officer has issued a warning to those who endanger the public health.

This ordinance with a minimum of a $5 fine requires each vendor of melons to keep a barrel or box near his wagon and if the melons are eaten near, he is required to gather up the rinds and keep them in the barrel or box.

Nothing draws more flies or is more unsightly than watermelon rinds thrown about. Some are eaten in store offices, upstairs and down, and the rinds dumped out the back window. If complaints are made against a few, it will make others take notice.

Marriage licenses on the low side

One marriage license issued in eleven days is believed to set a new low record for Denton County. Only thirteen have been issued by County Clerk Abney B. Ivey for the entire month and Mr. Ivey is seeking the next couple.

One matrimonial-wise informant Friday morning suggested that it was a little too early for those soldiers who did not already have arrangements made before returning home to be marrying and that most who did have arrangements made had already married.

At any rate June did not have a heavy run of marriages and July bids fair to make a new low record for the month if the present rate continues.

75 Years Ago

From July 1944

Large crowd turns out for Fourth of July rally

A large crowd gathered on the courthouse lawn Tuesday night for the Fourth of July program and war bond rally, and were entertained for two hours. Bond sales brought the total sold to $14,000.

Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Raney of Denton, flew here Tuesday afternoon and spoke briefly on behalf of bond sales at the rally and auctioned off the first article sold. He wears many decorations for his service as a pilot in the combat areas of the Pacific.

The 103rd Infantry band from Camp Howze furnished the major part of the program, playing for more than an hour under the direction of Warrant Officer Hans Wigeland. Corp. W. Sears, a member of the 65-piece band, who was national champion drum major in 1942, gave an exhibition of baton twirling which kept the crowd on its toes.

Preceding the program, the military band members were guests of North Texas Teachers College for a swim in the college pool.

Cattle drive from Cole Ranch takes 8 hours

Like the old days in Denton County, Col. Tom Cole sold 200 head of calves to Ed Young last week, and they drove them overland from the Cole Ranch to that of Ed Young in the west part of Denton County and the east part of Wise County.

The drive started at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and the herd reached the Young ranch at midnight. Col. Cole saw that the drivers had something to eat and drink along the way, as he carried food and drink in his truck. He would catch up with the boys and some would stop for refreshment, and then catch up with the herd and let other boys eat and drink. Some of the Cole boys and girls helped with the drive as did Bill Kellum and his son.


SALE! Rationed Shoes with leather soles, odd lot release. Ration Free July 10th through July 29th. $2.95; $4.95; $5.95. The Boston Store.

Denton-Fort Worth Highway completed

Traffic from Denton to Fort Worth is now using a complete modern highway for the first time. The section of the road, between Denton and Argyle, completing the highway, has been open to traffic for about a week.

50 Years Ago

From July 1969

Men on moon, Denton and world amazed

It was as close to a universal event as anything ever has been.

Streets in Denton were deserted. Everyone was in front of a television set — incredibly enough, watching two men walk around on the moon.

Universally, people thought it was great, marvelous, amazing.

Denton Mayor L.A. Nelson said the time and energy expended is justified. “It is justifiable simply because it is exploration of the unknown. Anytime we quit exploration of new ‘worlds’ we as a nation are going to stagnate.”

Denton County Judge W.K. Baldridge said, “When I was a little boy, we always talked about the ‘man on the moon’ and now we have two there.”

Dr. John Kamerick, president of North Texas State University, said after watching Neil Armstrong step onto the moon, “It is a splendid tribute to man’s ingenuity and courage.”

“It’s fantastic,” said Pilot Point Mayor George Hilz, adding that he didn’t have any doubt about the success of the mission.

Denton resident Mrs. Montie Guthrie noted, “It is amazing to look up at the moon and think that for the first time in known history men are actually walking on another part of the universe.”

Following President Nixon’s lead, both Denton universities will suspend classes Monday, and the city of Denton and Denton County offices will be closed. There will be no mail delivery on Monday and the federal center will operate with a skeleton staff.

25 Years Ago

From July 1994

Librarians push for county funding

A delegation of librarians from throughout Denton County quietly showed their support for continued library funding during a county budget meeting Thursday.

One member summed up the group’s sentiments with a sign that stated, “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”

In an effort to trim the 1994-95 countywide budget, county commissioners earlier this year suggested reducing funding for libraries and other services that state law does not require the county to fund.

The librarians support a library funding policy proposed by Commissioners Scott Armey and Kirk Wilson. The plan would dedicate 1 percent of the county budget to literacy and educational programs. The two commissioners previously supported cutting funding but changed their minds after they realized support for library funding did not have to lead to increased taxes.

County Judge Jeff Mosely opposes the two commissioners’ proposal, questioning why the county needs additional financial responsibility for libraries and how the funds would be spent. Commissioner Sandy Jacobs supports the proposal to increase funding, but Commissioner Don Hill said he has reservations about backing the proposal.

— 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

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