100 Years Ago

From April 1918

Denton streetcar line to be sold for junk

The announcement Wednesday afternoon was that the rails, poles, wires, engine, motors, etc., of the Denton Traction Co. have been sold by R.J. Wilson to the American Junk Co., which is expected to begin at once tearing up the track for shipment elsewhere. The price in the deal was not given out, but it was stated that none of the company's realty, including the Highland Park tract and the power house property, was included in the deal.

The company had been continuously operated since the fall of 1907 up to January of this year, when management decided in view of the conditions it would be unable to continue the service. There have been several prospective deals since then whereby the property would be restored and service again put on, but they failed in the end and it was decided to sell the equipment for removal.

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Effort to stamp out Kaiserism in county

The County Council of Defense met Tuesday in the office of H.R. Wilson.

Many matters of importance were discussed, and plans were worked out for ascertaining conditions in this county. Hoarding of food stuffs and disloyalty were among the items discussed. Committees are being appointed in every precinct to gather information for use by the council.

"The council is going to use every power it has to get a line on every disloyal man whose patriotism is even lukewarm," Mr. Wilson said. "In conjunction with other authorities, the Council is going to do its utmost to make Denton County unsafe for Kaiserism. Investigations will be made, and every report made to us will be thoroughly looked after."

It was announced by School Superintendent J.W. Beaty that it has been generally discussed and agreed upon that German will be barred from the curriculum at Denton High School "for the duration of the war at least." A large per cent have dropped the subject this year, possibly for patriotic reasons.

75 Years Ago

From April 1943

WPA ending, much money spent in county

Calling attention that the WPA program is now being liquidated, Gus W. Thomasson, district manager, points out the large amount of money which was spent in Denton County. The total expended in the county was almost $2,000,000.

This amount was divided as follows:

Public buildings (school, etc.), $619,442; highways, roads and streets, $404,878; recreation facilities, $118,955; soil conservation, $180,465; public utilities, $150,569; service (non-constructional), $513,262.

20 vacant lots listed for victory gardens

About 20 vacant lots have been listed with the Chamber of Commerce for the "victory garden" program it is sponsoring. However, some were turned down, on inspection, because there was so much Bermuda grass they could not be used for gardens this year, O.L. Fowler, manager of the Chamber of Commerce, said.

Ten applications for these garden plots have been submitted to date. This small number is due to the labor shortage, Fowler said.

Along with this program, the Chamber of Commerce is making an effort to get Denton stores to sponsor gardens for their employees. In addition, the Garden Club has a campaign to persuade not only their members but other Denton residents to plant gardens in back lots.

50 Years Ago

From April 1968

Local citizens surprised by LBJ's announcement

A cross-section of politically-minded residents of Denton this morning reflected surprise at President Johnson's announcement that he will not seek another term. His decision puts Sen. Eugene McCarthy as the front runner in Denton County, but may ultimately help the Republicans.

County Democratic Chairman William P. Phillips, Jr. said he thought sentiment in the county probably favors either McCarthy or Vice President Humphrey, should he run. There is no active organization in the county for Sen. Robert Kennedy who recently announced his candidacy. Phillips added that he is confident the Democratic nominee will be elected in November.

Mrs. Frank Martino, acting County Republican Chairman, said, "I was pretty surprised," adding, "My first reaction is that this will help the Republican Party."

Former Denton mayor Warren Whitson stated, "I think more of him than I had in the past - the fact that he is willing to do most anything to get this world straightened out."

Dr. John A. Guinn, president of Texas Woman's University, said that he was greatly impressed with the speech and called it "very statesman-like."

State Rep. Alonzo Jamison also commended the statesmanship of the message but added, "I am distressed by the statement. I think he could have run and been nominated and been re-elected."

Ministers to hold service after slaying of Dr. King

Following the assassination last evening of Dr. Martin Luther King, a service honoring his memory will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Cole Chapel of the First Methodist Church, sponsored by the Denton Ministers Association.

The association met this morning and approved a resolution setting up the memorial service.

The Rev. E. Otto Simpson, pastor of Mount Pilgrim CME Church, and the Rev. Alton Donsbach, president of the association and pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, will speak.

The resolution of the association calls upon "all men of goodwill" to honor the memory of Dr. King, stating, "It is no longer enough that men of goodwill should be privately dedicated to justice and mercy. Those who believe that Christ has broken down the dividing wall of hostility and reconciled us to God in one body through the cross, must unite to express this in public policy. Only in such continuing work of reconciliation will the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and the glory of the Christ he served be kept in honor among us."

25 Years Ago

From April 1993

County roads and bridges in bad shape

The state of Texas has determined that three bridges in north Denton County must be repaired or closed. Rural residents of the county are calling for other road repairs, as well.

The bridges ordered closed or repaired are the Plainview Road Bridge at North Hickory Creek, near Krum; the Waide Road Bridge over Clear Creek, north of Bolivar; and the Prosper Road Bridge over Doe Branch in the northeast part of the county.

Commissioners plan to spend $70,000 to repair the bridges on Plainview Road and Waide Road. They will restore the iron to protect them from further deterioration. Additionally, the county will pour concrete to strengthen the piers on the Plainview Road Bridge that have been exposed by erosion. The Prosper Road Bridge is being handled separately.

The county has 13 other bridges that must be repaired or have weight limits lowered to meet state requirements.

For the past four years, county officials have limited spending for road repairs while attending to other critical needs, such as overcrowding in the county jail.

Rural residents say commissioners cannot put off repairs any longer and the commissioners are beginning to agree.

Shirley Osborne, a rural postal carrier at Pilot Point, said the roads are a constant headache. Just over the border with Grayson County, the roads on her route are in much better repair.

"I can tell the minute I hit a Grayson County road; I don't have one bad road in Grayson County," she said.

Osborne mentioned one road in particular. "Berend Road has no gravel anymore; it's just red clay, and whenever it rains, it's just slick mud." She has been stuck on the road at times.

Cloyce Purcell, assistant superintendent for Pilot Point ISD, said there has been some improvement. "We're not getting buses stuck on a regular basis anymore," he said.

County Commissioners Don Hill and Kirk Wilson, and County Judge Jeff Moseley, have pledged to try to find more money this year for roads and bridges.

- 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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