Yesteryear

North Texas State University football coach Odus Mitchell is carried off the field by his players in 1965.

100 YEARS AGO

From September 1916

Three new streets to open in Mounts Addition

John Mounts, who was here in Denton last week from Frederick, Oklahoma, has made arrangements to open up several streets in the Mounts Addition just west of the High School and expects to put the lots on sale in the near future.

Work has already started opening up Haynes Street, running west just north of Gregg Avenue, the house in which W.W. Wright lived having to be moved. Mr. Wright has purchased the old Mounts homestead and has already moved into it. Another new street, to be called Anderson Street, is being opened up north of Haynes Street, and a third, called Amarillo, is to run the length of the addition from Gregg Avenue to the Scripture Addition.

All three of the streets are to be graded up and possibly concrete sidewalks will be built about the fifty lots that will be opened up for sale. The small five-room house which Mr. Wright has been living has been moved to Anderson Street and will be remodeled entirely and modern conveniences added.

 

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Possible Indian burial ground discovered

What is believed to have been an old Indian burial ground has been found one mile south of the Dickson bridge, east of Garza. W.C. Dickson brought four skulls and parts of other skeletons to town Monday.

The rain had partially uncovered the graves which were on the high banks of Big Elm. Mr. Dickson and those with him had no utensils to make extensive explorations, but with knives succeeded in uncovering about 12 graves.

They found several arrowheads in the graves and some shell ornaments.

“Old-timers never knew of a cemetery in that vicinity,” said Mr. Dickson, “but said it used to be a frequently used camping place by the Indians. The most peculiar feature of the burial ground was that all the bodies were found in a crouched position, which I’m told is the position in which the Indians used to bury their dead.”

Mr. Dickson will go there one day this week to make further explorations of the place with picks and shovels for the work.

 

75 YEARS AGO

From September 1941

Workmen dangling from courthouse say it’s safe

“One of the safest occupations in the world,” the six workmen say of the seemingly hazardous work they are doing this week atop the county courthouse dome and pinnacle. “Of course we make it safe before we start up there,” they added, remarking, “you only fall once.”

A $150 contract has been let by Denton County for repairs on the main dome and pinnacle. Repairs include re-soldering the copper pinnacle that leaks and replacing the ridge rolls where necessary, painting, fixing louvers on the windows of the main dome and the four smaller domes and replacing 40 or 50 broken slate shingles.

The workmen dangle on a single board suspended from a rope looped around the pinnacle (this is what they call “making it safe”) and are currently applying aluminum paint while balancing themselves with their feet against the slick slate roof.

Incidentally, K.E. Zimmer, who is in charge of the work here, is the son of J.J. Zimmer, who did the metal work on the dome and pinnacle when the courthouse was built 45 years ago.

 

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Local Boy Scouts to aid national paper drive

Cooperation of the Denton County Boy Scouts in the forthcoming drive for the collection of waste paper, sponsored by the office of price administration and civilian supply of the OPM, was insured at a meeting of leaders Tuesday evening.

In a communication from Leon Henderson, administrator, he stated, “The need for waste paper and rags to meet the present defense requirements is becoming more acute every day and the aid of your group in collecting every available supply of these critical materials will constitute a most important contribution to our national defense effort.”

 

50 YEARS AGO

From September 1966

NTSU football coach Mitchell to retire

North Texas State University’s head football coach, Odus Mitchell, announced he will retire at the end of the coming football season.

Mitchell, 67, has been coach at the school after it resumed football following World War II in 1946.

In the 20-year period, Mitchell’s teams have won 114 games, lost 83 and tied 9.

Mitchell, who will make his home in Denton after retirement, attended West Texas State at Canyon where he won 18 varsity letters, which is still a record at the school.

“I’m announcing my resignation before this season so that if we have a bad season no one can say I was a quitter,” said Mitchell, but he smiled as he added, “I think we’re going to have a good season and I think I can go out a winner.”

Mitchell was the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1958.

 

Denton County women work to help Viet Nam

The Denton Council of Home Demonstration Clubs and the Denton County Red Cross are cooperating to produce various items to be sent to Viet Nam.

The first project was making layettes for newborn Vietnamese children. Upon completion of the project, 60 layettes will be sent to Viet Nam.

Mrs. Jack Parkey of Krum, chairman of the Home Demonstration Council, and Mrs. H. L. Druce, co-chairman of the Red Cross volunteers, are in charge of the program.

The next project will be sending Santa Claus ditty bags to United States servicemen in Viet Nam. These bags will be filled with small gifts, including comfort and recreational supplies.

 

25 YEARS AGO

From September 1991

A new Armey challenges Commissioner Walker

Voters in southwest Denton County might hear a lot about meetings for a candidate Armey next spring, but check before you get ready to go see your congressman.

The Armey in question might be Scott Armey, the 22-year-old son of U. S. Rep. Dick Armey, who plans to challenge incumbent County Commissioner Lee Walker in the primary.

The younger Armey already has worked several months readying his campaign against Mrs. Walker, a 10-year veteran of county politics. It promises to be a hardy contest, most observers agree.

Mr. Armey admitted the name could help him, but said he’s not banking on name recognition to win.

“I don’t deny the benefits of having that last name, but that’s not necessarily a given,” he said.

The greatest negative may be his perceived lack of experience, and voters who see him as nothing more than his dad’s carbon copy.

His opponent Walker said, “My feeling is he seems like a very nice young man. He just hasn’t been in the world long enough to make the decisions that have to be made on Commissioners Court.”

Mrs. Walker stated that she had heard the congressman had been calling constituents asking for contributions to the son’s campaign.

“My biggest challenge will be Daddy using his influence to get his son a job.”

— 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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