Meat Loaf, 1994 concert

Meat Loaf screams for the audience to join him in song during a Dallas concert in March 1994. That same month, the former North Texas State University student returned to the Denton area to shoot a music video.

100 Years Ago

From March 1919

Homes needed for orphans

The Children’s Aid Society of New York will bring to Denton next week a small company of children for the purpose of finding homes for them.

Most of these children come from the best orphanages in and about New York and have been diligently trained and selected with care to fit the new family life into which they are to enter. If a mistake has been made in this choice or for any reason the child be not satisfactory, the Society bears the trouble and expense for the return.

These children are of both sexes but are chiefly boys and range in age from 1 to 14 years.

If you apply for a child you should be prepared to satisfy the Society that you will furnish the comforts of a home; that you will treat the little one as a real member of your family; that you will give him the education and moral training which will fit him to take a respectable, self-supporting place in a community.

The children will be in Denton at the W.O.W. Hall, on the north side of the courthouse, next Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m.

Application must be made as early as possible to a member of the local committee: R.M. Barns, J.C. Coit, R.A. Sledge, W.T. Evers, C.F. Witherspoon, V.W. Shepard.


Princess Theatre — Viola Dana in Satan Junior, a story as sweet as the song of the “Nightingale.” Coming, March 26th — “The Probation Wife,” story written by Mrs. Angie Ousley Rosser of Denton.

Speaker warns of Bolshevism, Germany

Isaac F. Marcosson, traveler, author and the foremost newspaper reporter of America, spoke at the Normal College Tuesday night and warned that Bolshevism in America must be crushed. His address was listened to by a crowd that comfortably filled the large auditorium despite the inclement weather.

While in Russia, Marcosson said he saw Lenin open “the Pandora box of Bolshevism” from which issued the gas of dissension and trouble which he could “smell in this country under the name of I.W.W. [International Workers of the World] which is the companion of ... Bolshevism and propaganda.” He charged that America is afraid to use firm measures in dealing with them and asserted that “the sooner we convert our melting pot into a straining pot, the better off we will be,” in regard to immigration.

Marcosson also warned that America already seems to be forgetting the war, declaring that Germany would come back industrially by shipping goods to America that are manufactured from materials stored in neutral countries and sold under the guise of “Made in Switzerland.” He predicted that unless Germany is curbed in her comeback, they will be ready for another war within 15 years.

75 Years Ago

From March 1944

Library grows rapidly

What has been called “the most ambitious library program in operation on a small budget” is the Denton County Public Library, housed in the crowded basement of the courthouse. Shelves overflow to books stacked on window ledges. More than 17,000 volumes are now included in the comprehensive collection.

Eight years ago the forum department of the Shakespeare Club conceived the plan of sponsoring a public library and solicited donations from citizens. The sponsors were granted library room on the third floor of the courthouse by the County Commissioners Court and given janitor services, utilities and $35 per month by the county. The Denton City Commission later made an appropriation of $500 per year for operational expenses.

Outgrowing its quarters, the library was moved to its present rooms, where it is now seriously in need of more space.

Until this year the library was provided adequate clerical work through grants from the WPA, but this has been withdrawn with the closing of the WPA, and funds are not available for the employment of any workers except the librarian. Insufficient funds and inadequate space are hampering the program of expansion.

Meeting to promote Red Cross drive

The colored citizens of Denton are to hold a special mass meeting Wednesday night at 8 o’clock for the purpose of promoting the Red Cross drive.

Wm. F. Jones, Red Cross chairman for the colored people here, stated that all ministers of the colored churches have been asked to cooperate in the effort and to urge their congregations to attend the mass meeting, which will be held in the St. Emmanuel Baptist Church on Lakey Street. White friends and officials in charge of the drive here were invited to attend.

50 Years Ago

From March 1969

Ariel Club celebrates Texas independence

Texas Independence Day was the theme of the program at the general meeting Monday of the Ariel Club.

Mrs. Richard Ragsdale gave a brief history of Texas, Mrs. L.A. Nelson told of the women of Texas and Mrs. Jim Stone told of the poetry and painting of Texans.

Mmes. Van Redman, Larry Simmons, Weldon Knight and L.A. Nelson sang “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and led the group in “The Eyes of Texas.”

Paintings by Texas artists, books on Texas history and Texas wildflowers were on display.

Horn to manage airport

Jim Horn, 27, of Dallas has been named as the first full-time manager of the Denton Municipal Airport. He was introduced to the Airport Advisory Board at its regular meeting Tuesday at the Commodore Inn.

Horn officially assumed his duties as the airport manager on Sunday. He’s employed by Denton Piper Sales, which is a branch of the Aerosmith Corporation, the company which runs the airport for the city.

Before coming to Denton, Horn was owner of Narco Sales of Dallas, a manufacturer’s representative firm.

25 Years Ago

From March 1994

Low voter turnout ‘embarrassing’

Apathy and cold weather played a big part in Tuesday primary elections. Only 4.71 percent of Denton County’s 333,437 registered voters bothered going to the polls.

County Clerk Tim Hodges called the turnout “embarrassing.”

In the hotly contested county judge race, incumbent Jeff Moseley prevailed without a runoff over three challengers. The race drew only 10,517 voters.

The race for District 64 state representative had been marked by candidate Vic Burgess, former Denton County judge, calling incumbent Jim Horn ineffective and pointed to his being ranked by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the state’s worst legislators. Horn countered by pointing out that Burgess, as county judge, had vowed to not raise taxes, but did so in 1990.

At the final tally, Horn returned to Austin, garnering 2,792 votes to Burgess’ 1,651.

Meat Loaf returns to home turf for video

Rock singer Meat Loaf plans to show you can go home again — at least if home is North Texas. The one-time North Texas State University student is in town to shoot a music video.

Several local sites will be featured in the video, including Argyle, Ponder and Denton’s Hartlee Field airport.

In the video, Meat Loaf returns to his childhood and touches on emotional and memorable moments of his past.

Actor Will Estes, 15, landed the role of teenage Meat Loaf at a Los Angeles audition.

“I have his CD, but I haven’t heard any of his old stuff,” said Estes. “But my mom goes way back.”

The filming in Ponder at the Ranchman Cafe drew a crowd of curious onlookers. While Estes filmed a scene at the Ranchman counter, Meat Loaf walked through, observing his past self.

Note: Estes currently stars as New York Police Department Sgt. Jamie Reagan, the son of Tom Selleck’s character, on the CBS show “Blue Bloods.”

— 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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