End of World War I

Residents celebrated the end of World War I with fireworks at the Denton County Courthouse in 1918.

100 Years Ago

From November 1918

War is over in Europe

Armistice signed at midnight; fighting ceased at 11 o’clock French time. Terms include demobilization of German army and navy and Allied occupation of strategic points.

Denton is celebrating today.

When news came that the greatest war humanity has ever known had come to an end with victory for the side of decency, civilization and Christianity, when whistles and bells and guns of the city announced the fact to the world, the city went wild with celebrations. Despite the early hour when whistles were blown at 3:30 o’clock in the morning, people rushed from their beds and in a few minutes a large crowd that had gathered in front of the Denton Record-Chronicle office was giving vent to its joy and good feeling.

Mayor Beyette declared the day a holiday; the colleges and schools closed; and at the mayor’s request, businesses closed.

On thru the day the celebration was in full swing. The Kaiser was burned in effigy in a big bonfire on the square before daylight Monday morning. Two-thousand students gathered about in the downtown section. A patriotic parade began at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. It formed on East Hickory and included decorated trucks and automobiles, a brass band, Boy Scouts, Scot bagpipers and numerous other features.

As a finale for the day, a big celebration is planned on the square tonight. Anvil firing, fireworks and other noise-making utensils will be given free play.


No More War. No More Suffering. No More Slaughtering of Human Lives. Let’s All Celebrate. The Wright Company Garage, W. Hickory Street. Phone 515.

Denton to discontinue DC power service

The city power plant will discontinue the direct current power service within forty days, according to a decision reached at the meeting of the City Commission Tuesday night, and all users of this current are to be notified to change to the alternating current service by that time. The only consumers affected by the change will be in the business section where a number of motors, especially those on fans, are operated by the direct current.

The lights over the city and many motors are operated by the alternating current. The reason for this change is that operating a separate generator for so few is an unnecessary expense. After forty days, but one current will be generated and that will be alternating current.

75 Years Ago

From November 1943

Annual poppy sale on Armistice Day

The annual poppy sale sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary will be held Thursday, Armistice Day, with a booth on each side of the court square, and Mrs. T.E. Standefer, Auxiliary president, is appointing members to have charge.

Wearing a poppy once a year is an expression of feeling reverence for the men who died on the poppy fields of France and Belgium during the first World War. The poppy sale also helps to lighten the burden of those undergoing suffering and hardships of the former war, the disabled veterans and the families of the dead and disabled, as the poppies made by disabled men who are paid for their work and funds received go for rehabilitation and child welfare work of the Legion and Auxiliary.

Microfilm library a boon for students

Students at North Texas State may someday carry an entire set of textbooks tucked in a vest pocket or wrapped in a lace handkerchief if the unique college microfilm library increases in the future as it has since its beginning in 1939.

The campus library of microfilms, which now includes over a thousand rare volumes, is kept in two small cabinets. The larger volumes weigh nearly an ounce and it is easily possible to hold eight or ten in your hand at once.

Nearly 50 percent of the films now in the library were made and developed with an especially designed Graflex Recordak camera owned by the college and operated by students under the direction of Miss Elaine Cunningham, manager of the library’s industrial processes.

War demands have curtailed the making of new films during the past year and at the present time plans are being made for colleges and universities throughout the nation to list their holdings that will enable students to borrow from other institutions.

50 Years Ago

From November 1968

Nixon elected president over Humphrey

Republican Richard M. Nixon was elected 37th president of the United States today, bursting by Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey with narrow victories in California, Illinois and Ohio.

Although Humphrey carried the state of Texas by a narrow margin, in Denton County Nixon outpolled Humphrey and George Wallace, the American Independent party nominee, with 8,222 votes (43 percent).

Nixon’s victory reversed, in a sense, his razor-thin loss to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential race.

It also completed a remarkable comeback.

After losing to Kennedy, Nixon was beaten by Edmund G. (Pat) Brown for the governorship of California. Nixon moved to New York and became a lawyer.

Now, six years later, he has won the White House with 17 more electoral votes than needed.

Sanger fire damage at $300,000

Fire damage to the American Cyanamid fertilizer distribution center Wednesday is estimated at between $300,000 and $400,000, according to Jack Burkholder, local manager.

The fire, which officials believe began at an electric heater in the restroom, was discovered by Burkholder and an employee, Bob Ramsey, when they came to open the business Wednesday morning.

As soon as the fire was discovered, several persons were evacuated from the southeast part of Sanger because of the danger of an explosion of the liquid fertilizer tanks.

Burkholder said the plant will be replaced and work would begin immediately.

“We’ll service our customers from a local warehouse or a nearby plant until this one can be rebuilt,” he said.

Burkholder expressed appreciation to the Denton Fire Department for sending help to the scene.

25 Years Ago

From November 1993

Shady Shores honors Mayor Olive Stephens

“Well, it’s just one of those things!”

Among her constituents, Olive Stephens, the veteran mayor of Shady Shores, is known for the quick quip in response to many a local quandary.

Olive Stephens

Shady Shores Mayor Olive Stephens, shown in 1997, was honored with a park dedicated as “Olive’s Garden” in 1993.

But the 200 town residents, council members and county leaders attending the dedication Saturday of a new town garden named for the mayor surely did not qualify as “just one of those things.”

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Rep. Jim Horn asked Mayor Stephens to uncover the sign in dedication of the park.

When she saw “Olive’s Garden” emblazoned on the sign, the 20-year public servant gasped, crouched down near the sign and covered her mouth with both hands.

“Honey, I was so surprised!” Mayor Stephens said later at a reception at the town’s community center.

Rep. Horn read a proclamation from Gov. Ann Richards commending Mayor Stephens.

“I am so proud of citizens like you. You give of yourself to make Shady Shores a better town in which to live,” he read, as Mayor Stephens wiped tears from her bespectacled eyes.

After presenting the mayor with a white fire helmet with “Chief Stephens” printed on the front, a fireman cued the audience, “Well …”

To which the audience chimed in: “It’s just one of those things!”

Grunge rock fans jam for Pearl Jam at UNT

Mother Nature did her best all week to make Denton look and feel like Seattle, providing misty rain and cool weather.

And Thursday night, Seattle-based grunge rockers Pearl Jam made the University of North Texas sound like the Pacific Northwest.

The more than 7,000 fans were wildly excited about the music. The look of choice was long hair, flannel shirts, worn-out jeans and combat boots, compliments of a fashion trend spawned by the alternative wave of music.

About 700 hard-core grunge enthusiasts slam danced and crowd-surfed in what is known as a mosh pit in front of the stage.

Overzealous dancing did lead to several minor head injuries and a few broken fingers, organizers said.

One “crowd surfer” suffered minor lacerations after he was dropped by the crowd.

Despite the crowd’s raw energy, most everyone remained well-behaved.

— 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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