History of Collin County: December 4 through December 10
Local events that happened during this week in our area’s history were important; but national events impacted the majority of the local citizens much more at that time.
In 1856, the William Nelson Bush family, another of our pioneers arrived in McKinney.
In 1874, the First Baptist Church of Celina was organized.
In 1980, the Collin McKinney house in McKinney was destroyed by fire.
In 1881, William N. Farley and his family from Hart County, Kentucky followed his father Jesse Farley, an original founder of Collin County, and settled in the Stiff community, northeast of McKinney.
In 1887, the Roland post office was established. It was closed in 1903 and residents began receiving their mail through the McKinney office.
In 1894, a Masonic Lodge in Plano was granted a charter and is still a functioning organization.
In 1898, the Presbyterian Church of Plano dedicated a new building and the Clear Lake post office was established. It continued operations until 1942 when it was closed and residents began receiving mail from the Lavon and Josephine offices.
In 1900, because of inactivity and the need for funds, the City of Plano began renting the city’s fire horses for personal use.
In 1901, the citizens of Plano voted in favor of prohibition and a fire damaged the Beckett Bros. Restaurant in the Heard building in McKinney.
In 1904, a lamp exploded in the Wynn & Son Restaurant in Wylie and destroyed the business.
In 1909, the Lebanon Masonic Lodge #837 moved to Frisco and still functions today. The same year, a raid was held on an ongoing gambling event in a home on Honey Creek, north of McKinney. Because of the prominence of some of the participants, a riot erupted at the arraignment when it became apparent that for some of them there was going to be no consequences.
In 1939, area members of the Woodmen of the World, Woodmen Circle and some juvenile members from the home in Sherman held a joint meeting at Celina’s lodge hall. My wife’s father, the farm manager of the home in Sherman, attended the meeting.
The national events that impacted us so much began in 1917. Because of agreements and treaties with European nations, our country declared war on Austro-Hungary and plunged us into World War I, which according to President Woodrow Wilson was “the war to end all wars”. We know it did not.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The following day as President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan, he described the event as “ the day that will live in infamy”.
Either through association with family or friends or direct involvement, we know the impact that these military conflicts have had on us. Relatives and friends were lost or wounded; lives and careers were changed; sacrifices were made and people we love and know became heroes. Tom Brokaw identified those who were youngsters during World War I and participants during World War II as the “Greatest Generation”. Knowing and associating with them in our community, Brokaw was exactly right. They are the foundation of what we are today, and they set an example for future generations to follow to withstand and overcome any situation we encounter.
By TSB contributing writer Don Newsom. Don, a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD, is an avid historian and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Collin County History Center.