Monday , 23 April 2018

Collin County Rewind: A Look Back in History at the Week of July 17 – 23

Although this was a relatively slow week event wise in our history, those events that did occur were quite significant.

In 1882, Plano purchased land that would be the site of its first jail.

In 1883, a rail line called “The East Line” was completed from McKinney to Jefferson to assist the locals in getting their crops and goods to a waterway and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico and national and international markets.

In 1886, a Church of Christ group begin meeting in Celina. The church group is still in existence today.

In 1888, a post office was opened in the community of Josephine.

In 1891, there was a countywide meeting called the “Great Alliance” held in Benge Park located on Wilson Creek in McKinney. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to make the county more of a factor in the growth of the state of Texas.

In 1896, the international Woodmen of the World organization started a camp near Farmersville to supplement its facility, located in Sherman.

In 1946, an event that still impacts the county and adjoining areas was begun. The Lake Lavon project, which was a part of the River and Harbor Act passed earlier by the U. S. Congress, was started.

Outside our area, a Presidential precedent established in 1797, was broken when FDR accepted the nomination to run for a third term.

In 1904, one of our favorite things, the ice cream cone was invented.

In 1930, an organization that benefits many in our area today, the U. S. Veterans Administration, was established by President Hoover.

In 1941, Winston Churchill introduced the “V” for victory sign, which became the symbol of WW II.

In 1955, Disneyland opened in California.

In 1969, with international attention and national pride, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

By Don Newsom 
Don is a former superintendent of the Celina ISD and a board member of the Collin County Historical Society.  Don and his wife Carol have been residents of the North Texas area for over 30 years.  For the last 20 years, they have resided in rural Collin County in a home built in 1890.

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