Friday , 27 April 2018

Collin County Rewind: A Look Back In History at the Week of July 24

The following historical events have happened all over the county during the week of July 24 – 30:

In 1848, the contract expired with Peter’s Colony, which was the agreement that began the initial settlement of the county.

In 1852, the office of county pioneer Henry Hedgecoxe was burglarized. Confidential files of several prominent area people were stolen.

In 1857, the area experienced a total eclipse of the sun, an event that brought predictions that the end of the world was near.

In 1862, county resident, Captain J. K. Bumpass, mustered a mounted volunteer group to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

In 1887, a bank in Plano became the first in the area to be chartered by the federal government and carried the title of National Bank.

In 1910, an ordinance passed in Plano gave the horse or horse drawn vehicles the right of way over cars at intersections. Ten years later, the same governing body set the maximum speed limit at 8 mph within the city boundaries.

In 1905, a Christian church was organized in Princeton. It still meets today.

In 1922, the Order of the Eastern Star No. 703, which still functions, was begun in Plano.

In 1947, the communities of Nevada, McMinn, Josephine, Lavon and Mt. Pisgah in the southern and eastern parts of the county, consolidated their community schools into one. It was named the Community School, now the Community ISD, located in Nevada.

Some national events that affected our area also occurred this week. In 1914, World War I began; and in 1953, the armistice was signed ending the Korean War.

Collin County Rewind is provided by Don Newsom, 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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