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Collin County Rewind (May 1-7)

Collin County Rewind (May 1-7)

Collin County Rewind (May 1-7)

By Don Newsom

The first week in May has had some significant events, locally and nationally, in our area. In 1845, Cynthia Ann Hunn was born. It is believed she was the first white girl born in Collin County.

In 1848, the first retail store was opened on the square in McKinney, selling general merchandise. In 1857, a post office was opened in Farmersville. In 1882, one was opened in Anna and in 1888, one opened in Lavon.

In 1861, some of the Confederate troops stationed in Collin County were moved into Indian Territory to man the forts abandoned by federal troops and provide a line of defense against federal invasion of Texas from the North.

In 1886, the city fathers of McKinney, passed an ordinance prohibiting stock from grazing on the courthouse square.

In 1889, the first public high school in McKinney graduated its first class, three students. In 1894, the original public school building in Plano was destroyed by fire. Rumor was that it was arson committed by disgruntled students.

In 1902, the sale and public consumption of alcohol was banned within the boundaries of McKinney, nearly twenty years before prohibition became a federal law.

In 1922, a nurses training school was incorporated into the health care program at the hospital located in south McKinney.

In 1923, at a cost of $100 for a license and $50 for equipment, WBAP, an AM radio station that North Texans grew up listening to and still do today, went on the air.

In 1945, the German military surrendered unconditionally to General Eisenhower. The following day, which was his birthday, President Truman told the American people in a radio broadcast the war in Europe had ended.

In 1948, a tornado hit Princeton and the southern part of McKinney, killing three, injuring 43 and destroying an estimated $2 million worth of property, including the largest cotton gin in the county.

In 1975, President Ford declared a formal end to the “Vietnam era”, resulting in the Viet Cong take over of the capital and the evaluation of Americans by helicopter from the roof of the American embassy in the city.

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