By Don Newsom, contributing writer
Historically, mid May events have had a lot to do with the postal service, but there were other events that attracted the attention of area residents or had a long term impact on McKinney and surrounding communities.
In 1846, a post office was established in Buckner, the original county seat of Collin County.
1851 – A post ofice was established in the community of Millwood.
1857 – The community of Sugar Hill was renamed Farmersville.
1873 – James R. Rogers was appointed the first postmaster in Melissa.
1893 – A post office was opened in Prosper.
1896 – A tornado hit Sherman in Grayson County, killing and wounding over 200.
1903 – The First Presbyterian Church of Celina was organized and met for many years in a building southwest of the square. During the 1990’s the church dissolved and the building was vacant for several years. Recently, it was purchase by an individual and has been renovated to become a residence.
Also in 1903, the first poll tax was enacted in Collin County, a requirement to be eligible to vote.
1904 – Rural mail delivery began from the Allen post office.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to France.
1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to fly solo across the Atlantic to France.
Lindbergh made it to France; Earhart landed in Northern Ireland. Among the many developments as result of these two flights, one was the beginning of trans-Atlantic mail service in 1939.
1933 – The Tennessee Valley Authority began, a federal program that created jobs for public projects to help the country overcome the depression. The organization is still operational today. That same year a patent was issued for an invention called the drive-in theater to a man in New Jersey. The invention made it to Collin County in 1950.
1954 – The U. S. Supreme Court, in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, ruled that racially segregated public schools violated the Constitution.
In 2008, oil prices went over $130 a barrel and gas prices climbed above $3.80 a gallon.
Don Newsom 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.