Monday , 28 May 2018

This Week in History, April 28: Tornados and Hail Wreak Havoc in the County

By TSB Contributing Writer Don Newsom

April 28 through May 4

Our first president, the opening of county post offices that have stood the test of time and the weather highlight this week in our history.

In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

In 1848, the post office at Buckner, the original county seat of Collin County located near the present Third Monday Trade Days site on Highway 380, was closed and moved to McKinney, the new county seat.

In 1853, William Chapman married Maranda Howell, an ancestor of the current well known and respected Howell family of McKinney.

In 1857, the Farmersville post office was established. Thirty one years later, in 1888, the Lavon office was opened. Both have been in continuous operation since their opening.

In 1880, a tornado destroyed several building in downtown Plano, including the Methodist church.

In 1889, the leaders of McKinney signed a contract with a newly formed electric company that would provide electricity to the town’s residents. The same year, the first public high school in McKinney graduated its first class, three students.

In 1904, the Moreland post office discontinued and residents began receiving mail through the Blue Ridge office.

In 1914, a town managed volunteer fire department was created and began functioning in Frisco.

In 1921, a hail storm did extensive damage to buildings in Farmersville and an engineer was hired to develop plans for a water supply system for the town.

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

In 1941, General Mills began shipping a new cereal called “Cheerioats” to six test markets. (The cereal was later renamed “Cheerios.”)

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.

TSB contributor Don Newsom is an avid historian and a former Superientendent of Schools for Celina ISD.

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