By Don Newsom, TSB Contributor
Fires dominated events this week in our area’s history, but nothing was as significant as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which drew our nation into WWII.
In 1881, William Farley and his family arrived Collin County from Hart County Kentucky and became a core part of the pioneering foundation in the Stiff community, northeast of McKinney.
In 1887, a post office was established in Roland. It operated until 1903 when it was closed and residents began receiving mail through the McKinney office.
In 1894, a Masonic Lodge in Plano was granted a charter and is still a functioning organization.
In 1901, as the result of federal legislation, the postal service began free rural mail delivery in Collin County and began closing the post offices in the small communities including Parker, Dump, Climax, Arnold, Ardath, and Verona. At the same time free rural delivery began for the residents of the Foote, Rock Hill, Lucas and Altoga communities. The same year a fire damaged the Beckett Brothers Restaurant in the Heard building in McKinney.
In 1909, the Lebanon Masonic Lodge #837 moved to Frisco and still functions today. Also that year, a raid was held on an ongoing gambling event in a home on Honey Creek, north of McKinney. Because of the prominence of some of the participants, a riot erupted at the arraignment when it became apparent that for some of those arrested there was going to be no consequences.
In 1939, area members of the Woodmen of the World, Woodmen Circle and some juvenile members from the home in Sherman held a joint meeting at Celina’s lodge hall. My wife’s father, the farm manager of the home in Sherman, attended the meeting.
In 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S. officially entered WWII one day later when Congress declared war on Japan.
In 1980, the Collin McKinney house built in McKinney in the 1850’s was destroyed by fire.