Thursday , 26 April 2018

This Week in History: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers ‘I Have a Dream’

imagesThe county’s first marriage, destructive fires, and the birth of a Texan who would become President occurred this week in our history.

In 1844, George Washington Ford married Parmelia Langston. Based on official and unofficial records, this is believed to be first marriage in the area that would become Collin County in 1846.

In 1855, the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church of Farmersville was formed. It was the first church of the Baptist denomination to meet in Collin County.

In 1881, the entire business section of Plano, except for a saloon, burned to the ground. Destroyed in the fire were all the official records beginning with the town’s settlement in 1845. The records were stored in the Mayor and City Clerks’ offices, located in the back of Kellner’s Saddle Shop. As a result of the fire, on the same day the city fathers passed ordinances making it illegal to drop flammable materials on public streets and a requirement that all devices used for containing fires be inspected regularly by the Town Marshall.

In 1882, a Cumberland Presbyterian Church was established at McMinn Chapel, a community 3 miles north of Nevada.

In 1887, the post office at Lint, near the Collin and Hunt County lines, was discontinued after one year of operation. Patrons began receiving their mail through the Royce City and Caddo Mills offices.

In 1888, the first map, indicating the boundaries of the town of Princeton, was filed in the county and state offices.

In 1903, the Donna post office was discontinued. It was one of nearly 50 post offices that were opened in communities in Collin County, but later closed because finances or dwindling population in the communities. Patrons began receiving their mail through the Anna office.

In 1904, the first legal horse race in North Texas other than at the State Fair Grounds was held at Bowman Training Track in Plano.

In 1908, Lyndon B. Johnson, the thirty sixth president was born in Stonewall, Texas. Fifty six years later, he was nominated for president after completing the term on John Kennedy.

In 1913, the south side of the square in Altoga, northeast of McKinney, burned. Most of the seven businesses and post office were destroyed or damaged.

In 1932, the Security State Bank in Blue Ridge was robbed by 4 bandits. Two of them were reported to be, although never proven, the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. They or members of their gang had been reported to be in the area prior to the robbery.

In 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during a civil rights rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Louisiana coast, overwhelming the levees protecting New Orleans and causing massive flooding. More than 1,800 people died.

TSB contributing writer Don Newsom is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.

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