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This Week in History: Feb. 2, U.S. Elects First President

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

February 3 through February 9

Of the events that occurred this week: the most significant were the beginning of the current city of Frisco; the election of the nation’s first president; and the ratification of the 16th Amendment providing for a federal income tax.

In 1783, Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1789, electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

In 1857, Masonic Lodge No. 209 was founded in the community of Mantua in northern Collin County. Two of its charter members were pioneers Younger Scott McKinney and James W. Throckmorton, who later served as governor of Texas. In 1872, the lodge moved into the new town of Van Alstyne. In 1976 the lodge moved to its current location south of Stephens Street near the city police department.

In 1884, an area newspaper, The Democrat-Gazette, began weekly publication.

In 1885, a Church of Christ was established in the Lebanon community south of Frisco by Elder Horn, an early settler in the community.

In 1889, the post office in Princeton opened.

In 1900, the post office in the community of Lieu was closed and residents began receiving mail through the Merit office.

In 1902, a robbery occurred at Stiff’s Saloon, a popular “watering hole” in McKinney. The crime netted $9.60. The same year after incorporating, town lots were sold at public auctions in communities of Blackland and Emerson. Before the end of the year, Blackland became a part of Emerson. The U S Postal Service rejected the name Emerson as being to similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad being built through the area. Later the name was shortened to Frisco.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.

In 1914, the Frisco Water Works Company was established, providing sanitized water to the town. Frisco Water Works Co. established.

In 1929, a heavy light fixture at the Collin County National Bank, on the square in McKinney, fell onto a roll top desk. Although happening during business hours, no one was injured.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. It moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

In 1952, Britain’s King George VI died at age 56, and his daughter was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II. The new queen, who was traveling in Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip, immediately returned home.

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

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