By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer
July 15 through July 21
In 1875, the Lone Tree post office closed after operating for 16 years.
In 1882, Plano purchased land that would be the site of its first jail.
In 1883, a rail line called “The East Line” was completed from McKinney to Jefferson to assist the locals in getting their crops and goods to a waterway and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico and national and international markets.
In 1886, a Church of Christ group begin meeting in Celina. The church group is still in existence today.
In 1888, a post office was opened in the community of Josephine and is still operational.
In 1896, the international Woodmen of the World organization started a camp near Farmersville to supplement its facility, located in Sherman.
In 1903, T. T. Emerson became the first owner of an automobile in McKinney.
In 1904, J. L. Looney, a local businessman was elected to the state senate. The same year, one of our favorite things, the ice cream cone was invented
In 1927, a Spanish American War veterans group was organized in McKinney and named in honor of Henry A. Camp.
In 1940, a Presidential precedent established in 1797, was broken when FDR accepted the nomination to run for a third term. Four years later that was broken when he accepted the nomination for a fourth term.
On a personal note, in 1962, Carol Campbell of Sherman became my life partner when we married in Sherman.
In 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The next day, he and his partner, “Buzz” Aldrin, blasted off the surface of the moon to return home.
In 2010, British Petroleum stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico after 85 days using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the well earlier in the week.
Don Newsom is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.