By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer
January 20 through January 26
During this week in our history, the residents of Plano began receiving electricity through the city and two amendments pertaining to the Presidency, went into effect.
In 1850, dispensation was granted for Masonic Lodge #51 in McKinney. The organization still exists and meets regularly at its site on North Kentucky Street. In recent years, one of our sons and a nephew have become active members of the group.
In 1900, the Lebanon Masonic Lodge # 837 was constituted and met for the first time in the community near Frisco. The organization is still in existence and meets on the first Tuesday evening of each month.
In 1901, the Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Plano was chartered.
In 1904, a nationally known theatrical company, The Irving French Company, was in McKinney at the Opera House on the west side of the square, performing “A Runaway Wife”.
In 1909, the City of Plano, purchased a privately owned electric plant for $6,000 and began offering less expensive power to its residents.
In 1913, a business in downtown McKinney referred to by locals as “The Mississippi Store”, because in its early days most of its patrons were migrants to the area from that state, collapsed killing eight people.
In 1933, the Twentieth Amendment to the U S Constitution, passed in March 1932, went into effect. It moved the inauguration date for newly elected presidents from March to January, thus reducing the period an outgoing president was a “lame duck” administrator. It was implemented when President Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1937, the beginning of his second term.
In 1964, the Twenty-fourth Amendment went into effect, barring the poll tax, a fee charged to vote in federal elections, that had been in effect since the Reconstruction Period of the late 1860’s. My wife and I remember this well. In 1964, we were eligible to vote in our first presidential election and for the first time we did not have to pay to vote. That year and every year since, we have voted in every election where we are eligible.
In 1973, the U S military draft ended when the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris, ending one of the most controversial wars in our history. The same year, the Supreme Court issued its famous and controversial decision on “Roe vs. Wade.
Don Newsom, pictured in historic garb above, is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.