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This Week in History: Jan. 6, Fire Destroys Buildings in Downtown McKinney

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

 

January 6 through January 12

Fires around the square in McKinney, health concerns and the first national election highlight the events this week in our history.

In 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.

In 1846, Comfort McMillen received a grant of land from the state, settled on it, named the new area Murphy and became one of the early founders of the county.

In 1847, early pioneer, W. H. Chandler and his family arrived in Collin County. He later settled in Plano and opened the first business, a hardware store. He later partnered with R. W. Sandifer, another early merchant, and opened a general store specializing in dry goods and hardware.

In 1876, the Allen post office was established.

In 1893, a post office was established in the Collin County community of Desert, near Leonard. It operated until federal regulations closed it along with many others ten years later.

In 1900, the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company was given authorization to plant poles and string wire in Plano.

In 1906, most of the buildings on Louisiana Street south and southeast of the courthouse were damaged or destroyed by fire.

In 1912, a case of spinal meningitis was diagnosed in Celina. The town was quarantined for several days to prevent the spread of the disease.

In 1923 a fire damaged or destroyed most of the buildings on the east side of the square in McKinney.

In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.

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

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