By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer
This week in history: June 24 through June 30.
Of the many events that have occurred the last week in June, the majority of them have been related to armed conflict in this country or the world.
In 1846, Captain Andrew Stapp completed the formation of a mounted volunteer group of Texas Rangers that were stationed in the county.
In 1848, the Peter’s Colony contract expired, ending its potential to be the county seat of Collin County.
In 1858, a post office as established in Mantua, a community near the Collin and Grayson county line.
In 1863, two military groups were organized in the county: one by James W. Throckmorton was a company of mounted riflemen; the second was company K of the Fifth Regiment of Texas by D. C. Haynes
In 1869, the patriarch of the Lee family, Robert, was killed during the Lee-Peacock feud that continued for another two years until Lewis Peacock, head of that family was killed.
In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana.
1894 Labor Day was established as a holiday for federal employees.
In 1902, the Woodmen of the World held their annual national picnic at the city park in Plano, in conjunction with their annual meeting being held in Sherman, and the annual Firemen’s Band picnic was held at the Old Fairgrounds in east McKinney.
In 1908, the first car ran on the Interurban tracks in McKinney.
In 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France during World War I.
In 1919, The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.
In 1929 the Foote House, the last boarding house in operation in McKinney was destroyed by fire.
In 1950, the U.S. Air Force and Navy were authorized by President Truman to enter the Korean conflict.
In 1971, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
Don Newsom is a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD and an avid historian.