Thursday , 26 April 2018

This Week in History, May 13: Melissa Post Office Opens, TVA Established

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributor

May 12 through May 18

The first observance of Mother’s Day, the initial meeting to draft a U S constitution and the ruling that segregated schools was illegal highlight the events this week in history.

In 1787, delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.

In 1846, Captain Andrew Stapp’s company, a group of mounted volunteers from Collin County, was called into service by the United States to participate in the Mexican American War.

In 1865, the First Baptist Church of Farmersville was organized. The congregation has met continuously since then.

In 1873, a post office was opened in Melissa and James R. Rogers was appointed the first postmaster. At the same time the Highland post office was closed.

In 1892, the Altoga Baptist Church in the community east of Melissa was started and still serves the community.

In 1899, the newly organized public school system in Plano held its first board meeting.

In 1903, the building that housed all grades in the Plano school system burned. It was the second school building to burn in less that a decade. The cause of the fire was never determined. The same year, the First Presbyterian Church of Celina was organized. It met for many years in a building southwest of the square. During the 1990’s the church dissolved and the building was vacant for several years. Recently, it was purchase by an individual and was renovated to become a residence.

In 1908, the first Mother’s Day observance in the U. S. took place during church services in Grafton, W. Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1926, the first air mail letter was received in McKinney.

In 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority began, a federal program that created jobs for public projects to help the country overcome the depression. The organization is still operational today.

In 1940, the Alla School, on Highway 289 north of Celina where the current Celina High School is located, graduated 6 students.

In 1943, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II, resulting in a two front war, Europe and the South Pacific.

In 1954, the U. S. Supreme Court, in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, ruled that racially segregated public schools violated the Constitution. The ruling overturned the “separate but equal” ruling the court had made 58 years earlier.

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