By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer
October 14 through October 20
Events that occurred duing this week in history were significant at all levels.
In 1781, British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution neared its end.
In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase, which more than doubled the territory of the nation.
In 1846, Henry Cook, an original Peters Colony member, and his caravan of six wagons arrived at Trinity Mills, near Carrollton. He later moved his family to land owned by the Haggard family, but finally settled near the present Baccus Cemetery.
In 1860, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. He did.
In 1866, the Pike Baptist Church was organized and began meeting on the third Sunday of the month. The church is still functional in northeast Collin County near the communities of Leonard, Blue Ridge, Trenton and Celeste.
In 1871, W. H. L. Wells and his brother James M. Wells arrived in Lebanon. They are the ancestors of the Wells family owned Wells Brothers Store in Plano.
In 1879, the first business in Celina started when W. C. Burris and T. J. Mulkey opened a general merchandise store.
In 1882, the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, organized in 1857, disbanded. Its members split between two churches: the Nevada Baptist and the Copeville Baptist.
In 1883, the first telephone exchange was established in McKinney.
In 1884, the First Baptist Church of Melissa was organized with the majority of its membership coming from the nearby Highland Baptist Church.
In 1885, the “McKinney Examiner” began publication and continued well into the twentieth century.
In 1892, all the Farmersville druggists sign an agreement to not sell liquor. This agreement was honored even after prohibition was repealed in this nation.
In 1904, the Rock Hill post office, located west of McKinney between current Custer Road and Highway 289 closed and patrons began receiving their mail through the Frisco post office.
In 1912, the famous Barnum & Bailey circus presented performances in McKinney as a part of its national tour. The same year, the Interurban hit a cow at the Dowell street intersection and was dislodged from the track. Equipment had to be brought in from Dallas to upright and rerail the vehicle, causing delays in the schedule of services for near a week.
In 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
Don Newsom, pictured, is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.