By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer
October 1 through October 6
During the first week of October, the death of a prominent area founder, historic innovations, and the beginnings of popular institutions were among the happenings in our history.
In 1843, Dr. William E. Throckmorton, founder of the first permanent settlement in the area died.
In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be the national observance of Thanksgiving Day.
In 1872, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad made its first run from Galveston to the Red River coming through our area. The railway became active in 1852, but only from the Gulf Coast to central Texas. After the Civil War, construction began again and with the merger of other rail lines it became the first all rail route connecting Texas with St. Louis and the eastern part of the nation. It later became a part of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
In 1884, the town of Nevada was surveyed in order to produce an official map of the town’s boundaries.
In 1904, Dr. Brown Medicine Company opened in Plano. The company began on the East coast in 1886 producing a seltzer made of celery seeds and sugar as a medicinal drink for children. Today, Dr. Brown’s is a soft drink made by Canada Dry and owned by Dr. Pepper Snaffle Group. It is popular in Jewish communities in New York and South Florida and comes in five flavors plus the original.
In 1905, the majority of the East side of the square in Farmersville was destroyed by fire.
1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.
In 1913, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce founded.
In 1939, 54,949 bales of cotton were ginned in Collin County. Because of the Great Depression, this was the largest production since the mid 1920’s.
In 1955, two of the most popular children’s shows, “Captain Kangaroo” and “The Mickey Mouse Club”, premiered on television. Five years later, one of the most popular TV shows of all time, “The Andy Griffith Show”, premiered.
In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to serve on the high court.
In 1995, a jury found ex-football player O.J. Simpson innocent of murder in the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
Don Newsom is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.