Wednesday , 22 November 2017

This Week in History: The Week of March 18 – Retail Spots Open, War Begins

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

Events this week in our history have been varied, but many long lasting.

In 1778, during a speech in Virginia, Patrick Henry declared “Give me liberty or give me death”.

In 1849, William Davis, who owned 3,000 acres where McKinney now stands, donated 120 acres for the town site.

In 1870, the land was purchased for the Pecan Grove Cemetery in south McKinney, which through the years has become a prominent historical site.

In 1885, “The Farmersville Times” printed its first issue. The paper has changed over the years, but is still being published today.

In 1894, the Saint Paul post office, located in the present community of Lucas, south of McKinney, was discontinued and residents began receiving their mail through the McKinney office.

In 1900, the West brothers, members of one of Princeton’s founding families, opened a combination grocery and dry goods store.

In 1902, the Frisco Railroad began using track laid between Denison and Carrollton. The track ran through Celina and Frisco, for which the town is named.

In 1904, a tornado hit Lebanon, near Frisco, damaging most of the few businesses and homes in the community.

In 1905, the W. S. Knight opened department stores in Collin and Grayson Counties. As years past, the focus of their sales moved more to furniture, but they still remain a stable business in our area, particularly Grayson County.

In 1918, the U S Congress passed legislation creating daylight saving time.

In 1928, the Woods Café, located on then Highway 75, now Highway 5, opened for business.

In 1957, the majority of the incorporated entities in the county began a practice, still used today: getting their water supply from Lake Lavon instead of deep wells that had been used for years. At the same time the North Texas Municipal Water District was organized.

In 1965, more than 3,000 people led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began the now famous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

In 2003, under orders from President George W. Bush, the war against Iraq began.

Photo:  Don Newsom attired in period dress, speaks to guests at the North Texas History Center.  Newsom is a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD and an avid historian.

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