Tuesday , 19 June 2018

This Week in History: World War I Begins, Rail Line Completed

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

The consolidation of five community schools in the county into one school, a rail line from McKinney to Jefferson, the federal legislation creating Lake Lavon, the beginning of WWI, and the end of the Korean War were the leading historical events for the week of July 21 – 28.

In 1852, the office of county pioneer Henry Hedgecoxe was burglarized. Confidential files of several prominent area people were stolen.

In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and the equal protection of the laws to former slaves, was declared in effect.

In 1883, a rail line called “The East Line” was completed from McKinney to Jefferson to assist the locals in getting their crops and goods to a waterway and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico and national and international markets.

In 1887, a bank in Plano became the first in the area to be chartered by the federal government and carried the title of National Bank.

In 1891, there was a countywide meeting called the “Great Alliance” held in Benge Park located on Wilson Creek in McKinney. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to make the county more of a factor in the growth of the state of Texas.

In 1910, an ordinance passed in Plano gave the horse or horse drawn vehicles the right of way over cars at intersections.

1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

In 1920, the maximum speed limit within the city boundaries of Plan was set at 8 mph.

In 1922, the Order of the Eastern Star No. 703, which still functions, was begun in Plano.

In 1946, an event that still impacts the county and adjoining areas was begun. The Lake Lavon project, which was a part of the River and Harbor Act passed earlier by the U. S. Congress, was started.

In 1947, the communities of Nevada, McMinn, Josephine, Lavon and Mt. Pisgah in the south and eastern parts of the county, consolidated their community schools into one. It was named the Community School, now the Community ISD, and is located in Nevada.

In 1953, the armistice was signed ending the Korean War.    

TSB contributing writer Don Newsom, right, is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.



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