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 Collection: From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History
North Side of Denton Square

North Side of Denton Square

Date: 1889
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of the business section on the north side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. On the left is the three-story Cronston building. The Francis Hardware Store was on the lower floor. The Woodbine building was next to the Cronston and adjoining was Clay Wither's store. Emory C . Smith's law office and R. A. Cobb's confectionery in the next two buildings followed by the McNeil dry goods store. The vacant lot was where the Lacy Hotel had burned down two years before. A saloon stands next and it is connected to a large building in which a meat market was operated.
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North Side of Denton Square

North Side of Denton Square

Date: 1889
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of the business section on the north side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the buildings were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. On the left is the three-story Cronston building. The Francis Hardware Store was on the lower floor. The Woodbine building was next to the Cronston and adjoining was Clay Wither's store. Emory C . Smith's law office and R. A. Cobb's confectionery in the next two buildings followed by the McNeil dry goods store. The vacant lot was where the Lacy Hotel had burned down two years before. A saloon stands next and it is connected to a large building in which a meat market was operated.
Contributing Partner: Denton Public Library
South Side of Denton Square

South Side of Denton Square

Date: 1889
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of the business section on the south side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right on the Piner Block are Craddocks, The Big 5 and 10 Cent Store, Nochols and Stribling Grocers, G. W. Wilson and Co. Grocers, J. A. Hann and Co. Cheap Cash Store, and A. E. Freeman Groceries.
Contributing Partner: Denton Public Library
South Side of Denton Square

South Side of Denton Square

Date: 1889
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of the business section on the south side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right on the Piner Block are Craddocks, The Big 5 and 10 Cent Store, Nichols and Stribling Grocers, G. W. Wilson and Co. Grocers, J. A. Hann and Co. Cheap Cash Store, and A. E. Freeman Groceries.
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Southeast Corner of Denton Square

Southeast Corner of Denton Square

Date: 1889
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of the business section on the southeast corner of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right are Denton Dry Goods Co., S. E. Search Hardware Store, and Craddocks.
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Southeast Corner of Denton Square

Southeast Corner of Denton Square

Date: 1889
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of the business section on the southeast corner of the Denton Square around 1889. All the buildings were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right are Denton Dry Goods Co., S. E. Search Hardware Store, and Craddocks.
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Ed Reed and Edgar Clark with Unidentified Man

Ed Reed and Edgar Clark with Unidentified Man

Date: 1890?
Creator: W. H. Catterlin Co.
Description: Portrait of Ed Reed (on right), Belle Starr's son, and Edgar Clark of Denton, Texas, with an unidentified man on the left. They are standing by a wooden contraption and in front of a painted backdrop. Both men are wearing similar rings on their left ring fingers. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Edgar Clark was born in May of 1870 and living with his widowed mother and siblings at the Clark home located at the corner of Center (which is now Carroll Blvd) and Mulberry streets in Denton, Texas. His occupation was listed as "bartender." James "Ed" Edwin Reed was born in California on February 22, 1871 to Myra Maybell Reed, who later became known as Belle Starr. He was shot and killed in Claremore, Indian Territory [Oklahoma], on December 14, 1896 while attempting to arrest two men - J. N. Clark and Joe Gibbs - charged with peddling whiskey. He was previously a deputy U.S. Marshall and was known for the killing of two outlaw brothers in Wagoner, Oklahoma: Zeke and Dick Crittendon. Ed Reed's notorious past included horse theft and stolen property in Fort Smith, Arkansas (c1889), and along with his brother, Russell, the murder of James ...
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1890 Denton Business Review and Directory

1890 Denton Business Review and Directory

Date: May 1890
Creator: unknown
Description: This Denton business review was published as a guide for the farmers and residents of Denton county outside of the city. The directory includes descriptions of Denton's agricultural resources, commercial advantages, and business institutions.
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Gober Family

Gober Family

Date: 1891
Creator: Chism Bros.
Description: Family photo of the Gober family in front of a frame house. Pictured from left-to-right are: Mattie Gober Curry, Julia Gober Wright, Arcania Gober Wright, Mary Camp Gober, John W. Gober, William Gober, Gus Gober, J. S. J. Gober, Otis E. Gober. Two framed signs on the outside of the house say, "Home Sweet Home" and "Trust in God." A note written on the back of the photos says" Aunt Kanie married Bob Wright; Mattie married Wesley Curry; Otis married Elvira McCracken; J.S.J. married Ida McCracken; Gus married (no name); Marmaduke was brother of W. C. Wright. The name Effie is handwritten at the top, so we assume that the photo belonged to Effie Wright.
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1891. Announcement of Closing Exercises of Texas Normal College

1891. Announcement of Closing Exercises of Texas Normal College

Date: 1891-06-10~
Creator: Texas Normal College
Description: Announcement and invitation to the closing exercises and commencement at Texas Normal College in Denton, Texas in 1891. The closing exercises include a musicale by students of the Department of Music on June 17, exercises by the Scientific Class on June 18, and annual commencement and presentation of diplomas on June 19.
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