Archive for September, 2010

Plano, 1958-1960

Looking through our Plano Archives, I came across a pamplet about Plano, Plano Comprehensive Living.  The city was only indebt less than $232,000 and the school was indebt $195,000.  There were 3 local policemen with one patrol car on 24 hour duty. We also had some night watchmen and reserve policemen.  The fire department had 28 volunteer firemen and one full time resident professional fireman.  We had 4 pieces of motor equipment (don’t know what that means), 3 pumpers, and 1 emergency truck.  PISD had a 24.5 to 1 student-teacher ratio.  A new high school was in the plans.  We could view 4 television stations.  The population was 3500.  The future in view says “Plano is on the fringe area of the greater Dallas effort and does not suffer from the high taxes of Dallas County.  It is possible in this location to enjoy more modern facilities and advantages than it might be thought and still avoid the penalties of large city living.”

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From the Collin County, Texas Past Finders’ Photo Collection

Frank X. Tolbert, famous Texas historian and one-time columnist of the Dallas Morning News wrote about Mantua, calling it “the most famous ghost-town in Collin County”.
Founded by the Masonic Order in 1854, Mantua was a planned community that was intended to become a “great city”. Why Mantua never fulfilled its destiny is a mystery we will explore on October 23rd from 1:30-3pm at the Haggard Library in the Jeanette Bickley Bland Meeting Room.


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Where in the world are they?

Do you have an ancestor that arrived in America from another country?  Do you know when? Where? Why? or How?  In the class on Sep. 22nd at 10:30-noon in the lower level of Haggard Library, we’ll look at how to get started in locating the information you need.  Remember, we didn’t all come from Ellis Island and many of us had our names changed.  So, locating your ancestor on the passenger lists are not an easy task.  When you leave the class you should have some ideas of where to begin your search.  It will not seem such a daunting task.

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New Books added

“Lewis & Clark County, Montana: Marriages, 1866-1985”, this five volume set of books was given to the library in memory of Richard D. Tobin.  He had been a member of the Friends of the Library for many years.  The set of books are copies of the indexes to the marriage records books.  If you have family from Montana this will be a great help to you.

“Opening the Ozarks: first families in Southwest Missouri, 1835-1839”,this four volume set includes genealogies and biographical information on Southwest Missouri.  It took the author 16 years to gather all the information.

“No land…Only slaves”, this 18 volume set covers counties from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.  It’s abstracts from Deed books that include the slave conveyances.

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