February 26 through March 3
Significant events in history occurred at all levels as the month of February ended and March began.
In 1600, the Gregorian calendar, which we follow, began inserting an extra day at the end of February every four years; thus “Leap Year” which we observe this week.
In 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
In 1860, a post office was opened in Lebanon. It remained open for 45 years. When closed the residents began receiving their mail through the Allen office.
In 1862, Captain A. J. Hardin, a member of a founding family in the county, mustered Company A of the Sixth Regiment of the Texas Cavalry to fight in the Civil War.
In 1874, the U S Census, created in March 1790, reported that McKinney's population was 300 and that 5000 students were being educated in the county.
In 1881, a post office was established in Celina and has been in operation at various locations for 121 years.
In 1899, a post office in Dump was opened. It closed three years later and mail was distributed from the Allen office. The same year the office in Hickman was closed and mailed was received through the Farmersville office.
In 1902, a hard storm, probably an early season tornado, hit Prosper. It destroyed many buildings that had recently been moved into the newly designated downtown area.
In 1908, the newly incorporated town of Frisco held its first election.
In 1922, the U S Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment which guaranteed women the right to vote in federal elections.
In 1931, President Coolidge sign a measure making “The Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the U S.
In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the U S Constitution was ratified, limiting a President to two consecutive terms of office.
In 1954, the post office in the Murphy community east of Plano was discontinued after 63 years of operation. Mail was distributed to residents from the Plano or Wylie offices.
In 1967, the Curtsinger Drug Store, a landmark in Frisco for 47 years, closed its doors.
By contributing writer Don Newsom, who is an avid historian and a former Superientendent of Schools for Celina ISD.