Crowd Waited for Flash - War Over
It Came, and 1918 City Went Wild With Noisy Joy
Early on that Sunday in November [the 10th] they began to gather hopefully at the Record-Chronicle office – the mothers and fathers, wives and sweethearts, relatives and friends of the doughboys slogging through the mud of France.
They gathered and whispered among themselves. The rumors were thick … surely they were true … an armistice had been signed … the fighting had stopped. Soon the official news would come.
Meanwhile, they waited at the newspaper office, where there was a direct Associated Press wire to Washington.
In that day of no radio or telephone, they clustered at the one spot where the news would be received first.
As the day wore on, they waited by the newspaper’s bulletin board. Darkness and cold came, but no news.
Heartsick and discouraged, many went home. The silence on the Western Front could only mean the armistice would not be signed.
At 2:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, the first flash came over the AP wires. Within a few minutes it was announced officially by the War Department.
The great news was held up an hour to give the people here a chance to get some sleep. Then the news was passed out.
The whistles started blowing at 3:30 a.m.
Denton went wild with celebration. Whistles, guns and bells of the city sounded the victory in the war that was fought to end all wars.
People rushed from their beds. Again they crowded the newspaper office to verify the news.
The noise increased. A Fire Department engine made a dash out W. Hickory with sirens screaming. Automobile horns and gunshots added to the clamor.
The first Armistice parade in Denton got under way at 4 a.m. Normal College students, cheering lustily, paraded downtown with the flag flying at the head of their procession.
Mayor J.P. Beyette, an early arrival at the Record-Chronicle office, issued a proclamation declaring the first Armistice holiday in Denton. He called for schools, colleges and businesses to be closed for a day of thanksgiving and celebration “in view of the glorious news that peace has been declared and the further fact that this is the greatest day in the history of our lives.”
“War Is Over” was the joyful banner on the Record-Chronicle extra edition put out early in the morning. Other headlines declared: “Armistice signed at midnight.” 
--This article, from the Denton Record-Chronicle, possibly was put together in 1946 for an issue commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Denton County.






































































































































































































































































































































































































































































The reasons for entering the Great War were as varied as the many countries involved.

Russia entered WWI on the side of Serbia but losses under the incompetent military leadership of Tzar Nicholas II led the way for a revolt at home. The Bolsheviks promised the Russian people and soldiers, "Peace, Land and Bread" and signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, eight months before the November 1918 armistice was signed ending the war.

As Europe moved closer to war, tumultuous times were engulfing other countries. President Porfirio Diaz was forced to flee Mexico as countrymen revolted over hard economic times.

"One event served as the catalyst to bring the world to war," begins this panel, one of 60 created last year for an exhibit by the North Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration committee.

Part II of the exhibit -- "Remember Me! The Legacy of the Great War" -- will be Nov. 10, 2018-Feb. 14, 2019, at the Fort Worth Central Library downtown. The exhibit opens the day of the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade.



Mark Your Calendar!

Our fifth-annual 2018 cemetery tour is coming on Saturday, November 3. 

Tickets will be available online in October. 

Last year's tour of Lonesome Dove Cemetery (the historic cemetery is located on Lonesome Dove Road just north of Dove Road in Southlake) shown here, was well attended by over 125 folks. 




Southlake's own City Librarian, Cynthia Pfledderer, portrayed Malinda Dwight Hill, who is buried in Lonesome Dove. 

In 1836, Malinda and 16 other relatives survived the Indian attack on Parker's Fort made famous by the kidnapping of nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker. Cynthia Ann lived with Comanche for the next 20 or so years until she was re-captured and brought back to live with relatives in Tarrant County. For more information about the raid on Parker's Fort and Cynthia Ann Parker, visit the Texas Historical Commission's Online Handbook.




Emma Close and Sarah Lacy portrayed sisters, Missie and Mattie Lowe, whose family in 1869 traveled from Georgia to the White's Chapel community. The girls grew up on what is now North White Chapel Blvd. and recorded the comings and goings of their neighbors in the early 1900s. 

"An incident happened in the place where the Hogans lived (what's now Coventry subdivision). One of the Hogan girls went to draw a bucket of water. The pole that held the pulley and part of the box fell into the well - her on top of it. Ten feet of water in the well. She managed to get on top of the poles. Her sister ran and pushed a long pole down the well which caught the girl's clothing and pushed her under again. She managed to get on top by tearing herself loose, then her sister dropped her a coat and ran to get help. The girls wa rescued from the well unhurt."



Leona Torian Tanner was born in 1896 in the Torian cabin. "Today, that cabin sits on Main Street in Grapevine," explained Miss Elizabeth Beamon who portrayed Leona Tanner. "I know that because I'm the one who donated it to the city." Miss Elizabeth is the long-time childrens' storyteller at the Southlake Library.  







In the summer of 1917, James Eli Torian, 23, was working in Dallas driving a jitney (small bus) and keeping an eye out for pretty girls. The next summer, he was a draftee in the 90th Division heading for the trenches of France as part of the first major American offensive of World War I. He had trained only a few months.

Eli died on the first day of battle, September 26. A fellow soldier said he was shot by a German sniper.

Carroll grad and UNT student, Paul Porter, chose what to wear for his portrayal of Eli from his own extensive WWI collection. Paul's fascination with WWI and the men and women who served began when he was a youngster and continues today.