Today, March 11th, 2009, was the dedication for the Official Texas Historical Marker for O’Neil Ford. The ceremony was held at the Emily Fowler Central Library at 10 a.m. with around 40 people in attendance. Among those were Linda E. Ford, daughter of O’Neil Ford, Boone Powell, Chairman of the Board of Ford, Powell & Carson, Inc. and Duane and Jane Landry of Landry & Landry, Architects and Planners. All of these people were also instrumental in the planning and growth of the Emily Fowler Central Library. Duane and Jane Landry were part of the 1961 renovation and Boone Powell in the 1981 renovation. Also among our crowd were members of the Denton County Historical Commission, Friends of the Denton Public Library & Library Board, as well as Mayor Mark Burroughs, and representatives from both Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas.
For those of you have never visited this library, there are many architectural features which can be appreciated, both inside and outside of this building. You will need to walk completely around the outside of the building to see them all. The Ford family were very talented and we are lucky to have examples of all of their works. There is a woven wall hanging behind the reference desk in the upper level that was made by Linda E. Ford, daughter of O’Neil Ford. The woodwork, especially the beautifully mounted one hanging on the North wall in the upper level, was done by Lynn Ford, brother of O’Neil Ford. The pieces on this hanging represent cast off pieces of almost every type of door that he had ever made. After his death, his daughter picked up the pieces and had artisans mount them, then gave this to the library. We are lucky to have it.