She Died in Her Boots

One of the things I enjoy most about working in the Special Collections department of our library is helping customers locate a birth or marriage announcement, an obituary, or a historical news article. I have to admit though, quite often when you are looking for something specific it is hard to stay on task.  Those old papers are a fascinating snapshot in time and space, providing a unique glimpse of the day to day life in a community. As the headlines scroll across the screen, you often stumble upon something amazing.  Here is one of those headlines that captured my eye and sparked my imagination.

Died with her boots on

I think that this short notice of death reads like an outline for a character from a novel. In fact, if I ever do write a novel Ms. McCormick might become my inspiration. Many times an obituary provides answers to questions about people’s lives, this one only makes me want to find out more about Rosanna McCormick.

It must have intrigued others as well. The article was picked up in syndication and ran in papers across the States. This version was published on Tuesday, March, 26 1889 in the Macon Telegraph (GA).  I found it through one of our online resources American’s Genealogy Bank (AGB). If you are doing family history research AGB is a great resource to use. Not only does it have searchable historical newspapers (1690-1922) from across the United States it also provides access to America’s Obituaries, full text obituaries for individuals who have died from 1977 to the present day. If you have a Denton Library card you can log into AGB remotely or it is available on any computer at our library branches.

Special Collections Librarian
Emily Fowler Central Library

In The Weeds 4.18.15: UNT on the Square-125 Years Ago.

Some of you youngsters or new Denton residents may not be aware that The University of North Texas was “On The Square”, to paraphrase the name of their current storefront on Elm, long before the past few years. And, if you happen to walk along the northwest corner at the intersection of Elm and Oak you might notice an historical plaque on the Thomas Ethan Allen store stating that the very first classes for the “Normal College” were held in the second story of a hardware store at that location. Have you ever wondered what that building looked like? One great resource for doing historic research in Texas are the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which can be accessed from our genealogy page. Searching Denton in that database, there is a two page map for February 1891. Classes commenced September 16, 1890 and it is a bit of an historical gem that the map actually states that the school existed there. Observe the following segment(click on image for larger view):

NormalCollegeSquare 1891

Right above the word “Oak” you will see “Normal College 2nd (temporary)”. We were contacted by UNT recently to see if we had a picture of that building on or about 1890. To our knowledge none exist, but the earliest we have found is a still from a silent film entitled “Denton 1913: City of Education”. Yes, there was a film about Denton that early and it can be viewed at the Emily Fowler Library. Here is a still from that movie showing the building on that corner with “Taylor Hardware Company” along the top:


In the history of UNT entitled “Down the Corridor of Years” (La Forte, Himmel) there is printed a picture from 1930 of the same building stating that it was the location of the first classes:



While working on this request with UNT, it was discovered that there had been a fire on that location some years before 1890 and prior a Sanborn Map states this. Thus, if in fact this is the same building as claimed in the UNT book, it must have been virtually new. Here is a picture of the west side of the square looking north along Elm St. ca. 1888:

West Square


As you can see, right beyond the still existing Scripture Building at the far end of the block there appears to be an empty lot across Oak St. So, unless the building housing the first Normal School classes subsequently burned or was torn down and another replaced it, the Taylor Hardware building is the one. If you look back at the Sanborn map, the footprint of that building and of Taylor are likely exactly the same.

Why was this only a temporary location for the Normal School? The group of local buisnessmen and supporters of the new school known as “The Syndicate” had purchased property west of town but had yet to complete the first official college building. Thus, they needed a temporary home for the first school year, 1890-1891.

Thanks for reading and thanks to Jill King and the UNT Archives for information regarding the lot prior to 1890.

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Online Genealogy Class, 5.17.14

As digitization projects sweep the nation, original documents for genealogical and historical research are becoming available online in great numbers. Learn how to find and access these original documents, including family histories, vital records, and census information on the Internet and in subscription databases. This program will be held Saturday May 17th 2014, 3:00pm at the Emily Fowler Public Library, 502 Oakland St., Denton, Tx 76201

To register, please call 940-349-8257, or email


Schedule for Today’s Mini A-Kon VII

Artist How-To Panel (10:15-11) – located at Civic Center

-Kristen McGuire, Manga Artist (previous Mini A-Kon art)

-Brian Delaney – Comic Artist (badge art)

Fairy Tale Panel (11am – Noon) – located at Civic Center

-Felecia Angelle

-Tia Ballard

-R. Bruce Elliott

-Jeremy Inman

-Micah Solusod

-Lara Woodhull

VA Autographs (Noon – 1pm) – Located in the Emily Fowler Library Meeting Room

-Chuck Huber

-Kristen McGuire

-Whitney Rodgers

-Lara Woodhull

General VA Q&A Panel (2:30-3:30) – Located in Civic Center

-Chuck Huber

-Kristen McGuire

-Whitney Rodgers

-Lara Woodhull

Fairy Tail Autographs (3 pm – 4 pm) – Located in the Emily Fowler Library Meeting Room

-Felecia Angelle

-Tia Ballard

-R. Bruce Elliott

-Jeremy Inman

-Micah Solusod

-Lara Woodhull

Civic Center – ALL DAY

Vendors located in Civic Center

-Rik & Ric’s Otaku Cafe: General Anime

-Pegasus Publishing: T-shirts

-Kyoto Kytchen: Japanese Snacks

-A-Kon: Selling Memberships, information

Console – located in Civic Center

 – PS4 (Injustice)

– XBOX One (Killer Instinct)

– XBOX 360 (Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3)

– Wii (Project M 3.0)

Cosplay – located in Civic Center



Cosplay – 2:30

Emily Fowler Library – ALL DAY

– Artists – tables set up

– Table Top Gaming

– Art Contest Gallery & Winners


Mini A-KON VII Artists

– Jerry Bennett

– Brian Delaney

– Hector Rodriguez

– Kristen McGuire

– ShoNuff Studio

– ToriKat

– Don Rosencrans

– Chrystal Sherrod

– Ay Sakoda & Micah Solusod



Mother’s Day Madness

Take a look at all of the fun we had at our Mother’s Day programs.  We had a StoryTime all about mom’s and also made Mother’s Day cards.  It was the Mother’s Day motherload!

See the rest of the images at our Shutterfly page:

Mother’s Day StoryTime:

Floral Mother’s Day Cards:

Miss Emily’s JukeJoint, 8.10.10 New Titles


We have some new titles here at the Emily Fowler Library:

John Prine-In person & On Stage

Rick Ross– Teflon Don

Timothy Andres-Shy And Mighty

Arturo Sandoval-A Time for Love

Johnny Gimble-With Friends

Alacranes Musical-Por Siempre

Sage Francis-Li(f)e

Fidel Rueda-Cumpliendo Un Sueno


Gustav Mahler-Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”

Melvins-The Bride Screamed Murder

Tony Allen-Secret Agent

Until next time, keep those discs in their sleeves/cases/covers…

posted by Chuck