Sixty men sitting on the steps the Denton County Courthouse, pictured were identified by W. L. McCormick, who submitted the names as part of a contest: 1)Thos. E. Fry, 2)J. R. Chambers, 3)E. Biggerstaff, 4)B. F. Paschall, 5)R. H. Hopkins, 6)W. S. Fry, 7)Wm. Howard, 8)I. N. Gamble, 9)B. Smith, 10)I. D. Ferguson, 11)W. C. Wright, 12)J. R. Sullivan, 13)G. S. Hammett, 14)W. J. Lacy, 15)C. W. Geers, 16)T. E. Wood (at Justin), 17)John Hedrick, 18)J. R. Edwards, 19)Brooks Beall, 20)F. E. Piner, 21)John Williams, 22)J. L. Randall (brick mason), 23)J. K. Holland, 24)unidentified, 25)Joe Chance, 26)Wiliam Phellps, 27)R. W. Pitman, 28)J. S. Chapman, 29)S. M. Simmons, 30) Nail (South of Denton), 31)J. R. McCormick, 32)C. C. Bell, 33)Dr. Chas Evertt, 34)Kirg Smith, 35)Sol. Carpenter, 36)Nathan Johnson, 37)Bush (brother of Dr. Bush), 38)Gus Claywell, 39)Hansard, 40)J. C. Parr, 41)Sam McKelvey, 42)Tab Bonds, 43) unidentified, 44)C. H. Jackson, 45)Tom Porter, 46)E. F. Kirkpatrick (former St. Comr.), 47)B. Neely, 48)Wm. Woods, 49)Tom Burge, 50) Mercer, 51)J. R. Templeton, 52)S. B. Tabor, 53)Jack Johnson, 54)A. Griffith, 55)J. M. Copley, 56)W. F. Egan, 57)James T. Cartwright, 58)Mrs. J. T. Cartwright, 59)W. G. McGaugay, 60)R. B. Anderson. Contributing Partner: Denton Public Library Date: Unknown
Built in 1877, and originally known as The Paschall Building (named after the namesake B.F. Paschall), this is the oldest building facing Denton's Historic Downtown Square. During the late 1800's, the Paschall Building was a grocery store named R.S. Ross, Grocer. B.F. Paschall was the manager and Newt Paschall was the clerk. The store was named after R.S. Ross, a local Doctor. B.F. Paschall was a liquor dealer, builder, contractor, stock dealer and of course, a grocery merchant. The basement was originally a stable for the people of Denton County to house their horses while they were in town for the day to purchase groceries and other goods. In 1890, the east side of the Square burned to the ground with the exception of this building. Members of the family claim that the building was saved due to salt being poured in between the four inch space between this building wall and the one to the South (water was poured in the space during the fire). During the 1930's and 40's the building was a movie theater named 'The Ritz' and then The Plaza'. The first floor still contains the original tin ceiling. During the 1970's the building turned into an adult film house showing "blue" films. It was commonly referred to as 'The Rat' or 'The Rat Hole'.
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