Helen Gibbard Hall has collected and written about McKinney and Collin County history since she moved to McKinney in 1936. In this volume, she brings together the oral tradition together with library and archive sources to record much of what is known about McKinney in a single volume. Illustrations provided by the North Texas History Center and private collectors add tremendously to the text. The book is heavily indexed, making for quick reference to people, places, and events. This book is a must for anyone interested in McKinney, Collin County, or North Texas.
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Helen Gibbard Hall Born to Emma Hart Gibbard and Isaac Franklin Gibbard on the Chisholm Trail in Indian Territory, Hellen Gibbard Hall spent her childhood years in Durant, Oklahoma, and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The former history major also pursued graduate coursework at North Texas State University in Denton. In 1936 she married Captain Roy Hall and moved to Texas, where the couple pursued the state s rich history together. The Halls had five children (Sydney Ann Hall Weaver, Roy Franklin Hall, Jr., Nancy Wilmeth Munger, David Gibbard Hall, Stan Hall). One of the founders of the Collin County Historical Society, Helen Hall also taught public school in McKinney for eight years and wrote historical articles for the McKinney Courier Gazette during a twenty - year period.
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