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John B. Denton: The Bigger-Than-Life Story of the Fighting Parson and Texas Ranger

Allen Public Library

Denton County and the City of Denton are named for pioneer preacher, lawyer, and Indian fighter John B. Denton, but little has been known about him. In this extensive, in-depth look into the life and death of Denton, Mike Cochran will speak at the Allen Public Library 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Admission to the program is free, and it will be web-casted live on allentx.swagit.com  .

Mike Cochran has lived in Denton since 1968. For over 50 years he has been fascinated with Denton County history and served as Chairman of the City of Denton Historic Landmark Commission, President of the Historical Society of Denton County, and a member of the Denton County Historical Commission. 

Cochran was the creator and editor of the Denton Review, a journal of local history and is the editor and webmaster of DentonHistory.net, a website dedicated to the history of Denton County. He is the author of “O’Neil Ford; Architect, a catalog of the work of O’Neil Ford in Denton, Texas,” as well as articles on various aspects of local history.

He has lectured on the Life and Times of John B. Denton, O’Neil Ford, the old Interurban, Quakertown, a displaced African-American community, the Architecture of Denton, Texas and the general history of Denton, County.

Mr. Cochran and his wife, Linda Lavender, reside in a one-hundred-year-old house, in the Oak-Hickory Historical District.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.




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