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Denton in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Beulah A. Harriss

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By QuesterMark, October 25, 2015
1. Beulah A. Harriss Texas Historical Marker
Inscription.  Beulah A. Harriss (1889-1977) moved to Denton in 1914 from Nebraska to become the first women’s physical education teacher at North Texas State Normal College, now University of North Texas (UNT). With a degree from the University of Nebraska in physical education, Harriss coached the university’s first women’s athletic teams and instructed every sport except football. She organized the physical education department in 1918, which grew under her direction, and the green jackets club, whose purpose was to support all activities of the college.

Harriss was a founder in 1923 of the Texas State Physical Education Association (now Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), serving as president in 1933. She was also a founder of the Texas Woman’s Athletic Association in 1924. Established in 1928 at UNT, Harriss was one of twelve charter members of the RHO Chapter of Delta Psi Kappa, a national fraternity for the promotion of interests in the field of physical education. She was named honorary national president in 1960. The first recognized Girl Scout in Texas, Harriss started the first troop at the College in
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By QuesterMark, October 25, 2015
2. Beulah A. Harriss Marker Context
Denton in 1917. She helped build the scout lodge at hills and hollows in South Denton in 1923. Harriss and 12 other professors from the college were charter members of the Denton County Teachers Federal Credit Union in 1936, now DACTU.

After 46 years at UNT as a teacher and women’s athletics activist, Harriss retired in 1960. She was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987, 10 years after her death. Harriss devoted her life to the youth and citizens of Denton and is remembered each February 27th on Beulah Harriss day. The Girl Scout little house stood near this site.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18130.)
Location. 33° 13.047′ N, 97° 7.762′ W. Marker is in Denton, Texas, in Denton County. Marker can be reached from Oakland Street north of East McKinney Street (County Route 426). This marker stands in Quakertown Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Oakland St, Denton TX 76201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Denton County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County (approx. ¼ mile away); John B. Denton (approx. ¼ mile away); The City of Denton
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Denton County (approx. ¼ mile away); Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Denton County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elm Fork Bridge (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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