A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 31, 2011
Dentonite (inhabitant of Denton)

“Dentonite” is the name of an inhabitant of Denton, Texas. The name “Dentonite” has been cited in print since at least 1871.
Wikipedia: Dentonite
The city of Denton is the county seat of Denton County, Texas in the United States. Its population was 113,383 according to the 2010 census, making it the eleventh largest city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Geographically, it is situated 38 miles (61 km) south of the Oklahoma–Texas border and 39 miles (63 km) northwest of Dallas.
Denton is home to two state universities, the University of North Texas, the largest university in North Texas, and Texas Woman’s University, a historically single-sex college completely co-ed since 1994. Altogether, over 45,000 students participate in courses at the two universities. The presence of these two large universities leads to Denton being characterized frequently as a college town.
A Texas land grant led to the formation of Denton County in 1846, and the city in 1857. Both were named after pioneer and Texas militia captain John B. Denton. The establishment of the two universities helped distinguish the city from neighboring regions. As a result, educational services, as well as retail trade, play the largest roles in Denton’s economy. The town is known for its active music life, which Paste magazine named America’s “Best Music Scene” in 2008. The annual North Texas State Fair and Rodeo and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival are major events that attract over 300,000 people. Denton has seen considerable growth in recent years and in 2006, Money magazine named Denton No. 58 out of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.”
Urban Dictionary
n. One who exhibits all or many signs of Dentonitis, a common condition mainly affecting born citizens of Denton, Texas and a high number of move-in residents.
Major symptoms include poor hygiene, low neural activity, strong aversion toward conversation of any kind, and/or total absence of emotion, as well as a very exclusive interest in five or more of the following things: Indoors, video games, fast food, cigarettes, concrete, indoors, television, facebook, indoors, beer, pot, youtube, indoors.
These interests are universal for Dentonites and they typically show difficulty in focusing on anything beyond them. Dentonites usually possess a high intolerance toward nature or originality- mention of these subjects in the vicinity of Dentonities is not recommended.
by ThomaseE. Sep 13, 2009
30 October 1871, Houston (TX) Daily Union, “Texas Items,” pg. 2, col. 4:
The Dentonites and Shermanites have a regular Hack between their towns,
20 February 1875, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 2, col. 5:
He fortifies his allegations by written statements of other Dentonites, and the Telegraph weakens, and calls or Smith to appear and make good his statements, or forever after hold his peace.
The Portal to Texas History
15 June 1885, Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette, pg. 4, col. 4:
The Fort Worthites Decline to Shoot
the Dentonites—Nuptials.

DENTON, TEX., June 14.
The Portal to Texas History
12 June 1890, Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette, pg. 1, col. 3:
DENTON, TEX., June 11.—An article appeared in yesterday’s GAZETTE stating that Hon. W. W. Lang had stated to a Dentonite that he thought Attorney-General Hogg would be the nominee for governor by the Democracy of Texas.
The Portal to Texas History
9 March 1892, Fort Worth (TX) Gazette, pg. 4, col. 5:
Dentonites feel assured of the oil mill since the railway has agreed to lay a switch out to the Davenport mill site, which has been purchased for the plant.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, December 31, 2011 • Permalink

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