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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 25, 2011
McAllenite (inhabitant of McAllen)

"McAllenite” is the name of an inhabitant of McAllen, Texas. The name “McAllenite” has been cited in print since at least 1884.


Wikipedia: McAllen, Texas
McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. It is located at the southern tip of Texas in an area known as the Rio Grande Valley and is part of the American Southwest. Its southern boundary is located about five miles from the U.S.–Mexico border and the Mexican city of Reynosa, the Rio Grande and about 70 miles (110 km) west of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico. The 2010 census put the city’s population at 129,877 and the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area at 774,769. The Reynosa–McAllen Metropolitan Area counts with a population of nearly 1.7 million.

The area around McAllen was largely rural in character dependent on agriculture for much of its history since it was settled in 1904. The latter half of the 20th century was marked by steady growth that accelerated during the 1980s and led to an economic and population boom in the 1990s and 2000s. Today McAllen is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. The introduction of the maquiladora economy and the North American Free Trade Association led to a boom in international trade, cross-border commerce with Mexico and health care. McAllen has been transformed into a major regional retail destination for South Texas and Northern Mexico. This sector has become the driving force in McAllen’s economy, growing a staggering 138% since, to over $3 billion and employing 27% of the workforce. While McAllen’s total population is 15th among Texas cities, yet it ranked 12th in overall Retail Sales, and third in the State in total retail sales per household and per capita.

The Portal to Texas History
18 November 1884, The Daily Cosmopolitan (Brownsville, TX), pg. 2, cols. 2-3:
Both sides were represented by attornies, Messr. Rentfro and Walsh appearing for the McAllenites and C. E. Miller for the Rhodes party.

13 April 1916, Brownsville (TX) Daily Herald, pg. 4, col. 3:
McAllen Country Prosperous—“We don’t need rain in our section; irrigation is doing it for us, but we would like to have some if only to settle the dust on the roads, many of which are becoming almost impassable,” said O. P. Archer, prominent McAllenite, who is in Brownsville today. Mr. Archer motored down.

18 January 1920, Brownsville (TX) Sunday Herald, “Fort Brown Team Will Play McAllen at McAllen,” pg. 7, col. 5:
The team to take on the McAllenites will be about the same line-up as that which played Fort Ringgold, two weeks ago.

12 July 1936, Brownsville (TX) Herald, pg. 9, col. 7:
McALLENITES VISIT EDINBURG
(Special to The Herald)

6 September 1936, Brownsville (TX) Herald, “The Sports Spade” by Hal Eustace, pg. 13, col. 1:
Turner and Butler have been beating some of the best pro teams in the country, and don’t think that Butler was carrying the McAllenite.

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