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A look through the area’s past — Born from former slaves, Rosa Hill makes long-lived life in Sherman


SIXTY YEARS AGO

March 28, 1954

SPRINGTIME IS BAREFOOT TIME — Now that spring is here a lot of youngsters will be playing barefoot in yards and parks, like pretty little Judy Swanner. Judy, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Swanner is see-sawing in Washington Park with fellow members of Sky Blue Birds.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

March 28, 1964

SAC B-58 Hustlers, or the free world’s fastest bomber airplanes, will be flying at 1,300 mph across the border of Oklahoma and Texas from Frederick, Okla. to Jefferson, Texas passing through the North Texas region, including Whitewright. The planes are testing super sonic speeds but no alarm should come to the public as they will be too elevated for the booms to cause any damage.

FORTY YEARS AGO

March 28, 1974

Mrs. Rosa Hill, believed to be Sherman’s oldest resident will be buried in West Hill Cemetery, at 105 years of age— some 80 years after she arrived in Texas from South Carolina and saw a new word, “chili,” which she thought was something cold.

That was in 1894 and Mrs. Hill had just arrived in Sherman by train to join her husband who had come ahead to the area that had been described to him as “prosperous, where a lot of money could be made.”

Mrs. Hill was born in Jonesville, S.C. March 10, 1869, to Lott and Emma Hill, who were freed from slavery in 1865.

She attended Jonesville schools and at the age of 12 had completed requirements for college entrance. She entered Barba Scotia Seminary in Concord, N.C. graduating at age 16.

Shortly after graduating from the seminary, a doctor told her she had tuberculosis and should not marry and bear children. According to her children, she related that got busy, found a husband, Henry Hill, and started a family that would reach 10 children, six of whom survived.

Her son said she didn’t have tuberculosis, but that her petite stature gave the doctor the idea she wasn’t physically strong.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

March 28, 1984

Doris Clark and Rick Boucher were named Citizen of the Year and outstanding Chamber Member, respectively at the 68th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Membership Night.

Said Mrs. Clark, “I’m excited and very surprised because I’m very confident there were many worthy people nominated. I was proud just to be nominated.”

“I’m very proud to be a citizen of this community,” she added. “ I think it is a very caring and concerned community and I’m very proud of it.”

During the past year, Mrs. Clark, a registered nurse in charge of labor and delivery at Wilson N. Jones, organized the first annual Red River Valley Ats Fest and also led, planned and implemented the first annual Senior Citizens Craft & Health Fair.

Boucher, of Red River Chrysler, was cited for outstanding leadership as chairman of the Youth Development Committee. Reacting to the award, he said, “I’m very surprised at receiving the award and I’m proud of our accomplishments, which would not have been possible without the help of good committee members. I am grateful to our Chamber for this award and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Boucher also organized a Career Day program at Sherman High, updated and distributed over 150 resource books to the Sherman Public Schools, Austin College and Grayson College, organized a “Town & Gown Enrichment Hour” program, serving as an informal communication line between businesses and educational communities, and organized the Second Annual Free Enterprise Day program, teaching over 400 area high school students and 250 citizens the meaning of Free Enterprise.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

March 28, 1994

Denison High School teacher Anne Buenzow has been named Teacher of the Month for March in he area wide Teacher of the Year search.

Buenzow has taught for 15 years, including seven years at Denison. She teaches algebra I, algebra II, TAAS math, fundamentals of math and consumer math.

Buenzow received her bachelor’s at Ladycliff college in New York and her master’s from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.