A look through the area’s past — Llamas gain popularity in Texoma


March 30, 1954

JAYCEE FOLLIES OF 1954 — A chorus line of local girls limbers up on a high-kick routine: Miss Betty Jo Casler, Mrs. Jimmy Hughes, Mrs. Joe Fields, Mrs. James W. Scolman, Mrs. Forrest Copeland. Mrs. Joe Sidney Thompson and Mrs. John Ellis.

“A Girl Named Marilyn” (Miss Patty Proffitt) lands in the arms of Bob Sommer, Ronald Wood, Wayne Hopson and Jimmy Hughes. Also in the picture are Charlie Campbell, Dr. Creighton Reid, Rogers Santa and Greg DeArman.

Joe Kaufmann and Bill Pennington go over an arrangement with Mrs. Owen Livesy, pianist. Among other acts are song and dance routines worked out for the cast of almost 100 persons.


March 30, 1964

The Cheetahs, Grayson’s car club formed recently, met in Judge Les Tribble’s County Courtroom to discuss possibility of forming a drag racing stip.

Phillip Rogers of Denison, president, conducted the meeting and read the minutes of the last meeting.

STAFF PHOTO — U.S. Senate Candidate Raymond Gary of Madill gets some support from his “Texas delegation” composed of grandchildren: toddling Raymond (Tex) Gary and little Miss Louanne Gary, children of Mr. and Mrs. Jerdie Gary of Denison, at his Texoma Lodge rally.


March 30, 1974

RESEARCH AID — Dr. Charles Olander, biology instructor at Austin College, shows Mrs. George M. Cox, vice president of the South Grayson Heart Association, and Mrs. Jack Morris, president of the Sherman Altrusa Club, a blood cell counting machine. The club recently donated some $600 in proceeds from its recent fashion show and tea to the American Heart Association for support of cardiovascular research projects such as Dr. Olander’s study of cellular structure.

Twelve-year-old Hank Largin of Denison won the Grayson County Spelling Bee contest at the courthouse here, spelling correctly the word “century” to win. He spelled correctly the word “quirk” after second place winner Vicki Langdon missed it making him the county’s best speller. Three other contestants were Mori Dittemore of Sherman; Adrian O’Hanlon of Sadler-Southmayd; and Jeanette Hammock of Van Alstyne.


March 30, 1984

Staff Photo — Megan Beatty of Sherman High returns a shot during her doubles match against Durant Tuesday. Beatty and teammate Whitney Charlton won, 8-2, before rains ended the dual match at Sherman High.

Winds up to 35 mph prevented Todd Young, 3, of Sherman from getting his kite in the air. The string broke on the first attempt, setting off a chase across a field for Todd and his friends.

Austin College freshman Scott Taylor relaxes during a workout earlier this week. The Howe freshman set a school record today in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.5 at last weekend’s Tarleton Mini-Relays in Stephenville.


March 30, 1994

Llama Linda Ranch, owned by Linda Hayes of Denison, was named the premier exhibitor of the Houston Livestock Show’s Llama Division. Hayes has been showing llamas for four years and has a herd of 20.

“Llamas have become increasingly popular as pets,” said Hayes. “They are clean animals that are easy to care for and are safe around small children.” Grayson County itself has close to 100 llamas.

A former instructor at Sherman High School, Hayes has continued her role as teacher. She teaches the llamas what is required of them to win in the show ring and she helps those new to llamas learn all about them. “They are a delightful animal and I love sharing them with the public.”