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.
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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.
One of my wife’s favorite books is a short story published by Leo Rosten in 1937 entitled “The Education of Hyman Kaplan.” It’s the tale of a particularly enthusiastic Yiddish immigrant who struggles to learn English during a night school class in New York City. The book humorously plays on a few of the more absurd aspects of our native tongue as well as the Old World tensions among the class’ various European constituencies.
Those watching from afar the latest head football coach hiring process at Sherman High School and expecting another spectacle like what happened in 2003 had to come away extremely disappointed.
We all have our issues with “other people.” Each of us has a list of things we find objectionable or morally questionable or downright reprehensible that we wish other people just would not do. I, for example, find veganism to be an insult to the farmers and ranchers of the Heartland. I think smoking cigarettes is a narcissistic habit with no upside for society. And I’m pretty sure the music of U2 is playing on loop in some circle of Hades.
(The story in this column was written in 1986 by the late Elizabeth Bledsoe, a popular Denison High School teacher for many years. She titled the piece “Denison: I remember when, 1914-1924.)
There wasn’t enough pie to go around at the Chamber of Commerce banquet here Tuesday night. The surprising, bulging attendance was a tribute to the accomplishments of the Bonham chamber, but it made magicians of the kitchen help. There was enough provender for the expected 300 guests, but fully 400 persons from Fannin and Grayson counties showed up for the event.
When you want to get the full story, the best thing to do when possible is to go to the people who were there or involved. This was the case Monday when a group of Colbert residents, my age and older, got together for a very interesting history session arranged by Wyota Hannan.
While looking through my Katy Railroad information looking for my file on railroad robberies last week, I came across some interesting information about the roll that Texas onions played in popularizing meals served on the Katy trains along with the recipe for the Onion Soup that anyone who tasted it back when the passenger trains still were operating would like to have.
A few years from now, Sherman fans will look back on the Gary Kinne coaching era more fondly than some are today.
From time to time I run across items about Denison that are too short for a column, but interesting information about the early town. I have accumulated several and when they are put together, they make a pretty good story.
“Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon.”
The Herald Democrat carriers are starting to get the upper hand on the severe winter storm that hit Texoma this past Thursday and Friday. As conditions improve, delivery of those homes missed during the storm will begin.
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