Two Denisonians were honored Tuesday afternoon at a celebration at Southeastern Oklahoma State University when a Ruth Lance Wester and Jackie Mayor Scholarship endowment was announced.
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As early as Denison had school teachers, we heard of Alice McLean, Allie George, Mary Moore and Jennie Jackson, all whom were maiden ladies who taught in early schools for white students. But I recently learned, thanks to Jim Sears, that the African-American students also had a teacher, Clara Belle Williams, from 1875 through 1887, and according to what we’ve read, she was a good teacher.
Anyone who makes a trip across the country knows how many familiar names of towns, rivers, roads, etc., there are from state to state.
Thirty years ago in 1985 while attending a conference of Texas Press Women in Wichita Falls I heard a rumor that, with a little investigating, turned out to be a pretty good story.
Wednesday I wrote about where many of Denison’s street names got their names . Most of them came from officials with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, the founder of the town. Most of the others were early leaders in the actual beginning of Denison. We ran out of room Wednesday, so today we will continue the list as far as we have been able to learn.
Back in 1985 and possibly again sometime later, I wrote a column about where Denison streets got their names. This might be a good time to rewrite some of that information for the benefit of younger Denisonians who now are adults and for newcomers to our city.
Every day we read or hear stories with tragic endings. So many that we become almost unconcerned of the fact that lives are lost. Then one day, a tragedy takes place that comes close to home and hits you in the heart.
About 30 years ago when I was taking a sociology course at Grayson County College our instructor, Helen Leatherwood, told the class that we would be surprised if we took time each morning to open our eyes and look around on the way to work or to school.
While working on my never-ending project of reorganizing my little home office recently I found a chronology of the history of Grayson County. If I have written about it previously, it was a long time ago and locals may be like me and forget such information. Newcomers might like to know what’s been going on in Grayson County since about 1858 when the Butterfield Stage Line crossed Red River at Colbert’s Ferry into Texas. That’s a long first paragraph and I like shorter sentences.
Recently in this column we wrote about the first babies born in Denison . Today we are going to talk about Katy’s child. We’re talking about the Katy Railroad’s baby and its name is Denison.
In 1967, Claud Easterly, then editor of The Denison Herald, answered many questions of “Who were the first boy and girl born in Denison?” with a story showing that Texana Denison McElvany was the first girl and Denison Nelson possibly was the first little boy. Both carried the name “Denison.” There was a baby named Sam Hanna born in Denison in 1872, but that was before the city had been chartered in April 1873.
A short item in the Look Back at History column that runs frequently in the Herald Democrat caught my eye a couple of weeks ago and answered a question I have wondered about for a number of years. It was the 50 year ago portion of the column.
Last week while prowling around in an antique store I found a copy of a book that looked interesting. The title of the book is “Texas…the way it used to be” and it was written by Bill McClanahan, a cartoonist for the Dallas Morning News. It was published in 1968 and wasn’t expensive, so I bought it just for the novelty of it.
We began talking about Lee Simmons in our Wednesday column with a promise that we would continue today with information about how he progressed in law enforcement to become general manager of the Texas Prison System.
A man who probably was the most famous lawman in Texas got the support from Denison that first got him elected Grayson County sheriff. Denison was desperate for someone to clean up its lawless town.
If there is anything that brings back thoughts of childhood it’s the aroma of freshly baked bread. A trip to the grocery store about the time fresh bread is coming out of the oven is worth the price of gasoline to get there.
Four blocks of a mismatch of repairs and the brick streets on Chestnut Street in Denison are about to be removed and replaced with concrete after water leaks have kept city workers busy trying to save the historic streets to no avail.
We have been reading a lot in recent days about Cecil, the lion being illegally killed in a game reserve in Zimbabwe by a dentist from Minnesota. Cecil, though a wild animal, was a somewhat pet with the people in Zimbabwe.
Frank Graves of Denison wrote his autobiography for his family before his death on Aug. 8, 2014. With permission of his family, two retired Denison physicians, Dr. Coyle DeMoss and Dr. Irvin Jondahl, are responsible for having those memoirs published to share with the world.
I’m a 70s person. I don’t mean my age or the calendar year, because I have passed both of those. I’m thinking “driving on U.S. Highway 75” (the highway number, not the new speed limit). Since the speed limit was raised to 75 miles per hour on that busy highway through Denison, the traffic has to be going 80 mph, 85 mph or faster.
B.M. Steele — also known as Beverly Steele — was 21 years old when he was shot by a pistol in the hand of John W. Green. I know it is true because Steele’s tombstone in Oakwood Cemetery tells the story of his demise.
Now that temperatures are nearing 100 degrees in North Texas, summer is officially upon us, and aside from keeping cool, it is time for a cold, delicious bowl of ice cream.
A rearranging of the little office at my house has produced some early columns that deserve a rewrite today. One is a letter from Denisonian Ed Abshire who remembered watching the Denison great Rogers Hornsby play in Denison, then watching him play in Cincinnati after Abshire moved to that city.
Recently I ran across a column that I wrote in March 1985 talking about Denison Herald reporters getting a portable computer and what a time saver it was going to be. That was 30 years ago and as the saying goes there has been a lot of water over the spillway since then – pun intended.
On June 6, 2009, Denison had a special day when we honored three of our city’s heroes. A huge crowd turned out at the former railroad depot downtown and even the governor showed up to help pay recognition to T.V. Munson, who saved the grape orchards of France; former General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower who needs no further introduction; and our newest hero, Capt. Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, the pilot who saved 155 lives when his U.S. Airways Airbus ditched in the Hudson River outside New York City. All three were born in Denison.
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