Have you noticed that when we sit down to watch a television program, nine times out of 10 we are bombarded with advertisements from pharmaceutical companies pushing medications for some ailment? Chances are pretty good that most of these are the high priced pills that our insurance companies will pay little or no part of the cost for the medicine.
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Sunday I heard someone say “I’ve had a falling out with Mother Nature.” That statement probably is true to many of us living here in North Texas where we usually have only one session with ice and snow during a winter. Here it is March and Sunday and Monday had us shut down again.
(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.)
It never ceases to amaze me the number of outstanding musicians and others who have made giant contributions to the African American history in Denison. Many still are living. Friday is the last day of Black History Month and today’s column will talk about several more who fit that category.
The importance of education for the black community has been emphasized since Denison’s early beginning. Now, during Black History Month, that emphasis is just as strong today.
I know that most women today rarely wear some form of hosiery on their legs, but there was a time that no self-respecting female would be seen outside her house without her nylons on.
I had a very unusual Valentine’s Day gift from my husband who agreed to take me to the movie (somewhere he rarely will go) to see “The Monuments Men.” I had been wanting to see the movie because it reminded me so much of another World War II series of events involving treasures that were located right here under our noses.
The list keeps growing for Black citizens who are leaving a legacy for Grayson County. This month as we celebrate Black History Month, I thought it would be good to remember some of the outstanding African Americans who have made an impact on Denison and Terrell High School, where they graduated.
Lonnie R. Bunkley was born in Bonham in 1903 and his family came to Denison from Indian territory in 1906 where his father accepted a job with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad the next year. Bunkley is the subject of our first Black History Month articles saluting present and past lives of African-Americans in Denison.
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.
Editor’s note: This column was written from information provided by Thomas Edward Wall, who lives in California.
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.
We hear of bank robberies, convenience store holdups, and thefts by gun pretty regularly around the country today, but one crime we hear very little of is the robbery of a train. It would be a little hard to get away with most anything being hauled by a train 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.
An item early last week in the “A look through the area’s past” column of this newspaper, dated Jan. 7, 1954, rang a bell when I read it. I have to admit that in January 1954 I was in college in Denton and probably missed the story when it ran.
I had always wondered about the spelling of Kentuckytown until recently when I was thumbing through a very thick book, “Ancestors and Descendants, Grayson County, Texas” published in 1980 by the Grayson County Genealogical Society. Here I found the answer.
Denison schools have had several school superintendents, mostly since 1955 when long-time superintendent B. McDaniel, announced that he was going to retire. Before Mr. McDaniel took the reins of Denison Schools in 1937, the school system was led by a man named Frank B. Hughes. Both of these gentlemen had Denison schools named in their honor.
“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.”
December 24, 1872, is a day that has special meaning for Denison, Texas. That was unofficially the beginning of the town. Hailed as Christmas Day when the first Missouri, Kansas & Texas train chugged into the depot on Main Street, in reality is was on Christmas Eve.
Every year I wonder why it is that, the older I get, the quicker Christmas rolls around. When I was a child it seemed like it would never arrive. Now I no sooner get our Christmas decorations safely stored away than it’s time to start getting them out again.
As I sat at my computer Monday night writing this column, the weathermen were saying that on Tuesday the ice would begin to melt and on Wednesday, the day you are reading this, should be a good day and roads should clear and people can begin going about their business as needed.
Clara Bow in “A Lady of Whims” was the first film to be shown when the Liberty Theater opened in Denison at 203 West Main on Nov. 19, 1927. Needless to say, it was a huge celebration. The theater was opened by James Anthony “Quinnie” Cuff.”
A very successful Denison physician, who came to Denison in March 1881, never knew of the importance of infant boy that he delivered nine years later.
In 1906, W.R. Halton was a candidate for Denison city councilman-at-large. He was “called out,” or solicited to run. In those days very few candidates had the distinction of being “called out.” The people wanted him because he was not ambitious for political honors, so he yielded to their wishes to seek a spot on the Council.
It’s every newspaper person’s dream to yell, “Stop the presses.” My dream turned into a nightmare on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
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