You might be interested to know that the seven story Hotel Denison (now an apartment complex that stands at the corner of Chestnut Street and Barnett Avenue in Denison) is the third hotel for Denison to stand on that spot.
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Very often someone will ask me what I know about Jesse James spending time in Denison. A lot of rumors and some factual information have been recorded about his appearance here.
It’s a sure thing that when the Denison city physician delivered a baby boy on Oct. 14, 1890, to a couple who had only lived in Denison a short time, he had no idea that his name would be attached to a future president of the United States.
There probably isn’t a person in Denison who doesn’t know whose birthday the town has been celebrating this past week. There were all kinds of things last weekend and yesterday to honor the person born here 124 years ago. But I probably wouldn’t have thought about writing a column about it, except that I was asked to mention it and give a short talk about it at the Grayson County Historical Society meeting last night.
“It’s Great to be a Yellow Jacket!” was the sentiment expressed Thursday night when the Denison Alumni Association honored the 1984 Denison Yellow Jacket Football Team by inducting the entire team and their coaches, headed by Marty Criswell, into the Denison High School Sports Hall of Fame.
We read, during the last several days, about the Texan who scaled the fence around the White House and actually made his way pretty far inside before being stopped.
Had a popular Denison street not undergone a name change in the town’s earliest days, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church would not have been at the corner of Rusk Avenue and Sears Street. It would have been at the corner of Rusk Avenue and Leon Street, yet at the exact location where it is undergoing renovations today.
When I returned from my recent trip to South Carolina and Georgia, I brought home a souvenir that I would have preferred to have left in behind. The day after our conference ended in Greenville, I began feeling ill about the time I arrived at my granddaughter’s house near Atlanta for a short visit.
When little Annie Laurie Williams was a student at Peabody Elementary School in Denison shortly after the turn of 20th century she sat at her desk and dreamed of someday being an actress and seeing her name up in lights.
Today it’s not unusual to find a woman in a leadership role in a company, a city, a county, a state or even the national government. Women have been told for many years that they can do anything they set their minds to do. Today they believe it.
I read recently of the death of Billie Letts on Aug. 2 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a brief illness. Billie was a former Southeastern Oklahoma State University English and creative writing professor whose book, “Where the Heart Is,” was made into a movie by 20th Century Fox starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Curak.
Denison got its first school building in 1874. Forty years later in 1914 that school building was replaced with the one we all know as the “old high school building on Main Street”. This year, 2014, Denison high school students will begin the new school year in a brand new, state of the art building. Is that a coincident or what?
One of Denison’s early characters, Mort MJ. Scholl, who called himself a historian in the 1929 edition of a little tabloid-sizes “Historic Denison” newspaper, had some pretty good stories in his monthly paper that sold for $1 a year and was officed upstairs at 221 West Main.
Only twice in my life did someone actually let me know that they wanted my job. There have been times that I would gladly grant them that wish, but fortunately, I never did.
Newcomers to this area and sometimes those who have been around a few years occasionally ask about and are surprised that a Prisoner of War Camp was located just west of the Denison Dam beyond the present spillway area at the end of World War II. The camp was built to house 150 prisoners.
When I wrote last Sunday’s column I left out two early clubs in Denison and one of the many across Red River. John Crawford reminded me of one and I later remembered the other two.
You might say that Denison had a newspaper before there was a Denison.
We just observed Memorial Day, a time when we remember all the military men and women who have given their lives fighting for their country. There is another military day that we remember every year that took place 70 years ago at Normandy when Operation Overlord, also known as D-Day, signaled the beginning of the end to World War II in Europe.
Having been at home for the last two weeks recovering from rotator cuff surgery, I have listened to a lot of music and watched a lot of television. With my arm in a sling, there wasn’t a lot more I could do – no driving, no turning my arm in several different directions, no lifting, no typing and lots of other “don’ts.”
Almost daily we hear about acts of bravery by people who are remembered as heroes. Earl G. Thurman Jr., was one of those people who as a soldier during World War II was honored “For gallantry in action near Abucay Hacienda, Bataan on Jan. 20, 1942.”
Today is Mother’s Day, a holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May in honor of all mothers.
Everyone makes a big deal about talking on telephones today, but between 1886 and 1918 Denisonians already were talking on the telephone. In fact, there were two telephone companies in town.
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