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.
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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.
The name J.B. McDougall probably is familiar with anyone who has kept up with Denison’s early history. McDougal was one of Denison’s earliest colorful businessmen. His foot was in the door of many businesses including a hotel, a laundry, a saloon, a bank and even the light and power company.
Standing high atop a monument on the lawn of the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman is a memorial to Confederate soldiers who gave their lives fighting for the South.
It rained, then it rained some more. Sunday may have been Father’s Day or the longest day of the year, but it also was the rainiest day I can ever remember in Denison. The rain gauge at my house registered five and one-half inches in one day and while we didn’t have any damage, water ran through our yard headed for Red River.
I recently wrote a column about the Common Schools in Grayson County more than a few years back. Josephine Pate Burden attended one of those schools in 1928 through 1931. The school she attended from the first through the third grade was Shiloh, about five miles outside of Denison.
When I first went to work at The Denison Herald in 1957, we ran a lot of birthdays with pictures. We ran first birthdays, and we ran 90th birthdays. At that time we had a few people reaching 90 and if someone hit 100, it almost deserved a banner headline.
Saturday afternoon while my friend, Mavis Bryant, and I were holding a book signing at Main Street Mall, a lady, Mary F. Halley brought a previously purchased copy of our book, “Frontier Denison, Texas” in for us to sign. While we were talking, she asked us about Reasor School or Riverside School.
We just observed Memorial Day, a time when 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.
First off let me say I didn’t write this entire column. The information was written by a reporter at the Denison Daily News in 1874, then compiled by Rose Englutt for The Denison Herald’s “Backward glance” column about 20 years ago. It was included in a booklet, “Denison, Rough and Rowdy but Progressive in 1874” put together by John Crawford for sale at Grayson County Frontier Village.
While most of the attention in the media and with people wanting to watch the water flowing over the spillway is at the Denison Dam and the water being released by the floodgates, the Red River is rampaging further down stream too.
I learned what it is to be 80 years old Saturday and it isn’t even time for my latest birthday for two more weeks. Thirteen members of the Class of 1953 at the old Denison High School gathered at the Southern Grill and Kitchen for a joint 80th birthday party representing 960 accumulative years of life for those attending.
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