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Robbers buried under the tree on which they were hanged

The seven men were hanged by a self-designated posse for the attempted robbery and unsuccessful hanging of a farmer in the area after three tries. An account of the robbers being captured was given in the first column and of them being hanged was covered in the second column. Today we will talk about the aftermath of the hangings.

Posse takes justice into its own hands

In Sunday’s column the attempted robbery of a farm family that resulted in the husband’s near death at the hands of the robbers when they tried to hang him three times and failed, led to the capture of the wood-be robbers by the home guard a few nights later.

Kentuckytown hangings started with robbery attempt

A town first called Ann Eliza that is 25 years older than Whitewright and Tom Bean, the towns to the east and the west, is the area of a crime in 1864 that this writer wasn’t aware of until this week. That community now is known as Kentuckytown, the townsite of which was laid out in 1852, six years after the founding Sherman and 20 years before Denison was settled.

The first meeting of the old settlers

Once a year the Old Settlers Association of Grayson County meets to plan the distribution of funds earned during the past year. These board members aren’t among the original old settlers, but they do have an interest in Grayson County and want to do what’s best for the groups who receive their funds.

Child’s birth put Denison on the map

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.

Sears Street history deeper than just a name change

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.

Local prisoner of war camp remembered

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.