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Man watched Hornsby play at home, in Cincinnati

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.

DONNA HUNT: ‘Miracle’ machine introduced in 1985 was going to make life so much easier

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.

DONNA HUNT: Three more Denison heroes recognized

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.

Judge Dickson’s booklet lists common schools

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.

D Day remembered

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.

DONNA HUNT: Red River rose in 1874 too

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.

DONNA HUNT: More bits of Denison’s early days

Today’s column is a continuation of tidbits of information from the Denison Daily News in 1873 and 1874 that I took Sunday’s column from. There are a lot more interesting items from the Backward Glance column that Rose Englutt took from those early newspapers. I will start with Oct. 8, 1873 as follows:

DONNA HUNT: 1896 Black Friday devastated Sherman

A lot of us in Grayson County, as well as the surrounding area, were “hunkered down” as we listened to weather forecasters telling us a tornado was headed our way Mother’s Day afternoon and evening. Fortunately in this area there were no lives lost, no injuries reported and some trees were uprooted and a few buildings were damaged.

DONNA HUNT: Two roads led to early Denison

In Denison’s earliest days, there were two main ways to enter from the east or from the south. From the east there was Paw Hill and from the south, along what now is Highway 91 or Texoma Parkway, was Breezy Hill. Both areas have played an important role in the establishment of the town.