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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.

DONNA HUNT: 1965: A big year of headlines

This really isn’t a “Yesterday” column, but the happenings did take place 50 years ago. My husband and I have observed a 50th wedding anniversary at the end of last week and I have been thinking about all the things that took place about the time we said “I do” and spent out first year of married life.

DONNA HUNT: Speaking of fighters, outlaws and telephones

The Oct. 4, 1925, issue of the Sunday Gazetteer in Denison carried a front page article about a brief visit by Jack Dempsey, champion prize fighter of the world. An article next to it told about The Denison News of September 9, 1877, reporting that the James Boys were in town. There was no connection between the two stories except that they were on the same newspaper front page.

DONNA HUNT: Belle Starr’s wardrobe unusual for its time

In discussing female fashions of Denison’s earliest days in last Sunday’s Yesterday column, we also talked about an appearance on Main Street 40 years earlier of a young woman who attracted a lot of attention because of the way she was dressed. We all know her as the famous Belle Starr, who walked along Main Street dressed appropriately as a cowgirl.