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DONNA HUNT: Musings on New Year’s resolutions

If I was going to make a list of New Year’s resolutions to begin 2015, my first would be to be more organized and more prompt in getting my columns written. But since it already is past the middle of January and here I sit writing a column for Thursday’s paper – I missed the deadline for my usual Wednesday space – I would have already screwed up.

DONNA HUNT: The bits of ‘good stuff’

Through the years I’ve written columns about the “stuff” that accumulates on my desk and much of it I have no idea where it came from. Some of it is good “stuff” with good information and some of it is notes I have written at various times impossible to read because I may write gibberish.

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.