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A Look Through the Area's Past


A look through the area’s past — Chemistry teacher has winning formula for teaching

Sherman High School chemistry teacher Melanie Merideth was rewarded for her work by the Texas Medical Association— one of six teachers around the state to win the 1994 Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. “There are a lot of everyday things you encounter, and it’s chemistry,” Merideth said. “Taking off your mascara is chemistry.”

A look through the area’s past — Mel Derr boasts winning students

The DFW chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing awarded several student vocalists of the Mel Derr studio at the spring auditions. Semi-finalists winners in the high school division were Kari Bagley, Angela Mahon, Jennie Gohlke, Philip Scheibmeir and Alex Stone from Sherman High and Kelly Stone from McKinney High.

A look through the area’s past — Lady hasn’t been to a Sunday school for 39 years

Mrs. Eldon Sewell will soon have the opportunity to attend Sunday School for the first time in 39 years. As church and Sunday School secretary for East Sherman Baptist Church since 1925, Mrs. Sewell has been required to be in the church office each Sunday morning to record class attendance.

A look through the area’s past — Electronic magic allows instant photos

STAFF PHOTO — The picture seen on one machine here was reproduced instantly on the other in the Herald editorial room through electronic wizardry that included a round-trip to Dallas. Bob Jarboe, Associated Press Wirephoto operator, was rushed from Dallas with a special unit to send Lake Texoma storm pictures by telephone from the Herald office to newspapers over five states.

A look through the area’s past — Denison kids like their dam

Den-Run-Dipities— Terrell third graders from Denison who run to interesting places and dip into history— investigated the Denison Dam and Lake Texoma most recently. The dam and the lake was the largest project to boost Denison since 1940 and remains one of the largest tourist attractions, they learned. While visiting, Jane Montgomery, art teacher, instructed a class in watercolors and drawing of the lower side of the dam.

A look through the area’s past — “There’s nothing put on us that we can’t stand”

The Purdy boys never left home for wanting to help their neighbors when in need. Reid Purdy, 34, and his brother Arlan, 27, would be rich men if they charged local farmers for all the threshing grain, planting, milking, and tending livestock they do for free. They’ve done so for 16 years, since their father, brother and two sisters were taken by typhoid fever. When complimented on her two sons, Mrs. M.H Purdy, their mother, replied saying, “We can’t do enough to repay those who helped us when we had our troubles.”

A look through the area’s past — Man living in “Great Adventure Wagon,” passes through Denison

Dave Holzman, the man who is “just smelling the roses along the way,” is traveling through America on a horse-drawn wagon with “Great Adventure Wagon” painted on the side. After invitation, his two horses took a rest in a barn while he began talking to a Denison farming couple about his many adventures since retiring as a truck driver. Holzman started his horse-drawn journey in St. Joseph, Mo. to catch the sights he saw as a truck driver but from a different point of view. “Here there is no hassle, no deadlines…just doing what I want to do,” he said.

A look through the area’s past — 20 Grayson students will play 10 pianos, simultaneously

More than 150 students will participate in a piano ensemble program sponsored Sunday by the Grayson County Music Teachers Association. The piano ensemble with 10 pianos and up to 20students performing simultaneously is thought to be a first in Grayson County.

A look through the area’s past — Nothing knocks the smile off Red Mapes’ face

Red Mapes, signing name C.K. Mapes, is not one to let a little misfortune get him down. He’s the busiest person in Grayson County Home, which is quite a trick for a man with no legs. He built himself a hand-propelled tricycle out of a mess of odds and ends to get around. It even has a handbrake but he says he never exceeds the speed limit. Traveling around the countryside quite a bit, he says, “I’m not in a hurry. Besides, I like to see where I’m going, and maybe stop once in a while to pick some wildflowers.”

A look through the area’s past — Born from former slaves, Rosa Hill makes long-lived life in Sherman

Mrs. Rosa Hill, believed to be Sherman’s oldest resident will be buried in West Hill Cemetery, at 105 years of age— some 80 years after she arrived in Texas from South Carolina and saw a new word, “chili,” which she thought was something cold. That was in 1894 and Mrs. Hill had just arrived in Sherman by train to join her husband who had come ahead to the area that had been described to him as “prosperous, where a lot of money could be made.” Mrs. Hill was born in Jonesville, S.C. March 10, 1869, to Lott and Emma Hill, who were freed from slavery in 1865.

A look through the area’s past — Llamas gain popularity in Texoma

Llama Linda Ranch, owned by Linda Hayes of Denison, was named the premier exhibitor of the Houston Livestock Show’s Llama Division. Hayes has been showing llamas for four years and has a herd of 20. “Llamas have become increasingly popular as pets,” said Hayes. “They are clean animals that are easy to care for and are safe around small children.” Grayson County itself has close to 100 llamas.

A look through the area’s past — Tyler celebrates red, white and pink on azalea trail

TYLER — The beauty of spring will come to life in Tyler during the 1984 Azaleas and Spring Flower Trail. Residents will open their gardens to more than 1,000 visitors in the ten-day event to give a breathtaking view of red, white, and pink azaleas, tulips, daffodils, jonquils, narcissus, hyacinths, wisteria and dogwood trees.

A look through the area’s past — A room for children

Sherman Public Library will open its recently established children’s room with an open house. Young readers, who jumped the gun on the opening are around a table in the new room: Mary Lynn Hughes, Kathy Hughes, Carol Lee Wilson, Barbara Ryman, Jill Mason, Jackie Lynn Duke, Ellis Hackler and John Fletcher. A black and green tile floor has been laid, the walls have been painted a light green and the windows which extend above the ground line have green blinds. Around the walls are the cases holding books especially selected for children from the first through the sixth grade in school.

A look through the area’s past — 105-year-old woman diagnosed with iron-clad will power

A 105-year-old former Sherman woman is alive after undergoing major surgery. Her doctor told her children “She has iron-clad will power.” Longtime friends might call it Melissa Krum’s indomitable frontier spirit. The mother of Sherman’s Joe Krum helped her parents fight Indians from a covered wagon, laundered and cooked for railroad workers in Oklahoma City in the 1880’s when the town was a scattering of tents and served food, she says, to Jesse James’ gang.

A look through the area’s past — Preston closes its books, to be a city no more

PRESTON — There is no physical evidence that there is any change in the area that at one time embraced the first new town in Grayson County in almost a century. But this week, the Preston city council held its final meeting and wrote finis to efforts of keeping an incorporated town alive. Federal court had ruled the town as unconstitutional. Mrs. John Ray, Grayson County Health Department official, accepted the registrations of 211 septic system users of the one-time town. They are now Grayson toilets.

A look through the area’s past — Pipe-smoking Judge Broadfoot to sit on 79th district court

Grinning their approval of the appointment of Judge A.S. Broadfoot of Bonham as a replacement for the ousted South Texas judge, are of his daughters, Mrs. Bill Freeman of Dallas, and Mrs. W.C. Chance of Bonham and all of his grandchildren, Bill Feeman and Albert and Winston Chance. The appointment of Broadfoot to serve on the 79th District Court bench after the ousting of C. Woodrow Laughlin of Alice came as a big surprise to the family as well as the state. “When we heard the news we thought we were being kidded,” said two of his three daughters.

A look through the area’s past — Shakespeare performs on a shoestring to Sherman

STAFF PHOTO — Harold Stevenson, Austin College art instructor, makes a final adjustment of the huge donkey’s head he fashioned from papier-mache for the Arena Theater four-night run of “Shakespeare on a Shoestring.” This long-eared character, in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” played by Walter Arnold, made a smash hit on opening night when a packed house greeted the Shakespearean program directed by Paul Beardsley. Paul Beardsley came down stage first after the invisible Melrose Tappan III pronounced the prologue from “King Henry V.” Calling the assorted cast before him, Beardsley gave them the same advice which Hamlet gives the players before the play in a play.

A look through the area’s past — Irish weddings have a one-up on Texas weddings

Mrs. Billy Miller of Gainesville and a native of Belfast, Ireland, spoke to the Grayson County Chapter 900 of the American Association of Retired Person. Mrs. Miller, a British subject, said “everyone asks about me accent but I t’ink I talk just like a Texan.” “Weddings are different here from those at home,” she continued. “Weddin’s are always in the morning, not in the evenin’. The reception is a full meal instead of a cuppa drink and a piece of cake.”

A look through the area’s past — Cub scouts to model clay dinosaurs, but not before moms

There were prehistoric animals scattered all over the room with a caveman standing by armed with a club when the Cub Scout adult leaders met last night for their monthly roundtable discussion. The highlight for the mothers was the lesson in clay modeling of pre-historic animals assembled by Mrs. Fred Rucker. She had eight dinosaurs of various types mounted on wooden platforms. “I worked them up a day earlier,” Mrs. Rucker confessed. “I got all the books I could find, read descriptions of the animals and went to work.”