Sunday I heard someone say “I’ve had a falling out with Mother Nature.” That statement probably is true to many of us living here in North Texas where we usually have only one session with ice and snow during a winter. Here it is March and Sunday and Monday had us shut down again.
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The annual Texoma Exposition & Livestock Show begins Monday at Loy Park in Denison. For more than half a century, the show has highlighted the hard work of the county’s dedicated FFA, 4-H and FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) students. It’s an event I competed in during my youth and one I now happily cover for the Herald Democrat.
(The story in this column was written in 1986 by the late Elizabeth Bledsoe, a popular Denison High School teacher for many years. She titled the piece “Denison: I remember when, 1914-1924.)
It never ceases to amaze me the number of outstanding musicians and others who have made giant contributions to the African American history in Denison. Many still are living. Friday is the last day of Black History Month and today’s column will talk about several more who fit that category.
Former Denison Herald Editor Donna Hunt wrote in 2012 about the June day 22 years earlier when New York Times reporter William H.Honan walked into the Herald office and requested a picture of a deceased Whitewright resident, Joe Tom Meador.
The importance of education for the black community has been emphasized since Denison’s early beginning. Now, during Black History Month, that emphasis is just as strong today.
At a recent meeting of the local NAACP, the meeting room stamped pictures of black historical figures on its walls in honor of Black History Month at the Progressive Baptist Church on Houston Street. The legends, frozen in moments of activism, were now silently stapled to poster board. Many of the attendees were older, veteran women, concerned for their children’s futures. The children had mostly moved from the area in search of jobs. Their absence was as silent as the pictures.
For decades, Ralph Hall has represented the 4th District of Texas by keeping his ear to his constituents’ needs and desires. We see no need for change in this election.
I know that most women today rarely wear some form of hosiery on their legs, but there was a time that no self-respecting female would be seen outside her house without her nylons on.
I had a very unusual Valentine’s Day gift from my husband who agreed to take me to the movie (somewhere he rarely will go) to see “The Monuments Men.” I had been wanting to see the movie because it reminded me so much of another World War II series of events involving treasures that were located right here under our noses.