There are two column subjects that bring in more comments than anything else — Ashburn's Ice Cream and Central Ward School. We've written several times about Ashburn's and a couple of times about Central, the future of which is iffy, but Beth Bowling of Pottsboro, who grew up in Denison, sent a very good remembrance of the school and I think readers interested in the school would be interested in what she recalled.
In 1954 Denison Yellow Jacket Boat Manufacturing Plant owner, Richard A. "Mac" McDerby, and western cowboy movie star Roy Rogers set out from the Denison Dam headed to New Orleans by way of the Red River in Yellow Jacket boats.
Earlier this summer I wrote a column about the magnificent gate representing Denison at the 1884-85 World Cotton Centennial held in New Orleans.
Victor Brown of Denison placed on Facebook this week a story that I think will ring a bell with a lot of Denison and Bryan County people. Victor thinks the article was written about 1983. He said he didn't know where he got it, but thought it came from a book about Colbert.
Don't you just love the name, White Pig, given to a drive-in restaurant of the 1950's as 505 South Armstrong Avenue at West Morgan Street in Denison! The White Pig Stand was the epitome of a 50's drive in and I seem to remember some of the carhops on skates.
I received an email this week from Jim Hanegan, and I'm sorry I don't know where Jim lives. He had read our most recent article about Doc Holliday and he brought up a question I cannot answer but it sent me looking.
Recently I had a request for information about what has been written in several books about Doc (John Henry Holliday) having lived in Denison at one time. I've written about him several times but had misfiled my folder of information until this week, when I was looking for something else and that thick file appeared.
Those of us who use and depend on our computers on a daily basis, whether it is for personal use, business or maybe a someone like me who writes a column and submits it for publication by e-mail, are familiar with the words "hacked" or "compromised."
The historic J.J. Fairbanks house on South Austin Avenue in Denison, whose trip down a steep hill in 1979 was successful and was covered in Sunday's "Yesterday" column, was filled with many memories.
My friends Mavis Anne Bryant, Billy Holcomb and a few others have been posting pictures of early day Denison businesses and houses on Facebook recently and I enjoy seeing all of them. One popped up last week that brought back many memories. It wasn't in a distant "yesterday" or at least it seems to me more recent since I followed the moving of the historic house down a giant hill.
A young child asked his dad, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
Uncle George Dickerman came to Sherman in February 1852. Grayson County was just six years old at the time. G.A. Dickerman was better known at the time as Uncle George and he paid for his trip by driving a two-horse moving wagon for Achilles Thornhill and crossed Red River at Preston on the 20th of the month and drove into Sherman the next day.
It's Mother's Day and the roses are blooming.
I keep hearing about schools that peppered the Grayson County area before most were included in independent school districts. White Rock Public School is one of those.
What a week we have just had!
I've written about two of the heroines of Grayson County many times in columns and feature stories, but I had never before heard them tell their stories until last Tuesday night at Grayson County Frontier Village.
A garage sale purchase a number of years ago was the beginning of a search that led to a book, "Lives on Photography: Denison, Texas, 1872-1999," published recently by a well-known Denison author, Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant.
When I was working full time and had to do quite a bit of traveling between here and Austin, I took with me a stack of CDs that I enjoyed hearing. They made the time go by a lot faster.
Even if you are not Irish, I would wager that you are familiar with St. Patrick's Day. You possibly have worn green on March 17 and maybe have joined in a celebration or parade in the day's honor.