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From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column of the Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, December 28, 1951, G. R. Stephens, Sherman banker, was installed Thursday as president of the Sherman Kiwanis Club replacing R. B. Aston, Jr. The brief ceremony was conducted by Charles O. Dannel who is the past club president and former lieutenant governor of the Sherman division of the Kiwanis Texas & Oklahoma District. C. H. Barrett, Retail Merchants Association Manager, is the new club secretary. The new directors are Joe Dooley, Willis Poole, and Tom Spellman. Extra note-Susannah (Aston) Crosthwaite's and Pam Poole's fathers were both civic minded and very much involved in the betterment of Sherman in many ways.   12/28/2011

Joyce (Smith) White's parents, Morris and Elizabeth Smith of Denison, Texas, marked their milestone 70th wedding anniversary on December 24, 2011. Joyce is married to Burl White and they live in Glen Rose, Texas after living in Irving for many years, Joyce's brother John David Smith who was in the class of '67 lives in Seagoville.   12/27/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, December 23, 1961, You really missed something if you missed the Huddle Christmas Party. The winners in the bubble gum contest were Woody Gilliland, Karen McCall, Don Phelps, Bobby Roper, and Sydney Thompson. The champs on the dance floor were Nancy Bell and David Duke, Eddie Higgins and Paul Rutherford took over the ping pong paddles, and the pool sharks were Ronnie Bostwick and Jerry Mullins. As president of the Huddle Joey Ulrich presented a gift to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Klein. Extra note-The Huddle was replaced by the Sherman Youth Center on Washington Street just north of Bearcat Stadium, although that building still stands it is no longer used as a youth center. Nancy Bell now lives in Bullard, Texas, David Duke still lives in Sherman, Joey Ulrich lives in Van Alstyne, and Karen McCall lives in Missouri City, Texas.   12/23/2011

Like many families do at Christmas Gail (Hipple) Bates and her husband David send out annual newsletters to friends and family, this year's edition tells of many interesting activities of a busy family. Gail of course has had a busy schedule with her Maryland Legislature duties but she managed to squeeze in a family reunion and other interesting activities. A special highlight of Gail's year was her invitation to visit Turkey in May for a once in a lifetime trip. She said she found great hospitality as she visited Ankara, Cappadocia, and Istanbul. Low points in Gail's year were the loss of some family members including her younger brother George. The family's tremendous Christian faith and their realization that death is a part of life as well as birth helped to get them through these losses. Gail was also honored with a special award from the Sherman Ex-Student's Association, you can read more about this in the 9/29/11 entry in this section of our website.   12/21/2011

After retiring the first of March as Fire Chief at Round Rock, Texas, Larry Hodge and his wife Lorraine have moved north just west of Fort Worth to Weatherford, Texas. Larry was a firefighter for 40 years and is enjoying the additional spare time he has now to spend with his children and grandchildren who live in the area. Larry also lived in Fort Worth before so he feels that he has returned to his earlier roots, since he is now also closer to Sherman maybe he will get to attend some of our upcoming reunions and mini-reunions.   12/15/2011

There may be more but we know of eight classmates that celebrated or will celebrate milestone anniversaries this year, milestone anniversaries are the ones that end in a five or a zero. Johnny and Donnelle (Southard) Hunt celebrated their forty fifth wedding anniversary on May 14th while Duane and Joanne (Harrison) Heatley had their forty fifth on May 29th, David and Beverly Duke will have their forty fifth wedding anniversary on December 29th and Terry and Pam Green will have their forty fifth on December 30th. Doris (Moore) Ritchie and her husband Aubrey will observe their fiftieth wedding anniversary on December 23rd, Jerry and Sue Ruffin had their fiftieth anniversary on April 29th. Let us know if you will be celebrating an upcoming milestone anniversary in 2012 so this special accomplishment can be made known to our other classmates.   12/10/2011

Lon Kurtzman and his wife Linda try to visit New York each year, he says that there is so much to do there that there is always something new to experience. On their most recent visit Lon and Linda stayed at the Marriott at Times Square, they didn't have to go very far to find a great deal to see and do. The newest Batman movie was being filmed nearby, being a retired California Highway Patrolman Lon got a chance to have his picture taken sitting in one of the Gotham City police cars. A very sobering experience was a visit to the site of the Ground Zero Memorial. The Big Apple was toured from three levels with the first of course being street level, the next being underground as some rides were taken on the Subway, and the most spectacular of all must have been when Lon and Linda took a scenic helicopter tour over the city. Many interesting sites were seen and good food was consumed in a lot of different restaurants, the most unusual being Fraunces Tavern. Fraunces opened back in 1762, it is the oldest continuously still operating restaurant and tavern in the city and it is also in the oldest sill standing structure in the city. General George Washington gave one of his famous speeches there, many famous people have dined at Fraunces in its 260 year existence. To learn more about this interesting piece of New York history, check out both and   11/30/2011

Joanne (Cole) Slaven and her son Matt recently took a trip to Washington, D. C. in celebration of her son's graduation from UT Some of the many places they visited in D. C. were the Arboretum, the Capitol Building, the DAR Museum, Gettysburg, House of Representatives with Ralph Hall, the Indian Museum, the Museum of Air and Space, the Museum of Science and History, the Newseum, and the Washington Zoo. They also saw lots of art and sculpture and many monuments including those of Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and some military and war related monuments including Korean, Marine, Navy, Vietnam, and WWII. Joanne said they traveled the Metro and found it easy to get around town but lots of walking was still required, all in all it was a great trip with lots of pleasant memories.   11/25/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: November 16, 1961, Howard Hestand, Sherman druggist since 1936 was elected to the board of directors at Grayson County State Bank. Other board members are R. F. Ashburn, Paul Bloom, David Brown, E. B. Chapman, Dr. E. F. Etter, Lee Harris, Howard Lucas, Dan Poole, Jr., Jerry Talley, Foy Wallace, Carroll Wood, and L. H. Young. Extra note-David Brown was Judy Brown's father, he passed away in March of 1991. Classmates will remember that Hestand's Pharmacy and also Ashburn's Ice Cream were fixtures in downtown Sherman for many years, it would be nice to still be able to go in Hestand's soda fountain again for a cherry phosphate drink or go down to Ashburn's for a double dip Hawaiian Delight ice cream cone.   11/16/2011

From the "A Look Through our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: November 8, 2011, Forty Years ago, November 8, 1971, Jay Buckner, Sherman art instructor and art gallery director, will conduct his seventh one man show this month at the Brewer Gallery in Denton. Buckner will be showing a collection of 35 oils and batiks. The young artist has headed the Sherman Public Schools art department for the past seven years and has operated the Gallery in Sherman for six years. Buckner has rapidly gained in stature in Southwest art circles with his batiks. Jay said that his five year old twins, Jeffrey and Jennifer, have been painting since they were big enough to hold a brush. Extra note-Jay's sister Rhea (Buckner) Leslie, who is married to Reid Leslie SHS Class of '61, now lives in Celina, Texas after living in Frederick, Maryland for many years.   11/8/2011

Now that Gordon Duke has retired he has lots of time for his two main hobbies, that of amateur radios which are better known as ham radios and vintage airplanes. If Gordon AKA N5TPO (his ham call sign) is not at home in Sherman, most likely he is somewhere attending an air show or a ham fest. The biggest air show he attended this year was "Thunder Over Michigan" which was held just outside Ypsilanti, Michigan on July 23rd and July 24th. The Michigan show is one of the "premiere air show events" in the country and attracts airplane enthusiasts from across the country. He also attended air shows at the Corpus Christi, Texas Naval Air Station and Midland, Texas. Some of the locations for the ham fests he attended were Ardmore, Oklahoma, Gainesville, Texas, Irving, Texas, Mena, Arkansas, and Weatherford, Texas. Many people don't realize it but in many disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. ham radio operators are the true first responders, naturally some chatting is done on the radios but hams often do much more good than a lot of us realize.   11/7/2011

Elizabeth Kay (Hale) Hudnall of Sherman, Texas passed away on Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Homestead Assisted Living Center in Sherman. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p. m. on Monday, November 7, 2011 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Kay was a longtime member of the Wood Street Church of Christ. She and Mike Hudnall married on October 5, 1968, Mike passed away on February 26, 1979. Kay's survivors are her nieces.  11/5/2011

Suzanne (Young) Welch and four co-worker's participated in the 2011 Torch Relay 5K Walk for Children's Miracle Network Miracle Hospitals, this was held October 28th in Dallas, Texas. Suzanne's team "Marriott's Risky Business" raised $541, there were a total of 171 walkers in the event. Suzanne has done charity walks for several years, she said although it was a windy and cool day all her team really enjoyed the walk. Congratulations to Suzanne for her unselfishness in participating in this walk and also for all the other charity walks in which she has completed through the years.   10/28/2011

Ven Hammonds and his wife Dianne (Brodhead) Hammonds like to spend time traveling whenever they can, the end of September they were one of ten couples that traveled to Annapolis, Maryland for The Air Force vs. Navy football game. Every year several members of Ven's Squadron at the Air Force Academy get together at different locations to go over memories, renew friendships, and remember those squadron members they've lost. Every five years squadrons members meet at the Academy in Colorado Springs, some of the other places they have met are Alaska, Austin, Texas, Edinburg, Scotland, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Washington, D. C., and the United State Military Academy at West Point, New York. Ven and Dianne enjoyed quite a bit of sightseeing on this trip including Elvis' home in Memphis, the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, the Biltmore Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia. On the way home, they visited the historic city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When Ven and Dianne returned home to Sherman, they had traveled in nine states in all. They enjoyed being home to rest up before their next outing when they will take three of their five grandchildren to Disney World during Thanksgiving Week.  10/25/2011

At the end of September Stellagene (Teague) Shelton and longtime friend Connie Carpenter spent a few days enjoying some of the interesting scenery and sites around the Boston and Vermont areas. During the trip, they enjoyed many good meals but a very special one was at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in the scenic town of Stowe, Vermont. A couple of Revolutionary War historic battlefields and forts were visited on the trip, they also enjoyed a boat cruise on Lake Champlain. Connie and Stellagene even drove over to Montreal and spent one day seeing that interesting city, all in all it was a very memorable trip for the two longtime friends.    10/12/2011

Betty Sue (Reno) Jordan's father, David Bryant Reno of Sherman, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Van Alstyne, Texas Cemetery, services will be directed by Flesher Funeral Home of Van Alstyne. David was a lifelong Baptist who grew up and attended schools in the community of Anna, Texas, he worked in road construction all his life until retirement. His survivors are: two daughters, Betty Sue Jordan and her husband Johnny of Sherman and Bonnie Lou Brandon and her husband Bobby also of Sherman; one son, David Bryant Reno II and his wife Pat of Rockwall, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Duncan; two brothers, Earl Ross Reno and his wife Sue and Frances M. Reno; and one step-son, Byron Reno and his wife Jimmie.  10/6/2011

Sam and Bettye Mullins welcomed their third grandson, Jace Alan Mullins, on October 2,2011. Jace was born at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, Texas, at birth he weighed 9 pounds and 7 ounces and he was 21 inches in length. The proud parents are Patrick and Darla Mullins, they make their home in Little Elm, Texas along with their other two sons Henry James Mullins and Samuel Alan Mullins. An unusual occurrence is that Jace was born on his dad's birthday.    10/5/2011

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her husband John recently returned to their home in Bedford, Texas from a ten day Alaskan Cruise aboard the Norwegian Star Cruise Ship, accompanying them were two friends who also live in Bedford. As on most cruise ships they said there was no shortage of food choices, they enjoyed seeing the beauty of the many glaciers they saw. Some of the places they visited were Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway in Alaska, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington. The people that have been there say that nothing compares to the beauty of Alaska, it's much more than a frozen piece of the world as many people think.    9/30/2011

Alton Bowman and Gail (Hipple) Bates were two of the eight ex-students recognized as "Outstanding Ex Students" at this year's annual awards luncheon of the Sherman Ex-Students Association on September 24th. Alton is an award winning furniture conservator, one of his many outstanding accomplishments was being chosen to restore all the furnishings in the home of Former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Gail has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2002, she has earned many awards for her work as well as for her volunteer work in her community. You can read much more about some of the many accomplishments of both Alton and Gail in various entries in this section of our website. Two more of our classmates have also been honored with the "Outstanding Ex Student" award, Dick Ellis in 1994 and Ven Hammonds in 2000.    9/29/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, September 28, 1961, The results of the master point game held on Monday night, September 25th at Texoma Bridge Studio have been announced by manager Joby Carter. The East-West winners: first, Claude Crews and Mrs. Robert Goble, Sherman; second, Mrs. Wiley Pirkle and Mrs. J. R. Redmon, Denison; and third, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hare, Sherman. North-South winners: first, Mrs. H. L. Brown and Mrs. Frank Welch; second, Mrs. Ralph Elliott and Mrs. John Ellis, Sherman; and third, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Honea. Extra note-Johnny Ellis' mother, Ruth Ellis, was at one time a National Master in duplicate bridge. Ruth was involved in many community activities in Sherman as she was very civic minded, she passed away in June of 1977.    9/28/2011

Pat (Bohrer) Means mother in law, Wanda Irene Means of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, September 23, 2011 at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman, Thomas R. Peel of the First United Methodist Church will officiate with burial to follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Irene was a very active and dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Sherman. Irene's survivors are: her daughter in law, Patricia Bohrer Means of Sherman; three granddaughters, Judy Means of Mineola, Texas, Kayren Banks of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sherry Chadwick of Dallas, Texas; her son in law, Alan Chadwick of Frisco, Texas; one brother, Dudley Olds of Denison, Texas; and one brother in law Ray Dodson.  9/22/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: September 21, 1951, One thousand Grayson County citizens are being asked to replace blood U. S. soldiers are losing in the Korean conflict. A Red Cross blood collection unit including a doctor, eight nurses, and two blood custodians will assist the county October 2-4 making collections. Six of the RNs from Wilson N. Jones Hospital who have volunteered to assist are JoAnn Brown, Mrs. Joe Heatley, Mrs. Perry Kile, Mary Louise Moses, Mrs. C. B. Musser, and Mrs. L. D. Selzer. Extra note-Mildred Heatley was Duane Heatley's mother, she passed away in 1987.    9/21/2011

Geneva Sue (Gann) Crosby of Whitesboro, Texas passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2001. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Chaplain Alan Mattingly and Rev. Bobby Rutherford will conduct the services with burial to follow at Friendship Cemetery in Sherman. Geneva spent time working with the Grayson County Sheriff's Reserve. Geneva is survived by two daughters, Karen Crosby of Sherman, Texas and Teresa Watson and her husband George of Edmond, Oklahoma; one son, Darrell Crosby and his wife Kelli of Van Alstyne, Texas; four grandchildren, Joshua Crosby and his wife Jessica of Sherman, Texas, Lisa Snow and her husband Shawn of Edmond, Oklahoma, Michael Wilson and his wife Ali of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Rachel Goodman and her husband Jason of Sherman, Texas; five great grandchildren; one sister, Glenda Lou Rigdon and her husband James of Sherman, Texas; and one brother, Roy Lee Gann and his wife Betty of Denison.  9/21/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, September 20, 1971, Try our "Keep Your Money At Home" evening special from 5:00 until 10:00 p. m. Fried chicken, choose two sides from carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, or whole kernel corn, tossed salad, and apple cobbler for desert. All for $1.40 at A&M Steak House on Highway 75 North in Sherman. Extra note-Many of our classmates can remember circling around A&M Steak House and then going north up to Gordon's Old Fashioned Freeze and coming back south to Patio Drive-In. Similar type activities were repeated all over the country back in the 50's and early 60's as evidenced by the popular movie "American Graffiti," there are several Hollywood stars today who got their first big break in that movie.    9/20/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, August 26, 1951, Veneble Hammonds, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hammons of Van Alstyne, has been promoted to the grade of master sergeant at Perrin Air Force Base. a graduate of Van Alstyne High School, Sergeant Hammonds military service in 1938 and served at various installations across the United States. He is the base supply inspector at Perrin Air Force Base. Extra note-Ven Hammonds' dad enlisted in the Army in 1938 and later transferred to the Army Air Corps before it became the United States Air Force, he spent more than twenty years active duty military and then another twenty five working for the Air Force as a civilian. Our classmate Ven spent a total of thirty years in the Air Force, after living many places he and Dianne (Brodhead) are now living back in Sherman.    8/26/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: August 25, 1951, Sixty Years Ago, James Storey, professor of Bible at Austin College, and his family will leave Monday for a long journey to Palestine where Professor Storey will join the American School of Research taking part in the "big dig" at the ruins of ancient Jericho. The family will be gone a year and after the archaeological work, Professor Storey plans to spend some time in graduate study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Extra note-Professor James Storey was Elizabeth Ann Storey's father, she has lived in Virginia for many years.   8/25/2011

Marvin Fulenchek's mother in law, Jessie Earlene Owens of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2011. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Fairview Cemetery in Denison, Texas, Alan Mattingly of Always Better Care will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Earlene was originally from McAlester, Oklahoma and worked for Civil Service for many years. Her survivors are: her daughter, Betty Fulenchek and her husband Joe (Marvin) of Denison, Texas; two sons, Mike Sweeten and his wife Barbara of Lawrence, Kansas and Roger Mosley and his wife Elaine of Westerly, Rhode Island; ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.  8/21/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, August 19, 1961, The Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church will officially receive the new building from the architect and contractors at a Family night meeting Wednesday evening. Rev. John Minter, pastor, will speak on "I Believe in the Everlasting Life." This is one of a series of "repeat sermons" requested by members of the congregation. Extra note-Jack Minter's dad was thought of very highly by the church members, the Minter Fellowship Hall at the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church in named in his memory.   8/19/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, August 17, 1961, Sherman football fans will get a chance to meet the new Bearcat coaches at 7:00 p. m. Tuesday at a covered dish supper in Bearcat Stadium said Arnold Gilliland who is director of the Sherman Pigskin Club. The new high school coaches are Warren Harper who is the athletic director and head coach, Don Duke, Jack Hawthorne, and Dean Slayton. Martin Hearne is the only senior high coach returning from 1960. Extra note Arnold Gilliland was Jean Gilliland Ross' father, he passed away in March of 2000. Some classmates will remember that Coach Slayton had a resemblance to Clark Kent, several of the boys called him Superman. He is now retired from coaching and living in Stephenville, Texas. Later that year Doyle Brooks who was the freshman junior high coach was moved to the high school to replace Don Duke, Duke was called to active duty by the Army's 49th Armored Division.   8/17/2011

David McCrary's brother and Linda (Sloan) McCrary's brother in law, Gary McCrary of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. Gary's survivors are: his wife, Linda McCrary; three daughters, Jerrie McCrary of Houston, Texas, Misty Langston of Pottsboro, Texas, and Tanza McCrary of Kerman, California; two sons, Gary McCrary of Clovis, California and Steve McBride of Pottsboro, Texas; three brothers, David McCrary of Bonham, Texas, Jerry McCrary and his wife Linda McCrary of Georgetown, Texas, and Randy McCrary and his wife Julie of Bonham, Texas; eighteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two expected great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  8/7/2011

Gail (Hipple) Bates' brother, George John Hipple of Elkridge, Maryland, passed away on Thursday August 4, 2011. Services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Monday, August 8, 2011 at Harwood Park United Methodist Church in Elkridge under the direction of Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home, burial will follow in Meadowridge Memorial Park. George's survivors are: his wife, Rosemarie "Rosie" M. Hipple; two sons, Patrick Hipple and Travis Hipple; his mother, Anita Hipple; two sisters, Gail Hipple Bates and Sherry Hipple; and many nieces and nephews.  8/6/2011

Ronald Haker's father, Joe Lewis Haker of Gunter, Texas, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Hilltop Haven Christian Care Center in Gunter. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Monday, August 8, 2011 in the College Hill Church of Christ in Gunter, officiating will be Bob Phillips under the direction of Flesher Funeral Home. J. L. formerly worked for the City of Sherman, the United States Post Office, and the Hilltop Haven Christian Care Center. His survivors are: one daughter, Debbie and her husband Jesse McFarling of Gunter; two sons, Ron Haker and his wife Debbie of Arlington, Texas and Troyce Haker and his wife Donna of Gunter, Texas; two brothers, Charles Haker and Robert Haker; one sister, Mary Flannery; and seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  8/6/2011

Eddie Smith's mother, Grace Schmitz of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, August 5, 2011 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sherman. Officiating will be Father Martin Yost under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home, burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Sherman. Grace owned and managed the Elite Beauty Shop in Sherman where she made many lifelong friends, she retired at the age of seventy seven years. Her survivors are: one daughter, Grace Hale and her husband Stanley of Sherman; one son, Edward Barrick Smith also of Sherman; one granddaughter, Catherine Hale Platt and her husband Peter; and three great grandchildren, Alexis Pratt, Fletcher Pratt, and Shreve Pratt, all of Houston, Texas.   8/4/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, August 4, 1971, The Kiwanis team won the Vernie Henderson Youth League Baseball championship. The team includes Steve Anderson, Mike Bankhead, Larry Blount, Derwin Boyd, Gaylon Boyd, Mike Burch, Vandella Guess, Mark Larkin, Dennis Medlin, Thomas Morgan, Doug Nowlin, Terry Sutherland, and Barry Towles. John Towles is the coach and Buddy Larkin is the manager. Extra note-Dennis Medlin is Sam Mullins' brother in law, Mark Larkin is Debbie Larkin Roberts' brother and Buddy Larkin was Debbie's father.   8/4/2011

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch is proud to announce that her grandson (Aaron de Groot) and his baseball team (Neptune's) won the 12 and under baseball Championship of the Netherlands. They then went to Poland and won the European Championship (playing teams from England, Italy, Belarus, Poland and the Czech Republic). They have now earned the right to go to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to the Little League World Series! So lets root for Holland around Aug 18th!  7/31/2011

Congratulations to Alton Bowman and Gail (Hipple) Bates, they were both recently selected as "Outstanding Ex Students" by the Sherman Ex-Students Association. Alton and Gail's awards will be presented in a special awards ceremony of the Ex-Students Association on September 24, 2011, we hope that several of you will be there to support these two very deserving classmates. More details about this special event will be posted as they become available. Dick Ellis was a recipient of one of the "Outstanding Ex-Students" awards in 1994, Ven Hammonds was so honored in 2000. Several entries have been written in this section through the years about Alton and Gail's accomplishments, two recent entries are 7/12/11 for Alton and 7/11/11 for Gail and also check out the 1/10/10 entry about Alton and the 3/25/09 entry about Gail. Congratulations to both Alton and Gail, we are proud to now have four of our classmates that are so honored.  7/23/2011

Joey (Joe) Ulrich and his wife Janell (Threadgill) Ulrich (SHS Class of '64) are proud to announce the latest addition to their family, a female pot bellied pig acquired at a recent Trade Days in McKinney, Texas. Joe says that Sweet Pea and their mixed breed dog LD have already become buddies, two horses and a goat named Mocha are also part of the Ulrich menagerie. Joe and Janell moved to Van Alstyne about four years ago after living just down the highway in Plano for many years, the more settled country life seems to be agreeing with them. Joe is a regular participant at our reunions and our mini-reunions. 7/22/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, July 21, 1961, Winners in the bridge session held at McCraw's Restaurant in Sherman by the Twin City Bridge Club are: North-south, first, Mrs. John Ellis and Mrs. Frank Hare; second, Mrs. Robert Gobel and Mrs. Frank Welch; and third, Mrs. Jim Fant and Mrs. George Henry Wilcox; East-west, first, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Henderson; second, Mrs. Rita Hardwick and Mrs. Lucy Worthley; and third, Mrs. Larry Carter and Mrs. Robert Rowland. Extra note- Both Johnny Ellis' mother Ruth and Ricky and Randy Rowland's mother Deola were very active in the Sherman community, Ruth passed away in January of 1977 and Deola passed away in July of 2003. At one time, Ruth Ellis was a National Master of duplicate bridge. McCraw's Restaurant was one of the very popular home owned restaurants that were once common in Sherman, today many restaurants in Sherman and other cities and towns throughout our nation are part of large chains. One thing McCraw's had that you don't see anymore were the individual jukeboxes at each booth, if you punched in #J6 you could hear "Last Date" by Floyd Cramer which happened to be Sam Mullins and future wife Bettye Medlin's song when they were dating. McCraw's was located on what was then Highway 75 but is now Texoma Parkway, today a Chicken Express occupies that same address.  7/21/2011

Jim Gilliam's mother, Jerrel Dean "Jerry" Gilliam of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the Preston House Assisted Living Center in Sherman, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 9:00 a. m. on Friday, July 20, 2011 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, officiating will be Lander Bethel of Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Jerry attended Oklahoma A&M College and was a member of Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church of Sherman. Her survivors are: two sons, Jimmy Earl Gilliam of Palestine, Texas and Tommy Ray Gilliam of Whitewright, Texas; one granddaughter, Evgeniya "Jane" Oryol; and two grandsons, Jeremy Paul Gilliam and Steven Ray Gilliam.  7/21/2011

Both Pudge Littlefield's sister Joy and Sylvia (Taylor) Finch have sent pictures on the massive dust storm that hit Phoenix, Arizona recently, they said that in just a few minutes the sky turned dark as night. It was pretty unbelievable in pictures and must have been even more so being there. Joy Littlefield Jeffrey lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico but says she knows those dust storms in Phoenix to be something you would never forget, Sylvia and her husband Bill have lived in Phoenix for many years where they also have to endure some 116 degree temperatures from time to time. To read some recent news about Sylvia and her husband Bill, go to the 7/9/11 entry in this section of our website. 7/18/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, July 15, 1951, When school bells ring in September, 210 pupils living in northwest Sherman will report to the new modern Fairview School building which is now nearing completion on the 12 acre campus at the corner of Taylor and Wood Street. O. E. Giles will be principal of the new school. The faculty members include Mrs. Robert Brice, Mrs. Mary Bess Estes, Mrs. O. E. Giles, A. C. Melton, Mrs. R. B. Rutherford, and Miss Margaret Spicer. Extra note-Some of the classmates who were part of that first grade class at the new school became members of the Sherman High School graduating class of 1963. To read more about Fairview School, go to the 2/28/11 entry in this section of our website.

Also in today's Herald Democrat: Dan Steelman, the new executive director of the Sherman Museum, presented the program at Wednesday's meeting of the Sherman Noon Lions Club. He discussed the recent name change of the museum, the different programs coming up at the museum, and the different types of memberships that are available. The museum's website is, it is located on Walnut Street in the building that was the Sherman Public Library when we were in school. It was one of the 2,509 libraries built in the United States between 1883 and 1929 with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The building was completed in 1915 and served as Sherman's Public Library until 1973 when the library moved to its current location at the northeast corner of Travis and Mulberry on the former site of the First Methodist Church. Gary Park was listed in the article about the Lions Club as being one of the twenty one members that received a perfect attendance pin for the year, Gary has been in the Lions Club for seventeen years and has served in many different leadership roles in the organization including being a past president.   7/15/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, July 14, 1951, National awards have been awarded to two Sherman Camp Fire Girls leaders. Mrs. Richard Bilger. leader of the Woodpecker Blue Birds, was awarded the "Shuta" honor, meaning "to create." Mrs. Harold Shelton, guardian of the Pazuta group has received the "Wakan" honor, meaning "excellence of idea and expression." Luda Maurine Bilger was Pam Bilger's mother, she passed away in July of 1997. Pam has lived in San Antonio, Texas for several years now.  7/14/2011

Alton Bowman will have a writing desk he designed and made on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in a special exhibition titled "Environmental Perspectives, A Landscape Show" which will run from July 29, 2011 through October 23, 2011. The internationally known academy in Philadelphia is Alton's Alma Mater and this is his first time exhibiting anything there in 43 years, he will be one of twelve artists represented at the special show. The writing desk Alton created is made of American Holly and Ebony, inlays of Texas Wildflowers are evident in the very unusual piece. A portion of the desk can be seen at, another website where you can see more of Alton's work is Congratulations to Alton for this very special honor.  7/12/2011

One of our busiest classmates is Gail (Hipple) Bates, being a delegate in her home state of Maryland keeps her pretty busy and that's not counting the tremendous amount of charity work she takes on plus all she does with her family. In the latest letter to her constituents, Gail tells about being a part of eleven simulated Congressional Hearings in the elementary schools, several TV Free Week Ice Cream Socials for the Students, attending several Senior High and Middle School awards assemblies, and going to four high school graduations. The letter also tells about a couple of special projects she is involved in as well as detailing her mid May trip to Turkey. The goodwill trip to Turkey was a combination of meetings plus sightseeing, it was sponsored by two Turkish/American associations. Gail, along with six other Maryland government officials, visited business leaders, the Mayors of Ankara and Kocaeli, print media executives, schools, Turkish Public TV, a women's foundation, and several other places too numerous to mention. Gail said it was interesting to see how Turkey's economy is growing and the many ways they got this accomplished. The group even got to attend a wedding reception in Istanbul plus several dinners hosted by Turkish businessmen. The sightseeing part of the trip included many amazing places and they even got to take a boat ride on the Bosphorus Sea, in Izmir they saw the ruins of ancient Ephesus and the home of the Virgin Mary. Especially interesting were the underground cities of Cappadocia, as well as a number of cave churches with exquisite paintings dating from the 7th Century. Gail said good relationships were built with the Turkish people by focusing on areas of mutual concern. Gail especially enjoyed the recent July 4th holiday, she and her husband David took their son Robert and Gail's mom to Greensboro, North Carolina where they visited with their son Dwight, his wife Stephanie, and their two sons Jonathon and Owen who just turned one. Gail and David attended our reunion in 2003, hopefully they will return for our next major reunion if not before.  7/11/2011

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch and her husband Bill flew from their home in Phoenix, Arizona to Miami, Florida in May where they joined their daughter Shannon and her family who had flown from their home in Holland for a very special family mini-reunion in Florida. A couple of fun things enjoyed by the two families before they all drove north to Orlando were an airboat ride among the alligators and swamp grass in the Everglades and a glass bottom boat tour in Key Largo. The two families rented a house while in Orlando and they all got to do quite a bit in that area including visiting Cocoa Beach, the Kennedy Space Center, Sea World, and Universal Studios as well as shopping at some of the area's great outlet malls. When they got time to hang out at the house and enjoy the pool, Bill was recruited to be the "barbecue chef" which they all enjoyed. After nine days Sylvia and Bill flew back to Phoenix from Orlando while Shannon and her family stayed another day before driving back to Miami and boarding a ship headed for the Bahamas. The cruise, which Shannon and her husband and two children totally enjoyed, was in celebration of their fifteenth wedding anniversary. Sylvia and Bill's daughter Shannon and her husband Adriaan (Aad) deGroot live in Schiedam, Holland along with their son Aaron and daughter Sierra. Sylvia has made several flights to Holland through the years for visits but this year's family mini-reunion in Florida is something that both families will enjoy talking about for years to come. Speaking of monumental anniversaries, Sylvia and Bill will be celebrating their forty-fifth wedding anniversary a week from today on July 16th.  7/9/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, July 5, 1961, Hugh Hailey won the Speaker of the Week Award with his talk on "The Ten Commandments" when the Sher-Den Toastmasters Club met Monday evening, other speakers were Charles Turner and Arnold Wrede. Topic master was Ed Pietralczyk and toastmaster was Dick Warren, Harrell Kitchens was critic of the week. Extra note-Glenn Hailey's dad, Hugh Earl Hailey, was very involved in Toastmasters and got Glenn involved in it as well. Glenn now lives in Memphis, Tennessee but is a regular follower of our website, he no doubt learned some of his excellent communication skills through the Toastmasters program as well as the columns he once wrote for the Sherman Democrat and we can't leave out the English teachers at Sherman High School either. Glenn has e-mailed us some very interesting and sometimes humorous accounts of family activities that we have been able to use in this section of our website, he has also sent us items for our "Believe It or Don't" and "Points to Ponder"  website sections. Our edited versions of news for this section are often not nearly as good as the originals we receive, the editing down sometimes has to be done because of space limits. The Toastmasters program helps improve speaking and leadership skills, it first began in the basement of a YMCA building in Santa Ana, California in 1924 when Charles Smedley held the first meeting. Today Toastmasters International has over 260,000 members in 12,500 clubs in 113 countries, there are now two Toastmasters clubs in Sherman. The Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters meets at 6:30 a. m. every Thursday at the Renaissance on Loy Lake Road in Sherman, The High Noon Toastmasters meet at Covenant Church at 4100 North Travis at noon on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Hugh Hailey had a very interesting military career serving in both the Navy and the Air Force, he passed away in June of 1991.  7/5/2011

Suzanne (Young) Welch is to be commended for the unselfish giving of her time and energy to participate in various runs/walks for charity through the years, she has recently participated in three more of these worthwhile events. On May 21, 2011 she and her boyfriend Mike Kupka both walked in the "Free To Breathe" 5K run/walk which raises money for research into finding a cure for lung cancer. This event is very close to Mike's heart as his mother Edna Kupka passed away in November of 2003 due to lung cancer, the 750 people who participated raised a total of $127,000. On June 4, 2011 Suzanne participated in her first ever night event, the "Firefly" 5K/10K run/walk was held in Plano, Texas. Suzanne completed her 5K in just under an hour, the money raised from this event benefited the Children's Medical Center at Dallas. June 11, 2011 Suzanne and her friend Candace got up early for the 21st annual Susan G. Komen "Race For The Cure" which raises money for research into finding a cure for breast cancer, the 13,000 people who participated in this very popular event raised $800,000.  7/4/2011

One of Margaret (Madden) Alverson's favorite things to do is travel, she and her sister Barbara went on an Odyssey Small Group tour to China last year for the entire month of October. With a full month they were able to see many beautiful and interesting places and Margaret and Barbara even had special visits to the homes of some local people, a meaningful highlight that Margaret enjoyed was being able to see where her uncle Jack had served with the Flying Tigers in World War II. Margaret enjoyed seeing the panda bears in Chongqing as well as Xian's Terra Cotta Warriors, these are terracotta statues depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang who was the first Emperor of China. A portion of their tour included a cruise down the Yangtze River to the very impressive Three Gorges Dam. The Yangtze River is the world's third largest river at 3,988 miles in length, the recently completed Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity. Margaret's tour ended in Shanghai where she attended the World Expo, she said that she never was afraid to walk anywhere and even encountered an armed Chinese Soldier who was very courteous and gave her excellent directions in English when she needed them. During the whole month Margaret was in China she said she did not see over five Americans, she also got to eat some unusual but very tasty food. Margaret said most anytime, except Summer because of the heat combined with the air pollution, is a good time to visit China. A better and more complete account of Margaret's interesting journey can be sent to anyone who is considering taking a trip to China. Margaret will soon be taking a trip with her granddaughter to England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, hopefully she will send us some news about that trip when she returns.  6/30/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, June 28, 1961, Woody Gilliland, a catcher on the Rotary Club team in the Sherman Junior League will leave Sunday for Meridian where he will spend three weeks at Johnny Carrigan's boy's baseball camp. Woody was selected by former professional baseball players as the best prospect at the annual Sherman baseball clinic last weekend. Extra note-The rest of the original newspaper story told that although Woody received this honor for baseball he would be attending West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas in the Fall on a football scholarship. Woody was chosen out of approximately 150 boys who attended the Sherman baseball clinic, his batting average was an impressive .333 and he had one grand slam home run to his credit as well. Because of a Saturday afternoon rainout, awards were given on the basis of the player's performances in the morning workouts. One of the former professional baseball players helping in the baseball clinic was Greenville, Texas native and former Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton. Jimmy Stewart played the lead role in the popular biographical movie "The Stratton Story." George M. Cox's father, also named George Cox, was another former Chicago White Sox pitcher. Woody is Jean (Gilliland) Ross' brother, Jean is married to Joe Ross who is Jim Ross' brother. Woody now lives in Abilene, Texas, Jean and Joe live in Keller, Texas, and Jim Ross lives in Grand Prairie, Texas. George M. Cox has lived in Bedford, Texas for many years.  6/28/2011

Glenn Hailey and his wife Marie are back home in Memphis, Tennessee after spending ten days in the Boston suburb of Norfolk, Massachusetts, they were staying with their grandsons Aaron and Glenn while daughter Lisa and her husband Robert were house hunting in Pennsylvania. Robert's job with Bank of America is what necessitates the move. The good news is that Robert and Lisa already have their present home under contract, the bad news is that according to Glenn a very nit picking inspection report and some red tape are slowing up things. Glenn wrote a very humorous account of what he and his family refer to as "Big Dig II," the original "Big Dig" was a 7.5 mile Highway and tunnel project in Boston that when finally completed after over twenty years of construction and delays came in at around 19.2 billion dollars over budget. Similar frustrations can be seen in two classic comedies that are shown on the cable channel TCM from time to time. In "Father of the Bride" Spencer Tracy's character learns just what all is involved in putting together what he had hoped would be just a simple but nice wedding for his daughter. Cary Grant's character in "Mr. Blandings Builds a Dream House" encounters all kinds of unexpected surprises as he and his wife sometimes have to make some quick decisions in having their family's new house built in Connecticut. Both movies have pleasant endings so hopefully Robert and Lisa's frustrations will also soon be behind them as they adjust to becoming Pennsylvanians.  6/27/2011

Jim Ross' wife, Sue Ann Ross of Grand Prairie, Texas, passed away at her home on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Services will be at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Grand Prairie Funeral Home which is located at 2951 South Belt Line Road. Sue was a thirty one year employee of Vought Aircraft Industries in Dallas, Texas, she and Jim reached the milestone of forty years of marriage on August 1, 2010. Her survivors are: her husband, Jim Ross of Grand Prairie; her daughter, Jennifer Thompson and her husband Mark of Lubbock, Texas; her three brothers, David, H. A., and Larry Witte; her sister, Judy Hoeft; and her two grandchildren, Connor and Erin Thompson.  6/26/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, June 23, 1961, An ad tells of an upcoming music show at the Kidd Key Auditorium in Sherman's Municipal Building, the headliners will be The Drifters and Jimmy Reed. The Drifters were one of the most popular rock and roll groups of the late fifties and early sixties, like some other groups they had several membership changes through the years. Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King were the best known of the former lead singers for The Drifters, they both went on to become very popular as solo singers. Some of The Drifters' most popular songs were "On Broadway," "Save The Last Dance For Me," "There Goes My Baby," "This Magic Moment," and "Under The Boardwalk." Jimmy Reed is remembered as more of a blues singer who was known for his very distinctive style of singing, his best selling song and the one most associated with him is "Big Boss Man." Other singers who have also appeared at the Kidd Key Auditorium include Johnny Harra, Marty Robbins, and Hank Williams, Jr. Paula Kay Evans, a Garland, Texas native, was a back-up singer for Reba McEntire and was one of Reba's eight band members that were killed in a plane crash in March of 1991. Paula was a very good singer and most likely would've become a star in her own right had she lived, she was one of the singers who performed with Johnny Harra at his Elvis Tribute show in Sherman. Comedian Jerry Clower who was known for his own brand of Southern Humor was another of the many entertainers who have performed at the Kidd Key Auditorium through the years, he most likely was wearing his trademark red suit during his show here. Sherman native and country singer and also former star of the popular television show Hee-Haw, Buck Owens donated $20,000 in January of 1996 to get the ball rolling in donations for Kidd Key Auditorium's much needed renovation. In April of 1996, Buck was back in Sherman to give a free concert celebrating our newly renovated auditorium. Johnny Ellis' sister, Julie Ellis Starr, was Sherman Mayor during that time and was very instrumental in securing the donation from Buck as well as the concert. Buck Owens passed away in March of 2006, he is buried in Bakersfield, California where he had lived since 1951.  6/23/2011

Hellen (Kirby) Leverett's sister, Georgia Bell Hathaway, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Hilltop Haven Nursing Center in Gunter, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Van Alstyne, Texas Cemetery. Rev. Alvin Glick will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas. Georgia's survivors are: her husband, John Hathaway; her daughter, Venus Glick and her husband Alvin; her son, John Hathaway, Jr.; and her sister, Hellen Leverett and her husband Jim of Sherman.  6/23/2011

Joanne (Cole) Slaven was one of fifty three family members that attended the annual Cole Family Reunion in Colbert, Oklahoma this past Saturday. Joanne's mother, Nola Daugherty Cole of Sherman, Texas, received a gift for being the oldest family member in attendance. Nola was in the Sherman High School Class of 1936. Paul Cole of Cibolo, Texas was the family member who traveled the greatest distance to attend, he lives in Cibolo, Texas which is near San Antonio. Joanne had portraits from 1870 of her great-great-grandparents, Dr. William Walter Cole and Christiana Melissa Dalton Cole, to display to everyone who attended. Christiana settled in the Grayson County community of Ida following the death of Dr. Cole in 1871 in Stokes County, North Carolina. Christiana and her nine children lived in a rent house belonging to her brother in law James Reid Cole, he was the third president of Texas A&M. Elaine Russell Olson, a past president of the Sherman Ex-Student's Association, who graduated from Sherman High School in the Class of 1954 is a relative and was one of those fifty three family members in attendance. Eighteen year old Trevor Cole was the winner of the checker tournament, various family groups were photographed randomly throughout the day. Before everyone went home, several were already looking forward to getting together again for next year's reunion.  6/23/2011

Kay (Jarvis) White's mother, Ava Ora Jarvis of Sherman, Texas passed away on Sunday June 19, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p. m. on Friday, June 24, 2011 at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jack Gibson of the Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, a private burial service will be at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Ava Ora was a graduate of Carthage High School in Carthage, Texas and attended college at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was a homemaker and was also a food service manager in the Sherman ISD for twenty five years. Ava Ora was a long time member of Key Memorial Methodist Church in Sherman and served in many capacities in the church including being a member of the Golden Keys, president of the Key Bible Class, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Sherman Red Hatter Society and the Sundowner's Home Extension Club. Her survivors are: two daughters, Kay White and her husband Steve of Austin, Texas and Martha Box and her husband Steve of Dallas, Texas; three sons, Bill Jarvis and his wife Joyce of Sherman, Don Jarvis of Sherman, and Thomas Jarvis and his wife Jerri of Sherman; fifteen grandchildren, thirty one great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  6/22/2011

Dianne (Keesee) Williams, her sister Sandra, her brother Craig, and her parents live in various parts of the DFW Metroplex, however they all traveled together day before yesterday approximately 500 miles on a family memory tour to many points in southern and southeastern Oklahoma. The trip was something her mother had wanted to do for many years, to be able to revisit many of the places that meant so much to her growing up as a young girl in Oklahoma. A lot of laughing and reminiscing was enjoyed by all five members of the Keesee family throughout the many hours of traveling, the long but meaningful day ended around 10:00 p.m. when the Keesee family members all returned to their homes. Dianne and both her parents were born in Oklahoma, her brother and sister were born in Sherman. I think many of us would enjoy a memory tour trip like this now if we could only do it, this past Monday will be a day that the entire Keesee family will remember for the rest of their lives. Dianne's parents both turned ninety years of age this year, you can go the 5/25/11 entry in this section of our website to read about some honors they recently received. Harold and Wanda are both very special people, we are fortunate to have had them attend some of our mini-reunion activities.   6/22/2011

Robert Bernard's nephew, Wayne Bliss Armstrong of Tom Bean, Texas, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. Robert Bernard and Terry Smith will officiate, burial will follow at Holloway Cemetery in Luella. Wayne worked as a general contractor/field engineer for General Electric traveling to many places including Arizona, Aruba, Canada, Florida, Trinidad, and Virginia. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Sherman. Wayne's survivors are: his son, Chase Armstrong of Tom Bean, Texas; his mother, Linda Cripps and her husband Larry of Sherman, Texas; his father, Jan Armstrong and his wife Barbara of Tom Bean, Texas; his brother, Terry Land of Denton, Texas; his "adopted" brother, Justin Goldston of Dallas, Texas; his two sisters, Deborah Cripps of Frisco, Texas and Ila Rigdon and her husband Jeff of Sherman, Texas; his paternal grandmother, Mary Armstrong of Luella, Texas, his maternal grandmother, Thelma Bernard of Lewisville, Texas; his two nephews, Logan Rigdon and Taylor Rigdon; his niece, Erika Rigdon and her husband Brandon of Whitesboro, Texas; and several aunts and uncles. 6/21/2011

From the "A Look Through our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, June 20, 1951, Do you have that tired run-down feeling after spending countless hours over an ironing board? We have the best remedy, the Maytag Ironer, and it saves half the time and four times the labor. See at Bill Bell, Inc. 324 N. Travis, phone 2895. Extra note-Many people today just associate Maytag with household appliances, they don't realize that Maytag first began in 1893 as a farm implement company and from 1910 to 1915 the Maytag-Mason Company built the Maytag automobile. Bill Bell was Anne (Bell) Langworthy's father, Anne has lived in Dallas for many years. The 324 N. Travis address of Bill's business will be remembered by many of our classmates as the location of Whiteacre's Service Station, a fixture in downtown Sherman for many years. Today that same building houses Tangle's Hair Design, a hairstyling business.  6/20/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, June 19, 1961, C. C. Teague is in Los Angeles, California for the National Shetland Pony Sale. Extra note-C. C. Teague was Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's grandfather and the founder of C. C. Teague and Son Construction in 1949, a forerunner of what was to later become Teague Industries. C. C. was also the owner of C-Jo Pony Farm in Sherman, the national show quality Shetland ponies raised there were shown all over the country. For a while Stellagene and her cousin Ronnie Brock (SHS Class of '62) toured several southeastern states and a few northern ones showing the ponies in events called the Fancy Turnouts. When Stellagene's grandparents decided to get out of the pony business, they flew their ponies to Havana, Cuba and sold them just before the overthrow by Fidel Castro back in 1958. One of the ponies they sold brought the highest price ever paid for a Shetland pony, a record that stood until 1997. Stellagene's grandfather was also one of the founders and the first president of the American Paint Horse Association, he served five terms as president and his photograph is displayed in the front office of the association's headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. C. C. Teague passed away in November of 1979. 6/19/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, June 18, 1961, Several pages in that day's paper told about the new just opened addition of 42 private rooms to Sherman's Community Hospital. The hospital was Sherman's oldest permanent hospital and was located at 900 E. Wells, it was originally known as St. Vincent's Sanitarium when it opened in September of 1902. Ricky and Randy Rowland's father, Dr. Robert H. Rowland, was one of the hospital's eight board of directors during the 1961 expansion. In February of 1977 Sherman Community Hospital moved across town and became known as Medical Plaza Hospital before it closed several years later, today that same building at 1111 Gallagher Drive houses Life Center Specialty Hospital.  6/18/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, June 16, 1961, "Road Song" is the topic chosen by Rev. John P. Minter, pastor of Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church, for this Sunday's sermon. The article also tells that the Senior High Fellowship members will be traveling to Fort Worth's First Presbyterian Church where they will see a portrayal of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper." Vacation Church School will end next Thursday with a family picnic on the church lawn and a program to follow in Fellowship Hall. In the Sherman Democrat just two days after this story appeared was a mention in the "Who's Traveling Where" section which tells that David Minter is due to fly home later that month after a year's study at the Institute of American Universities at Aix-En-Provence France. It tells about David saying that living in a country for a while gives a much better perspective of the lives of its local citizens than simply a short visit as a tourist. David is Rev. John P. Minter's son as is Jack Minter, David now lives in Austin, Texas and Jack lives in San Antonio, Texas. The Fellowship Hall mentioned in this article is now named Minter Fellowship Hall in honor of Rev. Minter. The "Who's Traveling Where" column was just one of several things that seemed to make the Sherman Democrat more interesting to local readers years ago, the fewer number of items of local interest in the Sherman paper was sure noticed once the newspaper was sold and no longer in the hands of local ownership. 6/16/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, June 13, 1951, The Idle Time, a 70 foot all-metal excursion boat, is scheduled to arrive at Denison Dam this weekend after an 1,800 mile trip from the Lake of the Ozarks, down the Mississippi and up the Red River to its new home at Burns Run. The roomy craft has a capacity of 160 passengers. Extra note-Burns Run is an area of the lake that used to be very popular, it was once known as the "Coney Island of Lake Texoma" because of the rides that used to be there. The Idle Time was used for general sightseeing on the lake and sometimes for special dinner-dances before it was taken out of service, the rusted once popular boat ended up being a victim to welder's torches as it was cut up sometime in the 1970's and sold for scrap metal.

Fifty Years Ago, June 13, 1961, Sherman Chamber of Commerce directors and committee chairmen were chief cooks at the "Ham n Eggs" breakfast for new chamber members in the city park on Houston Street. The cooks are R. B. Aston, Jr., Herman Baker, past president David H. Brown, Bill Gafford, president E. H. McElroy, Jr., and William Rice. Extra note-Susannah (Aston) Crosthwaite's father and Judy Brown's father were both involved in many civic activities, R. B. Aston passed away in September of 1981 and David Brown passed away in March of 1991. The city park mentioned was located at 501 W. Houston, many of you will remember the Sherman Municipal Swimming Pool was also there. Gordon Duke's father owned Duke Electric at 524 W. Houston directly across the street from the park and pool and Debbie Larkin's father owned Buddy Larkin Garage just next door to the east at 522 W. Houston. 6/13/2011

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and eleven family members had a backyard barbecue and visiting by the pool party this afternoon, the special occasion was in celebration of her mother Wanda's 90th birthday which was this past Thursday, June 9th. Brooke and Brian McWhorter hosted the party at their home in Flower Mound, Texas, Brooke is Wanda's granddaughter and the daughter of Dianne's sister Sandra. For other recent news about Dianne's parents, check out the 5/25/11 entry in this section of our website. 6/12/2011

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's grandson, Major Shelton Patton of Sherman, Texas, graduated from the Henry Sory Elementary School Kindergarten on Friday, May 27, 2011. Out of 142 kindergarten students that graduated in the special ceremony, only twelve were accepted into the special Advanced Challenge Program and Major was one of those twelve. He will be a part of that program throughout his years at Sory Elementary. All the students wore red cap and gowns, the highlight of the ceremony was the traditional moving of the red cap's gold tassel at the end of the ceremony signifying their graduation accomplishment. Major's parents are Stellagene's daughter Janetta and her husband Garrett Patton, Garrett's parents are Tommy Patton and the late Glenna Campbell Patton. 6/11/2011

Alan Michael "Mike" Connolly of Bridgeport, West Virginia passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in the Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A celebration of Mike's life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Avenue in Bridgeport, Virginia. Mike served in Viet Nam as a member of the United States Marines, he received an honorable discharge with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant after five and a half years of service. After the military Mike attained the rank of captain on both the fire department in Concord, New Hampshire and the New York City Fire Department where he worked most of his duty in the South Bronx area, he also served as a consultant on the Homeland Security Board. After moving to Bridgeport, Mike was on the Emergency Services Council for the Bridgeport Fire Department as well as a volunteer consultant. Mike was a Saab automobile enthusiast and was a member of some Saab related clubs, he attended several Saab conventions including in August of 2007 the 25th annual Saab Owners Convention in Troy, Michigan. Mike was very passionate about all types of motorsports and served three two year terms on the West Virginia Motor Sports Council, the safety of the drivers as well as the spectators at all type of motorsports events are some of that council's main concerns. He also was a former Driver/Engineer for Ford Motor Company's Performance Division in AHRA, NHRA, and SCCA. Even though Mike moved away many years ago, he said those years he and his family spent in Sherman were some of the best times of his life and he still thought of Sherman as his hometown. Mike's survivors are: his son, Michael Sean Connolly of Concord, New Hampshire; his sister, Marsha Ann Blanchard and her husband Vincent of Abingdon, Maryland; two nephews, Aaron F. Clermont and his wife Sarah of Albany, New York and Jason J. Clement of Winthrop, Massachusetts; and two cousins, Abby Werther of Long Island, New York and Ginny Schmidt of Clarksburg, West Virginia. 6/10/2011

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert recently flew to San Diego, California where they boarded the Celebrity Century Ship for an eight night "Pacific Coastal" cruise up the California Coast and on to Canada. They got to tour the very unique city of San Francisco, most people do not realize it but San Francisco is not much bigger in size than Sherman. Depending on which sources you check, San Francisco's land area is right around 48 square miles while Sherman's is now 38 square miles. Jacksonville, Florida has 757 square miles making it the largest city in area of any city in the 48 contiguous states. While in San Francisco, Bennie and Hubert had lunch in China Town and got to visit Fisherman's Wharf as well as other points of interest. They also toured Astoria, Oregon, a very pretty area and the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. While in British Columbia, Bennie and Hubert visited the also very scenic cities of Nanaimo, Victoria, and Vancouver. Bennie and Hubert are now back home in Sherman, they enjoy cruising so they are probably trying to decide where to go next. 6/05/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, June 4, 1961, Forty youths from Sherman's First Methodist Church's Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) group will be taking a ten day trip by bus, the highlight of the trip will be a visit to Washington, D.C. Our classmates that went on the trip were Susannah Aston, Pam Bilger, Butch Ewing, Carolyn Hudnall, Betsy Marshall, and Stellagene Teague. Butch said that he remembers their bus breaking down somewhere in the Smoky Mountains, after another bus was brought in they continued towards Washington without any further vehicle problems. Stellagene said that her dad was one of the adult chaperones on the trip. In Washington the group got to meet and visit with two famous Texans, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson and the House of Representative's Speaker Sam Rayburn. After visiting many other interesting sights in Washington including the Smithsonian, it was time for the return trip home. Butch remembers that the group stopped in Nashville on the way back and visited the national headquarters for the Methodist Church where they saw a mosaic of the Last Supper. Butch and his wife Mary now live in Muskogee, Oklahoma where they are both Methodist ministers, they are very good about attending as many of our reunions and mini-reunions as they can. Besides being the home of country music, Nashville is known for having approximately 1,061 churches and being the home of many of our nation's major publishers of Bibles and other religious material. 6/04/2011

Larry Lafoy and his wife Ellen's grandaughter, Emily Lynn Lafoy, was pictured in a special graduation section honoring some of the graduates of area schools in today's Herald Democrat. Emily is six years old and graduated from kindergarten in Savoy, after the Summer break she will begin first grade at Savoy Elementary School in Savoy, Texas. Emily's parents are Chad Lynn Lafoy and his wife Cynthia, Chad is the youngest of Larry and Emily's four sons. 6/03/2011

Gary Park stays pretty busy with a lot of military related activities, lately he seems to have been even busier that usual. In the past couple of months he has attended the annual Medal of Honor ceremonies in Gainesville, been part of blood drives at Clayton Homes in Sherman and Texoma Regional Blood Center in Sherman, been part of the Armed Forces Day blood drive and military vehicle display at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum, and he drove one of the military vehicles in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Denison. Charles Carter was with Gary at the Armed Forces Day military vehicle display and blood drive at the Perrin Museum and Charles also attended a special Memorial Day Ceremony at West Hill Cemetery's Veteran's Section's Field of Honor in Sherman. Gainesville is the only city in our nation that has special annual celebrations honoring our nation's Medal of Honor winners. For more on these special MOH celebrations, check out the 4/17/10 and 4/17/09 entries in this section of our website. We have links to the Perrin Museum and also Gary's military organizations in the links section of our website, we also have a special "Veterans" section honoring our classmates who served in the military on this website. 6/02/2011

Joanne (Cole) Slaven's son, Matthew Elliot Slaven, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas on May 14,2011 with a B. A. Degree in Molecular Biology. He is planning on continuing his education at the University of Texas at Austin where he will be working on his Master's Degree. Joanne lives in Prosper, Texas and enjoys working on family genealogy. 6/01/2011

Gwynn (Crowson) Getto and her sister Charlotte (Crowson) Bailey (SHS Class of '61) along with three of their combined five grandchildren were in Sherman recently attending a workshop on fossil hunting at The Sherman Museum on Walnut Street. After the fossil workshop, the group visited the Perrin Air Force Base Museum. Since Perrin was the reason Gwynn and Charlotte ended up spending some of their school age years in Sherman, seeing the museum brought back a lot of good memories for them. Before driving back to Charlotte's home in Mesquite, the fossil hunters stopped and hunted an area of Post Oak Creek near Highway 75. The next day the five traveled back north to the small town of Ladonia, Texas, another area that is said to be good for fossil hunting. A few small fossils were found but they won't know exactly what they are until an expert checks their find. According to some members of the Dallas Paleontological Society, something that many Grayson County residents are still unaware of is that Grayson County is getting to be fairly well known as good hunting grounds for fossils. Back in March, the Herald Democrat reported that Ferrell Carroll's grandson and a friend made a rare and meaningful fossil find in Grayson County. To find out more about that discovery, check out the 3/20/11 entry in this section of our website. The Sherman Museum's website is, the Perrin Air Force Base Museum's website is, and the Dallas Paleontological Society's website is 5/30/2011

Billy Gene Roach attends all of our mini-reunions he is able to, however this last time he had a very good excuse for his absence. He was in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to visit his daughter Shelly Renae Elghazali and her son Blake England, Blake is a junior at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He is also a member of the National Guard and will soon be leaving for a tour of Afghanistan, he previously served a full tour of duty in Iraq. We appreciate Blake's service to our country and wish him a safe return trip home when his tour of duty is completed, God bless him and all the other members of our nation's military who are now serving throughout the world to keep us all safe. Billy is a father to two daughters and one son, grandfather to nine kids, and a great grandfather to four. 5/28/2011

Dianne (Keesee) Williams' parents, Harold and Wanda Keesee, were honored recently by Monica Park Christian Church in Garland, Texas with a special Sunday morning service for their many years of unselfish devotion and assistance they have given to their home church. Another special highlight of the weekend was the Harold Keesee Golf Tournament followed by a dinner at Eastern Hills Country Club in Garland, Texas, during Harold's days of playing golf he scored a hole in one three different times on that course. Dianne's mother Wanda was the first woman Elder in their church, together Harold and Wanda have held many different roles of leadership in the church during their over fifty years of service. The Keesees also received a plaque designating each of them as an Elder Emeritus. Harold and Wanda are very special people who have been to some of our mini-reunion activities, we congratulate them on the honors their church bestowed upon them. 5/25/2011

Robert Bernard, Joanne (Cole) Slaven, Donna (Cook) Hannah, James Cooper, David Duke, Butch Ewing, Dianne (Keesee) Williams, and Billy Jack Portman are all former Jefferson Elementary School students who attended yesterday's 115th Year Birthday Celebration and All School Reunion at Jefferson Elementary School, just touring the halls and classrooms of their old school brought back lots of memories for the group. Sam Mullins' wife, Bettye (Medlin) Mullins who attended Jefferson Elementary and is a graduate of the Sherman High School Class of '66, also attended the special event. Gary Park's wife, Donna (Mosby) Park who is a graduate of the Sherman High School Class of '62, attended the event as both a former Jefferson student and a former Jefferson teacher. Dr. Linus Wright, former Jefferson principal and also a former Dallas School Superintendent, gave the keynote speech at the event. David Hall's father, Levis Hall, was Sherman School Board President when Dr. Wright was first hired back in the mid 50's. There were several other speakers that helped get the celebration started, an especially meaningful speech was given by Trenell Walker who is now a motivational speaker. Trenell is a former Jefferson student and he was a Sherman Bearcat football player when in 1995 he suffered a life changing injury that left him confined to a wheelchair, he now devotes his life to helping others. Joanne Cole Slaven had put together a DVD about Jefferson Elementary, a few pictures from that DVD were on display in some of the classrooms. An information sheet was available at the Jefferson event which told some of the trivia that has helped to make Jefferson Elementary unique, one thing that probably many people don't know is that Jefferson Elementary was the first public school in Texas to serve hot lunches to its students. All our classmates who were former Jefferson students that attended the special celebration then went on to "Loose Wheels, Texas" where they joined several other Class of '63 classmates in what is to date our most attended mini-reunion yet. 5/22/2011

Mike Nurre's mother, Jerre Nurre, was a recipient of another award in the recent annual awards presentation for the writers who are part of the "Telling our Stories" workshop held at Austin College. The story Jerre won for this time was titled "Wheels," a lighthearted and interesting look at how wheels play a part all throughout our lives beginning from the time we are very small toddlers. Because of illness Jerre was unable to attend the awards ceremony, we congratulate Jerre on her recent award and hope that she will be writing again soon. Dr. Jerry Lincecum who is an English Professor Emeritus at Austin College began the popular writing workshop over twenty years ago, Jerre has been one of its most active writers since being a part of "Telling Our Stories" almost from the beginning. For more about Jerre and the "Telling Our Stories" workshop, check out the 5/3/10 and 5/21/08 entries in this section of our website. 5/18/2011

Johnny Hunt and Donnelle Southard got married forty five years ago today, they live in Sherman where John is a field agent for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Another classmate couple we know about that will be celebrating their forty five year anniversary this month is Duane Heatley and Joanne Harrison, they got married on May 29, 1966. Duane and Joanne have a home in Bells that they live in most weekends and during the Summers, however during the weeks of the school year they live in Burleson, Texas near their jobs. Duane teaches geography for the Cleburne ISD and Joanne is Food Service Director for the Burleson ISD. Duane is one of our most interesting classmates to talk with, especially whenever you ask him something about Sherman in years past as he is like an encyclopedia of old time Sherman. 5/14/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, May 14, 1961, Ann Norris, was selected as LVN of the Year from Sherman in conjunction with Texas Nurse's Week, Kathryne Campbell was selected as RN of the Year from Sherman. Like a lot of special events of the time, the awards banquet was held in the King Cotton Room at the Grayson Hotel. Ann is Harold (Butch) Norris' mother, she still lives in Sherman and Butch and his family have lived in Wichita Falls, Texas for many years now. The house Gary Park now lives in is the same one that Kathryne Campbell and her husband Jack lived in at the time of this newspaper story, coincidentally it was just a couple of blocks from where the Norris family lived. 5/14/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, May 11, 1961, Dr. Bernard Munger, Dean of Austin College, was named chairman of the Grayson County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Eloise and Marilee's father was a well respected member of the Austin College community for many years, he passed away in October of 1996. He was pastor of churches in Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. before settling in Sherman. Some information about Dr. Munger when the family was in Corinth, Mississippi can be found by going to Eloise Munger now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, Marilee (Munger) Scroggs lives in Crowley, Texas. 5/11/2011

Retiring this past Fall after thirty two years of employment with Austin College, Elizabeth (Liz) (Rogers) Rangel says she is now able to enjoy more family time but she enjoyed her years at AC very much. Liz started out on a part-time basis in the office of the Campus Police Department, it wasn't long before that grew into a full time position. As time went by, she worked in many other locations on campus including the bookstore, mail center, Science Department, Foreign Language Department, Vice President of Academic Affairs Office, President's Office, and the Business Office where she dealt with accounts receivable, collections of monies owed, and student emergency loans. During the span of time Liz was at Austin College, she served under four different college presidents and she also saw quite a few improvements to the college campus. Liz's husband Daniel is retired from the City of Sherman's Service Center, our classmate Jesse Delphin is also retired from there. Liz and Daniel have a daughter and two grandchildren who live in California. 5/9/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, May 3, 1961, A feature story tells that 380 Camp fire Girls gathered at the Municipal Building over the past weekend for their annual banquet, several of our classmates were mentioned in the story. Some of the  girls that were mentioned as helping conduct the meeting were Pam Bilger, Darlene Lowry, Patricia Onley, and Sheryl Rector. Patricia Onley won a special award in horsemanship and Pam Bilger was one of three girls who was a recipient of a ten year membership award. Our five classmates who advanced to journeyman's rank at that banquet included Pam Bilger, Darlene Lowry, Patricia Onley, Sheryl Rector, and Ginger Smith. Pam Bilger and also Darlene Lowry Gregg now live in San Antonio, Texas, Patricia Onley lives in McKinney, Texas, Sheryl Rector Petty lives in Blossom, Texas, and Ginger Smith Cook lives in Houston, Texas. 5/3/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, May 2, 1961, A B & B Cafeteria ad tells about their 11:00 until 2:30 lunch special, many classmates may have forgotten about Sherman's B&B Cafeteria but it was located just north of Houston Street at
115 N. Walnut. Barbara and Shirley Pond's parents owned and operated the B&B for around four or five years after their dad had retired from the Air Force. That complete lunch special included a choice of meat, choice of any two vegetables, choice of salad, bread and butter, and tea or coffee and all of that was just seventy five cents. B&B was named for George Butler and Malcolm Bradshaw who were the original owners, Malcolm later owned the M&M Cafe named for Malcolm and his wife Maurine. The M&M was located on West Houston Street and since Malcolm must have liked initials in the names of businesses, his cafe became the M&M&M and moved to Travis Street when daughter Mitzi joined her parent's business. Just a few years ago Furr's, Luby's, and Wyatt's Cafeterias were all located in Sherman but Golden Corral is the closet thing to a cafeteria that is in Sherman today, there are however several newer style restaurants located here now. It is said that the advent of the "casual dining" type restaurant in the United States in the 1980's is one of the reasons for the decline in cafeterias today. Barbara Pond LeCroy now lives in North Charleston, South Carolina and Shirley Pond Sawyer lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Barbara and Shirley were one of several sets of twin classmates in our '63 class, check out the "Twin Talk" section of this website for more about our twins as well as some twin trivia. 5/2/2011

Jimmy and Suzanne (Bailey) Dougherty's granddaughter Madeleine Claire Barganier will be graduating from James Martin High School in Arlington,Texas on June 4, 2011, she plans to continue her education and study biology at the University of North Texas in Denton. Madeleine is the daughter of Jimmy and Suzanne's oldest daughter Julie Adelia Barganier and her husband John, Jimmy and Suzanne have lived in Arlington since their marriage in November of 1964. 5/2/2011

Yesterday Suzanne (Young) Welch, and her close friends Candace and Lois, participated in the annual "Lymphomathon" Walk which started at the Tower Building in Dallas Texas' Fair Park. This is the second time for Suzanne and Candace to walk together in this particular event, however Candace is a lymphoma survivor so this walk always has a very special meaning for her. This particular event and others like it throughout the country are to raise money for research and development into finding a cure for lymphoma, the slogan of the walks are "Take A Step, Find A Cure." Suzanne's team which raised $530 was named Cure-Abbean Dreaming, the total money raised at yesterday's Dallas event was $56,239 with 190 walkers participating. Suzanne's personal fund raising goal was $100, she exceeded that total by $75. She said they enjoyed coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts before the walk and Fletcher's Corny Dogs after, the walk probably helped to make those calories from the donuts disappear and Suzanne said thinking of eating those corny dogs afterwards seemed to make her walk a little bit faster. Congratulations to Suzanne and her friends for their participation in this very worthwhile event and also a special congratulations to Suzanne for all the other charitable walks she has participated in through the years. For more information about lymphoma and the Dallas Walk, go to or 5/1/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, April 30, 1961, An ad for "Classic Homes" shows a new house at 411 Alta Vista for sale for $15,500 that was built by Eschol Hudnall, the new house was located near Fairview School and right next door to where Bobbie Westbrook used to live. Eschol lived nearby at 412 W. Turner and was the father of Carolyn Hudnall and Mike Hudnall, you can no longer find 412 W. Turner in Sherman anymore as that street was renamed and is now part of Lamberth Street. A '64 Sherman class member that also lived on the one block long Turner Street is Suzanne Panter, Suzanne married Denny Harris and they live in Carrollton, Texas. Carolyn Hudnall Cooper and her husband Grier have lived in Phoenix, Arizona for many years, her brother Mike passed away in February of 1979. Bobbie Westbrook Lagow now lives in Georgetown, Texas which is just north of Austin on Interstate 35. 4/30/2011

Our earliest classmate to get married, Jerry Ruffin of Grand Prairie, Texas, is observing his fiftieth wedding anniversary today. Jerry and Sue Sissom were married April 29, 1961 in Pampa, Texas. Like most couples who have gotten married that young, they were told by many people that it wouldn't last and here they are fifty years later proving all the doubters wrong. Jerry and Sue are good about attending our reunions and mini-reunions whenever they can, we're always glad to see them. Congratulations to Jerry for being our first classmate to reach this very monumental anniversary milestone, well maybe Sue deserves some of the congratulations too. 4/29/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, April 28, 1961, An ad in the Sherman Democrat tells about "The Toggery" being Sherman's newest men's store where they are "exclusive but not expensive." "The Toggery" was located at the southeast corner of Travis and Houston across the street from Price's Department Store before it closed in the early 70s. Two of the brands mentioned in the ad were Jarman shoes and Stetson hats, it also stated that they gave Scottie stamps. The store was started by Ray Melton and his son Dickie Ray, Dickie Ray Melton was an SHS Class of '58 graduate and now lives in Temperance, Michigan. On one of the poster boards displayed at our last reunion was an ad from the Sherman Democrat which showed James Cooper modeling one of the Toggery's new Ivy League shirts. Sherman was much different when we were in school and is now like many cities and towns throughout our nation, a lot of the home owned businesses that used to give towns their individuality have been replaced by businesses that are a part of a large chain. 4/28/2011

David Stockslager's brother, Thomas William Stockslager of Sherman, Texas, passed away at his home on Monday, April 25, 2011. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman. Rev. Bob Softly of the Friendly Church of God in Christ in Sherman will officiate, the burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery north of Whitesboro. Thomas graduated from Sherman High School in 1967 and he also attended Grayson County College, he served in the United States Army from 1968-1975 and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. He was retired from Proctor & Gamble/Folgers as a utilities technician, he had also worked as a service manager at Day Computer and for the Sherman Post Office. Thomas enjoyed working on computers in his spare time and tinkering in his shop at home. He is survived by: his wife, Tish Stockslager of Waco, Texas; two step-sons, Chad Wolf of Wylie, Texas and Nathan Wolf and his wife Melissa of Silo, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Erin Wolf, Darren Wolf, and Rainie Wolf; one brother, David Stockslager of Terrell, Texas; and two nieces and four nephews. 4/26/2011

The 55th edition of the annual week long Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show at Loy Lake Park recently ended, Leroy Griswold again served as general grounds superintendent. Leroy has been involved in the show for all but three of its fifty five years, the always popular event centers around area youth and their work in the essential field of agriculture. The auction is the final event every year, this year the 213 animals sold at auction brought in $361,333 which beat last year's auction total by $36,000. The average price paid per animal was just under $1,700 with the highest price of $6,300 paid for the grand champion steer. For more about the livestock show and to learn which two of our classmate's fathers were in on the beginning of this annual event, check out the 4/3/10 and 4/14/09 entries in this section of our website. 4/23/2011

Billy Robertson Jr.'s brother, Joseph Franklin "Joe" Robertson of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, April 22, 2011 at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, the services will be conducted by Rev. Mike Flanagan of the First Baptist Church in Whitesboro, Texas with burial to follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. Joe had worked at Kroger's as a meat cutter and later co-owned R&R Electronics and he was also retired from Texas Instruments in Sherman where he had worked in telecommunications. He is survived by: his wife, Jackie of Durant, Oklahoma; four sons, Brad Robertson of Collinsville, Texas, Brian Robertson of Durant, Oklahoma, Clint Sutherland and his wife Christina of Howe, Texas, and Garrett Sutherland and his wife Trish of Sherman, Texas; nine grandchildren; Ashlyn Dickens, Kade Robertson, Kyler Robertson, Livi Robertson, Ryan Robertson, Emma Sutherland, Haley Sutherland, Mason Sutherland, and Xander Sutherland; his father, Billy Robertson, Sr. of Sherman, Texas; his brother, Billy Robertson, Jr. and his wife Marsha of Whitesboro, Texas; his sister, Linda Detro and her husband Mike of Sherman, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 4/21/2011

From the Sherman Democrat, April 16, 1961, Larry Williams' picture appeared in the Sherman Democrat for being one of the 163 high school students nationwide who was given a certificate of merit plus a United States Savings Bond by the Firestone Company. To further help with upcoming college expenses, Firestone also gave 28 scholarships to sons and daughters of company employees. Larry's dad Herchell was manager of the Firestone store in Sherman for over four years and he also worked for the company in both Dallas and Denison, he passed away in February of 2005. Larry is married to Sissy Higginbotham and they live in Mansfield, Texas, his brother Don is married to Becca Hutt and they live in Fort Worth, Texas. 4/16/2011

Sandra (Admire) Savering who has now lived in Denison for several years was recently named as treasurer of the Texoma Quarter Horse Association. The members of the THQA are busy now preparing for the upcoming 55th annual THQA Rodeo to be held June 17th and 18th at the THQA Arena on Knight Road near the area of Texoma Parkway (used to be Hwy. 75) which is known as Breezy Hill. Sandra said she had wanted to be a member of the THQA for many years but didn't have the time to devote to the organization until she retired and now she is glad she became a member. She is one of our many classmates who was a twin, her sister Sharon (Admire) Murphy passed away in September of 1985 while living in California. Sandra formerly worked at the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and later served as a Grayson County Constable. You can see a listing of our twins and some twin-trivia in the "Twin Talk" section of this website. 4/12/2011

Gwynn (Crowson) Getto has just finished her third time serving as chairperson of the Mesquite, Texas ISD's Arts in Education "Reflections Program," this is a division of a nation wide program which was started by the National PTA in 1969. Through the years this worthwhile program has helped millions of children to learn more about the arts and develop an interest in its diverse formats, it is intended to enhance a quality arts program rather than replace it. Students have the option of competing in dance choreography, film video, literature, music, photography, or visual arts. The students focus on completing a work and having it judged, this year's Mesquite Arts & Education Reflections program had 115 students advance to council, 21 advance to state, and 14 won awards. One of the websites where you can learn more about the "Reflections Program" is Gwynn deserves special appreciation for all the work she has done in helping to introduce and promote art and art culture to the young people of Mesquite through this worthwhile program. 4/10/2011

Charles Carter, Gary Park, and Tommy Richardson, along with other members of the local Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 973, are undertaking a very meaningful project. They are asking the board members of the Sherman Ex-Student's Association to devote a special area in the recently relocated and yet to open Sherman Ex-Student's Museum to the Sherman exes who served their country in the Vietnam War. In 1985 Richard M. Nixon said "No event in American History is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now." Although it was a very misunderstood and unpopular war, our hometown's service members who went to Vietnam should be remembered and honored. Thirteen soldiers from Sherman lost their lives in the Vietnam War including our classmate Army SP4 Billy Watson, '62 SHS graduate Air Force Captain Reid Galbreth at age 29 was the second oldest of the group from Sherman to die in Vietnam. Three of those thirteen soldiers from Sherman who lost their lives were black and ten were white, a somewhat surprising statistic is that seven were married and six were single. Thomas Alva Edison High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania lost 54 students as a result of the Vietnam War, this was more than any other U.S. high school. On this website we have a special section devoted to our classmates who served in the military including a special tribute to Billy Watson, be sure to check it out and you will also find links to websites where you can learn some interesting facts about the Vietnam War Memorial Wall and the more than fifty eight thousand soldiers whose names it contains. In the links section of this website, you will find links to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, Perrin Field, and the Vietnam Veteran's Association. The Red River Valley MVPA will have some military vehicles on display outside the Perrin Air Force Base Museum on Saturday, May 21, 2011 which is Armed Forces Day from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Texoma Regional Blood Center's Bloodmobile will also be at the special event for anyone wanting to donate a pint of blood either in honor of or in memory of a member of our nation's military. Be sure to support our nation's military members whenever and wherever you can, they do much more than many of us ever realize. 4/8/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, April 3, 1961, Ernest R. Thompson won the race for mayor and David Brown and Roy Osborne were both named to the city council in Sherman's municipal election. Extra note-Judy (Brown) Nurre's father was also an attorney and retired District Judge, he passed away in March of 1991. 4/7/2011

From the Sherman Democrat: April 6, 1961, Piggly Wiggly ad-Bird's Eye spinach-10 oz. box $.21, Folger's Coffee-$.59 a pound, and Ken-L Ration dog food-2 cans for $.33. Every time you spend a dime now you get your S & H Green Stamps. Extra note-Trading stamps that you could save and redeem for merchandise were very popular when we were growing up, S & H stood for Sperry & Hutchinson and these were the most popular of the trading stamps. The mothers of Bennie (Bowen) Stoy, Gary Park, and Donna (Webb) Shaw all worked at the Green Stamp store. Some of the other lesser known trading stamps you might remember from back then were Gold Bond, Plaid, Scotties, and Top Value (TV.) Today trading stamps are just a memory of the past, along with those towels that used to come in boxes of washing powder. In fact at least in Sherman Piggly Wiggly is also now a memory of the past, the Piggly Wiggly store on East Lamar is just a vacant building and the Piggly Wiggly store on Sunset Street in the Westwood Village Shopping Center was closed for a while but now Apple Foods has moved into that same building. There were at one time two Piggly Wiggly stores downtown back in the 50's and 60's, one on South Crockett just south of Ashburn's Ice Cream and one on the south side of Mulberry Street between Travis and Crockett across from where Grayson Bowling Lanes used to be. Also most all those locally owned neighborhood grocery stores that were once pretty plentiful in Sherman are gone now, that is not only in Sherman but in many cities and towns throughout our nation as businesses that are part of large chains are becoming more commonplace everywhere. 4/6/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, April 3, 1961, The top men of Fant Milling Company pictured are: James A. Fant, president; George B. Andrews, advertising manager; Joe W. Fields, general sales manager; V. I. Martin, vice president and assistant general manager; and Coad Robinson, assistant sales manager. The Fant Milling Company products all carry the Gladiola name. Extra note-This picture was on one of several pages in the Sherman Democrat that were devoted to the Sherman Industrial Show which was just opening at the Municipal Building. Susannah (Aston) Crosthwaite, Sherwood Day, Michele Drolet, Terry Green, and Stellagene (Teague) Shelton all had fathers who served on one of the various committees which were needed in putting the three day show together. Ashburn's Ice Cream had a special ad in the newspaper that day promoting its products and its place in the history of Sherman. Many of us can remember Butter Brickle, Hawaiian Delight, Pecan Crisp, and some of Ashburn's many other flavors which used to sell for the hard to believe nowadays price of just $.05 a dip. It was quite a tasty bargain and thinking about it a little more, even a dip of ice cream somehow seemed bigger back then than it does today. Beverly (Fant) Whiddon's uncle Jim, a very civic minded man, was involved in the betterment of Sherman in many ways. In the late 1930's several people suggested that Austin College, which was facing some financial difficulties at the time, might be better off to move to a more affluent area. Jim Fant was very much against Austin College moving elsewhere so he and several other caring Sherman citizens joined in a fund raising campaign which saved the school and kept its location in Sherman. Jim passed away in November of 1981, his son Pat lives in Dallas and has for many years. When Beverly visited here in August of 2009, she said one of the special highlights of that trip was getting to visit with her cousin Pat whom she hadn't seen in over fifty years. For more interesting trivia about Fant Milling Company and a related award winning movie which will be on the TCM cable channel in just sixteen days from today, check out the 3/7/11 entry in this section of our website. 4/3/2011

James Jackson's mother, Joyce Lee Winstead Jackson, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2011 at the James West Hospice House in Fort Worth, Texas. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas, burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Joyce was the former cafeteria administrator at Washington Elementary School in Sherman and had been with the Sherman ISD for over 35 years when she retired in 1991. She was a 1942 graduate of Sherman High School, a lifetime member of Key Memorial United Methodist Church in Sherman, and she was also a member of the Eastern Star which she had served as worthy matron. Joyce's survivors are: two daughters, Janet Smith and her husband David of Lago Vista, Texas and Joyce L. Smith of Arlington, Texas; one son, James Jackson and his wife Peggy of Sherman, Texas; eight grandchildren, Rebecca Attaway, Vicky Hale, Amy Jackson, Robert Jackson, Kelly Simmons, Erik Smith, Jennifer Smith, and Tim Smith; twelve great-grandchildren, Claire Attaway, Isaac Attaway, Grace Hale, Kate Hale, Sarah Hale, Casey Jackson, James Isaac Jackson, Michael Simmons, Braden Smith, Brendan Smith, Jennifer Smith, and Parker Smith. 4/3/2011

An interesting article by Denison resident and former editor of the Denison Herald Donna Hunt in a recent Herald Democrat story tells about two very detailed miniature trains a Denison resident built at his home in the 1930's, the trains were pretty amazing as they looked just like the real ones except for their size. Duane Heatley was mentioned in the article as telling about another train named the Nellie that once traveled between Denison, Bonham, and New Orleans (DB & NO,) the train was sometimes referred to as the Dead Broke and Not Operating or Does run But Not Often. Anyone that has not ridden a passenger train has missed a real treat as you see the countryside from an entirely different perspective than when traveling by car, it used to be fun just to go to Denison to see the flurry of activity around the Katy Depot when you heard "All Aboard" before July 1, 1965 when the last passenger train pulled out of Denison. The Katy continued to operate freight trains in Denison up until sometime in 1988 and then Union Pacific trains used those same tracks for a while. On December 1, 1989 the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M-K-T) officially merged with the Union Pacific railroad and its subsidiary the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and the Katy was no more. Partly because of a good recommendation by Joanne (Cole) Slaven who had made the same trip previously, back in 2008 Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert took a ten day trip to the Canadian Rockies. Bennie said that one of the most memorable parts of that vacation was a very scenic train ride. In fact when Bennie's husband first came to Texas from New York, he made the trip by train. Bennie and Hubert for many years owned one of the now very rare split window '63 Corvettes which Hubert bought new, it was probably one of the few ever in Grayson County. There is a museum at the Katy Depot in Denison for anyone that may want to learn more about Denison and its trains, their website is 4/2/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, March 29, 1971, Tom Bean cheerleaders for the 1971-72 school year are Bobbie Bruton, Lila Bruton, Charla Elkins, and Kathy Watkins. Kathy Quinn will serve as the head majorette. Flag bearers will be Becky Faucett, Sally Robbins, and Ruth Ann White; twirlers will be Linda Kincaid and Lynda White; and the mascot will be Debby Wortham. Extra note-Lila married Tommy Cox and they live in Luella, they just recently observed their 34th wedding anniversary. Tommy retired from TXU and now works for the Tom Bean Schools as a combination teacher's aide and coach. Lila is an administrative assistant at Texas Instruments in Sherman, she has been there for 37 years. Tommy and Lila's daughter April is getting married this weekend, check out the 2/20/11 entry in this section of our website to read more about April and her big event. 3/29/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 27, 1951, The Sherman public nursery work was started in 1918 by a group of club women under the leadership of Mrs. Sam Gladney, now of Fort Worth. Mrs. Gladney's interest in children and their welfare was the subject of the motion picture "Blossoms in the Dust." She now carries on her state-wide work with headquarters in Fort Worth. Extra note-The award winning movie which stars Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon will be on cable channel TCM at 3:45 p. m. CST on April 19, 2011. For some interesting trivia about this movie and how Johnny Ellis, Beverly (Fant) Whiddon, and Sherman all have a connection with the Gladney's, check out the 9/25/09, 10/6/10, and 3/7/11 entries in this section of our website.

Fifty Years Ago, March 27, 1961, Mrs. John Lee Marshall will direct Sherman's First Methodist Church Choir in the presentation of "The Seven Last Words of Christ." Extra note-Betsy (Marshall) Wiley's mother, Elizabeth Marshall Turner, passed away in October of 2006. She was a private piano teacher for fifty years and was very active in both her church and the community. Betsy and her family have lived in Missouri City, Texas for many years. 3/27/2011

Cathy (Hamilton) Bradburry's husband Bill took on an ambitious project back in the Fall of 2004, he decided to build a plane from a kit and it's not a model plane either. Even though it's been an almost seven year project, Bill finally obtained all his necessary certification from the FAA last month so the actual completion date is now not too far away. Cathy says Bill has flown the plane a few times in testing but it still needs several more technical checks and modifications before she and Bill can really call the project complete. Once Bill determines everything mechanical is as it should be, he will have the plane painted to make the plane's appearance complete as well. Cathy and Bill's son Chris and his wife Margot live in Amarillo and they are expecting their third child in September, Cathy is hoping she and Bill will be able to fly the plane from their home in Florida to Texas when the big event happens instead of flying commercially. Chris and Margot are also going to the Bahamas in June and Cathy and Bill might try to join them on that trip if the plane is finished by then, as of now flying their own plane to Amarillo in September seems more likely to happen than the June trip. Hopefully Cathy will be able to talk Bill into flying to Sherman sometime for one of our mini-reunions and/or our next major reunion, many classmates would like to see them and some would probably also like to see that completed plane up close. 3/25/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, March 23, 1951, Beverly Fant, Sherman High School sophomore, signed up for the debate team because she didn't like to speak before people. Now she has overcome her shyness and is a better speaker. Extra note-Beverly's experience with the debate team really must have helped her overcome that shyness, she was the Director of the Senate Committee in the Florida Legislature for twenty eight years before retiring. Beverly and her husband Don have lived in Tallahassee for many years, they recently sold their larger home and will soon be in the process of downsizing into a smaller home. Their main residence will continue to be in Tallahassee but they are now able to spend more time at their second home in Callaway Gardens/Pine Mountain, Georgia. Beverly and Don were here in August of 2009 and are planning to return for our next big reunion, it would be nice if they decide to come back before then to attend one of our mini-reunions. You can check out some of the other entries concerning Beverly in this section of our website, the most recent ones are 9/10/09, 9/25/09, 10/6/10, and 3/7/11. Beverly's husband's dad, Jack G. Whiddon, Sr. of Tallahassee, Florida, recently passed away on March 7, 2010. Jack was the founder and the retired owner of Whiddon Glass Company, his wife of 72 years Josephine is one of his many survivors. 3/23/2011

After living in Oklahoma City for thirty years, Ted Wilson has recently returned to Sherman and is living in a house near Fairview School. Ted worked at the same bank and in the same location for twenty five years, however with three changes in name and ownership since Ted first went to work there. Although Ted has retired, he is now working on a part time basis for H&R Block and is glad to finally be back home. 3/22/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 21, 1951, Attendants to Anne Davis, crowned the queen of Sherman High School, included class princesses and duchesses. They are Shirley Ewing, Mary Fernandez, Sue Keene, Karen Kleiner, Anna Lee Skaggs, Betty Tribble, Linda Underwood, and Patsy Underwood. Extra note-Shirley Ewing Darnell (SHS Class of '56) is Butch Ewing's sister, she and her husband Bobby have lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma since their graduation from college. Mary Fernandez is Joe Fernandez' sister, their dad Edward was a supervisor with the state tax office. This mention in the paper is not clear as to whether Anne Davis was the queen of SHS or the homecoming queen and if those two were different back then, regardless the princesses and duchesses titles have not been used in many years. Another change that mostly ended just as we were entering high school was the wide variety of mostly hobby type clubs, the names of some seem like they are or could be duplicates of some others but they're not. Some of those clubs back in the fifties that students could join at Sherman High School were: Airplane, Air Science, Anglers, Archery, Art, Audubon, Automotive Mechanics, Book, Bottles and Bones, Bowling, Bridge, Camera, Canasta, Ceramics, Checkers, Chess, Collectors, Correspondence, Dance, Dominoes, Field and Stream, Fishing, Footlighters, Forty-Two, Games, Garden, Gin Rummy, Guitar, Horseshoe and Washer, Hot Rod, Interest, Judging, Junior Mechanics, Knitting, Leather Tooling, Letters To Foreign Students, Make-Up, Model Airplane, Model Boat Builders, Model Builders, Motion Picture, Needlecraft, Outdoor Sportsman, Photography, Ping Pong, Projector, Radio, Radio and Television, Reading, Record, Rifle, Scrabble, Square Dance, Stamp, Teen-Age, Travel, Twirling, Ukulele, and the last club which has the strangest name and is also the hardest to figure out what they would have done is named Weaving-On-Hock. Years ago you could even be part of the NFL at Sherman High School, that had nothing to do with football but was actually a speech organization known as the National Forensic League. Sam Mullins' mother, Martha Mullins, taught at Sherman High School for many years and was the sponsor of the National Forensic League. 3/21/2011

Gwynn (Crowson) Getto and her husband Jim live in Mesquite, Texas but for quite some time they have wanted to come to Grayson County to hunt fossils, the article on the front page of today's Herald Democrat will make that desire even greater. It tells of two Pottsboro sixth graders who recently discovered the pelvic bone of a Columbian Mammoth, this was confirmed by a member of the Dallas Paleontological Society. A member of the society says a little known fact is that Grayson County is a fossil gold mine, about five years ago bones were discovered in Denison that were from a plesiosaur which is about 90 million years old. It is reported that approximately 80% of all fossil finds are made by amateurs, it's not too far fetched an idea to think that Gwynn and Jim just might be the next amateurs to make a big fossil discovery in Grayson County. One of the two boys who made this recent discovery has a connection to our class, his name is Andrew Carroll and his grandmother was Judy (Ferguson) Carroll. Judy was married to Ferrell Carroll (SHS Class of '61) for many years, she passed away in October of 2005. 3/20/2011

Marvin Fulencheck's father in law, George K. Owens of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman, Texas. Visitation will be from 2:00 p. m. until 4:00 p. m. at 217 N. Highland in Sherman on Sunday, March 20, 2011 under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. George was retired from the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Bonham, Texas, he served in both the United States Air Force and the United States Army. George's survivors are: his wife, Earlene Owens of Sherman; one daughter, Betty Fulenchek and her husband Marvin of Denison, Texas; two sons, Mike Sweeten and his wife Barbara of Lawrence, Kansas and Roger Mosley and his wife Elaine of Westerly, Rhode Island; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. 3/18/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 17, 1951, Robert D. Sparks, formerly of Amarillo, has assumed his new post as manager of the Twin City Drive-in theater between Denison and Sherman on Highway 75. He succeeds Howard Mayes, who is entering business in Sherman. Extra note-Many of our classmates will remember that Rickey (Rick) Ritchie's parents once managed the Twin City Drive-in Theater and how good those hamburgers tasted that Rick's mom made. What many classmates probably have forgotten is that at various times Rick's mom and dad were also associated with the Perrin Drive-in and the Sher-Den Twin Drive-in. After living in Oregon for six years, Rick and his wife Leeanne recently moved back to this area. Check out the 6/6/10 entry in this section of our website to read more about our local drive-ins and also some interesting drive-in trivia. 3/17/2011

On Sunday, March 6th Suzanne (Young) Welch, her boyfriend Mike Kupka, and his dad toured the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. She said the tour started with a visit to the press box and the party pass area, then they toured the cheerleaders locker room, and one of their special highlights was seeing the Cowboys locker room. They even got to see Jerry Jones' private elevator and the special area where he usually stays to view the games. Suzanne said that the world's largest jumbo flat screen video board is quite something to see, at 72 feet of height and 160 feet in length she said it looks even bigger and more impressive in person than it does on television. Suzanne is an avid Green Bay Packers' fan, some people probably gave her a second glance when they saw her getting her picture taken in the center of the field on the star wearing a personally autographed Brett Favre jersey and holding a sign that said "Go Pack Go." For those of you that may want to find out more about the stadium and when tours are available, go to 3/15/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, March 13, 1971, The student body at Sherman High School has selected Eddie Higgins as president of the student council for next year. Diana Dutton was chosen vice president; Judy Brown, secretary; and Ronnie Hill, councilman-at-large and delegate to the annual convention of the Texas Association of Student Councils. Extra note - Judy (Brown) Nurre has been a travel agent in Dallas for many years.

Forty Years Ago, March 13, 1971, For an aircraft that doesn't fly anymore, the P-47 N fighter on display at Perrin Air Force Base has done a lot of traveling in the past few years and now with the announced closing of Perrin on June 30th, this old star of World War II combat is slated for another trip. The old plane will be sent to Colorado Springs, Colorado for display at Peterson Field. Extra note-Peterson Field will be very familiar to Dick Ellis and Ven Hammonds, both are graduates of the Air Force Academy which is located in Colorado Springs. An F-86 L plane is now on display in the center median just west of the main entrance to what we once knew as Perrin Air Force Base, it is the same plane that stood for many years near the entrance to the American Legion in Sherman. The brand new building with the blue roof which now houses the Perrin Air Force Base Museum is located at 436 McCullum Avenue, turn left on the street just after you drive by the plane and the museum is on your right. For another recent item related to Perrin Field, go to the 3/3/11 entry in this section of our website. To read about another interesting potential location for the then new Air Force Academy back in the 50's, go to the 6/11/09 entry in this section of our website.

Thirty Years Ago, March 13, 1981, Dressed in red, white, and blue uniforms, 14 fifth grade girls gather each week in the home of Mrs. Campbell H. Gillespie, III. They are a Camp Fire group, the Shieta, and Mrs. Gillespie is the volunteer leader of the group which has been meeting together for more than five years. Extra note - Mrs. Campbell H. Gillespie, III is Mary Gillespie, Bobby Gillespie's sister in law. Campbell (Cam) H. Gillespie, III, is an attorney in Sherman and a graduate of the SHS Class of '56, Bobby (Bob) Gillespie is an attorney in Richmond, Virginia. Their father was also an attorney, one unusual fact about their parents is that both of them were direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson. Bobby is a member of the Monticello Association and once served as its president. 3/13/2011

Even though they were probably a little bit tired since they were just ending a fabulous three week cruise which departed from Miami and ended in Sam Francisco, John (Buddy) Dryden and his wife Judy were eager to respond when their son Searcy called them recently from New York City. They flew to New York to help care for their three year old granddaughter Madeline while Searcy and his wife Lesley were preparing for a new arrival. John Richard Searcy Dryden was born on Tuesday, March 11, 2011 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, he weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces at birth and fortunately both mother and baby are doing fine. Each year John's son and daughter and all the family have an enjoyable get together in the Hamptons, this year it will be even more special with the arrival of the new member of the family. John and Judy will be returning home to Dallas this weekend with memories of not one but two very special trips fresh on their minds. Also, John and Judy's daughter Suzanna Dryden Jensen who is president of The Dryden Company in Addison, Texas is one of 16 top female executives in the Addison area who have been nominated for this year's Top Female Executive Award. This prestigious award is co-sponsored by Addison Magazine and by some of the top companies that are headquartered in Addison, a special luncheon to announce the winner will be held on March 31st, 2011 at the Bent Tree Country Club. To learn more about the award, the candidates and the companies they represent, and to cast your vote for our classmate's daughter Suzanna be sure to check out The voting will continue through March 15th. 3/10/2011

John Pippard's mother in law, Margaret Louise Taylor, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p. m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas. Margaret co-founded and owned for 51 years the Taylor Boat Company which was on West Houston Street in Sherman, this was one of the longest operating and most successful boat dealerships in Grayson County. Margaret's talent as a professional seamstress was well known, she was a 1939 graduate of Sherman High School and she was also the SHS Homecoming Queen in her senior year. Margaret's survivor's are: one daughter, Delia Jan Pippard and her husband John "Pepper" Pippard of Plano, Texas; one son, Danny Dexter Taylor and his wife Carol Jordan of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Anthony Wes Pippard and his wife Laura, Daniel Jordan Taylor, Hailey Carol Taylor Huxford and her husband Thomas Campbell Huxford III, Margaret Julie Taylor Leon and her husband Marcos, Mary Shannon Taylor Ratliff and her husband Wesley Todd, and Shelley Jan Pippard Beckelman and her husband Ben; twelve great-grandchildren, Anna Claire Ratliff, Ashleigh Pippard, Charlie Ratliff, Claire Beckelman, George Ratliff, Kate Beckelman, Rhett Pippard, Riley Huxford, Savannah Beckelman, Tawny Charlie Ratliff, Tucker Ratliff, and Veronica Jan Pippard; and one great-great-grandchild, William Rotello. 3/9/2011

Through the years the six display cases just inside the main entrance to the Abell Library on the campus of Austin College have held a wide variety of items that would appeal to many different people, currently the four small and two large cases contain items related to the 1960's "Rock and Roll" Era. This special display was created by Pat (Bohrer) Means, a long time college employee and the library's Media Center Specialist. There are books, photographs, records, and more letting everyone know about Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and many more entertainers that we all remember. The display also shows some items related to the latter part of the 60's which many people associate more with the "Hippie" era and Woodstock, the early part of the 60's and the latter part of the 50's produced more of the music that many of us enjoyed and still refer to as part of our "Good Old Days." A little bit of music trivia some of you might not know is that on September 20, 1973 singer Jim Croce was killed in an airplane crash just about an hour after he had performed at Northwestern Louisiana State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the small single engine plane with six people on board crashed while taking off on the way to his next scheduled concert which was to have been in Sherman at Austin College. Jim's career lasted only a short time but several of the songs he had written and performed became very popular, when heard now on the radio those songs are still enjoyed just as much today as they were then. Jim Croce would have become a much bigger star in time had it not been for that fatal plane crash. A few of his most popular songs are "I Got A Name," "Operator," "Time in a Bottle," and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," however the song most people associate with Jim Croce is his best selling single which was "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." For any of you that may be in San Diego sometime, Jim Croce's widow Ingrid owns and operates an upscale restaurant and jazz bar in the Gaslamp District. To learn more about the restaurant and her tribute to Jim, go to or A sad bit of very recent news about someone we can all relate to is that David Nelson, Ricky's older brother and the last surviving original member of the famous Nelson television family, passed away not quite two months ago at his home in Los Angeles, California. The rumor in school when Dean Quick was a student here was that when Dean and his family had previously lived in California they were neighbors of the Nelsons. Dean Quick's father was an executive with Hardwicke Etter, they lived at 606 Park Boulevard just north of Washington Street in the large home formerly owned by E. B. Chapman which was torn down to make room for the then new Highway 75. However getting back to that rumor, according to Dean the truth was that they lived probably within twenty miles of the Nelsons and Dean's older brothers had gotten to be friends with David and Ricky and sometimes played volleyball on the beach with them or a game of touch football with Ricky being the team leader. A few years after that Ricky and his friends would often challenge another group of guys to a game of touch football, that other team was led by Elvis Presley. Another person playing on Ricky Nelson's team was his friend Kent McCord AKA Kent McWhirter, Kent played in several "Ozzie and Harriett" episodes as one of Ricky and David's college fraternity brothers and then Kent went on to co-star opposite Martin Milner in the "Adam 12" police series. Martin Milner's traveling buddy in his famous and popular "Route 66" series was George Maharis, many people don't realize that he also was a singer. You can find his "George Maharis Sings" CD on Amazon, it contains many well known easy listening and soft rock hits from the past. Today many people of all ages still enjoy the true "rock and roll" music when they hear it, we are lucky to have been there when that era of music was truly just beginning. 3/9/11

Sharon (Karr) Sutherland's husband, Jerry Lewis Sutherland of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at his home. Services will be held at 1:30 p. m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Ken Dacus of Victory Missionary Baptist Church of Sherman will officiate with the burial to follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Jerry and Sharon are former owners of the Lumber Company Club in Sherman, Jerry had also worked at Industrial Towel and Uniform Service and he was a member of Victory Missionary Baptist Church. His survivors are: his wife, Sharon Sutherland of Sherman, Texas; four daughters, Brenda Kaye Sargent of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sylvia Diann Franklin of Sherman, Texas, Theresa Sue Barnett of Sherman, Texas, and Tracy Lee Jones of Durant, Oklahoma; three sons, Jerry Lewis Sutherland, Jr. of Sherman, Texas, Jerry Lee Venable, II of Perryberg, Ohio, and Terry Lynn Sutherland of Sherman, Texas; two brothers, Doyle Sutherland of Sherman, Texas and Robert Sutherland of Denison, Texas; two sisters, Ann Lemons of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Ava Hatfield of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; fourteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 3/8/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, March 7, 1971, After half a century the Fant Milling Company has faded into Sherman's milling industry history, joining other once popular milling names like Chapman, Commander Larabee, Diamond, Gladney, Kimball, and G. B. R. Smith. The Fant Mill, purchased in 1965 by Nebraska Consolidated Mills, has been operated since that time by its new owners as the Fant Milling Company which also included the old Fant Mill in Gainesville. Extra note-Beverly (Fant) Whiddon, part of the same Fant Milling family, now lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Don. Spending most of their time in Tallahassee, Beverly and Don do enjoy a change of scenery when they can travel to their weekend home in Callaway Gardens/Pine Mountain, Georgia. The Gladney name will be familiar to some people because of hearing about the Edna Gladney Home in Fort Worth, Texas. Sam and Edna Gladney lived in Sherman before moving to Fort Worth to start their orphanage, the award winning 1941 movie "Blossoms in the Dust" starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon which tells about Sam and Edna Gladney will be shown on the TCM cable channel on April 19, 2011 at 3:45 p. m. Sherman time. Sherman is mentioned a few times in the dialogue of the famous movie, you can read more about the movie and some interesting Fant and Gladney connections with Sherman in the 9/25/09 and 10/6/10 entries in this section of our website. For those of you that may want to see "Blossoms in the Dust" on TCM, you can go to the TCM website and enter "Blossoms in the Dust" in the search box. When the information about the movie appears and since it is one of the movies they have already scheduled, you can be sent a reminder e-mail of the upcoming movie so you won't miss it. 3/7/11

Glen Murley's mother, Lois Murley Jennings of Sherman, Texas, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Stonebrook Assisted Living Center in Denison, Texas. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Monday, March 7, 2011 in the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Texas, Rev. Allen Snyder of the Lakeway United Methodist Church of Pottsboro, Texas will officiate with the burial to follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Lois was a member of the Harvest Time Assembly of God in Sherman, First Baptist Church of Sherman's Triple L Club, the Joy Club, and an award winning member of the Iris Society. She had worked at the Dairy Queen for many years and had also done home care, in her spare time she thoroughly enjoyed the beauty that her hobby of gardening would bring. Lois' survivors are: three daughters, Doris Carmichael, Buck Mitchell, and Pat Koon, all of Sherman; three sons, Glen and his wife Debbie Murley of Pottsboro, Texas, Jack and his wife Lou Murley of Dallas, Texas, and Wayne and his wife Jacque Murley of Greenville, Texas; eleven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. 3/6/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, March 3, 1971, Perrin Air Force Base will be closed, the Sherman Democrat learned from two reliable Washington sources which cannot be identified. Perrin Air Force Base has 1,300 military personnel and 730 civilian employees, it has been a part of Grayson County and the North Texas area for almost 30 years. Perrin's effect on the area's economy has been great with a current annual payroll of more than $19,000,000. Extra note-The entire twelve years we were students in the Sherman Schools we have had some classmates whose parents were affiliated with Perrin, either as part of the military or as a civilian employee. Those classmates whose families were associated with the military at Perrin were some of our hardest to locate but some of our most appreciative when they were found, some said they attended so many different schools through the years that they felt as if they didn't have a hometown but they now have a special place in their heart for Sherman. Like any area of the country that undergoes a military base closing, we felt the financial impact for a while but now nearly all of the land that once housed the former military base has been put to other uses mostly by either Grayson County, Grayson County College, or by private industries. The Perrin name is still with us, the airport there is now known as North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field. Mike Nurre's dad Ted and several other dedicated former Air Force personnel volunteers have done a great job with organizing and displaying all the memorabilia that is associated with Perrin at the new and recently relocated Perrin Air Force Base Museum. Several of our class members enjoyed visiting the Perrin Museum's former location as one of our reunion activities in 2008, another classmate visit is being planned to see the expanded and relocated Perrin Museum in their brand new building later this year. There is a link to Perrin Field and the museum as well as local chapters of two military associations in the link's section of this website, we also have a "Veteran's" section on this website that tells about our classmates that we know of who served in our nation's military. Be sure to check out all that we have on this website that is associated with our nation's military, every American owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to all the brave men and women who have served as members of one of the branches of our armed forces, are currently serving, or will serve in the future. Our recent entry of 2/23/11 in this section of our website tells about the new "Veteran's Monument" and the tribute to native son General Dwight D. Eisenhower which is located at Loy Lake Park, don't forget to read about it also. 3/3/11

Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye just completed a milestone in cruising, their 75th cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and also their 74th and 76th on the same back to back to back trip and these latest three cruises were all on the "Mariner of the Seas" cruise ship, facts which undoubtedly the Royal Caribbean owners and staff really appreciate. However, the Ballou's are just amateur cruisers when compared to a man from Florida that they met this trip who had just completed his 300th cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship. Willies and Cathye have also had two cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines ships and one on a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship for a total of 79 in all, they should have been warned that cruising could be habit forming when they took their first cruise as a part of our 25 year reunion activities back in 1988. Willies' and Cathye's number 74 cruise was one of seven days which sailed from Los Angeles and toured the Mexican Riviera, numbers 75 and 76 took them around the Cape Horn area of South America. Some of the areas and cities visited on the last two cruises were Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Lima, Peru, Arica, Chile, Valparaiso, Chile, Vina Del Mar, Chile, through the Chilean Fjords and up the Strait of Magellan to the world's most southern city of Ushuaia, Argentina, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Santos, Brazil. They ended their days on the ship at Santos, Brazil and although they originally sailed from Los Angeles, the return trip flight to DFW took them through Miami, Florida where they had a change of planes. With so many things to do and see on a trip like this, it is hard to really do this entry justice so let us know if you would like to be forwarded Willies' more complete and more interesting account of his and Cathye's latest adventure. Taking the month of March off to just stay home and get a few things done, they will set sail on another cruise on April 3rd. Royal Caribbean has a new way of figuring the number of cruises for their regular repeat customers and with their new calculations they say Willies and Cathye have 80 cruises on Royal Caribbean, regardless of the way it's figured Willies and Cathye have 561 cruising nights at sea and that is not counting those 3 cruises on the other ships. We think it would be pretty safe to say that Willies and Cathye are definitely our classes "Most Traveled Couple," probably the most traveled couple of several other classes too. We have several more write-ups in this section of our website about some other cruises Willies and Cathye have taken, four you might want to check out are dated 6/9/10/, 5/24/10, 10/25/09, and 2/22/08. If you have a few questions to ask about taking a cruise, ask Willies or Cathye because they just might have some tips for you. 3/1/11

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, February 28, 1951, Progress on construction of the new $200,000 Fairview Elementary School in northwest Sherman at the corner of Taylor and Wood Streets is "very satisfying" with good prospects of the school being completed by September. Extra note-Several of our classmates were part of that first grade class at the new Fairview School when it opened in September of 1951. Mr. O. E. Giles was the first principal at the new Fairview School and he was their only elementary school principal for all our classmates that remained at Fairview. Mr. Giles came to Sherman in 1945 and was the first person ever hired by our school board to serve as a principal, he first served at Lee School. Another unusual bit of trivia about principals in the Sherman schools is that some of our classmates were under Mr. Walter Carpenter's leadership for all twelve years as Mr. Carpenter was principal at Washington Elementary, then he was assigned to Sherman Junior High in the Fall of 1957, and then he made the move to Sherman Senior High in the Fall of 1960. Mr. Carpenter passed away in August of 1987, Mr. Giles passed away in September of 1998. Other Sherman public elementary schools our classmates may have attended were Bryant at 515 N. Wood, Crockett at 812 E. Odneal, Crutchfield at 521 S. Dewey, Jefferson at 608 N. Lee, Lee at 922 N. Walnut, and Washington at 815 S. Travis. After it was closed Bryant School was used by the SISD as a school annex building for a while and then torn down and a bank now stands where Bryant once stood, Crockett School is now said to be a private residence, and the building that once housed Lee School is again up for sale after having various businesses occupy it since it was used as a school. The Washington Elementary School that some of our classmates and also some of our parents attended was torn down and today a new Washington Elementary School stands in its place. Sherman's two newest elementary schools which both opened in the Fall of 2009 are named for long time and well respected Sherman educators, Neblett Elementary located at 1505 Gallagher Drive is named for Percy Neblett and Sory Elementary at 120 Binkley Park Drive is named for Henry Sory. Jefferson Elementary School will be having their first all school reunion on Saturday, May 21st, 2011, this will be in conjunction with their 115th year birthday celebration. Many people may not know or might have forgotten that the present location of Jefferson Elementary School across from Austin College is not that school's original location, the original Jefferson Elementary School was located behind Sherman's Fifth Ward Fire Station on the corner of North Willow and East Chaffin. Any former Jefferson students or anyone else that may want to attend the Jefferson Elementary School's birthday celebration can contact us for more details or there is some information on the SISD website which is listed in the links section of this website. 2/28/11

Vicki (Wilson) Mulkey's mother, Mattie Elizabeth Wilson of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Friday, February 25, 2011 in Sherman. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Monday, February 28, 2010, at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City, Texas, Michael Coulter of the First Baptist Church of Sherman will officiate under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Mattie graduated from Sherman High School in 1934 and had worked for Sears, she was known for her talent as a seamstress and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sherman. Mattie's survivors are: two daughters, Mary Bob Wylie and her husband Robert James Wylie of Dallas, Texas and Vicki Wilson Mulkey and her husband Dr. James H. Mulkey, Jr. of Aubrey, Texas; two granddaughters, Amy Nicholson and her husband John of Frisco, Texas and Stefani Crowley and her husband Mike of Dallas, Texas; two grandsons, Dr. James Garrett Mulkey and his wife Kim of Willow Park, Texas and Robert Burch Wylie of The Colony, Texas; six great grandchildren, Avery and James Beckett Mulkey, Remy and Tate Nicholson, and Emerson Burch and Madison Wylie; and many nieces and nephews. 2/27/2011

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton just received some good news about her miracle grandson who, after being born almost 4 months premature and at 1 pound and fourteen ounces, is now an almost 6 1/2 years old kindergarten student at the new Henry Sory Elementary School in Sherman. Major Patton was invited to test for the Challenge Program, after two weeks of individual and group testing he was accepted into the program. The Challenge Program is the Sherman School System's advanced placement program, it is very similar to what was called the accelerated program when we were in school. Major is the son of Stellagene's youngest daughter Janetta and her husband Garrett Patton. Garrett's dad is Tommy Patton (SHS '65) and his mother was Glenna Campbell Patton (SHS '67). Garrett has a hair styling salon in downtown Sherman which participates in helping "Locks of Love" with their annual drive, to find out more about how this very worthwhile organization benefits others go to the 10/11/09 entry in this section of our website. 2/27/11

A story in the Dallas Morning News tells that the fast growing town of Flower Mound, Texas is celebrating its 50th birthday today, having been incorporated after a vote of 105 to 1 on February 25, 1961. In just 50 years the population has grown from 750 residents to approximately 65,000 today, quite a change especially for the residents who have been there almost the entire fifty years. The mound which is the reason for the town's unusual name was used in the 1800's for camp meetings according to Alton Bowman, the chairman since 1993 of the Mound Foundation which is a non profit organization designed to preserve the mound and the twelve acres of pristine prairie land. In 2004 Alton published a book he wrote titled "The Flower Mound, Flower Mound, Texas: A History and Field Guide to the Flowers and Grasses." The 112 page book is beautifully illustrated and has some interesting stories of the early settlers of the area, it is also a great reference tool to learn about the wide variety of flowers and grasses that you will find when you visit the mound. Several special events this week are marking Flower Mound's historic 50th year celebration, the celebration will culminate with Independence Day events in July. Alton keeps a pretty busy schedule, there are several more entries in this section of our website about him and his many activities. Beverly (Raley) Fleming lived in Flower Mound at two different intervals for a total of twenty five years, since 2005 she has made her home north of Pottsboro near Lake Texoma. 2/25/11

Darlene (Lowry) Gregg's sister, Linda Kay Howard of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. A family visitation will be held at 7:00 p. m. on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman. Linda was a graduate of the Sherman High School Class of 1965 and a member of North Park Baptist Church, she worked many years as a cashier at Wyatt's at Sher-Den Mall in Sherman and also after their move to Midway Mall. Linda's survivors are: her husband, Jim Howard of Sherman, Texas; one daughter, Krista Rowell and her husband David, Jr. of Sherman, Texas; two sons, Keith Howard of Sherman, Texas and Kevin Howard and his wife Amanda of Gainesville, Texas; nine grandchildren, Autumn Rowell, Darrion Dailey, Hayden Howard, Kaitlin Howard, Kolton Chapman, Maranda Dailey, Oaklie Howard, Savanna Howard, and Travis Rowell; and one sister, Darlene Gregg of San Antonio, Texas. 2/24/2011

Glenn Hailey said he felt a sense of family pride when his brother Mel let him know that he was interviewed for the Abilene Reporter News newspaper about the what is the true significance of the holiday we now know as "President's Day," Dr. Mel Hailey has been a professor and Head of the Political Science Department at Abilene Christian University since the early 70's. President's Day 2011 took on a special significance for Grayson County residents as a bust of President Dwight David Eisenhower along with a Veteran's Monument was dedicated at the entrance to Loy Lake Park, Charles Carter and Gary Park were two of our classmates who were in attendance at the special dedication. The bust of Eisenhower which stands at just over 21 feet tall including the pedestal can be seen by anyone driving on Highway 75 near the entrance to Loy Lake Park, surrounding the bust are more than 1,600 paving bricks engraved with the names of area military veterans. Doug Coleman who was one of the driving forces behind this worthwhile project stresses that the monument is a tribute to our nation's 34th president who was born in Denison as well as "to all people who have served, are currently serving, or will serve in any of the branches of the armed forces of the United States of America." At this time the plan is to accept orders for bricks up through July 4, 2011, bricks are to honor someone currently serving in our nation's military or in honor or in memory of someone who has served in the past. You can go to or for more information and to see a picture of the Eisenhower bust, be sure to also check out our "Veterans" section on this website and our veteran related websites in the links section of this website. 2/23/11

Tommy Cox and his wife Lila of Luella, Texas announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter April Maurine Cox of Sherman, Texas to Derek Paul Kloer of Columbus, Kansas on Saturday, April 2, 2011, the wedding will take place at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Denison with the Rev. Stephen Mocio officiating. April is a graduate of Tom Bean High School, Grayson County College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing. She is pursuing a master's degree in occupational safety and health and is currently a staffing manager at Labor Ready in Sherman. Derek is the son of Kevin and Teresa Kloer of Columbus, Kansas, he is a graduate of Columbus High School and Pittsburg State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering technology. Derek is currently a project manager for Crossland Construction's Prosper, Texas office, Crossland has their home office in Columbus, Kansas. Following the upcoming wedding and honeymoon, April and Derek will make their home in Sherman. 2/20/11

Marvin Fulenchek's grandaughter, Ashlyn Marie Fulenchek of Sherman, Texas, married Steven Glen Curry also of Sherman on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in McKinney, Texas with Kevin Clinton officiating. Ashlyn's parents are Phillip and Kerry Robinson of Sherman, her grandparents are Marvin Fulenchek of Denison, Texas and Lois Riggs of Sherman, Texas. Steven's parents are Al and Joanna Curry of Sherman, Texas. Ashlyn in a 2007 graduate of Sherman High School and Steven is a 2007 graduate of Savoy High School, both are employed by the Herald Democrat. 2/19/11

Bobbie (Westbrook) Lagow's mother, Louise Williams Westbrook, passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Hilltop Haven Care Center in Gunter, Texas. Graveside services under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at Friendship Cemetery in Sherman, Texas, officiating will be Dr. Thomas Peel of the First United Methodist Church of Sherman. Louise was a graduate of Trenton High School in Trenton, Texas and had attended North Texas State Teacher's College in Denton, Texas (now the University of North Texas.) She was formerly an administrator in Dr. Emmett Essin's Office and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sherman. Her survivors are: her daughter, Bobbie Lagow of Georgetown, Texas; her son, Bryan Westbrook of Sherman, Texas; three grandchildren, Chrissy Bettis and her husband Craig, Micale Crawford and her husband Neal, and Robert Lagow and his wife Carrie; and four great-grandchildren, Caelan, Mekenna, and William Crawford and Skyleigh Lagow. 2/13/2011

Glenda (Cain) Saylor and her husband David Michael Saylor of Balch Springs, Texas are another couple who recently observed a monumental occasion, they celebrated their January 27th 20th wedding anniversary with a special dinner in Dallas. Glenda formerly worked in a dentist's office but now finds plenty to do as a homemaker, David is a retired Navy Veteran originally from New Castle, Indiana who had four tours in Vietnam while serving our country. 2/8/11

Donna (Webb) Shaw had a nostalgic feeling recently when she attended one of the 36 performances of this year's 115th edition of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, this famous rodeo is known as the World's Original Indoor Rodeo. More than 150,000 spectators are expected to attend this year's rodeo performances which are being held in the historic Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. Donna's dad, Odell Webb, was a professional rodeo cowboy in both the bareback and steer wrestling events for ten years. Odell was a member of the Rodeo Cowboy's Association (RCA) which is now known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association (PRCA), he retired in 1955 ending his career at the historic Fort Worth Rodeo. Odell passed away in March of 1996, he was known as a very well respected true cowboy. Another unusual fact concerning one of our classmates is that Lynda Uphouse's dad Rex was a rodeo clown for many years, Rex passed away in March of 2002. Donna attended the Fort Worth festivities with her sister Norma Shaw (SHS Class of '56) and her husband Ted, they live in the nearby town of Boyd, Texas whereas Donna lives in Taylor, Texas which is near Austin. Donna retired in 2007 after almost thirty years with IBM. Fort Worth is definitely a busy place right now with the stock show and rodeo plus the football fans who are already in town for the upcoming Super Bowl XLV which will be held at Cowboy's Stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas. 2/1/11

Emily Taylor, Rosemary (Taylor) Capps' mother, was the honoree at a special 90th birthday party held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sherman this past Sunday, January 23, 2011. There were approximately 125 well wishers who attended the special two hour long celebration. Rosemary, her sister Dixie Eoff of Van Alstyne, Texas, her brothers Jim Taylor of Richardson, Texas, and Tony Taylor of Wylie, Texas were the hosts for the special celebration. Rosemary's dad, Royce Taylor who passed away in August of 2005, was a very accomplished minor league baseball player. Royce was active in Sherman area youth baseball as well as in the creation of Veteran's Memorial Field at Fairview Park, the site of several Mickey Mantle World Series. 1/28/11

Linda (Copley) Sneed's husband, Jack Harden Sneed, passed away at his home near Tom Bean, Texas on Monday, January 24, 2011. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p. m. on Friday, January 28, 2011 in the Veterans Section of West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Rev. Stan McNutt of Liberty Baptist Church will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home, military honors will be provided by the Honor Guard from Ft. Hood, Texas, Jack served in the United States Army from July of 1965 to June of 1967. Jack graduated from Tom Bean High School in 1962 and he was also a graduate of Grayson County College, he worked for many years in the construction trade as a plumber and he also enjoyed spending some of his spare time just working in his shop repairing whatever happened to need repairing at the time. Jack's survivors are: his wife, Linda Copley Sneed of Luella, Texas; one daughter, Jacqueline Sneed of Frisco, Texas; one stepdaughter, Jana Hall of Ardmore, Oklahoma; two grandsons, Josh Hall of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Tyler Hall of Ravenna, Texas; and one sister; Yvonna Harden of Sherman, Texas. 1/27/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, January 25, 1961, The Perrin Interceptor, the weekly Perrin Air Force Base newspaper, has been selected as the top base newspaper in the Air Training Command for 1960. Extra note-Glenn Hailey wrote a weekly column about what all was happening at Perrin for the Sherman Democrat for two years under the guidance of his friend and longtime editor Dana Blocker, he said he really enjoyed working with Dana and the experience gave him a deeper appreciation into just what all goes into making up our nation's daily newspapers. Glenn says that Dana would nearly always edit his articles somewhat but that he felt that he had really made the transition to full time newspaperman when Dana took the article Glenn had written and simply folded it, put it in his pocket, and said "It's print ready." Glenn said another pleasant part of working with Dana was that many of their meetings would occur over a good lunch at the Grayson Hotel, the Grayson Hotel is no more but many classmates will remember it for their good meals as well as being one of the locations for our Senior Activities in 1963. Dana passed away in January of 2005, his wife Mary Ellen who passed away in May of 1983 is remembered by many of us for being a longtime Sherman English teacher. 1/25/11

It seems that nearly all of our classmates had special family gatherings over the recent holidays but Stellagene (Teague) Shelton might have had the largest group, approximately sixty family members gathered at her brother Mike's house in Plano, Texas on Christmas Eve 2010. The age range was even greater than the number present, the oldest in attendance was Stellagene's dad Gene Teague of McKinney, Texas at age 87 and the youngest there was Stellagene's great niece at 9 months of age whose grandfather is Stellagene's brother Pat. It goes without saying that a good time was had by all, we seem to appreciate family gatherings more and more the older we get. To make the event even more special, Stellagene said that there has never been a Christmas in her lifetime which she has not spent with her dad and siblings. 1/24/11

Gwynn (Crowson) Getto and her husband Jim of Mesquite, Texas recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, they were married January 6, 1971 in Ruston, Louisiana. Their three children arranged for them to have this special anniversary dinner at a very upscale Dallas restaurant, Nick and Sam's at 3008 Maple Avenue. Although Nick and Sam's has only been in business since 1999, they have gotten to be one of Dallas' most popular upscale restaurants and their extensive wine list with over 450 selections has probably helped with that climb up the ladder. Gwynn said that the food tasted great to begin with, however the beautiful presentation of the food and the elegant setting plus the special occasion made it all that much better. Jim is a commercial real estate appraiser and Gwynn is an artist and very active community volunteer. 1/21/11

Willies Ballou's father-in-law, John Park Wilson, passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 at Texoma Healthcare Center in Sherman, Texas. Services will be held at 1:00 p. m. on Friday, January 21, 2011 at Key Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Albert Fisher of the church officiating under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home, burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. John served in the United States Air Force as a flight instructor during World War II, he was discharged with the rank of Major. He was retired from the Sherman Post Office, in retirement he enjoyed his daily walks at Fairview Park and he was also a faithful follower of the Sherman Bearcats. Being a long time member of Key Memorial UMC, John was a former Sunday School Superintendent and he served as the church treasurer for over twenty years. John's survivors are: five daughters, Cathey Ballou and her husband Willies of Dorchester, Texas, Linda Battenfield and her husband Glenn of Seattle, Washington, and Jonna Brooks, Pamela Wilson, and Patty Wilson, all of Sherman, Texas; four grandchildren, James Ballou of San Antonio, Texas and Arthur, Scott, and Stephen Boyd, all of Seattle, Washington; and three great-grandchildren. 1/19/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, January 17, 1951, Dr. D. A. McCall, Jr., optometrist, was selected as "Outstanding Man of the Year" by the Sherman Junior Chamber of Commerce. Extra note-Karen (McCall) Penrod's father, Dr. D. A. McCall, Jr., was a longtime Sherman optometrist and a very well respected civic leader. He received many awards through the years for all he did in helping to make Sherman a better place to live before passing away in February of 1984. 1/17/11

Weldon Hutson's mother, Lillian Hutson, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2010. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday, January 15, 2010 at Dannel Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Texas, burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Lillian, a long time member of Grayson Bible Baptist Church in Sherman, had worked at Burlington Industries, catered weddings, and had also taught piano. Her survivors are: two sons, Edgar Hutson of Denison, Texas and Weldon Hutson of Howe, Texas; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother; four sisters; and many nieces and nephews. 1/15/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: January 13, 1961, Taking part in the inauguration festivities for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from Sherman are Mr. and Mrs. Don Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Levis Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Joiner, and Dr. and Mrs. Neal Triplett. Extra note-David Hall's parents and Ron Speed's aunt and uncle were among the several thousand that braved the bitterly cold weather of Washington that January day to hear President Kennedy's historic inauguration speech where he urged Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?" Harriet "Hoppy" Joiner, Ron Speed's aunt, is the only one of that group of eight Sherman citizens to still be living. 1/13/11

Boyd Bryan Smallwood, Jr. passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at The VA Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Texas with Pastor Todd Wartham officiating, burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Boyd was a long time employee of Melton Plumbing Company in Sherman, he was also an avid Sherman Bearcats football fan and a former youth baseball coach. Boyd's survivors are: his wife, Jane Smallwood of Sherman, Texas; one daughter, Terry Chartier and her husband Jimmy of Scurry, Texas; three sons, Billy Lide and his wife Ashley of Allen, Texas, Brawn Lide and his wife Jaclyn of Wells Branch, Texas, and Mike Smallwood and his wife Melanie of Sherman, Texas; seven grandchildren, Randi Chartier, Livia Lide, Isabelle Morris, Madeline Morris, Will Morris, Luke Smallwood, and Mikah Smallwood; one sister, Linda Walker and her husband Joe of Sherman, Texas; two nieces, Courtney Packer and Lauren Walker and one great-niece Presley Packer. 1/12/2011

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Thirty Years Ago, January 9, 1981, Perfect attendance pins were awarded to five members of the Sherman Kiwanis Club. Those who received the perfect attendance pins were: C. H. Barrett, 38 years; Boyd Evans, 48 years; Joe Fulenchek, 23 years; John Kerr, 38 years; and G. R. Stephens, 39 years. Extra note-Marvin Fulenchek's father, Joe, was in the lumber business for over forty years first with Lingo Leeper and then with Foxworth Galbraith when he retired, he passed away in August of 1992. 1/9/11

Rickey (Rick) Ritchie and his wife Leanne are residents of Grayson County once again after living 6 years in Portland, Oregon. Rick and Leanne plan on enjoying their retirement in both Sherman and Colorado Springs, Colorado as their children and grandkids are Colorado residents. Rick is glad to be back home and says that he and Leanne are looking forward to attending our next mini-reunion and getting reacquainted with some of our classmates that are still in the area. 1/6/11

Beverly (Fant) Whiddon let us know that she enjoys our website and especially this section, however she is sometimes just a little slow in getting around to reading it so checking our website more often should be one of her New Year's Resolutions. Our October 6, 2010 entry had to do with Fant Milling Company and Beverly said she was especially pleased to read that one plus she enjoyed the entry about Sherman finally beating Highland Park in football after many years and how it brought back good memories from that game and her days at Sherman High. She said it was her daughter's husband's year to have Christmas at his parent's house, even though she missed having Shelley home this past Christmas she and her husband Don did go to Washington D. C. over Thanksgiving with Shelley and Ray so she really enjoyed that. Beverly said the only low point of that Thanksgiving trip was the Sunday drive back home to Florida, that is the most traveled day of the year so the normal 12 hour driving time turned into 15 because of a lot of stops and starts due to the heavy traffic. Beverly says she wishes everyone a Happy New Year and hopes to see many friends at our next big reunion in 2013, it would be really nice if she and Don could be back here before that for one of our mini-reunions. 1/4/11

Dianne (Keesee) Williams had some special reasons to be proud this past New Year's weekend, the best of which was her dad Harold's 90th birthday yesterday. Dianne and her husband John, her mother Wanda, and eighteen other family members joined together for a special birthday celebration dinner for Harold at Dos Gringos Mexican Restaurant Sunday night in Fort Worth. Dianne was also pleased that her alma mater, Texas Christian University, won this year's Rose Bowl football game. Although TCU has now been in 27 bowl games, this was their first appearance in the Rose Bowl which is our nation's oldest and most famous bowl game. There may be more but three other classmates we know of who attended TCU are Johnny Ellis, Mary (Sicks) Hotalling, and Stellagene (Teague) Shelton. Beverly (Raley) Fleming was near Pasadena in Palm Springs, California over New Years on business but she did not get to see TCU beat Wisconsin or join the huge crowd to watch the famous Rose Bowl Parade. Beverly was a stewardess for Braniff for eighteen years and says that Elvis Presley's plane the "Lisa Marie" was a Braniff 727 in its previous life, she may have just flown on it herself before Elvis bought it and turned it into the famous plane it has become. Dianne's other source of family pride this weekend was when she saw that her cousin, Jeff Murlette, was the subject of a "True Romance" feature story in Sunday's Dallas Morning News. "Hidden in Plain Sight" told about how Jeff and his wife Brenice became a couple after meeting again many years after their graduations from the same class at Wichita Falls Rider High School, they had known each other most all their lives but they took different paths after high school. The special story about Jeff and his wife is similar to others that have been featured about couples that have met at reunions or in other ways and became reacquainted after knowing each other many years before. Jeff and Brenice were two of the twenty one family members who were in attendance at Harold's birthday party, it was an unexpected stroke of luck that the feature story about them appeared in the paper on Harold's special day when several members of the family would be together. We wish Harold a slightly belated Happy 90th Birthday as Dianne's parents are very special people, we enjoyed having them attend two or three of our previous "DFW Metroplex Get-Togethers" and hope they will be able to join us again sometime. 1/3/11

With 2011 now here, it should be a good time for a resolution which we can all keep if we try. It seems when Christmas is near that many people are more courteous and just friendlier in general (Christmas Spirit) but then when Christmas is over that Christmas Spirit is gone. We might really notice a difference if we will all remember the true meaning of Christmas and try to use our Christmas Spirit throughout the year and not just in December. We wish everyone a Happy New Year! 1/1/11