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

SIXTY YEARS AGO


March 16, 1954


Louis Rotts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Rotts of Denison, is attending the steward’s course at the Food Service School at Camp Lejenue, N.C. He entered the Marine Corps in October, 1953


Gene R. Witt, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Witt is nearing completion of a 16-weeks training cycle at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. with a unit of the 6th Armored Division.


Arvin M. Vestal, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Vestal of Whitewright, is en route to Japan aboard the USS Skagit. He recently returned from a tour of duty in Alaska. Vestal has been in the service two years. He received the American-Farmer award from 1951.


FIFTY YEARS AGO


March 16, 1964


A 105-year-old former Sherman woman is alive after undergoing major surgery. Her doctor told her children "She has iron-clad will power." Longtime friends might call it Melissa Krum’s indomitable frontier spirit.


The mother of Sherman’s Joe Krum helped her parents fight Indians from a covered wagon, laundered and cooked for railroad workers in Oklahoma City in the 1880s when the town was a scattering of tents and served food, she says, to Jesse James’ gang.


A week ago, Melissa was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital with a tumor blocking her digestive tract. After surgery, the doctor took a blood sample from her and thanked her for it. "That’s all right," she quipped, "you’ve already got it." "How are you feeling?" the doctor asked. "With my hands," was her answer.


After her husband’s death as a passenger engineer for MK&T, she settled in Sherman to bring up one son and five daughters on her own.


"What I recall most is her homemade bread," one granddaughter reflects. "Nobody made bread like she did. She kept baking it up until around ten years ago when she moved to Dallas."


FORTY YEARS AGO


March 18, 1974


Denison High school cosmetology students won every prize offered at the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America competition held in Longview, Texas. They qualify for state competition in San Antonio.


Mary Marie Welch walked off with first place in hairstyling receiving a blue ribbon and engraved plaque.


Topping off a perfect weekend, the Denison cosmetology department, instructed by Mrs. Elaine Preston, also took second and third prize, with Terrell coming in fourth and Sherman fifth.


Alice Reaves placed second in hairstyling and Debbie Murphy placed third.


Dana Simmons won first in wiggery for her wig styling. Any model remained unknown.


THIRTY YEARS AGO


March 18, 1984


Co-workers, friends, and family honored Mrs. Willeyne Eatherly at a retirement party held at the Sherman Democrat.


Her retirement as a word processor and ad setter marked the end of 24 years in the Democrat composing room, where she started in 1960 as a proof-reader.


Don Schneider, general manager of the newspaper presented Mrs. Eatherly with a gift of luggage from her coworkers — chosen with her upcoming trip to Europe in mind.


Mrs. Eatherly, a Sherman resident since 1943, has a son and two daughters, Gordon Eatherly Jr. and Janice Miller of Sherman and Linda Carroll of Denison. She has four grandchildren.


TWENTY YEARS AGO


March 16, 1994


Denison actor David Harrod delivered one of the funniest lines in "The Chase," a new movie starring Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson. So what’s Harrod’s line?


"Monkeys!"


"It’s fun to sit in the back of the theater and listen to the reaction of the audience when I say that goofy line," said Harrod.


Harrod, who plays the doofus boyfriend of Swanson’s mother, says the line while watching a scene from "Planet of the Apes."


Harrod also recently starred in "Rise and Walk," a fact-based made-for-television movie about New York Jets linebacker Dennis Byrd, who was paralyzed from an injury he sustained in a 1992 game with the Kansas City Chiefs.


"It was an honor to play (Dennis’s) brother," said Harrod.


In the future, Harrod said he would like to relocate to Texas and open his own production company to make is own movies.