First United Methodist Church received a visit from “Bishop Francis Asbury.” Bill Carnathan, a life-long Methodist and retired Grayson County College instructor, portrayed Asbury, a preacher of the late 1700s in the United States. Greg Tarvin, active in Community Theater, played along as a modern day reporter by interviewing the bishop.

SIXTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 25, 1954


Cub Jim Bryant squeezes his eyes shut tightly as he gives a timid tug to the old Katy locomotive bell, the "Liberty Bell" at the Presbyterian Cub banquet. Five Cub Scout dens rang the bell at their annual birthday banquet held last night in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. For every award given a scout, an opportunity was given to ring the bell, furnished by the Katy Railroad.


The theme for the night honored the "Liberty Bell." The bell itself came dismantled from a an old locomotive and was mounted on a belfry for the occasion. More than 150 cubs and their parents dined at their first "grown-up" banquet on fried chicken with all the trimmings.


Preston Overstreet won the highest cub award, the den chief’s cord. The Overstreet youngster was one of three former cubs who have retained an interest after advancing to scouting by coming back as den chiefs. Thirteen other cubs were presented awards and a turn to tug the bell.


Winners were John Martyn, John freeman, Him Bryant and Robert McCarl, Eddy Conatser, Richard Montgomery, john Munson, Ernest Shwadlenak, Gary Towers, Randall Tune, Frank Homer Geer, Jimmy Johnson and Ronald Reagan.


FIFTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 25, 1964


STAFF PHOTO — Millard Head of Trenton works on foundation forms for the future Sears store in Midway Center, right now a bulldozed patch of dirt. It is located on the old Midway Dairy property on Highway 75 South. Extensive dirt work has already been done on the site and is still in progress. This picture was made just northeast of the location of the old Midway barn which was razed to make way for the center.


FORTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 25, 1974


The Sherman High School math team won nine trophies and captured second place team honors at the Sam Houston High School mathematics and science contest at Arlington. Approximately 200 students from 20 high schools competed.


Damon Cathey, won a first place trophy in slide rule and fifth place trophy in number sense. Other winners were Robert Halliburton, Jeff Phillips, Ross Saunders, Kim Francis, Mike Davis, and Bill Cordell.


The team of Cathey, Halliburton, Davis, Phillips, Miss Francis, Saunders and Debbie Franks compiled 1,400 points, winning second place team trophy.


So far the math team has entered five tournaments and won 40 trophies.


THIRTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 25, 1984


First United Methodist Church received a visit from "Bishop Francis Asbury." Bill Carnathan, a life-long Methodist and retired Grayson County College instructor, portrayed Asbury, a preacher of the late 1700s in the United States. Greg Tarvin, active in Community Theater, played along as a modern day reporter by interviewing the bishop.


Asbury, the apostle whose only home was his saddle and whose parish was the North American continent, was drawn as a young man to the Methodist Societies in England.


He answered John Wesley’s call to serve in the Colonies and arrived in Philadelphia in 1771. In 1784 at Lovely Lane Church in Baltimore, he was ordained bishop and participated in the Christmas Conference, which established the Methodist Episcopal Church. Asbury visited every state in the Union either by horseback or carriage, and established Sunday schools, colleges, seminaries, and a publishing house for religious reading materials.


TWENTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 25, 1994


STAFF PHOTO — The Denison branch of the NAACP held a "save our children, save our city" walkathon from Terrell Elementary School to Denison City Hall. The walk and prayers were held in conjunction with Black History Month.