Dr. Oscar Page is named 14th president of Austin College. “I am honored to be selected to lead the college into the 21st century,” Page said. Page wants to expand the liberal arts education to prepare graduates to be leaders in the global economy. He wants to market the college to more out-of-state and international students and expand community service projects.

SIXTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 6, 1954


Kids playing on DuBois street thought they were getting a blacktop street when they saw maintainers and road building machines in front of their houses. They were shocked when the men said what was being done: "Salt! You can’t build a road out of salt. Com one, tell us what you’re doing," cried the boys as they investigated the windrows of wet gravel and soil being worked on the street.


Meanwhile the commissioners on site asked themselves: "Is this the answer to the problem of keeping up gravel roads?"


At $40 a mile for Morton Ice Cream Salt, it sure beats $1600 for gravel or $2,500 for blacktop. Experimented with in Michigan and northern states, the county hopes the road will hold up in Texas heat. Only time will tell.


FIFTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 6, 1964


A perfectly balanced spinning wheel is the prized possession of Mrs. Jim Adams. The spinning wheel is believed to be more than 300 years old, brought over from England.


The wheel is put together with pegs and contains no nails at all. Mrs. Adams purchased it when the family was residing in Fort Worth. The owner was moving from the city.


Mrs. Adams is currently planning to purchase a cast iron wood-burning cook stove, which she hopes to have made into a floor lamp.


FORTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 6, 1974


Five Sherman scouts received the Eagle Award, scouting’s highest award, during ceremonies last week in 15th District Courtroom. Receiving the awards were Wade Martin, 14, Jack Melson, 15, David Neidhardt, 17, John Penn, 13, and John Shoemaker, 15.


THIRTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 6, 1984


James Michael Taylor, an Austin College senior, has filed as a candidate for Grayson County Republican chairman.


Taylor, 23, has been active in Republican politics since 1978, entered Grayson County politics in 1980 and in 1982 served as Precinct 36 chairman.


He is scheduled to graduate in May and plans to pursue politics as a career. A Denison high graduate, he is married to the former Rebecca Pelley of Sherman.


TWENTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 6, 1994


Dr. Oscar Page is named 14th president of Austin College. "I am honored to be selected to lead the college into the 21st century," Page said.


Page wants to expand the liberal arts education to prepare graduates to be leaders in the global economy. He wants to market the college to more out-of-state and international students and expand community service projects.


Dr. Page’s wife, Anna Laura Hood Page, is a professional musician, having written and published choral, keyboard and hand bell compositions. She is an accomplished organist and pianist.


They have two children — Kristen, and Matthew, both completing studies elsewhere.