VAN ALSTYNE — There are no bankers’ hours for John Kenneth Hynds, 29, and his brother, Robert, 28, a couple of the youngest bankers in Grayson. John is the president and Robert is the vice president for the First National Bank in Van Alsytne. When they’re not banking they switch into dungarees and head their farm and ranch. Both married, they manage to see each other more than their wives, since they work from sun up to sun down and don’t go home until the work is finished.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 18, 1954
VAN ALSTYNE — There are no bankers’ hours for John Kenneth Hynds, 29, and his brother, Robert, 28, a couple of the youngest bankers in Grayson. John is the president and Robert is the vice president for the First National Bank in Van Alsytne.
When they’re not banking they switch into dungarees and head their farm and ranch. Both married, they manage to see each other more than their wives, since they work from sun up to sun down and don’t go home until the work is finished.
They followed in their grandfather’s footsteps who was the bank’s president for decades until his grandson succeeded him.
The brothers are first-name friends of everybody in Van Alstyne. Nobody in town says he’s "going to the bank." Rather, he says he’s going down to see Johnny or Robert.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 18, 1964
Art and music from other lands is the theme of the Spring Festival of arts to be held in Municipal Building. Artists of the area will display their works, sponsored by the Sherman Art League. Mrs. Chuck Balding stands before her own painting of a Parisian scene, which she will display at the festival.
The Sherman Junior Chamber of Commerce honored Annie Matthews of Sherman and Johnny McKinney of Pottsboro for their 4-H work.
Miss Matthews, 18, and Mr. McKinney, 16, were named outstanding girl and boy.
Van Alstyne High School principal and football coach Roy Jackson received the 1964 Outstanding Citizen award as "the person who’s done more to mold boys into men than anyone else in Van Alstyne," from the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce.
FORTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 18, 1974
Grayson County College teachers honored sophomores by selecting them to Who’s Who: Ray Scott, business major; Danny Talbot, a student congress representative; Earl Baker, an accounting major; Miss Brenda Odle a guidance and counseling major; Miss Jan Forisha, a music education major; Miss Teresa Tatum, an accounting major; John Lewis, majoring in physical education; and Miss Debbie Ruff, a pharmacy major.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 18, 1984
Piner Middle School students try on different hats in preparation for the upcoming contest to identify the careers associated with the hats. The Occupation Investigation class, part of the National Vacation Education Week, sponsors the contest. The students trying the hats are: Shelly Wright, Matt Day, Elizabeth Phillips, Vicki Chapman and Brandon Morris. Among the hats are a fireman helmet, a ship captain’s hat, a welder’s hood, a park ranger’s sombrero, an explorer’s hat, a football helmet, a trucker’s cap and many more.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Feb. 18, 1994
As part of Black History Month, area artists will display their works in conjunction with Art Works of Midway Mall. Ernest Foster of Sherman, better known as artist Shabo, will display original African American paintings. Nellie Hughes will show custom hand painted ceramics from Showcase Ceramics in Sherman.
Janis Johnson of Denison, along with her display, will do face painting for children. Mary Chaney of Denison will have several crafts on hand, including flower arrangements.
Gene Brown, Ruth Hastings, Betty Nash, Mary Wiley, Raquel Tellkamp, Gen Grasmuck, Jerry Hunsinger, Bobbie Lightfoot and Helen Leach — all of Art Works — plan to display some of their works in conjunction with the display.
Also on display through the rest of February will be several framed prints of well known leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and jazz artists like Count Basie.