Pink Stoddard, Bonham farmer and store operator, is the world’s champion collector of auto tags, and it all started as an accident. He was Fannin County tax collector back in 1928-1932. When he assumed office he found the place cluttered with hundreds of old plates. He had to get rid of them, so he took them out to the farm and used them as weatherboarding on a shed. Folks thought Stoddard was collecting old auto tags, so they dumped their plates at his place. Finally, out-of-state motorists began sending him their old tags.

COMPILED AND EDITED By Micaela Hoops


Herald Democrat


SIXTY YEARS AGO


March 12, 1954


Pink Stoddard, Bonham farmer and store operator, is the world’s champion collector of auto tags, and it all started as an accident.


He was Fannin County tax collector back in 1928-1932. When he assumed office he found the place cluttered with hundreds of old plates. He had to get rid of them, so he took them out to the farm and used them as weatherboarding on a shed.


Folks thought Stoddard was collecting old auto tags, so they dumped their plates at his place. Finally, out-of-state motorists began sending him their old tags.


Stoddard has weatherproofed the store and practically every other building on the farm with thousands of auto plates, some from as far away as California and Maine.


"I had to do something with them," he said. "They were piling up here and I had no place else to put them."


FIFTY YEARS AGO


March 12, 1964


Although Sherman received only a two inch snow Monday, there was enough snow to build a 9-foot snowman. Steve Holt and Ron Harvey and 14 other Austin College students made the snowman on the student center lawn. They are pledges of Chi Delta Eta.



Sherman Junior Chamber of Commerce elected Fred Minter, James Graham, Dick Travis, Charles Weaver, Don Hines, and Mac Akins as officers.


FORTY YEARS AGO


March 12, 1974


Linda Enbysk became a newspaper carrier in self-defense. The 12-year-old, sixth grader had two brothers with paper routes. Every time she badgered them for money they told her to "go Get your own paper route."


"So I just came down and applied for a route and got one," she smiled.


Her constant weekday companion on her route is another 12-year-old sixth grader, Terry Boss. But on Sunday mornings Linda lights out alone.


"I leave the house about 5:30 with my two brothers," she said. "My route is mostly in the business district and on Sunday I have only 26 papers." She makes about $36 monthly. "You might say I have just blown it," the young blonde said.


She doesn’t think there is anything different in a girl carrying a paper route. "Girl’s have to have their spending money too," she declared. She’s not sure what women’s lib is, and at 12 she doesn’t care. She likes her route and has no intentions of giving up her route.


The Herald has three girl carriers now; the other two are Elaine Moore and Bernadette Gray.


THIRTY YEARS AGO


March 12, 1984


The Foggy River Boys f Branson, Mo., will be in Sherman on March 31 to perform a concert of music, jokes, skits and comedy routines sponsored by Key Memorial Methodist Church of Sherman in the auditorium of Sherman High.


The Foggy River Boys, members of the same musical tradition a the Jordanairs of Grand Ol’ Opry fame, sing a blend of show tunes, country western, gospel, golden oldies, barbershop and patriotic numbers as well as tell jokes and perform skits.



When Southwestern Bell’s telephone service in Pottsboro was interrupted recently, a reporter called for information from a slightly confused Denison operator. Informed that she was talking with a reporter from the Sherman Democrat, she replied, "We don’t know if the phone lines are down, but I want to assure you that we don’t discriminate against Republicans or Democrats."


TWENTY YEARS AGO


March 12, 1994


Edward D. Jones recognizes the difficulty in managing a successful non-profit. That is why three organizations are being recognized today for their efforts with the Edward D. Jones &Co. Award for Non-Profit Innovation and Excellence: Denison Public Library, Grayson County Shelter and Texas Rural Communities Inc.


The library was chosen for its endowment fund; the shelter for its "Services for Homeless;" and Texas Rural Communities was chosen for the Eisenhower Birthplace.


Each of the organizations received a copy of "Managing the Non-Profit Organization" by Peter F. Drucker, sponsored by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Non-Profit Management.


"So often, the outstanding efforts of non-profit organizations go unrecognized and unrewarded," said Doug Smith of Edward Jones. "This contest was just one small way Edward D. ones and Co. could thank non-profit organizations for their hard work in and dedication to the communities they serve."