A boat pulling into Lake Texoma one cold morning carried Max Eggleston, a professional fishing guide for 18 years. “There goes a man who’ll get black bass if there’s one in the lake biting. He knows ever brush pile in this here lake,” said one observant old timer. Eggleston, with his characteristic red bandanna round his neck, is a native of Denison and watched Lake Texoma fill up.

Feb. 12, 1954


SIXTY YEARS AGO


TIOGA — Sam Anderson will ponder on retiring but then the dream of half a century comes flooding back: the dream that oil men will find the fountain of oil under Tioga and make it prosper. Sam is convinced that Tioga will become one of the richest communities in Texas.


Will Nicholson, who has been getting his shaves from Sam for 50 years, said the growth of the community will come from its mineral wells. "People just don’t know about Tioga water," he said. "If they knew about the things it’s done for real sick folks, they’d come here in carloads."


"It’ll get rid of rheumatism in just a little while," Sam added, "and it’ll cure a bad stomach in no time at all."


Sam has gained a reputation for prognostication. It was Sam who encouraged a shoe shine boy to keep singing, "so he used to exercise his tonsils around the shop," said Sam. The shoeshine boy was a fellow named Gene Autry.


Feb. 12, 1964


FIFTY YEARS AGO


A boat pulling into Lake Texoma one cold morning carried Max Eggleston, a professional fishing guide for 18 years. "There goes a man who’ll get black bass if there’s one in the lake biting. He knows ever brush pile in this here lake," said one observant old timer.


Eggleston, with his characteristic red bandanna round his neck, is a native of Denison and watched Lake Texoma fill up. He’s been an avid fisherman since his youth. Now he will write a weekly column for the Democrat telling readers when to go, where to find them and what kind of bait to use.


Feb. 12, 1974


FORTY YEARS AGO


The Savoy girl’s basketball team recorded 32-1 regular season.


On the team are Shirley Burks, Sharon Honeycutt, Peggy Sherrer, Barbara Ricker, Cindy Bankston, Donna Jackson, Mary Kay Barron, Shari Cos, Rita Block, Vicky Hawk, Rhonda Frailicks, Becky Elk, Charlene Martin, Reba Hazelwood, Darlene Martin, Penny Ballard, Ken Merworth, Joan Honeycutt, Wanda Sherrer, Joyce Steedman, Shirley Hazelwood, Lera Elk, Pam Ruf, Vicky Hazelwood, and Vicky Burris.


Managing are Lisa Todd, assistant, Connie Waggoner, manager, and Coach Don Dodson.


Feb. 12, 1984


THIRTY YEARS AGO


Shown jubilantly raising a fist to the air, Austin College swimmer, Debbie Myers led Kangaroo women to second place in the Austin College Invitational Swimming and Diving Championship.


Myers turned in two firsts and added four NAIA national qualifying times to her list of accomplishments.



Sherman High’s Vaughn Gentry shows his best moves against Denison’s Mark Schmuelgen during Sherman’s Friday victory. A rock hard defense and typical performance by Gentry and Tony Carter gave Sherman the victory to a boisterous packed house at DHS gym.


"We needed it," said Gentry. "We got into a predicament. We weren’t going to let Denison beat us."


The pivotal play came when Dee Galbreath, who turned in 10 points and six rebounds, converted a tip after here Sherman misses for a 34-2 lead with six minutes left.


"It really feels good. This is what we’ve always wanted since we were ninth graders," added Galbreath.


Feb. 12, 1994


TWENTY YEARS AGO


Dr. John Partin of Van Alstyne has been named dean of arts and sciences at Grayson County College. Apart from being a professor of biology, a president of the Faculty Association, member of a school board, he is also known as "the snake man" visiting school children to make presentations with his live snakes.