Red Mapes, signing name C.K. Mapes, is not one to let a little misfortune get him down. He’s the busiest person in Grayson County Home, which is quite a trick for a man with no legs. He built himself a hand-propelled tricycle out of a mess of odds and ends to get around. It even has a handbrake but he says he never exceeds the speed limit. Traveling around the countryside quite a bit, he says, “I’m not in a hurry. Besides, I like to see where I’m going, and maybe stop once in a while to pick some wildflowers.”
TWENTY YEARS AGO
March 31, 1954
Red Mapes, signing name C.K. Mapes, is not one to let a little misfortune get him down. He’s the busiest person in Grayson County Home, which is quite a trick for a man with no legs. He built himself a hand-propelled tricycle out of a mess of odds and ends to get around. It even has a handbrake but he says he never exceeds the speed limit. Traveling around the countryside quite a bit, he says, "I’m not in a hurry. Besides, I like to see where I’m going, and maybe stop once in a while to pick some wildflowers."
His latest hobby is flowers. His room is lined with wild blooms. He doesn’t advise this for everybody, but he feeds his flowers scalding hot water.
"They were kind of puny," he explained, "and I figured that maybe the dirt was too cold for them." The flowers perked up and bloomed. Not suggesting this for everyone, he says, "But if you’re going to use hot water, you’ve got to pour it in real slow."
He’s fixed clocks and at the moment he’s building a phtograph projector, and he’s only a few days away from completing it. Also, he has a home-made fan which he made out of odds and ends he picked up around the countryside.
Known as an accomplished repairman, the kids who live around the home are always trooping in with something for Red to repair for them. He hasn’t been baffled yet. "I’m not bragging," said Red, "but there isn’t anything that I can’t fix, if it’s got something for me to grab hold of."
FIFTY YEARS AGO
March 31, 1964
Mrs. Roy J. Smart placed first in the local Toastmistress Club final speech contest. Using her topic "The Philosophy of Happiness," Mrs. Smart gave a workable formula for obtaining that state, quoting "an evening’s pleasure may be bought with money, but that happiness comes from inward qualities."
Mrs. Smart is a teacher at Peabody school and a past president of the Toastmistress Club.
Runner-up in the local contest is Mrs. Clark Garner, with her chosen subject, "Love," and her topic "As the World Turns." Third place winner is Mrs. Elayne Preston with her speech topic, "Lecture to Squares," from the subject "Fashions."
FORTY YEARS AGO
March 31, 1974
Sherman High School’s Renee Krause won first place in the ward clerk contest at the Texas Association of Health Occupations Students state meeting last weekend at the Inn of Six Flags in Arlington.
Miss Krause was judged on performance of skills and her score on a written test. She received a savings bond from the Texas Hospital Association Health Careers Program. She is employed at Wilson N. Jones Hospital.
Other Sherman winners in the state contest were Jo Ann Palya, second place on her physical therapy equipment exhibit and Joe Cooksey, third in radiology technician assistant contest. David Butler, physical therapist, employs Miss Palya and Cooksey is employed in the X-Ray department at Wilson N. Jones Hospital.
The Sherman chapter’s activities yearbook won a second place.
Students placing in the nursing assistant notebook contest were Susan Gilbert and Debra Marshall, second place and Tonya Beck and Brenda Wofford, fourth place. Jennifer Foster won honorable mention for a ward clerk notebook.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
March 31, 1984
The Sundowners Home Extension club honored its 10th birthday in the hall of Belmont Baptist Church.
Anita Martin, Juanita Bozarth, Marylyn Branson, Florence Keith, Ruby Inman and Vida Inman were recognized for their efforts in organizing the club ten years ago.
Mrs. Martin, the first president, said the club started from a group of women interested in home extension work but unable to meet until sundown because of work outside the home. Taking its name from the meeting time, the Sundowners club has grown and been active in its home extension work.
The 22 members browsed the scrap books and crafts made by members. The birthday cake was made and decorated by the hostess, Margie Owens.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
March 31, 1994
STAFF PHOTOS — After a hard day at the livestock show, sometimes it’s nice to sit and play in the dirt. James Eddie Shadden, 4, traces his finger in the dirt while Bootsie Scribner, 5, watches. No they weren’t showing animals; they hung around to support siblings.
Bells sophomore Kylie Rollins practices "bracing" her lamb. She says hard work and family support are the key ingredients to be successful in raising livestock.
Amy Montgomery was making friend with Joshua, Angie Waldo’s horse, at Saturday’s horse show at the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show.