PRESTON — There is no physical evidence that there is any change in the area that at one time embraced the first new town in Grayson County in almost a century. But this week, the Preston city council held its final meeting and wrote finis to efforts of keeping an incorporated town alive. Federal court had ruled the town as unconstitutional. Mrs. John Ray, Grayson County Health Department official, accepted the registrations of 211 septic system users of the one-time town. They are now Grayson toilets.
COMPILED AND EDITED By Micaela Hoops
SIXTY YEARS AGO
March 20, 1954
STAFF PHOTO — In a round of Birthday Week celebrations marking the 44th anniversary of the founding of Camp Fire Girls, Sherman Area CF Girls will join with 370,000 members across the nation in promoting a greater understanding between people of all races and religions when the put into action the birthday theme "Let’s Be Different Together."
Diana Bilger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bilger, holds a globe discussing Hawaii as Patricia Marr, daughter of Mr and MRs. H.V. Marr, is decked out in full Hawaiian regalia of a grass skirt, luaus, and flowery bodice.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
March 20, 1964
Dr. Louis Kovar, professor of French at Austin College, will begin a weekly program on KXII-TV. His program will be a part of the current "The Woman’s World" now on that station.
Dr. Kovar, who formerly had a similar television show while he was on the faculty at LaGrange, Ga., College, says he will discuss philosophy behind everyday life, explore things and people and help rediscover true values.
He came to Austin College in the summer of 1963. A native of Czechoslovakia, Dr. Kovar left that country when he was indicted for treason by the Communists.
FORTY YEARS AGO
March 20, 1974
PRESTON — There is no physical evidence that there is any change in the area that at one time embraced the first new town in Grayson County in almost a century.
But this week, the Preston city council held its final meeting and wrote finis to efforts of keeping an incorporated town alive. Federal court had ruled the town as unconstitutional.
Mrs. John Ray, Grayson County Health Department official, accepted the registrations of 211 septic system users of the one-time town which will now need to be reverted to Pottsboro toilets.
At the time the last council took office, $51.35 was in the treasury. The books and minutes of the former city of Preston now are closed. On April 2, 1972, E.B. Bradbury became the last mayor. He succeeded E.E. Castleberry, who had been the third mayor.
Today, there is no town of Preston. You can drive out to Preston Peninsula and pass the same stores and businesses and homes that made up the town. But once again they are just a part of the growing lake community.
"We came here to get away from a city and the taxes and costs that a city had," said more than one resident who opposed the town. Once again, residents have the complete anonymity they sought before the town came into being.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
March 20, 1984
The Sherman American Legion Post 29 named the police and fire officers of the year to a hearty drumroll at annual ceremonies commemorating the founding of the veterans organization 65 years ago.
Officers of the year are: Wayne Jones, a five-year patrol officer; R.D. "Bob" Fisher, a fire engineer with 24 years experience; and Sgt. James Clark, a two-year veteran jailer for the Sheriff’s Department.
Respective department heads choose their officers annually for outstanding service during the last year.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
March 20, 1994
Jeremy Brooks, Denison High School senior, placed seventh in Student Congress competition at the Texas Forensic Association contest.
Student Congress competition is comprised of four houses of congress which debate student prepared bills and resolutions. After three four-hour sessions, the top 24 students are judged and selected to comprise a Super Congress. Brooks advanced to this elite group and was ranked seventh after the final balloting. He received a plaque from TFA at the concluding ceremony.
Linda Sullivan, debate coach, and DHS student David Northcutt accompanied Brooks to San Antonio.
Brooks is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks.