The Sherman Community Players open the last weekend of “The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia,” a Texas-sized comedy by Preston Jones. The all-male cast tells a story of the remaining members of a fraternal “good ole boys” lodge in a small fictional Texas town. On this particular night, the brothers have set aside their card-playing and whiskey sipping to initiate a new member, the first in years.

Feb. 9, 1954


SIXTY YEARS AGO


Ingram’s Conoco Service is Denison’s first service station on Highway 75. It is thoroughly modern with glass walls for the green office trimmed in white and brick on the outside. There is plenty of inviting space around the gas pumps for servicing and parking.


"Drive by and see us at our new location and inspect our new modern station," Ingram invites.


Feb. 9, 1964


FIFTY YEARS AGO


W. Ray Spears of the Johnson & Johnson plant here is one of five top production supervisors in the country to be honored. Spears, production supervisor in the gauze mill at Sherman was given a Claude V. Swank Manufacturing Award for his achievements on the supervisory level in ceremonies held at the J & J home offices in New Brunswick, N.J. He received $250 and an inscribed ring.


A native of Dallas, Spears is 26. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army four years and was graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1958. He is studying for an advanced degree in business administration at that university. Spears joined J & J as a raw materials supervisor in 1961 and has been a production supervisor since 1962.


Feb. 9, 1974


FORTY YEARS AGO


W.A. Bell retired Feb. 1 from inspecting cars for Southern Pacific Railroad after 32 years. Fellow workers honored Bell with a party prior to his retirement and presented him with a new ensemble including a suit, shirt, tie and hat.


A special gift was presented to the railroad veteran of a silk handkerchief monogrammed with the names of fellow workers, embroidered by Mrs. O.L. McDougal.


Bell was born and reared at Gunter and entered railroad work in 1942. He and Mrs. Bell are the parents of five sons, Bobby, Jack and Don Ray Bell, of Sherman and Jerry Bell of Denison and Bill Bell of McKinney.



Maurice Hollis pumps up a shot for Denison during the DHS-Greenville junior varsity contest. Denison’s Gary Hall launches a two-pointer goalward totaling 7 points in the contest. He tuned into one of Denison’s most hustling on-court performers. Scott Patterson led scoring with 16 points, James Dean with 11 and Marcus Rench with 8. Steve White totaled points and Mike Wigington tossed in a half dozen.


Feb. 9, 1984


THIRTY YEARS AGO


Staff photo — Jeffrey David Finley, a baby, sits in the lap of his great-great grandmother Emma Potter while surrounded by his mother, Sandi Finley of Tioga, grandmother Frances Driscoll, and great grandmother Ruth Spykes. The grandmothers live in Denison. Five generations sit in the photograph.


Feb. 9, 1994


TWENTY YEARS AGO


The Sherman Community Players open the last weekend of "The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia," a Texas-sized comedy by Preston Jones.


The all-male cast tells a story of the remaining members of a fraternal "good ole boys" lodge in a small fictional Texas town. On this particular night, the brothers have set aside their card-playing and whiskey sipping to initiate a new member, the first in years. What follow is a hilarious ritual of "mumbo jumbo" that exposes the ignorant pride and empty lives of these small-minded men.


Director Ron Cassady notes that "the script is challenging and I feel our local actors meet the challenge well."


In the cast are Dick Malnory, Frank Steele, Gil Nelson, Cleveland Roy Jr., Mike Tarzis, Keith McBrayer, Lysle Seelig, Larry Winters, and Tom Bryson.