Mrs. Billy Miller of Gainesville and a native of Belfast, Ireland, spoke to the Grayson County Chapter 900 of the American Association of Retired Person. Mrs. Miller, a British subject, said “everyone asks about me accent but I t’ink I talk just like a Texan.” “Weddings are different here from those at home,” she continued. “Weddin’s are always in the morning, not in the evenin’. The reception is a full meal instead of a cuppa drink and a piece of cake.”
COMPILED AND EDITED By Micaela Hoops
SIXTY YEARS AGO
March 19, 1954
Meals with the tang of foreign flavors will brighten the menu of several Camp Fire homes in Denison when the Camp Fire girls prepare and serve native dishes of Italy, Hungary, Holland, France, Mexico, China and other countries.
Foreign foods are part of the week-long festivities celebrating Camp Fire’s 44th birthday anniversary. The birthday theme of the week is "Let’s Be Different Together."
"Foreign dishes are one of most exciting way of learning about our neighbors all over the world," said Theresa Wegener, executive director.
Lt. John Hartley demonstrates the art of preparing a Japanese dish, Sukiyaki, for his wife Mrs. Hartley, Camp Fire club advisor, and Camp Fire Girls, Betty and Wanda Ross. Lt. Hartley shares the enthusiasm of his wife and said: "You should prepare Sukiyaki at the table in true fashion of Japan. The meat and vegetables are cooked in a skillet with a zesty sauce. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables as they should be crispy. Serve with fluffy rice and hot tea."
FIFTY YEARS AGO
March 19, 1974
Warrant Officer George G. Whiting Jr. received a commendation certificate at Perrin Air Force Base recently. A weapons controller at the Ground control Interceptor site at the base, Mr. Whiting was presented the award for conducting a testing on new electronic counter-counter measures and radar equipment in an outstanding manner. The testing was done while he was stationed at Crystal Springs Air Force Station in Mississippi.
The Whitings and their two children live in Sherman.
FORTY YEARS AGO
March 19, 1974
Mrs. Billy Miller of Gainesville and a native of Belfast, Ireland, spoke to the Grayson County Chapter 900 of the American Association of Retired Person.
Mrs. Miller, a British subject, said "everyone asks about me accent but I think I talk just like a Texan."
"Weddings are different here from those at home," she continued. "Weddin’s are always in the morning, not in the evenin’. The reception is a full meal instead of a cuppa drink and a piece of cake."
She also described funerals as different. They are held in the home; then the pallbearers carry the casket to the cemetery the people following on foot, keening and wailing.
Tis a beautiful country, Ireland Mrs. Miller said, with much rain and long winters from September till March. "I thought I got hot in Ireland at 80 degrees ‘til I got roasted in Texas heat," she added.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
March 19, 1984
Seven Grayson County 4-H members won ribbons with their food and nutrition know-how at the District IV 4-H Food Show.
Becky Schnitker won a blue ribbon for her family recipe for Kolaches while Lea Scott and Camille Short brought home red ribbons for Marinated Asparagus and Pepperoni Frittata.
Jennifer Johnson took third place in the Bread and Cereals category with her Coffee Can Cheese Bread. She won a blue ribbon and purple rosette.
Jenny Manning won a blue ribbon in the Main Dish category; Pam Lankford won a blue ribbon for Fruits and Vegetables; and Jodie Reed won a blue ribbon Snacks &Desserts division.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
March 19, 1994
The Denison Business and Professional Women’s Club will honor their only charter member, Deanne Harris at a reception and Founder’s Day dinner celebration Monday evening.
The Denison Club was chartered in March 1937 with the Sherman BPW Club as their sponsor. Donna Lorance of Sherman BPW, past state president, will give a short remembrance of the first club meeting.