Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter NSDAR

Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter NSDAR

Two activities will highlight next week’s activities for the Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The group will hold its monthly meeting on Nov. 21 and then celebrate the rededication of one a history monument on Nov. 22.

The historical figures David and Elizabeth Crockett will appear at the Nov. 21 meeting. A Dutch-treat luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Country Club in Sherman and the meeting and program will begin at 2 p.m.

Presenting the program will be Dr. Gary and Maureen Sisson who will appear as the Crocketts. The Sissons are members of the Allies of the Alamo and are friends of the direct descendants and kin of David Crockett. Dressed in costume, the couple will present excerpts from the last letters written by the couple.

Gary Sisson grew up on a farm and ranch in both Bonham and Welch. He served as an officer in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy and was an optometrist at the naval hospital at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carline. He later had a private practice in Snyder and then in Dallas before accepting a position with Veterans Affairs. He is now an optometrist at the Veteran’s Hospital in Bonham.

Maureen Sisson was born in Minnesota and raised on a farm and ranch in Prescott, Wisconsin. She earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After becoming a certified pharmacist, she served as the assistant director of professional affairs at the National Community Pharmacy Association in Alexandria, Virginia. She then worked as a relief pharmacist while raising her children. In 2006, she established the Fannin Pharmacy in Bonham which she still operates today.

On Nov. 22 at 2 p.m., the chapter will be part of the re-dedication ceremony of a long-time monument commemorating the Butterfield Overland Stage mail route and the Marcy Trail. The restored monument will be placed in its new home at the southeast corner of the Gryason County Courthouse square in Sherman. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter has a long history with the monument, having erected it in 1936, working in conjunction with the Grayson County History Society. The original site was in Washington Park and the monument was erected and dedicated to mark the confluence of the butterfield Overland Stage mail route and the Marcy Trail. Over the years the monument suffered some danage and was in an overgrown area.

In May of 2012, the chapter’s regent, Beverly Martin, began a campaign to have the monument restored and moved to a more prominent spot. Teddie Ann Salmon and Helen Eller were named as co-chairwomen of the group’s Historic Preservation Committee and work on the project began. Scott Mesner of Love Monument removed the monument and he, along with his employees restored it. The Grayson County Facilities Department completed the task by pouring a concrete foundation on the courthouse lawn where the monument will be placed. Also helping to make the project a reality were Sherman mayor Carolyn Whacker, the City of Sherman Public Works Department, Judge Drew Bynum and John Ramsey of the Grayson County Historical Society.

The DAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history and promoting better education and patriotism. Any woman age 18 and older, regardless of race, religions or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. For more information, visit or contact Beverly Martin at 903-482-1041 or Johanna Kroeger at 903-482-5364.

Bonham FFA

BONHAM — The Bonham FFA Chapter will hold an auction and dinner on Nov. 21 in the Bonham High School cafeteria.

A barbecue dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m. The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include such items as projects built by the Bonham agriculture students along with items such as picnic tables, cookers, decorative items, gift certificates and merchandise donated by individuals and businesses. Serving as auctioneer will be Damon Motley.

For more information, contact 903-640-5773.

Wilson N. Jones Auxiliary

The Wilson N. Jones Auxiliary will hold a 40 percent off sale from Nov. 18 through Nov. 22 at its gift shop located inside Texas Health Prebyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman.

Proceeds from the sale will be used by the auxiliary to support its many projects benefiting the hospital and community.