Grayson County Historical Society

Grayson County Historical Society

Ivert Mayhugh will present the program when the Grayson County Historical Society (GCHS) meets Feb. 11. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. at Frontier Village, located inside Loy Lake Park in Denison. It is free and open to anyone interested in attending.

Mayhugh will be discussing 22 letters written between 1848 and 1860 by Dr. John Brooke. Brooke first built a drug store and a saddle/harness shop on the lot in downtown Sherman which is now occupied by Touch of Class Antique Mall. His letters, sent to relatives in England, were discovered in the 1970s at a Dallas book store by historian and retired ophthalmologist, Dr. Morris Britton. They are historically significant as they have helped local historians identify the actual location of "old Sherman" and give readers a view of Sherman’s earliest days. Transcribed copies of Brooke’s letters can be read at the Outlaw Trails Museum located inside the Touch of Class Antique Mall, owned by Mayhugh and his wife, Jeanette.

Interested in preserving Sherman’s historic legacy and revitalizing the downtown district, Mayhugh has served on many boards of organizations with those goals. In 2001, he co-sponsored and hosted "Ride the Outlaw Trail, an event focusing on Sherman’s western heritage. The event won recognition by the Texas Legislature. In 2004, Mayhugh qualified the Hall Furniture building to be on the National Registry of Historic Places and also as a Texas Registered Historic Landmark. He and his wife maintain the Outlaw Trails Museum which is opened to the public seven days a week and features memorabilia of Grayson County and north Texas.

Hosts for Tuesday’s meeting are Kay Blankenship and Sherill and Royce Brooks.

President of the GCHS is John Ramsey. Serving as vice president is Duane Heatley. For information on the group, call 903-891-9379 or 903-463-1674 or send an email to Jeri Bassett at

Retired School Personnel Association

The Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association meets Feb. 11 at Grandy’s Restaurant in Sherman. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon program and business meeting. All retired school personnel are encouraged to attend.

Elementary teachers will be honored and February birthdays celebrated. Janet Francis and Annette Snider will share recipes and samples of Valentine brownies. Presenting the program entitled "Be Alert. Be Smart - Don’t Get Scammed" will be Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. Members will also be discussing the upcoming Texas Retired Teachers Association convention, upcoming elections and candidates who support defined benefit plans, health benefits and other areas.

The January meeting was conducted the Ella Brown, president-elect. High school, middle school and intermediate teachers were honored. Phyllis Long was the greeter and Cheryl Brandon from the Senior Passport program at Texas Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ presented the program. She also gave information on nutritious vegetables.

New officers were installed by Gail Grigg, using the theme of band instruments. Installed were: Ella Brown, president; Barbara Threadgill, vice president; Margaret McCord, second vice president; Pat Stewart, secretary; Dorothy Lee, treasurer; and Linda Vandergriff-Thoms, parliamentarian.

January door prizes were won by Dr. Fred Freeman and Kirleen Hiett.

For information on the organization, call Vandergriff-Thoms at 903-893-5795.

Texoma Chordringers

Give loved ones and friends a memorable treat with a singing valentine by the Texoma Chordringers. The non-profit group will send a barbership quartet throughout Grayson County to deliver not just a singing valentine, but a rose and a card for as little as $30. The presentations can be romantic or humorous.

Availability of the singing valentines is limited, so early reservations are encouraged. For more information and to schedule a singing valentine, call 903-893-4514 as soon as possible.

The Texoma Chordringers chorus was formed nearly 50 years ago and is chartered through the Barbershop Harmony Society. The group specializes in acapella (no instrumental accompaniment) harmony in the barbershop style. The chorus meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the second floor meeting room of The Renaissance in Sherman and membership is open to all men age 15 and older with or without singing experience. Contact the number above for more information.