From time to time, I accumulate comments and requests from readers concerning columns we have published here. Most are short and set aside to answer personally, but somehow I don’t always get around to it. Being retired and still writing a column is something of a conflict with not wanting to do much of anything. In this column I will attempt to show some of these items seeking help in answering and providing the history they contain. To me it is always interesting to learn from our readers.
Lee Faker wrote after she saw an article on Internet that I presume was about the Civil War monument on the grounds of the Grayson County Courthouse. She said I mentioned that it was erected in 1891. She related how she had been coming up with items relating to Sherman, including how years ago Confederate currency from the family of Robert Wheat was moved to Sherman after the war. Wheat and his father, she said, established Wheatland, Texas.
I had mentioned something once about a Quantrill reunion in Sherman. In about 1862 she said 23 families of women and children only and an 83-year-old man with his blind son were robbed in Clinton, Missouri, leaving one wagon and a team of mules and one of horses to continue their trek to their destination in Sherman, some days traveling only four-to-six miles each day.
She wondered what the attraction to Sherman was, then thought it may have been the same attraction why 20,000 people showed up for the dedication of the monument. Any ideas?
Buddy Mapel wrote that he had read and enjoyed columns about the Lee-Peacock Feud.
He decided to write on the off chance I might help answer a question that had been unanswered for years.
Buddy grew up hearing her grandmother’s version of Israel Boren’s axe murder of a young man named Syd/Sid Nance in 1891. She referred to him as “Uncle Iz,” but he actually was her father’s cousin and died a decade before she was born. From his grandmother’s memory, she sounded as if Israel, his crime and his time in the penitentiary were as familiar to her as people and events from her own lifetime, rather than old family history.
Buddy has been wondering how Syd Nance was related to the Dow Nance who died in the Lee-Peacock feud and could Syd’s murder have been a long-delayed ripple of the feud.
His grandmother told him that Israel killed Syd for “ruining his daughter,” but court records related to Israel’s appeal don’t mention anything along that line. He claimed insanity unsuccessfully, then also unsuccessfully appealed his conviction on a technicality. He said his first name was misspelled in the indictment.
He pointed out that logic tells him that the axe attack was not related to the Lee-Peacock business, given that the Nances sided with Peacock, as did Israel and his brother Henry. Also, Israel’s granddaughter, Crissie, was married to Noah Nance. Crissie, Noah, Syd and Israel all lived together at the time of the murder, and one of Israel’s widowed daughters also lived with them.
What he wants to know is if anyone knows if there was a connection between Syd’s murder and the feud. Any ideas?
Terry Aday from Bedford wrote that he worked at Johnson-Moore Funeral Home from 1971 to 1974 as an ambulance driver and funeral attendant when he still was in high school and for a year after he graduated in 1973.
He remembered Mae Henderson, who worked there, as being such a wonderful lady and Sidney Johnson being his role model. Sidney gave him a job when he was 17 and he moved into the funeral home. It is because Terry is working for Fort Worth’s largest, Greenwood Funeral Home part time now that he is retired.
Mae was mentioned in a column about Ross Perot when she baked a pie for the Perots, who had just moved into her neighborhood.
He said he was thinking of Mae a few weeks ago and was happy to see the article about Perot. He said he met Ross Perot at a restaurant in downtown Dallas in the late 2000s. He related that Perot would always say your name back to you three times when he met you because that way he could remember a person’s name.
Donna Hunt is former editor of The Denison Herald. She lives in Denison and can be contacted at email@example.com. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Herald Democrat.