Bill Boyd was born near Ladonia, in Fannin County, in 1910. He learned to play guitar with cowboys around the campfire and broke into radio in Greenville in 1926. When the family moved to Dallas in 1929, Boyd took his guitar and singing style first to WFAA and then to WRR where first records of Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers were heard.
In 1934 he moved the band to San Antonio and had hits with “Under the Double Eagle” and “Going Back to My Texas Home.”
Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers grew to 10 musicians in the 30s, and eventually, as it must to all singing cowboys, Hollywood called. Boyd made six “B” oaters during the 1940s, including Raiders of the West and Prairie Pals.
Bill Boyd more or less gave up performing in the 1950s and became a popular DJ on WRR. He is in the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.
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The wars on opposite sides of the world fought by Charles Baum of Whitesboro and Leonard Riley of Denison were very different, but both were extraordinary examples of courage, steadfastness, and faith. Theirs are two of those sixteen million stories, and they bear remembering.
By Gene Lenore
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Walter E. Potts was born in Denison in 1892 and lived to be 105 years old. The son of William and Mollie Potts distinguished himself in World War I serving as one of thousands of “Buffalo Soldiers” assigned to the U.S. Army’s 92nd and 93rd Infantry Divisions. The 92nd was attached to France’s 4th Army.
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By Mavis Anne Bryant on June 1, 2008
You’re crazy!” That was Karen’s reaction when her husband, Tom Shields, said he wanted to leave their comfortable home in far West Sherman to live in a long-abandoned fire station near Austin College. But she’d had a similar reaction in 1985, when he wanted to leave a picturesque Dallas residence and raise their kids in a small town.
By Edward Southerland on June 1, 2007
There is a large map of Grayson County set into the floor just inside the main entrance of the courthouse in Sherman. The county’s boundries—Fannin County to the east, Collin to the south, Denton to the southwest, Cooke to the west, and the Red River and Oklahoma to the north—are delineated by dark strips of metal, and the four county precincts that existed at the time the courthouse was built in the 1930s are shown in different colored stones.
By Sean Chaffin on January 11, 2010
Call it sawdust in his veins. Chip Piazza had known he wanted to build things since he was a kid. There was no doubt construction would be his future. “My father, Pete, was a residential contractor, so I was around building all the time. I liked drawing house plans in the drafting program in high school. Building picked me, I didn’t pick it,” he said. “I pretty much knew what I wanted to be, being around construction so much as a kid.”