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[Texas Historical Commission Marker: 1924 Masonic Temple]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: 1924 Masonic Temple]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for 1924 Masonic Temple in Sherman, Texas. Text: Travis Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M., was chartered in 1852. This site was acquired in 1916, although this classical revival temple was not built until 1924. Designed by local architects John Tulloch and the firm of Clyce & Rolfe, the building features giant order columns and portico, fifteen over fifteen windows, and a segmental arch entry pediment. It remained the headquarters for the masonic lodge until 1985.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Mary Florence Cowell]

[Photograph of Mary Florence Cowell]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of Mary Florence Cowell's house. The house is a one-story white house with red trim and shutters. There is a screened-in porch at the front of the house.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Merchants and Planters National Bank]

[Photograph of Merchants and Planters National Bank]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of Merchants and Planters National Bank, now inhabited by Chase Bank. This is a multistoried stone structure with its windows arranged in sets of twos and threes in the floors above the entryway. A Texas Historical Marker is visible upon the ground floor wall.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Mary Florence Cowell]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Mary Florence Cowell]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Mary Florence Cowell (November 10, 1860 - July 13, 1940) in Whitesboro, Texas. Text: Mary Florence (Tinsman) Cowell and her husband S. B. Cowell came to Texas from Missouri in 1900. Mrs. Cowell was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization founded in 1869 at Wesleyan College in Iowa and dedicated to educational opportunities for women. Her friend Dora Hallock, P.E.O. Supreme Chapter Organizer, visited Whitesboro in 1902. Together they organized Chapter A, the first P.E.O chapter in Texas, in the Cowell home on this site. Mary Florence Cowell was elected president of Chapter A and was instrumental in the organization of the Texas State chapter of the P.E.O. in Whitesboro in 1928. Elected the first Texas State president of the organization, she eventually became known as "the mothers of P.E.O. in Texas."
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Metz House]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Metz House]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Metz House in Sherman, Texas. Text: Edward Metz (1854-1913) came to Texas from Michigan as a young man to join his brother, Charles, in a leather goods business. In the 1870s, they built a profitable trade, buying buffalo hides and other furs from Indian tribes in Oklahoma to sell to eastern markets. Metz is credited with helping keep peace between the Indians and settlers in Grayson County. In 1883 he built this house, with Victorian fish scale siding, as a present for his bride, Lillian (Craycroft). Occupied from 1909 to 1939 by prominent local physician Dr. J. D. Meadow, it was restored in 1975-76 by Byron Rice (b. 1957).
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Mattie Davis Lucas]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Mattie Davis Lucas]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Mattie Davis Lucas (January 12, 1869 - October 27, 1936) in Sherman, Texas. Text: Martha Ora "Mattie" Davis was born in Mississippi and moved to Texas as an infant. She earned a teaching certificate in 1884, and in 1889 married William H. Lucas. Active in civic organizations and women's clubs, Mattie spearheaded many civic improvements in Grayson County, including the establishment of a Carnegie Library, home front war work, and the collection and preservation of local history. Her efforts to commemorate the Texas Centennial resulted in the placement of several historical markers. She co-authored the first history of Grayson County, published just days after her death in 1936.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Metz House]

[Photograph of Metz House]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of Metz House in Sherman, Texas. Largely obscured by the foliage of a tree, what is visible is a two story wooden building with greenish blue siding, darker blue trim, and posts with flaking white paint. Rocking chairs sit along the front porch of the building. In the foreground, the rounded top of a metal fence is visible.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Merchants and Planters National Bank]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Merchants and Planters National Bank]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Merchants and Planters National Bank in Sherman, Texas. Text: One of the oldest banks in North Texas. Replaced Sherman's "Pecan Tree Bank"; for 22 years traders hung saddlebags filled with gold on tree's branches. Bank was founded in 1872 with $150,000 capital when city was 26 years old. Promoted growth of Sherman and was hub of North Texas area and Indian Territory serving ranchers, farmers, traders. Became National Bank in 1884. First president was C. C. Binkley; first directors, J. P. Dumas, Silas Hare, Sr., J. M. Lindsay, J. H. Slater, G. Van Winkle, C. A. Andrews.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of 1924 Masonic Temple]

[Photograph of 1924 Masonic Temple]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the 1924 Sherman Mason Temple building. This multistoried building with beige brick, columns, and a stone pediment is currently home to the Sherman Jazz Museum.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Hendrix Cemetery]

[Photograph of Hendrix Cemetery]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of Hendrix Cemetery in Sherman, Texas. The area has no visible grave markers and is overgrown with trees and plants. A wire fence with an entrance constructed of wooden posts demarcates the area. There is a ruined sign above the entrance.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West