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[Photograph of Greenwood Cemetery]

[Photograph of Greenwood Cemetery]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the entrance to Greenwood Cemetery in Bells, Texas. The gate leading in has the name of the cemetery above it. The cemetery is covered in trees and one grave can be seen past the entrance.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Greenwood Cemetery]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Greenwood Cemetery]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Greenwood Cemetery in Bells, Texas. Text: Burial site for early settlers of Fannin and Grayson counties. Commonly called "Jenkins Cemetery" - as access was through John J. Jenkins' farm. First usage date is unknown; oldest stones have had lettering erased by weather. Earliest dated stone is for Jas. P. Montgomery, who died in 1869. On March 31, 1882, W. S. Roddy formally deeded the cemetery site in trust for local citizens. Wooden markers at many graves were destroyed by grass fire in 1935. The neglected cemetery was restored in 1972 through efforts of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Wm. K. Langner, descendants of John J. Jenkins.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[State Historical Survey Committee Marker: Hall Cemetery]

[State Historical Survey Committee Marker: Hall Cemetery]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the State Historical Survey Committee marker for Hall Cemetery in Howe, Texas. Text: Located on land patented by Anderson White (1801-85), on certificate issued April 23, 1850, by Peters Colony, an immigration project which had received a large land grant in this region from the Republic of Texas. Burial plot was begun Jan. 6, 1857, upon the death of White's daughter, Sarah White Haning, wife of Aaron Haning. One week later, on Jan. 13, a second grave was added, that of Haning's mother, Rachel Pierce Haning. In June 1857, White sold his land in the area, but reserved 2 acres surrounding the burial site, deeded April 1859 to trustees for a public cemetery. Named for Benjamin F. Hall (1803-73), pioneer minister of the Disciples of Christ, doctor, dentist, and lawyer, who owned the white property from 1857 to 1872, and founded several churches in the region. Among those buried here are the first settlers of this part of Grayson County, who migrated to Texas from the Eastern United States, a number of veterans of the army of the Confederate States of America: and several rural victims of the Great Sherman Tornado of May 15, 1896. Subsequent donations of ...
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: The Great Sherman Storm of 1896]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: The Great Sherman Storm of 1896]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for the Great Sherman Storm of 1896 in Sherman, Texas. Text: In the late afternoon of Friday, May 15, 1896, a disastrous tornado swept Sherman, killing about 66 persons, injuring many others, and causing severe property damage. The twister touched down near here, then cut a 2-mile-long path through the city. The same funnel and several smaller ones struck at other locations in the area. Most of the storm's victims were buried in this cemetery. After the tragedy, citizens of the Sherman and neighboring towns helped with rebuilding and relief contributions were sent from many distant places. (1975)
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Hall Cemetery]

[Photograph of Hall Cemetery]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of Hall Cemetery in Howe, Texas. The gate to the cemetery is open and there is a paced road going through it. On either side are grave markers and trees.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Gunter Ranch]

[Photograph of Gunter Ranch]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the site of Gunter Ranch in Gunter, Texas. There are trees forming a line behind wire fence and a house can be seen in the distance.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Hall Furniture Building]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Hall Furniture Building]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Hall Furniture Building in Sherman, Texas. Text: Former Missourian and Civil War veteran Rufus Gaines Hall established a Sherman Dry Goods Store in 1868. The company prospered, in part because it sent 30 notion wagons to sell supplies to settlers on rural farms across 13 counties in North Texas. Hall's son, Dr. Hugh Logan Hall, joined the firm in 1872. In 1892, Dr. Hall and his father bought this property. Five generations of Halls maintained the growing business in this location for a century. Originally two buildings, the west side of the business was built in 1876 and the other in 1885; the buildings were united in 1936. A noteworthy example of an art deco commercial building, its asymmetrical facade features the bold use of bands of structural glass with black and ivory chevron stripes. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Hagerman]

[Photograph of Hagerman]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of where Hagerman used to be in Pottsboro, Texas. There is an empty field with tall grass and trees in the distance.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[State Historical Survey Committee Marker: Gunter Ranch]

[State Historical Survey Committee Marker: Gunter Ranch]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the State Historical Survey Committee marker for Gunter Ranch in Gunter, Texas. Text: Established 1880's by Jot Gunter, developer of Texas real estate, prominent Grayson County businessman. In mid-1890's his ranch exceeded 20,000 acres. Gunter, born in North Carolina in 1845, came to Texas to practice law after he served in Confederate Army. The town of Gunter, incorporated in 1914, was named for him. (1968).
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Thomas Jefferson Shannon]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Thomas Jefferson Shannon]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Thomas Jefferson Shannon (1808-1864) in Sherman, Texas. Text: Thomas J. Shannon came to Texas in 1839 and settled in what became Grayson County in 1845. Elected first Grayson County representative to the Texas Legislature, he worked for relocation of the county seat to the present site of Sherman. Shannon earned the name "Father of Sherman" after donating land for the townsite. His daughter Julia named the first streets. A pioneer stockman, Shannon imported Durham cattle, a gift from Queen Victoria, in 1848.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West