5216 F.M. 84
Denison, TX 75020
Denison Country Club has a long, rich history of serving both the
Sherman golf and Denison golf
communities, dating back to 1895 when it was known as The Rod and Gun
still offers one of the finest tee time opportunities in the Lone Star
state. Denison combines country
charm, a family-friendly atmosphere and a convenient location just a
short drive from the Metroplex.
This 18-hole championship layout spans a total of 6,149 challenging
yards, and the comfy grounds
also feature a relaxing clubhouse, lighted tennis courts and a
refreshing swimming pool.
Anne Bryant & James Bryant at Rod and Gun Club Lake, early 1950s
sometimes give me the most unusual things. Some are for my files and
to be shared with Denison Alumni Association or maybe Grayson County
Village or even somewhere else.
fall when I attended a gathering of the Lunch Bunch, the group of
School graduates who have been gathering once each month in Denton for
for the past 10 years, Melvin Compton of Denison had something for me
will take to Frontier Village in a few days. But first, I want to share
information with readers.
item is a two foot long strip of of what I believe is a cottonwood
Decoupaged on it is an article about Freeman's FF Guest Ranch, the Lazy
F that was printed in the Fort Worth Press in the Feb. 5, 1947,
Alderman Deen wrote the article for her column, "Woman's Corner."
probably wondering what such an article about a ranch in Colorado could
possible have to do with Denison. I came upon the information about the
Colorado connection to Denison in 2006 when I was on a tour with
Federation of Press Women before the annual conference.
the time the article was written, the ranch in Creede, Colo., was owned
and Kathy Ellison. On the porch of a home in Fort Worth that was
Mrs. W.P. McLean were many relics, including an iron pan with a
in which gold once was panned and other items such as an iron bear
Everyone always asked about the relics and Mrs. McLean had stories to
McLean had gone to Creede in 1947 to a lodge that was owned by Mr. and
F.A. Freeman of Wichita Falls.
lodge in the mountains near Creede was known by prominent Texans as The
Club, and it was owned in the
the Denison Rod and Gun Association.
owners of the lodge
may sound familiar, although the Denison
Rod and Gun now is the Denison Country
Club and it is located on FM 84, northwest of Denison.
addition to the relics on Mrs. McLean's porch is an old register that
in the house. It contains names of many well-known Texans, including
Platter, Albert Foute, D.T. Bomar, who all were deceased in 1947. The
W.B. Munson and Lingo families also appear often on the register,
Edith Deen's column.
Willard Burton of Wichita Falls was then Hortense Lingo of the Lingo
Lumber Company family. One of their lumber yards was located in
Hortense remembered as a girl going to the ranch in the 1890s on a
railroad to Wagon Wheel Gap, then by wagon over terrible roads to get
column goes on to say that prominent Texans were some of the early
the place and that the silver boom of Creede in 1892 took many of them
old registry said that the Texas Club was organized in 1896, probably
enlargement of the original Denison Rod and Gun Club that was
several years earlier.
Denison residents were lured to Colorado to have a place where they
and hunt where fish and deer were plentiful. A country club was
there on May 14, 1890, with Denisonians J.J. Fairbanks as chairman and
Platter as secretary. Fairbanks built the house now known as the Molly
Bed and Breakfast and Platter was connected with Waples-Platter
here. Major L.L. Maughs was first president with "Uncle Ben"
Merrell as vice president; A.F. Platter, secretary; J.T.
treasurer; W.A. Hollenbeck, steward; and Levi Lingo, Dr. W.H. Mills,
T.B. Waldron, J.J. Fairbanks and Platter as directors.
men agreed to pay $100 each to create the club. No dues were charged
members were levied assessments when the need for more funds arose.
assessments usually were $25. When members failed to pay, they were
ousted from the membership rolls and forfeited their $100.
adopting bylaws and electing officers, R.S. Williams of Del Norte,
hired to haul six loads of lumber to the cabin site 18 miles west of
a building program. Taxes were extremely high there according to a 1964
in The Denison Herald.
They amounted to $83.88 on the property that had a
valuation on the tax roll of $1,100.
excitement of having a club in Colorado waned after a few years and in
Colorado site was sold and 205.3 acres northwest of Denison on Highway
purchased and a dam for the lake and a clubhouse were planned.
I was in Colorado, our group took a tour of a Chautauqua at Boulder for
evening meal. Jane Barker, a native of Boulder and a 35-year member of
Press Women, gave a rundown on the Chautauqua and to my surprise I
it was a group of Texans who started it in the late 1890s. They were a
University of Texas teachers who wanted to establish a summer school in
pretty location where they could study and rest.
officials who were excited about the project, gave the school eight
land on the Mesa. Boulder put in a water system and built a dining hall
well-knowns as William Jennings Bryan, Jane Adams and Ellen Starr were
in programs there.
built their own summer cottages there where they observed siesta or
every day on the verandas that wrapped around the cottages on three
the refurbished cottages at the Chautauqua are hailed as Boulder's best
lodging secrets. Nearly all are on the National Register of Historic
They have no telephones so residents are encouraged to bring their own
phones. They offer tranquility instead of television.
wooden plaque was given to Compton by a lady who owned and/or operated
Freeman Guest Ranch in the Creede area in 1986 when Cottonwood Cove
where the Comptons usually stayed when they went to Colorado, were
into time-share occupancy. She gave it to them because they were from
is a 33-year employee of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. The plaque
displayed in the museum at Grayson County Frontier Village.
January 29, 2013
dogtags of Denison Mayor W.S. Hibbard found in Colorado"