Sophia Porter’s Tombstone Repair Described at Preston Trail DAR Meeting

Sophia Porter’s Tombstone Repair Described at Preston Trail DAR Meeting

Pottsboro, Texas –  February 10, 2018
There was an interesting program given at the February 1st meeting of the Preston Trail NSDAR meeting. The title of the program was “The Preservation of Historic Preston Bend Tombstones.”  Ken Smith was the speaker and is a Civil War reenactor who is very active in the Lake Texoma area to help keep our history alive.  He is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, and is camp commander of Col. George R. Reeves 11th Texas Cavalry Camp #349.  This group regularly holds re-dedication ceremonies and participates in uniformed civil war battle reenactments at events around the area.

This is the group that raised the considerable funds required to repair Sophia Porter’s grave stone.  It was leaning and in grave danger of toppling to the ground.   Colonial Monuments of Denison was hired to do the actual restoration work on the stone at Preston Bend Cemetery near Lake Texoma.

The Preston Trail DAR chapter donated one of Natalie Bauman’s books, “Quantrill’s Raiders in North Texas” to the Pottsboro Library, since it contains stories pertaining to Sophia Porter’s actions during the Civil War.

Also at this meeting,  new member Annette Hamill was introduced into the Preston Trail chapter of the NSDAR.

Would you like to be part of our meetings and be able to listen to the interesting speakers we have each month?  You are welcome to come and see what the DAR is all about even if you are not a member.  Would you like to be involved in the good works that DAR participates in?  Anyone interested in receiving help to prove their ancestry for qualification to become a Daughter of the American Revolution are welcome to contact our chapter at on Facebook or

The Preston Trail Chapter of the DAR next meets Thursday, March 1st, and thereafter through May on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm for snacks and fellowship and at 6pm for chapter meetings and programs.  For the meeting location please contact the chapter at

The speaker for the March 1st meeting will be Catherine Fowler, with the program title “Southern Fried.”  There’s something enchanting and irresistible about the style of a Southern woman and the incomparable culture that produced her.  Come revel in our wonderfulness as we gently poke fun at all things Southern — from magnolias to moon pies.   Sit a spell on the porch and share in the laughter as we decode the manners and myths, the rules and rituals of the storied South.  Rich traditions such as how to eat watermelon in your frilly sundress to the importance of biscuits, banjos, and bless your heart will all be explained.  We will make you proud of putting’ on the grits!   Y’all come now, ya hear ?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at and

Sophia Porter's Tombstone

Grief Support Group Offered by Home Hospice of Grayson County

Grief Support Group Offered by Home Hospice of Grayson County

Sherman, TX – January 18, 2018

Home Hospice of Grayson & Fannin Counties is excited to announce the return of our six-week
bereavement support groups. Each week the groups will be discussing topics such as “getting
through firsts” and “finding a new normal”. These groups will meet at the Home Hospice office
located at 505 W. Center Street in Sherman.

Experiencing grief after loss is a normal part of life. It can become overwhelming, affecting us
both physically and emotionally. There is no quick fix for our grief but sharing your journey with
others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, can make it easier. Come and join us – you
can attend all sessions or just one if you choose.

The evening group will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursdays starting January 18th, 2018
and continuing on January 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
To register for this support group, please contact our office at 903-868-9315. If you’d like
information on individual counseling, please contact Dennis Noblett at 903-868-9315. Home
Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is celebrating our 35th year of service to the
community as the only non-profit community-based hospice agency. To learn about other
community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit or
visit our Facebook page at

Katybug Shuffle

Katybug ShuffleThe Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc. will be hosting the Katybug Shuffle Walk for Warriors on Saturday, July 29 at Fairview Park in Sherman.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.  You can register online at Active.

The Katybug Shuffle Walk for Warriors is benefitting five families in Grayson County who are currently facing the battle of childhood cancer.  The Warriors are Kaylen of Pottsboro, Hannah and Zach, both of Denison, Katelyn of Van Alstyne, and Everleigh of Whitesboro.

The Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation was created to honor Katy Whaley of Pottsboro and in memory of Amanda Mauppin of Ivanhoe. The two families met at a family camp hosted by Children’s Hospital in Dallas and became friends.

The families quickly realized that in our area, there are no support groups to offer emotional or financial support for the families of pediatric cancer patients. The Whaley and Mauppin families wanted to change that.

After Katy completed treatment, her family decided to start a foundation to offer the much-needed support in Grayson and Fannin counties. The foundation’s name came about because Katybug is Katy’s nickname. The Butterflies, however, has a much more special meaning. After Amanda lost her battle to Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2012, Bonnie, her mother, gave Katy one of Amanda’s necklaces, a butterfly. And the foundation was named.

The foundation’s goal is to offer emotional and financial support to families from Grayson County or Fannin County facing the devastating diagnosis of pediatric cancer. The financial help is not income based, as this is a hurdle many families encounter.  If you or someone you know is facing a childhood cancer diagnosis, you may reach Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc. at or on Facebook (Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc.).

Make a donation or Register on