Revolutionary War Style Show at April Meeting of Preston Trail NSDAR

Revolutionary War Style Show at April Meeting of Preston Trail NSDAR

Pottsboro TX  

On April 4th at 6 pm, the Preston Trail Chapter NSDAR will host a program given by Carolyn Schiewe.  She is the District II Director TXDAR, a sixth generation Texan and a descendant of some of the earliest settlers of this country dating back to Jamestown, Virginia. After researching 18th century clothing from the period of 1760 to 1780, she created the Colonial Style Show about 13 years ago. All dresses displayed have been hand made by Schiewe.   It takes about 10 yards of fabric for each dress and involves about 65 hours per dress. The colonies did not have any weaving houses so all the fabrics at that time had to be imported.  Fabrics imported were silks, satins, velvet, brocade and damask.  Schiewe has presented this program more than 50 times to DAR chapters all over North and Central Texas. The fashion show includes models displaying five different styles of dresses.  Please join us for this wonderful event.  For the meeting location please contact the chapter at


Last month, First Lady Martha Washington shared her reminiscences at the Preston Trail NSDAR Meeting at 6 p.m. on March 7, 2019.  Representing Martha Washington in period dress was Preston Trail chapter member Margaret Alverson.  It was a very moving, engaging and fun look back at Lady Washington.

Martha Washington Presentation

Thursday, May 2, 2019 will be the chapter’s annual awards gala. Reservation for this event are required be sure to include this on your calendar. The cost to attend the gala will be discussed/approved at the April meeting and announced shortly after.

Four daughters from the Preston Trail chapter went to the 120th Texas State Conference in Houston, Texas. DAR Daughters who attended were chapter Regent Vicki McComack, Treasurer Lisa Lettie, Incoming 2nd Vice Regent Michelle Alverson, and her mother Barbara Smith.  At the Conference, the chapter was honored to be awarded by Texas DAR for First place in Historical Preservation Committee Contest.  The Preston Trail Daughters and several Prospectives indexed and sorted genealogical books and data received by Frontier Village from the three local libraries. Lisa Lettie, Historical Preservation Committee Chair, coordinated and energized the Daughters and is to be commended on the wonderful preservation of important historic data that would otherwise have been lost to Grayson County.

The Preston Trail NSDAR will participate in the Medal of Honor Parade to be held in Gainesville Texas on 13 April 2019.  The Daughters will ride dressed in Period Clothing on a float they built in honor of the military. 

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 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

North Texas City Managers Discuss Growth

North Texas City Managers Discuss Growth

The Austin College 2019 Public Administration Symposium will address city planning for communities like Sherman and Denison that are facing an inevitable surge in growth. The event, “In the Path of Growth: How Change Drives City Planning,” is scheduled for April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center. The symposium sessions are free and open to the public but reservations are required. Those wishing to attend should email by April 1.  

“The overall vision of the symposium is to increase student awareness of the possibilities of a career in public service at a local level,” said Frank Rohmer, associate professor of political science and John D. Moseley Chair in Government and Public Policy. “It seems to me the challenges we face are the very kind that a liberal arts student is best trained to address. This year’s theme should be of interest not only to political science majors, but also to students in economics, business, sociology, anthropology, and leadership.”

Sherman City Manager Robbie Hefton and Denison City Manager Judson Rex begin the symposium with a panel discussion titled, “Thinking Big, Thinking Future.” Cary S. Wacker, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement at Austin College, will moderate the panel.

A second panel includes McKinney City Manager Paul Grimes and Frisco Deputy City Manager Henry J. Hill III in a discussion titled, “The Trajectory of Success.” The panel chair is Nathan Bigelow, Austin College associate professor of political science.

Both panels will meet in Wright Campus Center, Room 254.

Dan Johnson, city manager for the City of Richardson, will deliver the keynote address at a luncheon beginning at noon in Mabee Hall.

The annual event is sponsored by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, as well as Austin College’s Political Science Department, Pre-Law Society, and Student Assembly.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter. 

Lake Texoma Fishing Report March 21,2019

Lake Texoma Fishing Report March 21,2019

by Capt. Steve Barnes Lake Texoma Fishing Guide

Lake Texoma striper fishing has really come alive this week with the arrival of spring. Big striper are on a feed frenzy getting ready to make their annual spring spawning run up the Washita and Red rivers.

As the shallow waters warm fish move up out of the river channel to feed on shad. The fish are on the move so anglers need to be persistent and stay on the move looking for active fish.

My bait of choice for early spring is a 5″ swim bait on a 1oz jig head. Trolling is also effective this time of year and on days when my customers can’t cast well we troll. The last few days the big striper have been on a tear and we have been releasing many over 20″ fish on recent trips.

Remember limit on Lake Texoma striper is 10 fish per person but only 2 of those 10 can be 20 inches or longer. The good box fish will turn on as it warms up a little more but for now we will enjoy catching lots of big Texoma stripers.

Fishing Lake Texoma 3-20-2019