Denison family looking for answers

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

McKINNEY, TX -- An historical house outside of McKinney was reduced to rubble on Thursday. Now the Denison family who owns the property is wondering how something that took so long to build could be destroyed so quickly.

It was built in 1840, and for years it has stood on a property just north of new hope.

Now the home Margaret Smith spent the early part of her life in lies in ruins as she wonders why.

"I grew up in this house. It’s been in this place for 58 years."

Smith says the property was a gift to Elijah David Bomar from General Sam Houston, her grandfather, six generations ago for his services in the Battle of San Jacinto.

The house currently belongs to her father, who is in a nursing home. She says his health has been slowly deteriorating for the past 10 years, part of the reason the house had to be torn down.

Collin County Fire Marshall Steve Deffibaugh says they received a call from neighbors about the dilapidated home earlier this week. When investigators went out to the scene they were surprised at the building's condition. They say they didn't know about it until now because they were unable to see it.

Smith says trees were torn down by North Collin Water Service Workers to clear a path for a new water line being installed.

Once the trees were torn down, the house became visible to everybody and a danger to workers on the water line, so Smith had no choice but to have it torn down.

Now the house Margaret Smith grew up in lies in ruins, and all she can hold onto are memories.

"I spent years in this house. I grew up here."


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    I agree, you would think the savedenisonhistory weirdos would be all over this story. But, I guess since it's not downtown it is to far for them to walk (or ride their clock tower float too). Ha...Ha...
  • by NOYB Location: Denison on Jan 4, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    The old DHS folks are to busy writing HATE articles on their stupid little HATE DENISON website. While the real leaders are trying to get things done they are complaining - like this lady.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 4, 2008 at 10:34 AM
    I am sure there is more to this story than they are telling, you cannot tell me that someone would just walk on your land and tear down your house without you knowing about it, that is treapassing
  • by Jess on Jan 4, 2008 at 10:05 AM
    If the workers torn the building down without any notification then this might have been a story. But since it sounds like she gave her consent, what is the big deal. It should have been taken care of and preserved, like any other historic building is, and then it could still be standing. If no one was living there and the place wasn't kept up, then it's just an eyesore and they did the right thing. I'm sorry this lady feels like she "lost" her home, but quit complaining about something you didn't care enough to care for and preserve.
  • by TX Location: Texas on Jan 4, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    Where are the people that wanted to save Denison High School...they eat this stuff up?
  • by here Location: gone on Jan 4, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    dang didnt know that the water dept or whom ever can say just tear it down without notification to anyone and its not there land she owned that land and the house doesnt matter what condition its in if its not hurting anyone but to tear something down with out at least letting the lady know what they was going to do
  • by t Location: ok on Jan 4, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    i agree with butch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Mom Location: Oklahoma on Jan 4, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    Tearing down historical buildings is not progress. The problem is that these old homes, churches, businesses are left to ruin for so long that the cost of fixing them up is just too great. We need to recognize where our historic buildings are and take care of them, not modern them up, but restore them while we still have a chance. I don't consider the "modern" sheet metal building to be thing of beauty. Create historic districts, declare historic sites and treat them as the special places they are!
  • by ra Location: tx on Jan 3, 2008 at 06:48 PM
    I'm sorry, maybe it's just me. But I don't understand who tore the house down. Did Mrs. Smith have the house torn down at the request of workers or did the workers who were clearing the trees tear the house down?
  • by susan Location: howe on Jan 3, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    If she cared so much for the house ,why was'nt the house took better care of.since her dad has been in a nurseing home for 10 years then why didnt someone move into the house and take care of it.to late to cry now
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