Argyle Citizens, Past and Present

Argyle Citizens, Past and Present

Argyle Citizens, Past and Present,
are Characters in Author’s Books

by Crystal Wood

It’s true about authors: be careful what you say and do, or you might end up in their book! It’s especially true of local author and Argyle historian Lynn Sheffield Simmons, whose books are filled with names, faces and events familiar to many Argyle residents.

Her most recent book, Argyle Then and Now, contains dozens of historical and contemporary photos and stories about the people, places, and events that helped make Argyle the thriving community of today. Mrs. Simmons moved to Argyle in the early 1970s, when she taught special education in the Birdville School District, and immediately immersed herself in the culture and history of the small town. It was widely known that the famous Texas outlaw, Sam Bass, had made Argyle a waystation on his colorful criminal journey, but Mrs. Simmons knew there was so much more than that to Argyle’s story.

As a columnist for the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Argyle Sun, she made Argyle her “beat,” and wrote about people and events, as well as humorous happenings in her family and around town. Her column, “Up-A-Creek” ran in the Denton paper for many years, and it evolved into “The Place Is Argyle,” which she continued until retirement.

In the course of writing for publication, she tried her hand at children’s books. The first was Sugar Lump, the Orphan Calf, which was based on the antics of her own pet calf; Sugar Lump would later be the hero of the whimsical Sugar Lump’s Night Before Christmas, in which Sugar Lump helps Santa and some Argyle cows deliver toys on Christmas Eve when his reindeer are ill with colds. Then came Bo, the Famous Retriever, whose adventures as a lovable crime-sniffing dog has filled six volumes (so far) and features her friends’ children and local notables as the human characters in the stories. One such book, Bo and the Night Intruder, was set in the real-life Argyle restaurant owned by Pete Incaviglia, former left fielder for the Texas Rangers. Mrs. Simmons’ current dog, Rowdy,
stars in his own “Night Before Christmas” story in photos and verse. All of her books are available from her website,, and the Argyle history books may be found at Gypsy Caravan and S&J Pharmacy in Argyle.

Lynn and her husband, retired dentist Dr. Larry Simmons, reside in Argyle on a small farm where they continue to enjoy its serene beauty in the midst of dynamic growth. |

lynn and judy

Photographed above is Lynn Sheffield Simmons with Argyle resident Judy Davenport at a book signing at Point Bank, December 2018. Photos courtesy of Crystal Wood

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