and that was the Preston road and it was a
very dim road at that. He recollected when they
built their first court house and jail they were
both built out of logs. He said in those times
the people were so honest that they had no use
for a jail and the upper story was rented to
keep fodder in and they had a way of going
down to the lower story when there was a
kind of a hotel that there was something
kept there; here the audience applauded and
after the noise had subsided John was requested
to say it again, when he said it in a loud tone,
"Charles Carter had the upper story of the log
jail for a fodder house and in the lower
story there was kept some kind of a hotel. There
was not a man in side of that jail for six years.
But since we have got able to build a brick jail it
so kept full. Here the speaker housed and after
a few moments he said,"I believe I am through
(evies?) of go on, go on." I will say the first person
I saw after I came here was Aunt Polly Atchison.
I found several persons in the neighborhood were
few in number and quality, but in quality they could not be beat. We use to call people our neighbor
if we heard of them for ten or twelve miles away
and when us old Texans came together we always
met friend by." The speaker thank then all and
took his seat. Williams Wilson was next called on
but he declined to speak.
Next was Yarbrough who excused himself also.
W.H. Yarbrough was next invited to speak.
He commenced by saying that he had been here
for more than twenty years and considered himself
an old Texan. He said while he made no pretending
as a speaker the he was like a certain Colonel
he knew, when in the war with Mexico he was asked
by General Taylor, "can you take that battery."
The officer promptly responded, "I can try." The
same rule applied to us all in our effort to accomp-
lish success." It is due to Mr. Y to state that he made
a splendid talk during the few minutes he enter-
tained his audience.
Parson Hutton next related his experience
Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1.. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/. Accessed March 14, 2014.