Old Settlers Reunion Tuesday Aug 17th 1880.
Yesterday as was published in the papers of the county,
celebrated the annual gathering of the old settlers of
North Texas. The day was a perfect as any August
could be a brisk breeze near by all the time rending
pleasant. At half past ten a.m. the exercises of the day
was opened by Mr. W.W. Wheat intoducing Mr. J.
Harvey who made quite an interesting talk of some
and who was followed by Mr. C.B. Wandelhor who
delivered an address welcoming the old settlers
town and country. Mr. Wandelhor's was an able and
eloquent one and was fully appreciated by the assembly's
white haired fathers and mothers of Texas. The speech was
neither too short so as to induce us to ask for more than
long enough to weary one it was just right well re(?)
and splendidly delivered. Mr. Wandelhor was bowed and
cheered at the conclusion of his speech. Mr. Wheat then
that after the band had given a airs of music that
were invited that had no dimir with them, to
partake of the social dinner of the old settlers.
At 2p.m. the crowd was called together by the pres.
Mr. W.W. Wheat who brought Mr. John Hannings forward
and introduced him to the audience. Mr. Hanning spoke
in a plain, simple manner. told of the early days
of Texas and how all men were like brothers to each other
and when a man's word was as good as his (T?).
To heighten the interest of Mr. Haney's speech is the fact
that he is blind. Mr. B.F. Christian made a speech of
interest to all who heard him. He dwelled on the
struggles, the trials and privations of early Texans
painted in vivid colors the hopes and fears of the infor(?).
He was frequently interuppted with round of applause.
Robert Taylor of Fannin was then called on to speak and
nobly did he fulfill the duty required of him, he did
with great feeling and power while speaking y(?)
hear from the brave old veterans who sat around that
the truth that so, as he spoke of the bravery of
men who came here in the long ago, and battled
for the freedom of our glorious State. He did not
forget to tribute our gray haired mothers who dearly
loved the State and who God bleem them chose(?)
faint and weary who lose without as mim(?) a;; the
shifs of a frontier life. Col J.W. Jiller then addressed
the crowd in a well adopted oration that was especial
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 July 10, 2014.