First Day Old Settlers reunion August 3rd 1881
Officers Present. W. W. Wheat, President. Robt Wheat, Vice President. J. P. Loving, Secretary. Capt. J. H. Sea, Marshall.
Herewith is appended the full repost of the Courier Chronicle, which is a [ ] and complete repost of the proceeding, had containing a list of most of the organizations who were present.
Glorious Gathering of the Graybeards of Grayson.
And Likewise Their Wives, Daughters, and Friends.
"Don't cross a bridge until you come to it." This is an old and wise proverb, and if we are to judge from the hale and happy faces of the graybeards of Grayson, they have with but a few exceptions adopted it as a life maxim. At least they do not intend to die until Death presents the chromo bridge over the river of Six.
By nine o'clock yesterday morning quite a number of tents flecked the beautiful Old Settlers' picnic grounds just south of the city, and the Sherman cornet band made the air vibrate sweetly with some of their selections well rendered. The number in attendance yesterday was not quite as large as on the first day of last year's reunion, but a much larger attendance is looked for to-day. The crowd was variously estimated yesterday at from five to eight hundred. But there was without a doubt fully as much congeniality, as warm shaking of aged hands, and as kindly reciprocal words of congratulations at meeting after another turn of Time's wheel.
At fifteen minutes past ten the crowd of old and new settlers was called to order by Mr. J. R. Jeter, who introduced Mr. C. N. Buckler to the audience, who proceeded to deliver an address of welcome to the new settlers and residents of Sherman.
C.N. Buckler's Speech.
Owing to the great space occupied by our report of the picnic and the names of the Old Settlers, we are unable to give the speech of welcome of Mr. Buckler, or the reponse by Capt. Woods. He dwelt touchingly upon the pioneer days of Texas, and the heroes who fought in the war for Texan Independence. He said it was the duty of the people of this state to meet yearly and pay tribute to their memory. He was only a recent citizen, and in the home of his childhood in Ohio learned of the fall of the Alamo, but his breast heaved with patriotic emotion thanks to the heroes who endured those hardships that he might enjoy a home on the soil of the Lone Star state. The young and rising generation, and new settlers as well as old, should meet to perpetuate the hallowed history of Texas. He dwelt with telling emphasis on the disloyal efforts of some chronic soreheads to divide the state, and grew very earnest as he remarked: "Palsied be the band that attempts to sever this great and glorious empire." In conclusion he extended a hearty welcome--to the Old Settlers on the part of the new settlers and the city of Sherman.
Following Mr. Buckler's address of welcome was music by the band: "Old Folks at Home."
Jesse Loving, the secretary of the society, then introduced Capt. J. D. Woods, who responded most feelingly and patriotically on the part of the Old Settlers to the happy, eloquent, and earnest address of welcome by Mr. Buckler.
Capt. J. D. Woods' Speech.
Capt. Woods waded into the task with his usual vigor and earnestness. Being one of the gray-bearded veterans who peopled this glorious county at an early day, he felt deep down in his heart the theme he talked so earnestly and patriotically. He recounted the deeds of valor of the Texas heroes, from the firing of the first gun for Independence down to 1836, when the final blow was struck by Houston--the Washington of Texas--at the memorable battle of San Jacinto with comparatively but a handful of men. He grew eloquent as he reviewed the history of that immortal day, when the cry went up: "Remember the Alamo; Remember the Goliad!" He referred with pride to the later history of Texas, and the glorious outgrowth of that bloody struggle won by the fathers of our liberty. He extended a broad welcome to all new settlers who came here with a laudable purpose. Texans are liberty-loving and liberal, and are willing to receive all with open arms, asking not their birthplace, religious or political creed, so they are but lawing-abiding and industrious, and come to help develop our endless resources and fertile lands. He closed by a touching allusion to the pioneers who have been called "to the other side" during the past few years. He said: "I look anxiously around me for the kind face of that old pioneer who built the first log cabin Grayson, but where is he? Gone forever! I look around me for the kind face of that man who lived away yonder on a lonesome prairie site, in the midst of a barren waste, but he too is gone!"
Following this patriotic response, the cornet band treated the crowd to some more lively music, after which the dinner hour was announced and each happy squad sought a shady and quiet retreat under which to [ ] out well-laden baskets of [ ].
The Old Settlers
Following is a list of new settlers who have resided in [ ] twenty-one years and upwards who have reported to the [ ] Chronicle headquarters [ ] picnic grounds, including the [ ] which they migrated, age, [ ] located, etc. We will be [ ] others who will come and [ ] tent to-day, that the list [ ] in which they settled in Texas [ ] the name. Then the state from which they migrated. Then the [ ] they located in another [ ] Grayson first, the name of [ ] follows, and then the year [ ] they settled in this county [ ] the name "Grayson" [ ] the year following the name [ ] settlers indicates the time of [ ] location in this county.
John H Moore, 1845; Miss [ ] age 36. Red River county [ ] Grayson in 1852.
Mrs Maria McElroy, 1843; [ ] see; age 40. Red River county [ ] Grayson in 1850.
J F Batsell, 1850; Kentucky [ ] 37. Grayson, near Kentucky [ ].
Mrs M E Whiteaker, 1838; [ ] age 51. Red River county first; [ ] Grayson in 1871.
Mrs E A Shackelford, 1847; [ ] age 51. Grayson.
Mrs E Patty, 1856; Kentucky [ ] 56. Collin County first; [ ] 1860.
Mrs Nancy Elliott, 1855; [ ] age 60. Grayson.
Mrs M E Wheat, 1858; [ ] age 41. Titus county first, [ ] in 1870.
Mrs T C Thompson, 1851; [ ] Mississippi; age 51. Grayson.
Mrs Nannie Leggett, born in [ ] Grayson in 1844.
Mrs J L Stowe, born in [ ] 1855.
Mrs Wheat Despain, 1842; [ ]; age 39. Red River county [ ] Grayson in 1845.
Mrs Emily Watson, 1833; [ ] Kentucky; age 55. Bowie county [ ] Grayson in 1850.
Mrs Mary Fitch, 1847; [ ] 52. Grayson.
Mrs S J Maxey, 1858, [ ] age 40. Grayson.
Mrs C A Wheat, 1842; [ ] age 61. Red River county first; [ ] Grayson in 1845.
Mrs Zibbie Connor, 1854; [ ] age 65. Dallas county first; [ ] in 1867.
Mrs Frank Stinson, born in [ ] Texas, in 1848; Grayson in [ ]
Mrs Mary Bell, 1839; Alabama [ ] 63; Nacadoches county. Grayson in 1852.
Mrs Margaret J kirkbrid, [ ] Alabama. Age 38. Harrison [ ] Grayson in 1855.
J R Fitch, 1845; Alabama. [ ] Grayson.
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 12, 2014.