Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 27 of 322 (Transcription)
After dinner the happy crowd reassembled and Major Reynolds was the first called on to speak. He commenced by saying "that when the great American eagle takes his wings it is time for the
bats and owls to retire." He came here 30 years ago, when the deer and the antilope were roaming
over the prarie and the bear and panthers were often seen. The major went on to saythat he was old and gray and passed through many an eventful scene but the intelligenceand hospitality he had witnessed there today exceeded any place he had ever been. When he first came to Texas he always found the cabin door opened to welcome him and he had seen several cabins that had no doors at all that a blanket was all a good may had. He was glad to think he was one of the old pioneers in common with
other old Texans who had ventured their lives in trying to make themselves a home in Texas in the early days, but since that time the improvements were remarkabley rapid; in 1854 he was a candidate for Sheriff of the county and they then polled a little over 600 votes and in 1858 they polled about 1200 while now the population is thousands. He thought Texas had a glorious career
before her if they did have to eat venison and tough beef in times gone by. Fine farms could now be seen in the place of the flowery prarie that so expanded the country years ago. Every thing shows improvements; 30 years ago, only a few Indian trails could be seen. There was not even a wagon track. The Preston and Dallas roads were the only roads in the country at that
time. They had sacrificed health and happiness and every thing that was dear to man to build up a country. The major thought the expanse of the country were entirely too extravagant, and taxes were entirely too high. That there was a great disparity in the the taxes of 1878 compared with 1858. He could not understand it we were living entirely too extravagant and should get
rid of some of the superfluities. The salaries of officers were entirely too high now. When Geo [abbr: George] S. Reeves
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