Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 30 of 322 (Transcription)
not be here long enough to be classed with the old
settlers of this association. When asked the question as
what it took to constitute an old Texan, I was told it how
it included any person who came here and passed
his first winter in a wagon bed. That being the case, I
suppose I am an old Texan." Here the speaker spoke
the old good name and fame of Col. J.B. and
paid an excellent tribute in glowing and souls
stirring language to his memory and his feet
were so wrought out that he was almost overcome
with emotions. He believed the men that were
hung at Gainesville deserved death; that they had
a fair trial and were justly sentenced. The
speaker denounced the Denton Monitor and Austin
Statesman in unsparing terms. The Denton ()
in particular was a foul seet that was not un()
the patronage of any man. The one horse editor
too cowardly to speal up and offer to traduce
the character of Col. J.B. until after he was (co)
in death. He extended the hearty hand of (?)
to all true imigrants who may come here to con-
tinue fortunes with the people of Texas and who came
with honest intentions. "But such men as the editor
of the monitor we have no use for we want them
stay away." When I first came here to Texas we had no
such thing as crime in our midst, we were weak (?)
-annorg anoyed. The las then was not as easy to fall
on as it is now. I remember I was in a Grand jury
in Collin Co. and we were in session for two days
and never found an indictment. There were nobody
to indict. If there was a fellow any where in
the neighborhood that did not conduct himself
right and was a suspicious character that could
be trusted we perhaps would write him a polite note
telling him to "git" and he generally got " too. Then
the speaker asked that a resolution be passed
censuring any newspaper that will defame the
character of Col. J.B.. The resolution was adopted.
The next speaker was John Haney who said
have been here a good while- I would like to see
I seeing much though (laughter) but I am
enjoying myself better today than I have for
a year; Mr. Haney came here in 1846 and when
he came there was but one road in the country
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