Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 45 of 322 (Transcription)
which was (hearlty) [ ] of publication. Silas Hare then made a few appropriate remarks to the old settlers in which he wished them all manner of happiness and prosperity and that they might all meet without the loss of a single old settler on Wednesday before the full moon in Aug. 1881 at the same place. Dinner was then announced and all [ ] disposed feasted to satisfy. Mr Raynolds of Grayson was then called [ ] and made a most excellent speech in which he spoke in a eloquent manner of the difficulties undergone by the first one here. Jack Jennings then made a short and most excellent speech, his voice was trembling with emotion as he relayed his experience during the early days of Texas. After much persuasion Mrs Martha [Emelnie] Whiteaker wife of our old friend [Washington] Whiteaker was [ ] to take the stand what she knew of the early times and troubles of Texas. In a plain straightforward way she gave in her experience. She told of the hardships and trials that were undergone by the pioneer women of Texas. gave an interesting talk of the subject of making meal at home with a marter and pestle told of how her father [finely] got a steel mill to grind corn on, and that they felt rich, later on they got a horse mill and then they felt rich indeed. Mrs Whiteakers speech was the event of the day and loud was the cheers when she concluded. The writer of this has known Mrs W for years and can testify to her goodness of heart and her generous whole soul hospitality her kindness [as a] wife and mother, her devotion to the Lone Star State. At the conclustion, the old settlers [ ] a hollow square, and our good friend [ ] B.H. Christian spoke a few words of family to the assembled crowd of silverhaired fathers and mothers while the Sherman concert band played sweet bye and bye. The old settlers gave to each other the hasting hand amid much emotion and shedding of tears. They all felt sad that they must part and wind their wat to their homes in other parts of the State thus ended the old settlers picnic which was a perfect success not a thing occured to mar the enjoyment of the occasion every body went home carrying only pleasant recollection of a happy time
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Old Settlers Association (Grayson County, Tex.). Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1., book, 1879 - 1899; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11279/m1/45/transcription/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.