Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 6 of 322 (Transcription)
of the settlers' last week.
It was truly a love feast that for wholesale generosity and genuine hospitality could not be outdone. We regret to say that the attendance was not so large as it should have been, but we attribute this circumstance to the fact that on account of this being the first meeting, and not being very extensively advertised, than one do [corr: due] to or indifference on the part of the community.
We are glad to know however that the meeting was graced by the presence of some Grayson County's best and truest men and women. An excellent Brass Band was on the ground and furnished good music for the occasion.
Robert Atchinson, a hero of 70 years of age and for forty years a Texan, was call [corr: called] to the chair. R.N. White aker, a native Texan, was chosen as secretary. The chairman then called the meeting to order and stated its object in a few well chosen words. While the chairman was making his remarks, Judge Joseph Bledsoe and Mrs M. Pherson, [gap: illegilble] of the Sherman Democrat, were escorted to the speaker's stand.
The chairman's introductory remarks were short and pointed. He called the attention of the audience to the object of the meeting; and to them it was called for the old Texans and all others to enjoy themselves.
He said the appearance of everything had changed very much since thirty seven or eight years ago, when he first visited this grove,and at that time the deer and turkey were roaming in this native freedom, over this same grove.
He said that for nearly forty years passed, his life had been identified with [gap: illegible] of Texas; and that he had never yet had cause to regret for making Texas his home.
He admonished the audiance [corr: audience] come up close to the stand and pay particular attention to the speeches. He then thanked them courteously and took his sead, when he was warmly applauded by the audience.
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