Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, Vol. 1. Page: 67 of 322 (Transcription)
wire Jim broke into a song and dance, Jerome Turner taking advantage came in ahead by about a length, winning the heat in 2:40.
The start was made in good shape, and both animals moved off in excellent shape, nearly neck and neck at the quarter pole. Jim Trumbull was about a length ahead at the one-half mile post. They had got down to real blood business at the top of the home stretch and came down in fine style, and at a clearly improved gait over the first heat. Jim Trumbull led by fully a length until within ten lengths of the wire where he flew into the air and Jerome Turner, again anxious to pass under the wire, surged ahead and reached the goal about one length ahead. Time, 2:35. Jerome Turner was driven by Jesse Wilhite, and Jim Trumbull by Ed Smally.
A game of base ball took place late in the afternoon between the Clippers and the Blue Stockings, resulting in a score of thirty-two to twelve in favor of the Clippers. The game would have been played without reaching the large number of scores had it not been for a heavy wind which arose about 6 o'clock.
A great many began to leave for their various homes late yesterday afternoon, but the majority of them will remain until this morning. Many of them parted last evening without a reasonable expectation of ever meeting again, but we trust the meeting on the other shore will be just as happy as if it had taken place on earth.
of the Old Settlers present at the annual reunion held in the city of Sherman, Aug. [abbr: August] 28th and 29th, 1884. Below will be found and the names and the year in which they settled in Texas:
Mrs. M. P. Gardenhire, 1837; Mary A. Carr, 1834; J. W. Lea, 1859; J. W. Scott, 1849, R. L. Bullock, 1849; P. M. Davis, 1837; C. Blackwood, 1857; Edward Gray, 1858; Horace Lea, 1856; R. F. Shannon, 1844; A. J. Keer, 1854; J. C. Deckard, 1859; W. E. Morris, 1852; J. W. Vaden, 1843; Mrs. J. W. Vaden, 1853; Nick Wilson, 1858; G. W. Elliott, 1856; R. A. Fitch, 1844; Jno. Hendricks, 1839; S. B. Sivells, 1851; Andy Thomas, 1837; C. A. Kee, 1859; Connor Burges, 1856; G. M. Despain, 1848; Sophia Porter, 1836; Eliza Jane Francis, 1849; [gap: illegible] Conner, 1854; M. L. Webster, 1846; Mary Ann Webster, 1852; Francis Hunter, 1864; W. E. Fisher, 1844; [gap: illegible] A. Holt, 1840; Bettie Fields, 1860; P. Austin, 1857; Sarah Thomas, 1837; Wm. [abbr: William] Grandistaff, 1862; Mollie Harvey, 1859; D. D. Idama, 1857; T. W. Watson, 1860; Mrs. L. J. Davis, 1853; Mrs. N. J. Collins, 1857; W. M. Shannon, 1849; [gap: illegible] P. Parish, 1844; W. W. Wheat, 1842; Williamson Austin, 1858; J. C. [gap: illegible], 1854; P. x. Turner, 1858; D. J. Collins, 1859; D. J. Bells, 1836; R. B. [gap: illegible], Jr., 1854; J. E. Logsdon, 1852; E.F. Holman, 1859; F. M. [gap: illegible], 1852; Rube Hendricks, 1845; J. Scott, 1857; G. W. Simpson, 1858; A. Worden, 1844; Frank Arterberry, [gap: illegible]; Mrs. S. A. Parish, 1848; A. F. [gap: illegible], 1852; S. J. Hicks, 1861; I. V. [gap: illegible] 1848; E. J. Logsdon, 1858; L. Conner, 1844; J. T. Elliott, 1854; Terrel, 1842; W. C. Nelson, 1854; C. [gap: illegible], 1845; J. W. Stewart, 1847; McDuffie, 1847; David Elliott, Jesse Loving, 1847; C. C. Keer, 1854; E. Howdeshell, 1852; W. W. [gap: illegible], 1843; Mrs. Mary Bell, 1839; Mrs. Mollie L. Lea, 1854; Mrs. L. A. McFarland, 1852; D. J. Collins, 1859; Mrs. Maggie Garret, 1848; Mrs. Lizzie Hopson, 1861; Mrs. N. P. Gardenhire, 1860; J. M. Burgess, 1854; G. A. Dickerman, 1852; R. T. Binion, 1860; H. F. Donoway, 1857; G. B. McFay, 1843; Mrs. N. E. Hatfield, 1853; Mrs. M. C. Goode, 1857; J. J. McDonald, 1857; W. E. Scott, 1860; E. S. Shackeford, 1847; W. N. Harvey, 1858; G. W. Hale, 1856; S. B. Cobb, 1824; W. F. Woodward, 1849; T. J. Belcher, 1854; Rachel Belcher, 1854; Nick Wilson, 1852; Mattie Wilson, 1852; Mrs. J. R. Daniels, 1857; Diana McFay, 1854; B. F. Savage, 1846; Mrs. Duke Goodman, 1858; Mrs. P. J. Smith, 1845; Mrs. C. Newton, 1852; A. A. Shirly, 1850; Mrs. M. B. Gilmore, 1857; J. L. Jenkins, 1851; J. H. Womack, 1853; W. F. Cobb, 1855;
Deaths since last meeting.
Robert Ball, Aaron Mangum, Ruth Hendricks, John A. Miller, Mrs. Melvina Austin, Cythia Despain, W. D. Davis, and Sarah Gregg.
The Old Settlers Reunion.
A Large Crowd--Good Speaking and Good Fellowship the Order of the Day
Notwithstanding the extreme heat and the clouds of dust, there was a large attendance upon the beautiful grounds of the Park Association this morning. The Old Settlers came to shake hands and mingle with those whom they had met and known in other, and we might well say, darker days, for Grasyon county was not then filled with a dense population as now, nor was it dotted all over with handsome residences surrounded with every comfort and luxury. In those days Sherman was not even a village, but consisted only of a few straggling houses. Then the sparse settlements were far apart, and the nearest neighbor was many miles away. Added to this, was the constant dread of incursions from the Red man, and the burning of their humble homes and the total destruction of all their possessions. To talk over these events must certainly have been a source of unalloyed happiness to the Old Settlers assembled here today. And it is meet and proper that these annual meetings should continue to be held, for the old pioneers are fst passing away, and doubtless many have today clasped hands for the last time. It is meet too, that they should be honored and respected by the rising generation who are now enjoying the fruits of their labor, for it is due to them that the wilds of Grayson have been made to bloom and blossom as the rose. To them too, are the people of Sherman indebted for a prosperous and growing city, for they prepared the way amid many dangers, toils and cares. All honor, then, to the brave old pioneers. We could wish, if it were possible, that they might live a thousand years to enjoy the blessings which they have been the means of heaping so richly upon others, but it cannot be. But let us cherish the hope that when the summons comes they may pass gently away only to enter upon that great reward which is in store for all who have faithfully discharged their duties to their fellow men.
Perhaps the most noticeable feature to a stranger visiting the grounds, were the calm, stern features of the old men with whom they come in contact. The early struggles which these old men went through, have left their marks, and it is easy to discern that they have passed through many trials and vicissitudes.
The published programme could not be carried out this morning owing to the absence of the speakers were had been announced to deliver addresses. However, other speakers were made to do duty on the occastion and altogether the morning passed off very agreeably to those present.
The first speaker introduced this morning, was Uncle Jack Jennings. He spoke of the hardships of the early pioneers and claimed for them--and very justly, too--the honor of making this county what it is. He pointed to our schools and manufactories and showed that they were the grand results of the labors of our early settlers. He also very pertinently urged the establishment of schools all over the country. He
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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/m1/67/transcription/: accessed July 29, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Old Settler's Association of Grayson County.