The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 4
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Though committed to record only events of the following
year, the young diarist reviewed the festivities of Christmas
week. Quoting and paraphrasing from this review: on the
night of December 22, he attended a concert at Pleasant Point
given by the Misses Cummings. "Nannie's speech captivated
me" -this sentence in a boyish cypher. The title of the speech
was "Over the River to Me." The next morning he started
to Mansfield to attend the examinations, apparently oral and
public,--ate dinner with Berry Jenkins, and attended the
concert and closing exercises in the evening. Friday morning,
the twenty-fourth, returned home, accompanied by Will House.
Christmas tree at night with Miss Nannie, "and enjoyed it very
much." Saturday night, Christmas, with Harvey R -and Will
House, to the party at Mr. Anderson's - adding in cypher, "Very
and many blunders by me." Sunday night to prayer meeting
with Miss N.; Monday night, party at Mr. Southern's; Tuesday
night at Fagan's, "which was a complete failure"; Wednesday, to
concert at Myers's school house with Miss N --"Very good
indeed"; Thursday, a party at Mr. Tim's in Mansfield; Friday,
with Miss B. to a party at Mr. Chrisman's; Saturday night, at
This whirl of gayety brought him to his real beginning on
Sunday, January 2, 1887, and he began the day at Mansfield.
"After much difficulty, I caught my horse this morning and
prepared to come home. Entered into the argument concerning
'force' and remained until after dinner. Came home just at
sunset." Monday morning (January 3): Walked to the Point
for the mail and received a scorching letter from Daisy (the
name in cypher) declaring our friendship over and asking a
return of her letters. "Have answered the letter as mildly as
its nature would permit, though at the same time, making no
humiliation on my part." On his visit to the post office, he
heard that a debating society was to be organized that evening,
settlements in the county, located about 7 miles north of Alvarado. In
L. G.'s school days it consisted of one large general merchandise store,
one grocery store, one saloon, one drug store, one blacksmith shop, a post
office. A. J. Brown owned the merchandise store, J. R. Rice the blacksmith
shop, W. W. Wilkes the drug store, and a Mr. Buison the saloon. There
was also a gin and mill owned by a Mr. High." Families in the neighbor-
hood were Cassteven, Mackin, Goode, Brown, Gill, Millican, Wallace,
Hudson, Bradley, Metze, Smyth, Hildreth, Ramsey[s], Fry, Ball, and Angel.
"One church house where the Methodists, Baptist and Presbyterians held
services. One school house with the debating society. L. G.'s father
taught the first school."
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