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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS. 59
self, and nursed my bruises a few minutes, and
tried them again.
In regard to our first reunion, in August, 1901,
I will copy a small part as published by the Dallas
News. "Three miles northeast of Carrollton, August
30th. Special correspondent of the News. At the
home of Mr. John Jackson, presents an unusual
scene. A stranger riding past this comfortable and
spacious old homestead would scarcely know what
to think. The grounds in the immediate vicinity of
the dwelling are dotted with tents, wagons and buggies.
Beneath the grove of old cedars are seen
smiling, happy groups of people of all ages, from
the prattling infant to hoary-headed and venerable
grand parents. The old pioneer fathers of the
Peter's Colony time are here-that is, a few of them
-and dear old matrons, too, who shared the trials
and hardships incident to the settling of a new country.
Upon the front porch the piano has been rolled
out, and accompanying it are a cornet and two
violins, all played by pretty girls in a most pleasing
manner. Under the largest of the tents long tables
are spread with an abundance of wholesome, well
prepared meats and delicacies, for the Jacksons are
not people who do things by halves. They set in to
have a general family reunion, and they went about
it right. Beeves and muttons were provided, and
the services of skilled barbecuers were enlisted, and
everything was done to provide without stint for a
crowd of at least 200. Among the old pioneer
families of the colonial period of Texas, there are
none more highly respected and generally loved
than the descendants of the sturdy and courtly old
Devonshire Englishman, John Jackson, who with
his large family immigrated to Texas in 1848. He
died May 31, 1866, on the farm that he settled here,
and lived upon for eighteen years. His venerable
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