Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 175 of 1,110
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original officers were John C. McCoy, president;
William I. Lord, Mrs. Elizabeth B.
Durgin, Isaac B1. Webb, Mrs. Nancy J. Cochran,
vice presidents; Edward C. Browder,
secretary; John W. Slrlith, treasurer; .Elder
A mon McCommnas, Chaplain. Executive
Conninittee: Mrs. E. B. Durgin, Jolin M.
Crockett, .Joln II. Coclran, -Mrs. Martha
Beeman, Mrs. Fanny Laws, Wm. B. Elain,
R. A. Rawlins and AMrs. Tllomas Ellis.
Nine years passed without another meeting,
but, beginning at Slhady View Park in
1884, there have been annual reunions ever
sincr,-il 1885 at the same place, in 1886
andl 1887 in the City Park; and in 1888 at
tie Park Pavilion in Oak Cliff. John C.
)Mc(k'oy was president till his death in April,
1Si7; and since the reunion in July, 1887,
Johln lelnry Brown has been president.
lThle Ilmemlbership lias largely increased, notwithstlandling
the deaths and removals from
thle county, and some not so marked are
doubtless dead and others lhave removed.
\lAmon the l memCnbers as old Texans from
other coluties, but now resident in Dallas,
are Mrs. Angeline Keiper, Mrs. Julia Hensl.vv,
Mrs. Gabriella Snodgrass, Riclhard D.
Martill and ii wiei il Jane, fitty years in Texas,
Mr,. Clara lrown Mitchell, born on Matagonid
bay, Mrs. Rebecca M urdock, Mrs.
Emt, line l;lim , Mrs. Martia Hloyt, Mrs.
Lizzie Roltbei;rts, irs. lIoblert M. Forbes, IMrs.
Virginiat luandall, Mrs. Augusta E. Randall,
I)r. Frtderick E. llugites an(d wife Mary E.,
*C}irlt C. Brant, *Irs. Welthea Bryant
T'iii :ctaf6.cittion las llmet anntlallyv e ve since
its organization. We have been unable to
get the proceedings of each meeting.
The following is the report of the last
meeting of the association at Garland as
printed in the Dallas News; also incidents
that occurred in pioneer days of the county,
as related by different members.
GARLAND, TEXAS, JULY 13.
Dallas county pioneer association, organized
July 13, 1875, in reunion here. The
officers are John Henry Brown, president;
Win. I. Hord, Elisha McComnas and Mrs.
C. B. Durgin, vice presidents; Rev. John M.
Myers, chaplain; Gabriel A. Knight, treasurer;
WTm. C. McKamy, secretary.
Executive Committee-M. D. L. Gracey,
John H. Cole, Wnm.. . Beeman, Dr. James
H. Swindells, Mrs. Rhoda Ann McConrmnas,
Mrs. Martha Beeman and Mrs. Martlla E.
Committeeon badges and printing-W. H.
Beemnan and Mrs. Martha Beeman.
Garland coin mittee of arrangements-T. F.
Nasl, John H. Cochran, John I1. Whitfield,
John T. Jones, B. J. Priginore, James H.
Pickett and J. S. Strawther.
HIon. T. F. Nasli welcomed the gathering.
Mrs. Mary Guilliot Potter's poem was read
The meim'ries of years,
To brave pioneers,
Are dearer and brighter each day;
As dreanis of a song,
The past that is gone,
Comes back to your heart alway.
In a land wildly new,
Your stout hearts and true,
The banner of progress unfurled,
With hands brave and strong
You labored full longA
lesson of thrift to the world.
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