Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 177 of 1,110
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_ ~~~~~iTR OF DALLAS COUNTY. 175_I
Colonel J. S. Strotller, Gustave H. Schleicher
of Cuero, Dude Knight and others.
.Major John lHen-Iry Brown, the pioneer historian
and tile president of tie association,
delivered a short address just before the adjournment.
Touching claims of Baptist history
recalled in a short address by Chaplain
Myers, Major Brown said that his mother's
father, a Baptist lpreacler il 1799, preached
where St. ILouis now stands tile first Protestant
serllno ever delivered west of the Mississippi
river. le (the speaker) came to
'lexas, lie said, in 1834, ' and," lie proceeded,
lnmy old mother would have thought it as
Iad as a grave robbery to charge a man for a
night's lodltgirg. I never charged a nan and
I never twill. You old pioneers never charged.
Thlings have cllanged. People are grasping.
T'ley are in a Ilulrry to get rich. We were
contented witl what we ladl and we enjoyed
it with our neighbors and our fellow man.
lWhen at boy %went to see his rgil he rode a
p7nv, and if lie didn't have a pony lie walked.
Hle went on Sutnday ; pIeople were busy every
otlier dlay. Tliey were hardl-working and
Major lBrovw advised thle young 1men1 to be
imullitrious, to observe ac t adopt the simple
hl~:hith amI1d sterligi iltegritv of their ancestors,
for in those qualities, lie said, lie thle
true principles of nolle manlhood and royal
cit ii>e~h ip.
'Ihe election o ofoffiers resulted in tie rel
fctiolo of the old Ioard, as follows: J olin
1enry Br srown, president ; Williamn I. lIord,
F:liil:t Mc(:omatL, itrs. (3. 1. Durgin, vicepr:esident.;
Elder John NM. Myers, chaplain;
Gabriel A. Knight, treasurer; William C.
McKamy, secretary. Executive cemllitteeE.
A. Gracy, John H. Cole, Williarn H. Beeman,
Tolbert Lavender, Mrs. Rhoda Ann
McConas, Mrs. Martha Beeran, Mrs. Martha
E. Gracy, Mrs. Emily Gray, John Bryan
and Elisha Halsell.
Farmers' Branch was selected as the next
place of meeting and the eighteenth annual
session of the Dallas County Pioneers' Asso.
ciation then adjourned with the benediction
of the chaplain, Rev. John M. Myers.
Soon after adjournment the old pioneers
and tleir descendants and guests began to
scatter in every direction to their homes.
Some drove as far as ten miles in two-horse
wagons to attend the reunion.
At the Missouri, IKansas
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/177/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.