Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 232 of 1,110
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2HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
MEMORIAL DAY OF MAY 30, 1887.
This Memorial day, which is observed
throughout the length and breadth of the
Union, from the snow-capped mountains of
Alaska to the flowery glades of Florida, and
from ocean to ocean, dawned clear, and was
duly regarded by both the blue and the gray,
who blended in the decoration of the graves
of their dead as one common people of the
land of the free and the home of the brave.
This morning ex-Federa] and ex-Confederate
soldiers gathered at the headquarters
of the George H. Thomas Post to take part
in the ceremonies. The large float, bearing
a pyramid of thirty-eight lovely girls, dressed
in white trimmed with red and blue, a combination
of the national colors, holding baskets
of flowers, attracted much attention.
The float was elaborately decorated, and Miss
Hattie Stover, who gracefully represented
Texas, sat at the apex of this pyramid of
beauty. The young ladies who represented
the other States were: May Parnell, Minnie
Graham, Susan Acton, Mollie Stover, Mary
Graham, Nettie Stover, Dora Burgan, Ida
Stover, Edith Norton, Eustice McCormick,
Rosa Warden, Veneda Tazell, Vina Clenn,
Ida and Ada Jenkins, Lena Cottman, Ruth
Kelly, Delia Harold, Nettie Clark, Susie
Montgomery, Lena Lappell, Maggie Burget,
Lena Lawson, M. Greelun, Lotta Dillard,
Fannie Amos, Mana Meeley, Lena Harold,
Willie Hall, Elma Bly, Kate Stearcy, May
Adams, Minnie Meeley, Sue Meeley, Lena
Otto, Mattie and Mary Ramsey.
The march was taken up in the following
order to the Trinity cemetery at eleven
o'clock, under Colonel W. D. Wylie and Colonel
Ewing, grand marshals of the day:
Band of music.
G. H. Thomas Post and ex-Federal soldiers.
Float with thirty-eight young ladies representing
an unbroken Union of thirty-eight
States, with baskets of flowers.
Military organizations of the city.
Carriages with city and county officers.
Carriages with citizens.
A salute was fired by Battery Crawford
over the grave of Colonel L. M. Lewis, who
fought in the Confederate cause, and also
over the grave of Captain White, who fought
on the Federal side. The other cemeteries
were visited and the graves garlanded.
After services at the cemeteries and garlanding
the graves of the dead, memorial
services are being held at the City Park pavilion.
A large crowd was present.
The memorial address was delivered by
Colonel W. D. Wylie, past department commander
department of Texas, G. A. R.
COLONEL WYLIE'S ADDRESS.
"To-day we meet again to pay a loving
tribute to those of our comrades in arms, who,
nearly a quarter of
a century ago, marched
side by side with us in the vigor of youth
and young and patriotic manhood, and who,
at the bugle call of the great Creator, have
answered the roll call above, and to-day we
all realize that the number of comrades who
remain are growing smaller day by day. Our
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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/m1/232/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.