The Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 30, 1906 Page: 1 of 12
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McKINNEY, COLLIN COUNTY. TEXAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 1906.
VOL. 23. NO. 31.
GREAT CROWDS ATTHE
RE-ION AND PIK
THOUSANDS THRONG THE GROLNDS-DINNER TO VET-
ERANS-ABLE SPEECHES DELIVERED.
■ott pleasant weather favored
the second day of the Seventh An-
nual Picnic and Reunion at Benge's
park Thursday. The big crowd
Variously estimated at from Ave to
ten thousand people, packed the
grounds down so that there was
neither mud nor stifling dust to ren-
der disagreeable those who went
th«fre to drink red. lemonade, eat
pop corn and hoky poky, ride on
the steam carry-us-ail or Ferris
wheel, watch the wire walking per-
formance, hear the speaking and
take in all the other many forms of
amusement and entertainment pro-
vided for them.
.The woods were filled with wag-
ons and buggies which came in early
In the day and many campers were
among them, prepared to remain
on the grounds the entire four dnyB
of the picnic: Little was left un-
done by the arrangement committee
for the handling of the great crowd.
All travel to the grounds Is directed
by marshals along one road and
coming back by another, so as to
do away with the confusion of vehi-
cle*. passing each other. The stands
are arranged in an oval shape
around a reservation enclosed by
wire for them into which horses and
vehicles are not admitted. In the
centre of 'his circle, consisting of
all varieties of picnic vendors, the
ahows, merry-go-round, Ferris wheel
and other amusements are to be
found, and their patronage was lib-
eral too. Everybody In attendance
seemed bent on having a good time.
The Altoga band dispensed ample
music at frequent intervals for the
crowd which was feu on hundreds
of pounds of barbecued beef and giv-
en thousands of laoves of bread.
Free ice water in abundance Is to be
found in the big zinc tanks placed
conveniently for the thirsty.
prior to the war when he came
here. Most of them sleep in the sol-
itude of your beautiful cemetery to
which spot the gray-haired few aur-
' vlvors are also rapidly nearlng.
At the Speakers Stand.
At the speakers stand, a most en-
tertaining program was rendered.
All the seats were occupied and the
liberal applause greeting the speak-
ers showed that the people were
(well and profitably entertained.
'Vresldent R. E. Carpenter sscured
the asstance of McKinney's well and
widely known citizen, E. W. Kirk-
patrick, to preside for htm and in-
traduce the speakers. I xercises
were commenced by prayer from
Eld. John M. McKinney, one of Col-
lin county's oldest living pioneers.
The first speaker of the day Intro-
dared whs Judge Tom J. Brown,
Amoriate Justice of the Supreme
Court of Texas and n former citizen
of the county. In presenting him,
Mr. Klrkpntrick paid a merited trib-
ute to the high character of public
service rendered the state by Judge
Brown, who spoke for about thirty-
Great changes have taken place
between McKinney and Dallas, an
unbroken prairie, the most beauti-
ful ever seen, existed. Piano then
had one store and a post office, which
stood on opposite sides of the road.
Between McKinney, Jim Wetzels's
and the old Perkins place were the
only ones he remembers as settled
then. Ox wugons have given place
to railroads. Telegraph and tele-
phones have come into existence and
the county become densely popu-
lated McKinney had one church In
which all denominations took their
turn of worshiping. Public schools
have come into existence. Now ed-
ucation is more highly regarded
than muscle and moral worth es-
teemed above the six-shooter. He
believes the world is growing bet-
ter, In fact knows it, which result
he ascribed to the spread of the gos-
pel and extension of our magnificent
public school system. The first
election he remembers was that of
1S14; then slavery was the issue.
Jndgc Brown's Speech.
Judge Brown said that forty-sev-
en years ago, he rented a law office
and bought a Btraw mattress on
which to sleep, and began the prac-
tice of his profession In McKinney,
one hundred and fifty miles away
from any man h> knew save one.
His capital at that time after buy-
ing his mattress, was $4.50. He
had a hard struggle. His first cli-
ent offered him $2ft to defeat a case
at Farmersvllle, and well does he
remember his horseback ride over
there, and trtnl of the case before
Old Esquire Wright, and to his
great Joy he won his case. His cli-
ent paid him the twenty dollars in
silver dollars, ten of which he placed
In each pocket to balance while rid-
ing back to McKinney. From that
date till the year 1872, McKinney
was his home and still occupies a
warm place In his affections. The
moat striking feature of hit aadf-
pence, was the absence of (ha faces
of men who lived here h 185 or
vnte life, and recounted some of the
public services rendered by Throck-
(Jen. W, L. Cabell, "Old Tlge," of
Dallas, made u few remarks la greet-
morton. His greatest service In the lng to his old comrades hi arms.
legislature was In presenting the
Peter's Colony compromise by which
one-half of the land of North Texas
wa.< saved to its actual settlers. He
commended the effort to compi< t
the statue of Collin's most disting-
uished son and eloquently entreated
his old friends and neighbors to
speedily complete It. He deprecattd
the fact that Houston, whose strat-
egy at San Jacinto won freedom for
Texas, and whose statesmanship
sect Ion I zed Texas and rendered her
countless other public services, has
no monument fittingly commemorat-
ing his deeds and memory. It Is
true there is a statue of him bo^h
at Washington and at Austin, but
each represent the only erratic feat-
ure of his grand character — that
as a frontiersman clad In buckskin.
Throckmorton and Houston.
He paid tributes to the memories
of Houston and Throckmorton. His-
tory has not done full justice to
Sam Houston the grandest patriot
and greatest soldier and statesman,
Texas ever had. He lived In the
same town with Houston, attended
school with his children, knew him
In home life as well as in the ser-
vice of the people. Houston's atti-
tude on secession Is misunderstood.
Houston was against secession, be-
cause he thought it Impolitic at the
time, as did also Throckmorton, Joe
Dixon and a majority of the people
In Collin county. Houston loved
Texas more and sacrificed more for
the state than any other man who
ever lived In it. He spurned Lin-
coln's offer of Federal soldiers
with which to retain the governor-
ship, saying that he preferred to re-
tire and would never embroil his
people in bloodshed. He was too
old to enter the Confederate ser-
vice. If he had not have been,
Judge Brown expressed the convic-
tion that Houston would have done
like Throckmorton and Dixon who
came home from the secession con-
vention which they vehemently op-
posed, as Impolitic and inopportune,
and each raised a company, one
cavalry and the othed Infantry, and
fought for the Confederacy: Dixon
being slain ut Shiloh. He remem-
bers well when Throckmorton came
home from the secession convention
and gave his report to his people at
a great public meeting at the court
house and told them In n speech
that he would go with his people to
the South In arms and share their
destiny. Throckmorton then raised
the first company in this section
for the Confederacy.
Tribute to Soldiers.
He eulogized the bravery and de-
votion of the Collin county soldier
and his comrades of the whole
Southland. But he did not thln't (
the bravest act of the Confederate
soldier wns performed on the battle
field. If was performed by him
when he returned and It beentce
necessary to submit to reconstina-
Chari cteristics of Throckmorton.
He revers the memory of Throck-
morton as that of his father. He re-
counted several Incidents, show-
ing Throckmorton's true char-
acter. About forty Union bush-
whacker suspects were doomed to be
Bhot. Executioners were already
found. No man had spoken againBt
such a course or dared speak. Al-
though not a citizen of that coun-
ty, Throckmorton wenT ro Sherman
and Interposed his life between
thosa of the condemned and death,
and plead for a trial of the suspect-
ed to first ascertain, If possible,
their guilt by law. His counsel
was heeded. Investigation establish-
ed the innocence of the men and
they were set free. Another incident
was told, where during the war, he
sent a courier on his fleetest horse
to warn a man, a bitter enemy who
had attempted his own life, to flee
from the approach of wronged sol-
diers bent on revenge. The man
fled north and came back after the
war and made a good citizen. He
was a man of big heart, broad char-
ity and philanthropy and the finest
advocate with whom, he (Brown)
was ever associated. If anything
he worked harder for the poor cll-
Oen. Cabell is 79 years old, but the
old warrior Is full of fire and vim
and wonderfully \igorous for a man
of his advanved years. He Is com-
mander of the Trans-Mlsslsslppi De-
partment, Confederate Veterans of
America, and his visit to the Collin
county reunion was greatly appre-
ciated by his veterans and our peo-
Dinner to Veterans.
As has been his custom for sever-
al years, E. W. Kirkpatrlck Invited
all old soldiers and wives to dinner
on Confederate day of the picnic at
his home where, assisted by the
Daughters of the Confederacy, a
magnificent feast was spread for
them. Every attention was bestow-
ed on these veterans of the South
by the fair Daughters of the Con-
federacy. Mr. Kirkpatrick had a
wagon load of watermelons hauled
up and carved for them, the photog-
rapher was present with his camera,
no thoughtful act for their pleasure
was left unperformed. Rev. Geo. L.
BubIi offered the invocation. Tuck
Hill made the announcements. Col.
J. L. Doggett made another talk in
behalf of the Throckmorton memo-
rial and while dinner was In prog-
ress Misses Mat tie Lou and Mazle
Webb rendered sweet music on the
piano and violin. Miss Irma Clif-
ton also sang an appropriate solo,
to the old soldiers delight.
present at the
j Nichols, L.
ent unable to pay him, than for a ^yj|ey j p
client able to pay him a big fee. | j canciler ^
His brotherly love was magnificent,
and our citizenship honors itself in
completing the statue to his memo-
ry. the unfinished pedestal of
which standing on our public square
is really a monument to our fail-
ure and ingratitude, In its present
At the conclusion of Judge
Brown's address, Col. J. L. Doggett
announced that, today, would be or-
ganized a Throckmorton Memorial
Association. It is the intention of
the organization to extend it by
■ toll for IIHM.
The old soldiers
diner this year were:
Jot Woodall, R. C. Horn, J. R.
Parker, J. S. Dowell, W. C. Burrus,
Wms. Warden, J. L. Doggett, J. W
Christian, Jesse Orenduff. Alf Chand-
ler, Col. T. M. Scott, John McKin-
ney, J B. Kerr, Dr. J. Z. Hartln,
Jones C. Moore, J. W. Pafford, C. L.
Smith, J^ H. Cable, W K. Shaver.
R. A. Huey, W. J. McMennamy, J.
, W. Blanton, J. Gidney, A. VV. Mur-
, phy, Andrew Atkinson, F. M. Hill,
I O. H. Kirkpatrick, R. C. Clark, R,
, R. Shlve, T. C. Goodner, J. M
M. Talklngton. T. W.
Hale, J. P Houser, A.
W. Kirkpatrick. T.
J. Brown, T. B. Muse, G. C. Corry,
R. M. Board. A. S. Graves, J. B.
Cox. J. A. Caskey, L. A. and Ma-
rlon Warden, P. H. Bateman, W. C.
Jovnes, T. J. Smith, H. O. Caruthers,
B. T. Estes, Hayd Flnley, J. J.
Thompson, T. C. Harlow, J. R.
Spradley, D. C. Fllppen. Dr. E. E.
King, Jonathan Cook, J. L. Kerr,
J. W. Watson, W. T. Moore, F. M.
Hunn, C. S. Haggard, C. P. Carter.
T. R. Murray, J. C. Humphreys,
0. Ledd.v, W. D. McFarland, Jno.
M. McKinney, G. M. Edwards. E.
Griggs, J. M. Day, Richard Scalf,
Paul Hesley, A. Robertson, I. J.
school districts throughout the j
county In an effort to raise the ; Duke, J. E. Overstreet, W. H. Da-
means for completing the mono- j vis, J. W. Wilson, J. A. Brown,
ment. Also to keep before the Gen. W. L. Cabell, J. M. Huffman,
children of the county the fame and | A R. Epps, T. J. Stewart, R. L.
public services of Collin county's Sears. S. P. Brewer, W. S. Coffey,
most honored citizen.
Record of Throckmorton.
Throckmorton wan chosen gover
nor In 186C and the gubernatorial
chair was never occupied by a
more faithful, conscientious ser-
vant of the people than James W.
Throckmorton. Judge Brown was
Intimately associated with him as
intimate friend and law partner and
la, therefore, well acquainted with
his ""bile service* as well as pri-
Miss Daffan Speaks.
Chairman E. W. Kirkpatrick
next introduced Miss Kate DafTan
who spoke a few minutes on the
work of the Daughters of the Con-
federacy. This young lady Is recog-
nized as one of the South's most tal-
ented women—beautiful, educated,
eloquent, fluent, pleasing yet force-
ful, in address and, withal, of
tireless zeal for the proper apprecia-
tion of the old Confederate veterans
and his happiness, and the exalta-
tion of the principles for which he
contended. She declared the
Daughters of the Confederacy to be
charitable, historical, memorial and
social In Its objects, and the organi-
sation worthy, Indeed, of the sup-
port of the fair womanhood of our
South. She reviewed the part wo-
men have taken In the discovery of
America, the establishment and per-
petuation of our government and
ihc undying devotion and glad sac-
rifices made by her for the defense
of rights, home and country. Her
address on this occasion, as well as
later In the day at the Klrkpntrick
home, was n gem, sparkling with
historic Interest nnd beautiful sen-
timent. We regret we have not the
full text to print it In full, for it
Is certainly worth the space and
worthy the study of all our readers.
She added her plea to that of Judge
Brown's and Col. Doggett's for the
completion of the Throckmorton
W. P. Marshall, W. Pcndergrass,
S. W. Hays. H. H. Craver, J. C.
Hardin. T. R. Recer, J. P. Hamilton,
A. B. Milton, J. C. Klepper, J. M.
Pearson, Geo. Hughes, Dr. H. B.
Eubank, P. B. Franklin, P. M.
Mugg, W. T. Myrlck, C. H. Lake, W.
J. Self. R. A. McLurry, T. H. McMI-
chael. T. M. Boone, J. H. Johnson,
B. S. Littlejohn, Mose Wright. T. F.
Qulsenberry, John R. Black, S. A.
Scott, J. B. Cox, J. L. Greer, a total
Gen. Cabell Spr-\s.
Notes ul the Dining.
Judge T. J. Brown and Miss Kate
Daffan were both compelled to re-
spond to calls for speeches, and en-
livened the occasion much thereby.
Miss Daffan also contributed to the
performing on the piano, being an
accomplished musician also, along
wlih her Intellectual attainments.
Editor F. C. Thompson enme up
from Piano and assisted In enter-
taining the old veterans. He U
known by all of them and his cheer-
ful presence was appreciated.
1. J. Duke and VV. H. Davis, old
soldiers and old settlers at Howe, at-
tended Confederate day exercises.
Eld. R. C. Horn was present and
again registered the old soldiers.
The Dally Courier-Gazette and The
Democrat-Gazette are Indebted to
him for the roster na .mbllshed in
A group picture of Judge T. J.
Brown. J. R. Parker, A. J. Atkin-
son, W. 8. Coffey and W. P. Mar*
shall was mude. They were mem-
bers of Co. E. S'npheus Regiment.
All were Mi Kinney voluuteers and,
with one other exception, H. L.
Murray of Piano, are the only sur-
vivors of that company of 1411 men.
W. P. (Perry j Marshall of Lind-
say. I. T., came down to the reu-
nion. His daughters, Misses Minnie
and Alice, accompanied him. Mr.
Marshall was raised In Collin coun-
ty. He lived here 40 ; aars, but
moved to the Territory 17 years
S, O. Scott is the youngest Con-
federate soldier In the county and
was present. He was only 11 years
old when his name was placed on
the muster roll.
Esq. W. D. McFarland of Piano,
and A. Robertson of Addison
Junction, Dallas county, attended
The Dallas News correspondent
had a group picture of four taken
consisting of Gen. W. L. Cabell, fa-
mous Confederate general, Judge
Tom Brown, Confederate soldier
now one of the South's most promi-
nent Jurists; Col. T. M. Scott, i>
West Pointer and veteran of both
the Mexican .tnd C'vll wart: and
Miss Kute Daffan, ex-president of
the Daughters of the Confederacy
and that order's greatest platform
exponent. He wanted It for Its his-
<\ A. Leddy S|>eaks.
Charles A. Leddy, a McKinney
raised boy, now county attorney
elect of Hunt county, spoke at the
grounds just after dinner, on Wood-
craft. He delivered a splendid
speech and more than met the ex-
pectations of his many friends in
this city and county, who listened
to his address with much interest.
Seuator Looney's Address.
The address of State Senator B
F. Looney of Greenville, who spoke
at the gorunds Wednesday after-
noon. was an excellent one, and ad-
ded to the number of his friands in
Speeches were delivered Thurs-
day afternoon by Hon. T. F. Man-
gum. Hon. T. C. Andrews and Judge
J. M. Pearson, and they well sus-
tained their enviable reputations as
Woodmen Drill. *
One of the most pleasing features
of Thursday, Woodmen day. was
the exhibition drill by the uniform
rank of Cottonwood Camp of Far-
mersvllle and the Woodmeu Juvenile
drill team of that place, consisting
of fifty little boys and girls In uni-
form. The drill was under the di-
rection of Capt. Harve Nichols and
Col. Pat Rutherford of Cottonwood
Camp, and exhibitions were given
yesterday afternoon and last night.
The different movements were exe-
cuted with absolute precision and
the drills reflected great credit not
only upon the participants, but also
upon Capt. Nichols, who has had
their Instruction In charge.
Sunday School Day.
Today is Sunday School day and
an organ is to be presented to the
Sunday School present In a body
with the largest number of pupils
accompanied by the superintendent.
This honor It seems will fall to the
Princeton Baptist Sunday School,
which is represented by 175 pupils
accompanied by the Superintendent,
R. L. Cameron, and the pastor Rev.
J. W. Hollums, Addresses were de-
livered this morning by Rev. Abe
Enloe of Enloe, Mr. Bates of Can-
yon City, E. W. Kirkpatrick, W. T
Osburn of Princeton, Eld. John M.
McKinney and others.
DIED THURSDAY night aftkk
ADLE AND HONORED TEACHER
One of the Oldest and Most Highly
Respi ted Instructors In Col-
Prof. Marlon C. Cunningham died
at 10 o'clock Thursday night at hla
home on West Louisiana street, af-
ter a ltrief illness, of paralysis of the
Prof. Cunningham was bornl n
.lack-on. Miss., November 11, 1848
and was therefore in his fifty-eighth
year. At the age of fifteen years he
went to Cass county, Mo., and in
1876 moved to Texas, locating In
Dallas county, near Garland, where
he resided four years, going from
there to Denton county, where he
lived for two years, and then moved
to Collin county, where he has since
resided. He early engaged In the
profession of teaching, having
taught before he left Missouri and
every year since that but one. Ht
was one of the early teachers of
Collin county, having taught in dif-
ferent portions of the county with
credit to himself and satisfaction to
his patrons. He taught last year
at Rhea Mills and the previous year
was principal of the South McKin-
ney Ward school.
In 1881 he married Miss Lucy
Swim, of Dallas county, and is sur-
vived by his wife and two daughters
Misses Blarche and Fannie Cunn-
ingham. He had been amember
of the Christian churctt for thirty
years and had long been a member
of the Masonic fraternity and the
Knights and Ladles of Honor, his
membership in the former order be-
ing at Garland.
The funeral took place at 4
o'clock Friday afternoon from the
residence, the services being con-
ducted by Rev. Geo. L. Bush, pas-
tor of the First Christian church; In
terment at Pecan Grove cemetery,un-
der the auspices of St. Johns Lodge,
No. 51. A. F. & A. M.
We join In extending condolence
to the bereaved widow and daugh-
Gahe Lucas, Bumble Hee Fighter.
Gabe Lucas, the noted bumble bee
fighter of Collin county, delivered
| his famous address on "The Trials
of a Country Boy," at 2 o'clock
| thiB afternoon, and to say that he
made a great hit with his hearers,
is putting it mildly indeed.
Senator Barrett Speaking. 'JUi
State Senator A. P. Barrett of
Bonham began speaking at 2:30
o'clock this afternoon. Senator
Barrett is a great favorite in Collin
county and Is recognized as one of
the most brilliant young men and
most eloquent orators In the state.
His speech, which was being deliv-
ered at press hour, was very able
and scholarly and was listened to
: with the closest attention by the
| large audience present around the
1 speakers' stand.
A new attraction, a swing, called
volo, was put up this afternoon.
Hon. F. F. Hill Sick.
A message has been received by
Walter Parvln, from Hon. F. F. Hill
of Denton county, who was to have
spoken here today, stating that he
was sick and unable to be present.
The big baby show, In charge of
Col. James Docklns, began this af-
ternoon at 1:30 o'clock. There are
over forty of the prettiest babies
ever seen in Texas nnd the Judges
are having a hard time deciding
who are entitled to ths prises.
E. T. Fant, suprlntendent of the
Collin County Mill and Elevator
Co's. plant, accidentally tripped and
fell while walking along North Ken-
tucky street yesterday, nnd pain-
fully sprained his ankle. We trust
the Injury will not prove serious.
Why worry when you con buy all
of your fall bill of dry goods a-.id
shoes at Matthews? You are safe.
Tho Best Advict
We can give you when you nave Im-
pure blood and are afflicted with
scrofula, rheumatism, neuralgia, cv
tarrh or any blood disease, is to take
Hood's Sarsaparilla, the One Trugp
Blood Purifier. This medicine eailjF
when all others fail to do any good.
Hood't Pillt am the best after-
dinner pills, aid digestion Ui.
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