OLD SETTLERS PICNIC
From the Lamar Democrat,
old settlers of Barton county held their first annual gathering and picnic in
the court house yard, Saturday, October 7th. The day was most
propitious for such an occasion --- a bright October sun shone through the trees
fast being bared by the autumn winds, throwing sunshine and happiness into the
hearts of many a father and mother who began life’s battle together on
Barton’s soil. Men and women who came here when this county was scarcely more
than a barren waste of land and who had lived to see what it now is --- a
magnificent domain—were present; their sons and daughters, who were born and
reared in this county and who rank as our substantial citizens, were present. It
was a happy meeting---a time when the mind went back to the early struggles and
privations; a time when the earl pioneers met around “one common altar” and
indulged in a hearty greeting and talked over memories both pleasant and
dinner was served on the lawn in the southwest corner of the yard.
After the cravings of the “table” cleared away, an address was given by
President B. B. Robinson. Speeches and short talks were made by E. L. Moore; P.
R. Gray, Edwin Carver; T. W. Harkless; Capt. Breeden, Mrs. Kate Hesford, G. A.
Keebler and others.
those present, William Fowler, of Lamar, aged 87, was the oldest; he came here
in ’65. Edwin Carver, of Kenoma, aged 57, was the oldest settler, he was
brought here when only a few months old in the fall of ’42; Marshall N. Miner,
of Liberal, aged 49, was the oldest Barton county child, he was born near
organization heretofore effected, with R. G. Robinson, president, J. B. Lilliard,
secretary, S. F. Brown, assistant Secretary, and Hoyt Humphrey, treasurer was
ratified at this meeting. A vice president from each township was also elected
R. Gray-------------Doylesport township
C. Reed ------------Union township
S. Mitchel----------Northforl township
H. Curless---------Leroy township
the speech making, the crowd assembled on the north side of the courthouse,
where a photograph was taken by C. R. Taylor. It was unanimously agreed to hold
another celebration next October, and it will be a large one. The picnic
Saturday was a grand success and now that the bill has been started to rolling
this affair will be looked forward to each year with great anticipation.
Following is a list of those who registered Saturday and who have resided in
this county 20 years or more. The name, present post office, date when settling
in Barton county, nativity and age, is given.
and prepared by Bruce
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