|Libraries Home | Mobile | My Account | Renew Items | Sitemap | Help|
Select a method to view the page:
After a recess of two years on account of the World War, the members of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association met in annual reunion September 10th, 1919, in the ballroom of the Gunter Hotel, in the city of San Antonio. The meeting had previously been called by the Board of Directors for September 10th and 11th. Promptly at 10 o'clock A.M., President George W. Saunders rapped for order, and declared the annual reunion of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association to be in session. Chaplain J. Stewart Pierce, who was elected chaplain of the Association at a former reunion, and who is also chaplain of the 15th Field Artillery, U. S. A., delivered an impressive invocation, after which Luther A. Lawhon, secretary of the Association, as the representative of Mayor Bell, delivered the address of welcome. Secretary Lawhon was followed by Judge S. H. Wood of Alice, Texas, who in an eloquent address, which was frequently applauded, responded in behalf of the membership of the Association. Addresses were also made by J. D. Jackson of Alpine, Texas, ex-President of the Texas Cattle Raisers' Association, and by Nat M. Washer, prominent merchant and citizen of San Antonio. Mr. Washer's eloquent and patriotic sentiments were frequently loudly cheered. In the interval between the addresses the orchestra played popular and patriotic songs. After the morning's program had been concluded, the reunion took a recess until two o'clock P.M.
On reassembling, the afternoon's session was devoted to a general discussion of business matters affecting the interests of the Association, and the passage of resolutions. President Saunders appointed J. D. Jackson, J. B. Murrah and Luther A. Lawhon a committee to draft suit- able resolutions on the death of deceased members. The committee reported as follows :
"Whereas, It has pleased Divine Providence to remove by death from our midst the
following members of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association : E. E. Rutledge,
John Hoffman, Maxey Burris, John H. Meads, W. J. Moore, Joe Farris, Walter J.
Dunkin, B. M. Hall and E. R. Jensen, all of San Antonio ; W. B. Houston of
Gonzales, J. A. Martin of Kenedy, John B. Pumphrey of Taylor, Tom Perry of
Bracketville, J. H. Jaroman of "Abilene, S. R. Guthrie of Alpine, W. M. Choate
of Beeville, J. H. Winn of Pleasanton, T. D. Wood of Victoria, J. A. Kercheville
of Devine, Henry Rothe of Hondo, W. T. Mulholland of Jourdanton, C. C.
Hildebrand of Brownsville, W. D. Crawford of Dilley, R. D. Peril of Jewett, Hart
Mussey of Alice, "A. H. "Allen of Eagle Pass and Ed Dewees, Wilson County;
therefore be it
"Resolved, That we deplore the loss of these old pioneers. We feel that their families have suffered an irreparable loss and we extend to them our heartfelt sympathies ; and we further recognize that in the death of these members the state has lost some of its worthy citizens and this Association some of its most active, zealous and worthy members."
At the close of the afternoon session of the first day's meeting it was announced that there was free admission for every member of the Association for the evening performance at the Princess Theater. On motion of President Saunders the members of the Albert Sidney Johnston Camp of Confederate Veterans, were made honorary members of the Association.
The morning session of the second day of the reunion (September 11th) was devoted to a general discussion or old-time "pow-wow," as some of the boys termed it. These interesting proceedings continued until eleven o'clock, when the members entered automobiles and were driven to the Saunders ranch, some twelve miles from