The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 21 August 1908

Old Settlers Will Meet

Annual Session in Comanche August 27-28

The first annual meeting of the Old Settler Association joined by the Confederate veterans will be held at Flemings park in Comanche Thursday and Friday August 27 and 28. The annual reunion of the CUNNINGHAM family which was inaugurated twenty years ago by Capt. James CUNNINGHAM and his wife Susie, was held last Saturday at the old homestead on Aaron CUNNINGHAM’s place in a beautiful grove near Newburg in this county. Capt. James CUNNINGHAM and his wife, who came to this county in the forties, have been dead several years but the family custom originated by them has been continued by their sons and daughters, of which there are twelve, eight of whom reside in the county, to wit: Aaron, Dave H., R.T., W.H., J.W. and T.A. CUNNINGHAM, Mrs. T.J. HOLMSLEY and Mrs. Jim LEWIS, and J.V. CUNNINGHAM, for twenty five years the Sheriff of Taylor County, Mrs. J.M. NEELY of Texico and Geo. W. CUNNINGHAM od San Angelo, the latter two being the only ones of the original twelve who were absent at this reunion. This family is one of the sturdiest in all Texas. The entire family of twelve children being hale and hearty, the oldest being Aaron, 72 and the youngest Mrs. Jim LEWIS, 45 years, with 104 children of whom 57 were present, and with 102 grandchildren, of whom 45 were present. Since the reunion of last year there have been two marriages, seven births and three deaths. This large family, including the sons in law and daughters-in-law now number 287, 159 of whom were gathered together here last Saturday.

Only one day has heretofore been given over to the reunion but for the next year two days have been selected. Aug. 17 and 18 at which time a big barbeque is planned, and the greatest of all of these notable reunions is expected.

J.R. WEST Hurt

One day last week Squire John R. WEST of Comanche was run over by an automobile at Ballinger and one of his legs broken.

He was at Ballinger attending the Confederate Reunion and visiting his brother, Z.P. WEST, who was recently seriously hurt in a runaway.

More than a year ago the Squire, while picking cotton, was struck in one of his eyes with a cotton boll and the sight destroyed.

Off To The Markets

Hill HUDDLESTON of Martin Co., O.M. SIMMONS of Adams-Burks-Simmons Co. and T. H. JACKSON of Dingus-Jackson & Co., left last night for St. Louis to buy fall and winter goods. S. E. GUTHRY of Higgenbotham’s will leave today. M. G. CATTER of Catter Dry Goods will leave tomorrow; Mrs. CATTER will accompany him as far as Memphis where she will visit her mother, W. L. RANDALL of Neely. Harris CUNNINGHAM Co. and John CUNNINGHAM of Cunningham, Burton and Wilkerson will leave next week.


Grandpa CADENHEAD, aged 78 years, died at the home of his son, B.F. on Sabanno Creek, last Friday night and was buried at DeLeon Saturday.

He leaves an aged wife and grown sons and daughters to mourn his death.

He was an excellent man, who had by his up-right life, won the esteem of all who knew him.


L.H. HOLT, who lives on the Comanche and Hasse road 3 ½ miles from Comanche, was showing a large apple here Thursday, which he grew on his place. It weighed one pound and two ounces, and took 14 inches of tape to girdle it. The apple is now at CARROLL’S Drug Store.

B.F. PERKINS is now building a new residence near Gustine.

©2004 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.