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Dallas Morning News, August 24, 1901


Veterans at Honey Grove


Gen. Cabell and Col. Lanham Were Among the Speakers - Ten Thousand Present.


Special to the News


Honey Grove, Tex., Aug. 21 - Today was red letter day among the Confederate Veterans of North Texas who gathered in this city to join in the occasion with the veterans of Fannin County.  On Tuesday morning, although the clouds were very threatening, the crowd began to gather, but the committee had every arrangement for the arrangements of visitors, no matter how many came.  At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the address of welcome was delivered by J. H. Lowry and was responded to by Col. Chenoweth of Bonham.  At 2 p.m. a business session of old soldiers was held in the large tent, which holds 10,000 people.  The election of officers was first taken up and Col. J. Q. Chenoweth of Bonham was elected president and George A. Dailey of Honey Grove, first vice persident, and L. P. Thomas of Bonham, secretary.  After the election came the talks about the campfires by the veterans, followed by a band concert from the Greenville Military Band of thirty pieces.  At 8:30 Rev. Thomas Pierce delivered a sermon to thousands of the old soldiers and their families and friends and music was furnished by a choir of young ladies.


At an early hour Thursday the old soldiers and their friends who had been detained on account of threatening weather began to arrive and special trains were run on the Texas and Pacific to convey those along the railroad and at 10 a.m. at least 20,000 people thronged the city, all eager to see the parade, which was advertised. At 10:30, headed by the band, the largest parade ever witnessed in this part of the State began.  There were bands, secret orders, fire department, business floats, carriages and horseback riders representing the cowboys of the Plains.  The procession was one and a half miles for long.


Immediately after the parade Gen. w. L. Cabell of Dallas delivered a stirring address in the tent, and fully 10,000 people listened.  S. W. T. Lanham delivered an address on "The Confederate Soldier."


At 8 p.m. last evening the Honey Grove Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy, gave a concert which was listened to by thousands.


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Confederate Veterans at Honey Grove in 1901