Volume 1, Number 11
S. H. Horton, grandfather of Society Member Mrs. Mary Mullinix, Branson, Mo., left his descendants a proud heritage and, as a record of that heritage, he wrote for them a family history in 1908-10 when he was in his eighties. The large volume, extremely well-written, deals mostly with the several branches of the Horton family and especially with events of Texas pioneer history in which the family figured prominently.
Through the courtesy of Mrs. Mullinix, we are printing a small part of Mr. Horton's Memoirs--his experiences as a lieutenant in the Confederate army--and also included is the introduction he wrote to the family history. If we can learn from the experience of another, his words should move each one of us to write our own family's history. Mr. Horton eloquently expresses his regret for not having obtained more information about his family from the preceding generation. The record he did preserve, however, has proved of immense value to his descendants as well as to Texas historians.
S. H. Horton lived until 1913, having been editor and proprietor of the Sherman (Texas) Courier. He had also served as Mayor of Whitesboro, Texas, and was a member of the Sterling Price Camp of Confederate Veterans.
Steve McDonald, whose paper "The Elizabethan Influence on the 0zark Dialect" appears in this issue, was born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1945, and has lived in Springfield, Missouri, since he was five years old. Of Ozark speech, he says, "Although I'm not a true native of the region, I feel like one, having lived most of my life here. So I am quite interested in the defense of the Ozarkian dialect."
For the section on Customs and Traditions, Director Mary Scott Hair asked Mrs. Dulcie Gooding Gold of Marionville, Missouri, to write an article about an old- fashioned community picnic. The result is a delightful reminiscence of the first picnic she remembers--the Jenkins Picnic of 1898--spelled with capital letters, Mrs. Gold says, because it was "a very important and exciting time."
The history of one of Taney County's earliest and best-known families, the Caseys, is in this issue. In addition to the Casey genealogy, the story tells of the preservation of the early pioneer home seen by thousands of visitors each year at Silver Dollar City and of Mrs. Missouri Casey's successful struggle for fair treatment from a large corporation. The history is written by Margaret (Mrs. Manferd) Casey, who for several years owned an antique shop in downtown Branson, a business she now continues at her home.
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