Details for J. H. Jones and the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds (Atlas Number 5499008967)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5499008967


Marker Number 8967
Atlas Number 5499008967
Marker Title J. H. Jones and the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
Index Entry Jones, J. H., and the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
Address SH 37 S
City Quitman
County Wood
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 270273
UTM Northing 3630749
Subject Codes parks; pioneers
Marker Year 1981
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location In Gov. Jim Hogg City Park
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A native of Alabama, J. H. Jones (d. 1923) came to Texas in 1877. After teaching school for several years, he was elected clerk of Wood County in 1886. He later became a successful merchant in Quitman. In 1902 Jones donated property at this site to the Old Settlers of Wood County Association, organized three years earlier under the leadership of newspaper editor James L. Ray (d. 1929). Except for a short time during World War I, annual homecoming activities have been held here. The reunion grounds were deeded to the Governor Hogg Shrine State Park in 1952. (1981)