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Celebrating a Fredonia Homecoming
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 • Posted March 28, 2012

Today we celebrate birthdays, graduations, and weddings. A couple raises children and sends them into the world to make a life of their own. Families thrive in Fredonia now as they did in the historic Fredonia of the past. Children were raised in Fredonia. Some stayed, some moved away, but you can never deny the call for home. Join our celebration to unite our present Fredonians with our former community members. Help us celebrate life and make new memories. Fredonia Homecoming is April 21st, in downtown Fredonia from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A catered BBQ lunch will be served for $12 per plate. Booth reservations are now being accepted for your creative crafts and art wares. Send your payment of $20 to reserve a booth space or $12 for your meal orders. Mail your reservations to Fredonia Community Association, Box 3, Fredonia, Texas 76842. Help us assure you receive a tasty BBQ meal on your homecoming visit.We would like to express our appreciation to Gene Edmiston who has volunteered to auctioneer the wonderful gifts donated by our generous supporters. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Goff have donated a 7 carat lone star cut Mason County topaz, Mrs. Jean Goff Alexander has donated one of her paintings, Mrs. Joan Williams has donated an antique embroidered tablecloth, Mrs. Gay Baxter Stevens and Mrs. Peggy Lohn have each donated an old school desk chair, and Mrs. Carla polk has donated an Avon pin. Baked goods will be auctioned as well from more community supporters. Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs and enjoy our live music.Fredonia was a booming community in the mid 1800’s. Here is a quick history of the early settlers. In 1875 Michiel and Bridget (Kearny) Jennings setted in the Fredonia community. J.D. Miller and wife, Martha Ann Rebecca Shippard Miller, bought the Old Bob Burney place in 1878. B.M. Buntyn settled in Fredonia in 1881. In November of 1885, John Thomas Slaughter and Rachel Catherin Bullion Slaugther moved into the community. In 1886 Luther Miller made Fredonia home, farming and leasing land from the state for grazing rights. Land at 50 cents an acre drew in several new land owners to the area. Supplies were available in the Fredonia general store from the Grange Co-Operative owned by B.F. Gamel. Vincent and Laura (New) Holt bought property in Fredonia in 1888. Mr. Holt was a stock farmer. Jim Sudbury, a veteran of the Confederate army, and his wife Lizzie bought a farm near Fredonia in 1889. John Mach Slaughter and Sarah M. Hill Slaughter made Fredonia home in 1889. Mr. Slaughter was a farmer, rancher and general mercantile store owner. He would freight merchandise and lumber for his store from Llano by wagon and team. He hauled lumber and supervised the building of the Baptist Church built in 1904. His son, Oscar, was the first preacher in the Baptist Church. His home was later owned by Mrs. Otho Holloway. Louis B. Ingram and son, John William formed the Deer Creek Community in 1894. One year later, Mr. Ingram moved to Arizona. In 1986, his son John and wife Ola along with their son Leonard returned to Fredonia. They raised three more children in Fredonia, James, Mary Anna and John Eric.Fredonia experienced the “years of Panic” between 1893-1895. These were very hard times. The Panic of 1893 found the United States in the worst depression in history. Wool was selling at 5 cents per pound and cotton was 3 cents per pound. Fredonia had local doctors. Dr. P.A. Baze passed his state medical exam in March of 1887 then practiced medicine in Fredonia. His office was located in the back of the drug store. Dr. Burleson worked there many years as well. Dr. Stanely practiced in 1908 followed by Drs. Dubose, Pate, Sutton and Hutchinson. Come home to Fredonia and help us make new history.(Fredonia historical information from the “Mason County Historical Book” copyright 1986.)

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