Letter # 1
January 15, 1940
P.O. Box 1450
I met and talked with a man at the cemetery, who referred me to H.R. HEAD of Grand View, a brother Mason and secretary of the Masonic Lodge of Grand View. Mr.HEAD had records showing that G.W. CRINER was made a Mason about 1868, as I recall it now.
Mr. HEAD referred me to Mrs. J.P. TEMPLETON of Grand View, who is a CRINER descendant. I met Mrs. TEMPLETON and had an interesting talk with her.
Last October I visited the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas, at Waco and in their library I found this book: “The Lone Star State-Johnson and Hill Counties. A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas. The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago, 1892”.
On page 193 of the above book, the following appears: “Other early settlers in the neighborhood of Grand View were - - - CRINER, Walker MEADOWS, William KENNARD, Drew KENNARD, Samuel DAVIS, John S. MORROW, Samuel J. CHAPMAN, A.E. JONES, Joseph WATTS, Dr. L.H. GEBHARD & S.P. HOLLINGSWORTH.”
On page 194 of the same book I found the following: “The first settlers were a mere handful in number. The writer recalls the names of Phillip WALKER, William HOWARD, Granville CRINER, S.K. DAVIS, W.S. QUINN, B.C. QUINN, J.C. BARNES, Dr. TALIAFERRO, Lewis GOEN, John WHITMIRE, besides J.F. SCURLOCK AND S.H. RICHARDS before mentioned.
It is more than possible that several of the men mentioned in this book came from the same neighborhood that Granville CRINER came from.
Letter Kindly Contributed by Mandy Queen.