Osborne Family
21st Reunion - 1977
Navarro County, Texas


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Osbornes hold 21st reunion

Descendants of the late Frank and Ida Osborne held their 21st consecutive family reunion Sunday, June 26.  Sixty-nine members met for a picnic lunch at the VFW post hall in Corsicana.

Of the seven children, only two survive and were present;  Mrs. Eppie Burns, nearing 90, of Dallas, and Miss Lizzie Rae Osborne of Corsicana, retired school teacher.

Mrs. Mozelle Osborne Osborne Gonzales, a granddaughter, recounted a few incidents concerning Grandfather Frank and Grandmother Idaís life.  He was born in Arkansas, March 4, 1856, and settled first in Salem community in Navarro County and later moved to the Emmett community.  There being no school nearby, he rode a horse 16 miles to attend school in Dresden.  He never ceased to study during his 90 years of life.  Since his own father was an ordained Baptist minister, Frank as the oldest son assumed responsibility for the family while his father was often away.

At 29, he married Ida Talley of the Raleigh community, and after her death in 1943, he retired from active farming.

Miss Eleanor Rae Burns, another granddaughter, gave the welcome.  Emmett Dosser ofCorsicana gave the invocation.  Following the picnic lunch, a family photograph was made by a professional photographer.

Those attending included:  Mrs. Eppie Burns, Eleanor Rae Burns, Pat and Reubine Partridge, Fred, Patsy, Brenton and Brandon Hall and Bill Burns, all of Dallas:  Lizzie Rae Osborne, Emmett and Margaret Dosser of Corsicana:  Hugh, Doris and Kenny Osborne, Jerry, Sandy, Stacey and Jancey Sheats, and Vicki and David Arnold, all of Baytown;  J. C. and Geraldine Green of Frost.

Also Benny Burns, Barbara Osborne and guest, of Houston;  Dick, Janice and Stephen Leger of Garland;  Dick and Dolly Neese of Mexia;  Clyde and Margie Neese of Ennis;  Bernard and Gladys Neese of Fort Worth;  Ronnie and Sherry Manning and son of Irving;  Bill and Ernestine Gerald from Point Blank;  Ann Patteson, John, Jan and Jeff OíNeill, Alynn MacNaughter, Carol Reeder, and Al and Mozelle Gonzales and son, Larry, all from San Antonio;  Alton and Nona Fae Osborne of Dawson;  Kathy Lee Osborne of Bryan.

Coming from Oklahoma were:  Estelle Kirtley of Enid; Jane Neese of Edmond;  T. J. and Phylis Cherry of Ponca City;  Gary, Pat, Cindy and Steve Barry of Shawnee;  Chester, Ysleta, Chet, Richard and Brian Stone of Ponca City.



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