In 1932 a group of ladies was instrumental in beginning a celebration which continues to the present day to honor and remember the pioneers who settled Clay County, a rural, agricultural county in Texas. But the photographs reveal much more than just a documentation of the early years of the Clay County Pioneer Reunion. They create a snapshot of rural, small-town life in Texas that has largely faded away over time much like many of these old photographs.
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About the Author
J. Benton Brown grew up in Henrietta, TX, the county seat of Clay County. He graduated from Texas A&M University and spent thirteen years as a classroom teacher in various public schools around Texas before returning to university to get his Master's Degree in School Counseling from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. It was while he was working on his advanced degree that he reconnected with his hometown celebration and became interested in documenting it through pictures and stories. J. Benton currently works internationally, but loves to stay in touch with his hometown and vicariously enjoys seeing pictures and videos of each new edition of the Clay County Pioneer Reunion Parade.