Laura Berry, a member of the Clara Driscoll Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, (DRT) hosted a traditional tea and luncheon for her chapter members and guests at her Lonesome Dove Lodge located at the Berry Ranch Thursday, November 29 in memory of her Great Grandfather, Louis Jones, who migrated from Indiana to Texas in 1841.

The Clara Driscoll Chapter, (DRT) members and guests, all brought toys suitable for a small child, age’s birth – 2 years, who may be hospitalized at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital during the Christmas Holidays.

Upon arrival the guests enjoyed the tea and a beautifully decorated large Christmas tree which was the focal point for the occasion.

At the beginning of the luncheon Mrs. Berry spoke for a short time about her Great Grandfather, Louis Jones, and her gratitude to him for bringing her family to Texas, traveling by houseboat which he and his father had previously built.

The Jones family traveled the Wabash, Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers arriving at the Red River where they changed their mode of travel and rode the rest of the way to Texas by wagons pulled by mules. The family settled near the town of Center, in Shelby County, TX where the Jones descendents still own the land.  The Louis Jones family is the first family name listed in the 1860 first Federal Census of Shelby County, Texas.

Mrs. Janey Cone, Clara Driscoll Chapter member and current 1st Vice President, upon departure from the Luncheon, immediately took the toys to the Driscoll Hospital where the toys will be delivered to the hospitalized children at Christmas.    

After the luncheon the members and guests departed, stopping on the way through the Berry property to watch and enjoy the famous and majestic long horn breed cattle owned by the Berry family.

 “The trip to Lonesome Dove Ranch” proved to be a very enjoyable one, long to be remembered by each person in attendance with many thanks proffered to our gracious and beneficent hostess.