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Van Alstyne Leader
Thursday, June 18, 1970

Eula Cannon Umphress Dies -Marks End of Pioneer Generation In County
Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, n the First Christian Church in Van Alstyne for Mrs. Eula Cannon Umphress, 97, member of a prominent pioneer family in Grayson County. Mrs. Umphress died early Tuesday in a local nursing home.
Officiating at the service were Rev. Richard Cerney, pastor of the Van Alstyne First Christian Church, and Rev. Jesse Pugh of the nursing home in Van Alstyne. Flesher Funeral Home directed the funeral.
Mrs. Umphress was born Jan. 27, 1873 at Cannon, the daughter of the late Reese M. and Texana Dumas Cannon, and the local Cannon community near Van Alstyne bears the family name.She was the granddaughter of J.P.Dumas, who was one of the founders of the Merchants and Planters Bank in Sherman in 1873.
Dumas was a surveyor and is credited with surveying Grayson County. He also laid out the city of Dallas in 1844 and built the third house ever built in Dallas. He could ride from Van Alstyne to Sherman without getting off his own land. Mrs. Umphress mother, Texana, was the first white child ever born in Grayson County.
She was married to John Umphress April 12, 1893. Umphress was a founder of the Van Alstyne First National Bank and served as its president and on the board of directors for more than 63 y ears. He preceded her in death in 1953. She was a member of the First Christian Church and was a community leader during earlier years.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Henry D. Hynds; four grandchildren, Mrs. Eugene Ross, Mrs. Jan Benton, John K. Hynds and Robert H. Hynds; and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carl Umphress, all of Van Alstyne; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Cannon, located 6 miles east of Van Alstyne, was first settled by Elijah Cannon of Pickens County, S.C.Elijah brought his 11 children and settled here in 1852, along with their widowed aunt, Patsy Brown, and his slaves who later bore the name Boyd.
He purchased 700 acres of undeveloped land and with his slaves and sons developed the land later known as Cannon.His four eldest sons served in the Confederate Army during the war. John Cannon established the Methodist Church, one of two in the area. Reece became the more prominent member of the family, establishing a cotton gin in 1868, a grist mill, and also helped establish the Centennial Masonic Lodge in 1879, as well as the First National Bank in Van Alstyne.
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Examiner, McKinney
25 June 1970


Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Van Alstyne for Mrs. Eula Cannon Umphress, 97, who died Tuesday in a nursing home there. She was a member of the Van Alstyne Christian Church.
Rev. Richard Cerney and Rev. Jesse Puge officiated and burial was in the Van Alstyne cemetery.
She was born at Cannon, Texas, January 27, 1873, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reese M. Cannon. She married John Umphress April 12, 1893, who was the founder of the First National Bank in Van Alstyne. He preceded her in death in 1953.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Henry Hynds of Van Alstyne; four grandchildren, Mrs. Eugene Roff, Mrs. Jane Benton, John K. and Robert H. Hynds, all of Van Alstyne; sister-in-law, Mrs. Carl Umphress of Van Alstyne and eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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