Van Alstyne Leader
Thursday, June 18, 1970
Eula Cannon Umphress Dies -Marks End of Pioneer
Generation In County
Van Alstyne Public Library
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.
25 June 1970
MRS. JOHN UPHRESS
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.