Mount Vernon, TX
Caudle Family Reunion
The 2009 Caudle Reunion was held
at the First Baptist Church
Activities Building in Mount Vernon. It
was a successful event with 65 attendees.
were attending our Caudle Reunion for the first time.
Those attending were descendants of James and
Mary Caudle and two of their sons, Mark and Bennett Caudle. Family
from California, New
Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Historical
Association, First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, Franklin County
Society and Mount Vernon
Optic-Herald newspaper were very
helpful with arrangements and support for our reunion.
Friday and Saturday activities
included family and
individual pictures taken by Michelle Mudryk; sharing of family tree
information, pictures, and family histories; and getting reacquainted
other. Several people participated in guided tours of historic sites of
members of the Franklin County Historical Association.
On Saturday morning, the program
began with a
welcome from Mr. J.D. Baumgardner, the Mayor of Mount Vernon. He was followed by Mr. B. F. Hicks, a local
historian and President of the Franklin County Historical Association,
a presentation about the early history of the Mount Vernon area. His presentation
specific information about the land grants awarded to James Caudle and
Caudle. He provided everyone with
of a pamphlet “Mount
History in Maps.”
Mr. Hicks also presented us with
several copies of
two books about the history of the local area. Later
in the day, a drawing was held and the books were
given away as
door prizes to the lucky people whose names were drawn.
Martha Hare, a visitor who has ties to the
Caudle family, attended the reunion on Saturday and recorded the
with a video camera.
Dan Caudle, President, discussed
the Texas First
Families and Gone to Texas
certificates for which we are eligible. He proposed a Caudle Family
consist of stories about your ancestors which you would like to share.
handout was available for this project. The stories will be published
on a C.D.
and available prior to the 2011 reunion.
Janice Thomas of Artesia, NM,
and Donna Caudle of Weatherford,
proposed a Caudle Family Cookbook to include family recipes. They will
soliciting recipes from family members. Details
will be provided at a later date. Dan reminded
everyone of Bill
Caudle’s website, which contains information, stories and pictures of
We were unable to go to Providence Cemetery
as a group due to the recent heavy rains, but some small groups were
the cemetery. Mae Tanner reminded the group of the Glade Springs
which has graves
of Bennett’s family and other related Caudles. Dan commented about the
replace the faded and torn American flag at the Providence Cemetery.
Cemetery located on the
ranch in Erath County,
TX was discussed.
Mrs. Brannon is ill and
the land will likely be sold upon on her death. There is a concern that
access to the cemetery will be limited when there is a new owner of the
Ray is going to explore alternate routes and other possibilities to
continued access for our family to be able to visit and maintain the Caudle Cemetery.
It was suggested by Mae that a
all descendants of the family and different areas of the country be
for the next reunion. Those selected to serve on the committee include
Ray of Pauls Valley, OK; Dottie Caudle of Katy, TX; Mary Cofer of
Gary Ayers of Humansville, MO; Rhonda Caudle of Maud, TX; Bill Caudle
MN; Dan Caudle of Weatherford, TX; Jean Munoz of Spring, TX; Randy
Dallas, TX; Bruce Cunningham of Decatur, TX; and Shonda Jenkins of
Ranch, TX. Kathy Ray will serve as the leader of the committee. It was
the next Reunion would be held in Dublin, TX
Mae stepped down as
Secretary/Treasurer after many years
of service to the family. We all owe her our deepest gratitude for her
efforts for the reunion and the Caudle Cemetery.
Dan was chosen
as the new Secretary/Treasurer. Any contributions to the Caudle
should be sent to Dan Caudle at 3406 Cliff View Loop, Weatherford, TX 76087.
Dan recognized Cheri and Michelle
Mudryk from Bakersfield,
for having traveled the farthest to attend the reunion. He presented
Statesman Award to the eldest Caudle descendants in attendance. They
Kathleen Petty from Greenville,
TX and Jerome “Red”
Holly Lake Ranch, TX. They are both 92
years young. Our two youngest attendees
were Kellie Cunningham of Decatur, TX and Ella Shirley of Venus, TX. They are both 3 years old.
Our reunion truly spanned the generations.
John Nichols and the East Texas
the BBQ wagon and prepared a delicious meal for all.
John is carrying on the tradition started by
his uncle, the late Luther Caudle. John
to do it for us again at future reunions.
Dan thanked John and his crew for
meal. He also thanked Michele Mudryk for
serving as the “official photographer” for the reunion, and Shonda
served as the secretary and handled registration for the meeting.
At the conclusion of the meeting,
made generous donations to the Caudle Cemetery Fund.
Billy Flowe from Mesquite,
Brian and Dottie Caudle from Katy, Martha
Hare from Sulphur Bluff, and several others contributed to the fund
reunion. Others who have made donations to the cemetery fund recently
Dewey Meeks from North Carolina, Bill Caudle from Minnesota, Mae Tanner
Conroe, and Dan & Donna Caudle from Weatherford.
Since the reunion, Frank
Caudle of Maud, TX
purchased a new American flag and put it up at the cemetery. Thank you Frank.
Submitted by Shonda Jenkins and