Bratton descendents enjoy family reunion

More than a century has past since the Hugh Lawson White Bratton family came to the Waldrip community in 1890 for a sojourn of three years; moving away for seven years and returning in 1901 to settle permanently in Waldrip. Mr. Bratton, son of a Civil War officer who had died from wounds at the Battle of Murfreeboro, came to Texas at age 19, married Mary Frances Hill and after her death married Iva Mae Frost. There were 13 children, two sons from the first marriage died at birth, the other 11 children all grew to adulthood, married and carried on the Bratton name. Descendants of the family return to Lohn each year for a reunion. This year’s meeting on August 31 at the Tabernacle was the 33rd consecutive one for the family. Although attendance was down a bit, the family enjoyed a fish fry and a time of visiting. The ladies brought side dishes to go with the fish cooked by several of the men who brought their cookers. Curtis and Carolyn Osbourne of Valley Springs have been planners of the occasion for the past few years and have relinquished that task to Heinz and Karen Roesch of Doss. The date for the 2004 reunion has been changed to the second weekend in October. Family members attending this year were; Joanne Collins, Ray and Ellen Doyal from San Antonio; P.J. and Glenna Bratton, Janet Branham, Loree Branham, Phoebe Harrell, Chris Bratton, Rodney Bratton, Brad and Darlene Bratton, Ben and Katie from San Angelo; Karin Kuykendall from Abilene; Oscar and Susan Will, Kirby and Lynn Huffman from Lubbock; Shelly Collins, Emma Lee Collins, Amanda Simon from San Marcos; Jim Looney, Wanda Kimble, Bucky Kimble, Kathy Powell from Brady; Bill and Iva Dell Huffman from Rochelle; Curtis and Carolyn Osbourn and Casey from Valley Springs; Reggie and Sylvia Osbourn, Danah and Ruston, Brandon and Becky Osbourn from Llano; Garry Branham from Hillsboro; Jana and George Davis, Katie, Cory, Joshua and Sarah from Littlefield; Kirby and Laura Powell, Kelton and Kaylee from Rockwood; Heinz and Karen Roesch, Christoph and Angela Poe from Doss. The last day of August was a pleasant departure from the extremely hot unpleasant weather we have endured throughout the month, a little rain and cooler temps moving into our area. Everyone is looking forward to autumn and possibly more rain and less of the miserably hot August sun. School seems to be off to a good start, the Eagles won their game Friday night. The school and community welcome two new teacher- coaches, Stan Anderson and Todd Lawdermilk and their families. Todd and his wife Heather and their beautiful little 10-week-old baby girl, Macy, have moved into Carrol Fischer’s home in Pear Valley. Todd and Heather are both west Texans, he is from Mertzon, she is from San Angelo. Todd is in his fourth year of coaching, having done so in Rock Springs. The Lawdermilks attended Angelo State. Stan Anderson, a Big Lake native, is a veteran coach with 30 years of experience , 12 years at Irion County, three years at Sonora, six years at Iradell, four years at Bandera and three years at Eldorado. He played college basketball at A&M Kingsville. Stan’s wife, Ellen, is from a military family and was born in Japan. She is presently employed at Angelo State School. The Anderson’s have two daughters, Krystyn, a junior and Shannon in the eighth grade. The Anderson family has moved into the teacherage that has been renovated recently. We are happy to have these two families at Lohn. Work has been completed on the memorial board with a new roof and a fresh coat of paint. It looks very nice. Memorials received recently have been for Grace Finlay from Caroline Cole, Bill and Frances Bingham, Larry and Ann Walker; for Hollis Phillips and Terry Mitchell from Jeff Willey; a donation from Nick and Billie Deck in honor of Nelda and Narvel Roger’s 50th wedding anniversary. Ethel Doyal has a new address. It is Redstone Retirement Center, 2410 Songbird Circle, Brownwood, Tex. 76801. I had some problems with my computer this week and was unable to get much done. Will catch up next week.

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