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Colored Convention of the Texas Farmers Association

1880TX-State-Dallas_Report_Galveston-Daily-News_1880-02-18_cropped-page1-2.pdf

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[Special Telegram to the News]

DALLAS, February 17.—The colored convention met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with prayer. After roll-call and the adoption of the minutes of the previous session, delegates from Fannin, Smith and Hunt counties, heretofore unrepresented, were admitted to seats, and visiting ministers from abroad were invited to participate, without the privilege of voting.

THE COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS submitted the follow articles:

1. This organization shall be called the Texas Farmers' association.

2. The objects of the association shall be to assist its members in acquiring and improving homesteads in the state of Texas.

3. The association shall be incorporated under the laws of Texas, and its domicile shall be at Dallas for the first two years from the organization, and thereafter in the county in which the colony shall be located.

4. The capital stock of the association shall consist of shares of — dollars, each to be paid in such installments as the association may direct.

5. The business of the association shall be managed by a board of fifteen directors, who shall be elected annually by the stockholders.

6. The board of directors shall organize by electing, from their own number, a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. The officers of the board of directors shall be ex-officio officers of the association.

7. The meeting of the association shall be held annually, at the place of its domicile, on the first Monday in January.

8. The officers and agents of the association shall be required to give such surety for the faithful performance of their duty as the association shall direct.

9. The association shall have the power to make such by-laws for its government as may be necessary to carry out the objects of the organization.

The first, fifth and eight sections were adopted without opposition or debate.

Mr. Barrett, of Kaufman, moved that the section be made more definite as to the location of the homesteads to be acquired by preceding the word "Texas" with "Pan Handle." Lost.

The third section was the subject of considerable debate, but all actions to change the domicile of the association from Dallas to the colony county, within less than two years from date, were of no avail.

Mr. Pierce, of Grayson, moved that the capital stock of the association be fixed at $10,000, cut up into four hundred shares of $25. Carried.

The words "ex-officio officers," in the sixth article, occasioned many questions, which were answered by a host of embryo lexiconists and was adopted without change.

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