|Nearly 100 years worth of grand children, great grand children and great great grand children are shown in this photograph of the Hugh Henry descendants.
Posing in front of the Henry home on North Third Street, the family members were guests of honor Saturday as the Historical Society held Founder's Day.
|They were recognized at a special dinner Saturday night along with other family members who came from Tennessee for the event.
During the Saturday night dinner, Henryettan Jim Stoy portrayed Hugh Henry telling of his life from the time he was born in Texas through the establishment of what he wanted named Henry City.
Hugh Henry was born in the "old stone fort" at Nacogdoches, Texas, that historic building which had been the bulwark of the early Spanish against the Indians and French along the Texas frontier and which was the scene of a bloody battle during one of the early revolutionary uprisings in Eastern Texas. In that historic place he was born on January 13, 1848.
In 1875, he came to what would become Henryetta and located on Coal Creek, near the present site of the city. His closest neighbor was six miles away.
The first post office established after the railroad was built was called Henry City, and when Henry Beard became prominent in promoting the town caused the change of the name to Henryetta, the latter part, etta, being in honor of Mr. Beard's wife.
Historians say Henry himself once threatened to call the town Rattlesnake Valley. However, by 1899. the name Henryetta was firmly established and the town marked as such on an official map of the Indian Territory.
He died June 4, 1918 and is buried just west of the house on Third Street.
Photos from the Henry family visit and Founder's Day