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Community Life-Bonham | Will Evans' Party
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In 1923, Will H. Evans, a Bonham businessman, inspirational speaker, and philanthropist, gave the residents of Fannin County a three-day party as a thank- you for their good citizenship. Attended by 42,000 people, the celebration began with a parade and pageant representing the history and growth of the county since 1836. Erwin Smith documented the entire event, as did reporters and broadcasters from throughout Texas. News stories proclaimed it "the biggest and most unique entertainment given by one man in the history of the nation."


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