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Daughters of the Republic
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Posted November 14, 2013

Mike Owens, of Voca, presented a lively program about Texas Registered Brands for cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats. Owens brought several of his family’s branding irons and their registration documentation. The oldest brand had been registered to his ancestor, F. M. Arledge in 1874. Another, the “Bar O” brand, was registered in 1905 and had been forged by a blacksmith, the usual method of creation. Owens explained that Texas brands are unique to each Texas County and are registered for a ten (10) year period.

Other methods used for branding or identifying ownership of animals includes: ear tags, ear notching, tattoos and embedded micro-chips. Numbered tar tags make easy identification of animals from a distance, but can fall out or be removed. Animals raised for exhibition and showing are preferred without traditional branding which leaves an obvious scar from the heated branding iron. The registration forms show the location for the brands, which side and on the shoulder or rump. Sheep and goats are typically branded by painting.

Owens is a life-long resident of McCulloch County, his ancestors arriving shortly after the Civil War. He is a member of the Heart of Texas Museum Board, a Trustee of the Voca Community Association, The Vocal Volunteer Fire Department and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry.

The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas met at the home of Nancy Evridge in celebration of their Founder’s Day — November 6, 1891. They also honored Stephen F. Austin’s birthday with a cake shaped like the State of Texas and punch which were brought by members Abbie Lee and Jerry Wilkinson. The Chapter is currently without a meeting place and is in the process of relocating their Business Office and Meeting Room.

It’s not too early for interested students to consider applying for the Chapter’s 2014 Scholarship. Applications are available from High School Guidance Counselors at Brady, Rochelle and Lohn High Schools. The scholarship is available for students desiring additional education after high school – at college or a trade school. Additional information is also available from Scholarship Chairman Cynthia Quinn at 325-456-7690 or email at

Inquiries about programs, meetings and membership may be directed to President Karen Bishop at 325-243-5261 or Registrar Sheila Van Zant at 325-344-5423. Information is also available at the official DRT website, and at the local Chapter email address,

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