The Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas held its installation of officers for the coming term on Monday, May 17, in the Striegler Military Complex at the Heart of Texas Historical Museum. DRT District VIII Representative Carolyn Reed, of New Braunfels, was the installing officer for the ceremony. Special guest of the afternoon was Mary Ann Oliver, who had been the Organizing President of the chapter.
The new officers are: Sharon Purcell, President; Julie Harrison, Vice President; Nancy Evridge, Recording Secretary; Sheila Van Zant, Corresponding Secretary; Shirley Shumate, Treasurer; Colleen Laman, Chaplain; Jerry Wilkinson, Registrar; and Cynthia Quinn, Historian. Additional responsibilities will be carried out by: Sheila Van Zant, By-Laws Committee; Shirley Shumate, Yearbook; Cynthia Whitworth, Scrapbook; and Shelly Perkins, Publicity. Mabel Jones will be appointed Parliamentarian at the meeting in September.
Following the ceremonies, Arlene Garey presented a program about "The Yellow Rose of Texas." This included the legend and the song written following the Battle of San Jacinto during the war for Texas Independence in 1836. The song tells the story of Emily West Morgan, an indentured servant belonging to James Morgan. After the Battle for the Alamo, she had been captured in Galveston, Texas, by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the President of the Republic of Mexico. The legend tells that while she was held as his prisoner, she distracted Santa Anna from his soldiers and the coming battle. The Texian’s surprise raid ended the Battle of San Jacinto successfully for the Texians. This led to the withdrawal of the Mexican troops and assured General Sam Houston a favored place in Texas history.
Following the program, refreshments were served. Arlene Garey and Wendy Jordan prepared and served sandwiches, punch, and cookies iced with yellow roses.
The installation of officers followed the Annual Convention of the DRT, which had been held in Houston, Texas the preceding week. Attending the convention were: Shelly Perkins, Nancy Evridge, Sharon Purcell, Jerry Wilkinson, Arlene Garey, Mabel Jones and Wendy Jordan. During the convention, various business sessions were held as well as luncheons, dinners and programs.
Of special interest was the program by Judge Mark Davidson, of Houston. He spoke of the great need to preserve the earliest documents of our state, giving examples from archives and repositories, which are damp with mold and infested with vermin. One of the major concerns of the DRT has been to maintain historic sites and buildings – a concern which began with preservation of The Alamo, for which they serve as custodians for the state of Texas. Other buildings under DRT custodianship include: The Cradle in Galveston, where the DRT was organized and the French Legation in Austin. The French Legation was built during the days of Texas as a Republic and was the residence of the French government’s representatives to the Republic.
The Heart of Texas Chapter will not meet during June, July and August. The next meeting will be on Monday, September 13 in the Striegler Military Complex at 3:00 PM. Additional information is available from the president, Sharon Purcell, at 597-2887 in Brady; from the registrar, Jerry Wilkinson, of Rochelle, at 243-5344; and from the vice president, Julie Harrison of Mason, at 347-1070. Also available is information about the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT), which is sponsored by The Daughters of the Republic.