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Why Stop? At the Annual Meeting of the Mason County Historical Association
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 • Posted August 17, 2011

On Tuesday, August 23, the Mason County Historical Society will hold their annual membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. In the Mason I.S.D. school cafeteria. Speaker for the meeting will be Betty Dooley Awbrey, who, with her father, edited the book Why Stop? A Guide to Texas Historical Markers. Ironically, the book makes it possible to whiz on past those markers and still know what they say.Claude Dooley, Betty’s father, came up with the concept for the book more than 25 years ago. As new markers made the job of updating the book increasingly grueling, Betty began helping her father update the new editions. This required spending many hours in dusty archives in the state capitol. Betty became the sole author of later editions. The annual membership meeting of the Mason County Historical Society includes a brief report on the year’s activities of the Mason County Museum, the Mason Square Museum, and Fort Mason. Riley Kothmann, treasurer of the Historical Society, has created a brief photographic slide show that will take the place of detailed written reports from each museum and the fort.The election of new board members takes place as part of the annual meeting. On this year’s slate are D’Ann Stahl, Katherine Groves, and Mary Carlman. When elected, these three will make up the class of 2015. Also up for election is Victor Castillo, Class of 2014. Victor has been serving this year as a board appointee, replacing Julie Harrison, who moved. Nominated for president of the Historical Society is Charles Eckert. Returning officers are Tommy Durst, vice-president; Nancy Jordan, secretary; and Riley Kothmann, treasurer.

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