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Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 • Posted January 11, 2012

The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, January 9. Their meeting room is located in the 100 block of North College Street, Brady, Texas (center door).The meeting will begin at 4:00 PM (new meeting time) with a program by Mary Sue Fields. Fields will speak about her family’s history which includes the Fritze, Anderegg, and Eckert family lines. These were German immigrants who came to Texas and settled in the Fredericksberg and Mason areas. Anyone interested in hearing this information is invited to attend as a guest of the DRT. After Fields’ presentation, refreshments will be served. The regular business meeting will follow.January 1846 marked the end of the Republic of Texas. On January 16 of that year, the first duly-elected Legislature of the state of Texas was convened in Austin to complete the formal process of annexation into the United States of America. January 19 marks the “State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day” — the day on which the flag of the Republic of Texas was lowered for the last time in 1846 and the Republic ceased to exist. James P. Henderson took office as the first Governor of Texas. The new Legislature then elected Sam Houston and Thomas J. Rusk to serve as the first U.S. Senators. (This method of selecting U.S. Senators was changed by the ratification of the 17th Amendment on April 8, 1913, which now provides that Senators shall be elected by the people.)It’s interesting to note that December 29, 1845, the previous year, Texas had already been admitted as the 28th state of the United States of America. The formal process of admittance was lengthy because Texas was the only state to join the Union by a joint resolution of both houses of Congress. The statehood agreement provided that Texas could keep its public lands, and would pay its own public debts. The federal government would settle all boundary disputes with other countries. Another provision allowed Texas to divide itself later into as many as four more states. (This last provision was lost when Texas was readmitted to the Union on March 30, 1870, following its secession during the Civil War.) The DRT meetings are always open to the public. Visitors are encouraged as are inquiries regarding membership and association. For information please call president Sheila Van Zant at 625-344-5423 or registrar Jerry Wilkinson at 325-597-2456.

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