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Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • Posted March 7, 2012

The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold its next meeting on Monday, March13. 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 with a program by Mark Day, a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Day will speak about the twelve (12) markers which he and others recently placed in McCulloch County to mark the Great Western Cattle Trail. This cattle trail is also frequently referred to as the Beef Trail, the Dodge Trail, and the Fort Griffin Trail. There were also several “feeder trails” which merged into the Western Trail. Some started as far south as Matomoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas, some near Quero, Texas and some to the west of San Antonio, Texas. Other feeder trails came from nearby: San Saba, Lampasas, and Fort McCavett, Texas. Once the herd was gathered, the drive passed north between the Brady Mountains on its way to Dodge City, Kansas. This break in the mountains can be seen from Highway 87.After the presentation, refreshments will be served. The regular business meeting will follow.The month of March has several days of importance marking the beginnings of the Republic of Texas. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The same day marks Sam Houston’s birthday. March 6 marks “Alamo Heroes Day”. This date marks the fall of the Alamo and each year, the heroes’ names and places of birth are called by the President General of the DRT.March 27, “Goliad Heroes Day” recalls Colonel Fannin and the 320 prisoners which were executed by General Santa Anna. This was the largest loss of life in the cause of Texas Independence. “Remember Goliad!” joined “Remember the Alamo” as battle cries at the battle at San Jacinto.The DRT sponsors a local chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT). Two new members have recently been admitted: Hailee Shook, daughter of DRT member Lara Melancon, and Carli Fenner, daughter of DRT member Tami Fenner. They are both the granddaughters of DRT member, Linda Davis.One of the CRT founding members, Sarah Purcell Walston, will be honored later this month by the Brady Lions Club at their annual Honor Banquet. She is being recognized for her outstanding academic achievement as well as her performance at the Sonora, Texas track meet where she earned three gold medals and one bronze medal. Sarah is also a state finalist for a crib quilt she made for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) demonstrating the reuse and recycling of men’s neck ties.DRT meetings are always open to the public. Visitors are encouraged as are inquiries regarding membership and association. For further information, please call President Sheila Van Zant at 325-344-5423 or Registrar Jerry Wilkinson at 325-597-2456. Additional information may also be found on the official DDRT web site, www.drtinfo.org and by the local chapter email address, heartoftexas@drtinfo.org.

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