Daughters of Republic of Texas Bosque River Chapter

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Bosque River Chapter, will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stephenville.

Members will be taught how to douse for graves by former District II representative, Faye Elder. Hostess Mary Mercer will serve refreshments. Members and associates will answer roll call with the name of a cemetery where their DRT ancestor is buried.

Stephen F. Austinís birthday, Nov. 3, 1793 will be celebrated. He was born in Virginia and followed his father Moses in settling colonies in Texas. He was serving as secretary of state of the Republic of Texas when he died in 1836. Members will also celebrate DRT Founderís Day, which was Nov. 6, 1891 when 17 ladies met in Houston in the home of Andrew Briscoe to establish a Republic of Texas daughtersí organization to meet with Texas veterans.

This will be a very special occasion as we welcome new member Judy Wolfe of Breckenridge. Mrs. Wolfe recently submitted her application that showed her direct descent from Thomas H. Howeth and his wife Nancy who arrived in Texas in December 1839. The following year, Howeth received a Class 4 headrightland grant in Rusk County. The couple had 16 children. Thomas Howeth died May 1, 1855 in Gainesville. Thomasís granddaughter, Martha, married John Cockerell and relocated to Breckenridge. These are Mrs. Wolfeís direct ancestors and their residence in Texas before statehood, February 1846 qualifies her for membership.

Member Judith DíAmico has received approval of the posthumous membership of her mother Cloy Genetta White Moore and her own supplementary membership for the same ancestor. James Manor first came to Texas in 1832 with Sam Houston when Houston was sent to check out the area by President Andrew Jackson. Manor returned to Tennessee and brought his family to settle in the area that is now Travis County. He served in the Army of the Republic of Texas. The town of Manor is named for him. DíAmico also received approval of another supplementary membership for her ancestor Edward Fayette Springer. He came to Texas in 1845 and received a land grant under Peterís Colony which is now in the area of Collin County. Descendants of both of these ancestors now live in Comanche County.

Members of Bosque River Chapter live in Erath, Comanche, Bosque, Hamilton, Somervell, Hood and Stephens counties. For more information, call Linda Bowden at (254) 968-6990.

Erath County Association of Retired School Employees

The Erath County Association of Retired School Employees met at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Graham Street Church of Christ Family Center.

President Eloise Horak called the meeting to order, Dwain Bills gave the invocation and Wilma Davis led the pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags.

Dr. Bob Fain gave a talk on Elder Hostels, a travel and learning program for retirees. Dr. Fain talked about their trips with this organization. While traveling, you also have the opportunity to meet the local people and learn the local culture. They spent 5 weeks in New Zealand and Australia. Bob and Pat Fainís most recent trip was to Mackinaw Island in Michigan.

For more information, visit www.exploritas.org.

The next meeting of Erath County Association of Retired School Employees will be a luncheon on Dec. 1. The meat will be provided and members are asked to sign up to bring a dish.

The book drive is still on going. Please bring new or gently used books to donate to area school.

Door prizes were won by Amy Crabb, Ken Stokes, Bonnie Wood and Darlene Adcock.

Ken Stokes reminded everyone that Morgan Mill will have an open house the Friday before Thanksgiving.