DRT gets lesson in history

Special to the E-T
Jane Klein, vice president Bosque River Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and Tabor Myers.

The Bosque River Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas began the 2016-17 year with a meeting Sept. 13 at First Presbyterian Church in Stephenville. The chapter welcomed new members, Patsy Williams of Stephenville and Rebecca Cirkovic of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

The program was presented by Tabor Myers who was born in Dallas but whose roots are in Comanche County.  He and his wife and other associates bought a portion of Collier Ranch in the Morgan Mill area and moved to the ranch.  Did you know Stephenville used to have a state park?  Mr. Myers has researched the history of that park and shared his findings. The original name for the park was Garner State Park and construction was begun in 1932 by the CCC and WPA.  By the time it was completed in 1935 the name had been transferred to the current Garner State Park near Uvalde, the home of Vice President John Nance Garner. It then was named Stephenville State Park and was locally run. By 1942 Stephenville was having problems at the park and asked the state to take it back.  The state gave the park back to the Collier family and they retained the land until 1982 when it was bought by Mr. Myers and associates.

To become a member a woman must be a direct descendant of a man or woman who served the Republic of Texas honorably prior to Feb. 1846. 

For more information go to www.drtinfo.org or call chapter registrar Judith D’Amico 254-898-0535.