Limestone County Historical Commission Conducts February Meeting

The Limestone County Historical Commission conducted its regular meeting on February 7, 2017 in the Limestone County Courtroom. Members present were Sarah McReynolds, Linda Jordan, Bruce Jordan, Bubba McDonald, Dixie Hoover, Cindy Pollard and William Reagan. Eric Turrubiarte and Tom Hawkins were unable to attend. Larry Smith of Groesbeck was present as a visitor.
After Chair Reagan called the meeting to order and after a quorum was verified, Mr. Smith shared information about some of the cowboys of Limestone County. The CHC hopes to complete an oral history project on this topic in the near future. Mr. Smith also gave each commission member a Texas Historical Commission pamphlet on the Chisholm Trail, which he helped the THC create several years ago. He shared that he was the cowboy pictured on the front.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented, discussed, and approved.
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan reported that they had been contacted by a lady from Ohio who was planning to make a trip to the county to locate some of her ancestors’ graves. The Jordans said that they had offered to help her.
Mrs. Jordan presented two First Families applications that she had reviewed and recommended that they be approved. Both were approved by unanimous vote. The First Families of Limestone County is an ongoing project of the CHC that recognizes descendants of early settlers who lived in the county prior to 1896. Applications can be downloaded from the Limestone County Historical Commission website at www.limestonechc.com.
Mrs. McReynolds, who is also the manager at Old Fort Parker, shared that the fort had received the funds to have the Yell Cabin restored. The CHC had previously tried to take on the project but was unsuccessful in securing the necessary funds. The CHC was able to have the structure assessed by a restoration contractor who provided recommendations and estimates to restore the cabin. Mrs. McReynolds asked for his contact information so she could make arrangements to have the structure stabilized, which needs to be done before any restoration work can take place. The funds that will be used to restore the Yell Cabin are part of a larger donation that was given to the fort and placed into the newly created Building Restoration Fund. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, money from this fund can only be spent on the repair and restoration of the site’s buildings and other structures. Currently, the fort itself needs a great deal of restoration work. The roofs on the cabins and blockhouses need to be replaced, and portions of the fort’s walls need to be repaired. She added that anyone interested in the restoration of the fort and other historic structures at the site can also donate to this fund.
Mr. Reagan reminded the commission members that the CHC’s annual report to the Texas Historical Commission was due at the end of February. He distributed draft copies of the report and asked members to review and provide input. As a result of reviewing the annual report, it was agreed that a time needed to be scheduled to revise the CHC’s work plan to better align it with the THC’s goals. A date in March was suggested and would be confirmed at the next meeting.
The treasurer’s report was presented and accepted.
Members discussed attending the Preservation Texas Summit. There was an interest in attending the education sessions and field sessions in Waco on Tuesday, February 28, and the post-summit workshops at the Bassett Farm near Kosse on March 1. A motion to pay the registration for anyone wanting to attend the summit was approved.
Mrs. Jordan and Mr. Reagan agreed to accept an invitation to give a presentation about the First Families project at the Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on June 8.
Election of officers for the 2017/2018 term were held with the following results: William Reagan-Chair, Linda Jordan-Vice Chair, Cindy Pollard-Secretary/Treasurer, and Tom Hawkins-Reporter.
With no other business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned.
Meetings of the Limestone County Historical Commission are public, and visitors are always welcome. The next regular meeting of the Limestone CHC will be March 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Limestone County Courtroom. To find information about current CHC projects including the First Families of Limestone County, please visit the Limestone CHC website at www.limestonechc.com.

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