February 2015
 

Month: February 2015

The student history fair for Texas Independence Day Celebration is still happening.  Bring entries today Feb 26 3-7 to Celebration Hall.  Judging Friday open 11-5 Sat 11-3  Sunday.

WE ARE CHANGING THE DATE OF THE TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY Parade and Bulls on the Beach TO MARCH 21-22, 2015
That is the same weekend as the General Granbury’s Birthday Party (which has been going on for 37 years!!)  This will be better for both Celebrations: bigger and better.

Student History Fair THIS weekend – Feb 28- March 1 – at Celebration Hall on the Square, with the Awards ceremony Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Please come as see what our kids have done.

We will still have the Crockett Memorial this weekend, but it is moved indoors to the adjacent Acton Baptist Church – still at 12:30.  Please try to attend this too if you can.
But the Vendors, Parade, Bull Riding and Kids Activities will be March 21-22.  I will be in touch with new schedules.

Planned Activities for 2015

Texas Independence Day Celebration of North Texas at Granbury

 Tentative Schedule , subject to changeselfie hunt

Saturday,  February 28, 2015
9:00-5:00 Exhibitors: Square, Langdon, Beach
9am-10am

  • Passing Through Band
  • Student History Fair – Celebration Hall on the Square
  • Children’s Games, Handicrafts – Langdon
  • Silent Auction opens at Texas Heroes Foundation booth
  • Re-enactors, Indians, Living History at Langdon

10:00 Parade around the Historic Granbury Square!
11:00 Buttermilk Junction
12:00 Opening Ceremony – Stage

  • Master of Ceremony: Commissioner Steve Berry
  • Welcome to Granbury – Mayor Nin Hulett
  • Invocation – Rev. Glenn Ward
  • Presentation of the Proclamation – James Veale Day: County Judge Darrell Cockerham
  • Texas Our Texas – Ridge Roberts
  • Pledge to the Texas Flag – 2014 SHF Champion – Rachel Mastick
  • Remarks – Boots Hubbard
  • Concluding Remarks – President of the Texas Heroes Foundation Cullen Crisp

1:00 Western Re-enactment on the Square
1:00 – 2:30 Mutton Bustin’ on the Beach
1:00 – 5:00 Historical Granbury Courthouse OPEN to Public
1:30-2:30 Wild West Music of the Buffalo Bill Cowboy Band
2:30 Prairie Wind Band
3:15 Western Re-enactment on the Square
3:30 Buttermilk Junction
4:00 Silent Auction Closes
4:30 – 6:30 Live Bull Riding on the Beach & Calf Scramble for kids

Sunday, March 1, 2015

10:00 AM Cowboy Church – Rev. Glenn Ward, Baggy Bottom Boys -Stage
11:00 – 5:00 Exhibitors: Square, Langdon & Beach
Re-enactors, Indians, Living History – Langdon
Children’s Games, Handicrafts – Langdon
Student History Fair- Celebration Hall on the Square
12:00 Baggy Bottom Boys
1:00 Ridge Roberts & Bobby Don Shelton
2:00 Prairie Wind Band
2:15 Western Re-enactment on the Square
3:00 Student History Awards presented – Celebration Hall, Square
4:00 Bobby Don & Ridge Roberts
5:00 TIDC Vendors and Re-enactors and Downtown Activities Close.

Monday, March 2, 2015

  • 12:30 Elizabeth Crockett Memorial Ceremony – Acton Cemetery
    Welcome, Prayer – Rev Glenn Ward
  • Recognition of attending Crockett Family members – Sylvia Hickey
  • Memorial for Ken Hendricks – Sons of Confederates
  • Historical Presentations – Brandy Herr
  • David Crockett comments – Rich Merrill
  • Amazing Grace – Fiddlin’ Ridge Roberts
  • Placement of 13 Yellow Roses – Cullen Crisp
  • Color Guard-Black Powder Musket Volley, Cannon Fire, Benediction
  • Closing Remarks – Sylvia Hickey
  • Closing Prayer – Rev Glenn Ward

 All information is subject to change.

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Juan N. Seguin

“Texas shall be free, independent or we shall perish with glory in battle.” ~Juan N. Seguin, son of a pioneer Tejano family, formed a volunteer company of Tejano soldiers with the ringing proclamation that

“TexaSam-Houstons will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.” ~Sam Houston

 

 

Texas, Our Texas

Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev’ry test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.
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Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.
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Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.

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God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
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An educational and inspiring program for March 2, 2015 at 12:30 noontime at Travis hands Smith messageElizabeth Crockett Memorial Ceremony – Acton Cemetery

  • Welcome, Prayer – Rev Glenn Ward
  • Recognition of attending Crockett Family members – Sylvia Hickey
  • Memorial for Ken Hendricks – Sons of Confederates
  • Historical Presentations – Brandy Herr
  • David Crockett comments – Rich Merrill
  • Amazing Grace – Fiddlin’ Ridge Roberts
  • Placement of 13 Yellow Roses – Cullen Crisp
  • Color Guard-Black Powder Musket Volley, Cannon Fire, Benediction
  • Closing Remarks – Sylvia Hickey
  • Closing Prayer – Rev Glenn Ward

 All information is subject to change.

For information contact
Sylvia Hickey 817-894-9590

Grand Marshal of The TIDC 2015 Parade, James Veale shares his family ancestor.

John William Smith – 1792-1845Travis hands Smith message
The Last Messenger to Leave the Alamo
John William Smith., also known as El Colorado, marked history as the last messenger from the Alamo and the first anglo mayor of San Antonio. Born in Virginia, on November 4, 1792, he moved as a youth to Ralls County, Missouri. There he served as tax collector and sheriff and then married Harriet Stone in 1821. They had three children. In 1826 Smith followed the impresario Green DeWitt to Texas. When his wife refused to join him, he parted from his family and she obtained a divorce. Later she remarried and moved to Texas in 1839.
Smith lived in Gonzales, then in La Bahía, and by 1827 had moved to San Antonio. In 1828 he became Catholic in order to own land under Mexico. In 1830 he married María de Jesús Delgado Curbelo, a descendant of Canary Islanders. Between 1827 and 1836 Smith served as military storekeeper, developed mercantile interests and received a sizable Mexican land grant. He also worked as a civil engineer and surveyor.
As Texans’ desire for independence grew, war with the Mexican Army broke out. In December 1835, Smith escaped the occupying Mexican army of General Martín Perfecto de Cos and joined General Edward Burleson and the Texas army in besieging San Antonio. In early 1836, he joined William B. Travis in defense of the Alamo; he was sent by Travis as the final messenger from the Alamo to the Convention of 1836 meeting at Washington on the Brazos. Subsequently, Smith participated in the battle of San Jacinto.smith Centennial Marker
After Texas independence was gained, he returned to San Antonio, where he held a number of offices. He was mayor of San Antonio for three, one-year terms during the 1830s and 1840s. He was also alderman, Bexar County tax assessor, clerk of the Bexar County Court, clerk of the Board of Land Commissioners of Bexar County, clerk of the Bexar County Probate Court, treasurer of Bexar County, postmaster of San Antonio, Indian commissioner of the Republic of Texas and Senator from 1842 to January 12, 1845. At one time he held as many as eleven different commissions under presidents Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar. While serving as senator from Bexar, he died on January 12, 1845, after a brief illness, possibly pneumonia, at Washington-on-the-Brazos and was buried at the site of the current Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park. His remains were later relocated to the Washington City Cemetery, where they are marked by a stone monument.

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