In the presence of his grandparents, parents, and family members and a host of friends, Brady Herbst, an outstanding Junction High School senior, was honored Saturday afternoon at a Washington Day tea and was presented a prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution certificate and pin, designating him as the local Chanes Chapter’s Good Citizen of 2019. Brady has consistently excelled in academic and extra-curricular activities throughout his entire school years. He has been active in his church and community, exemplifying the principles of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Saturday’s event was held in the Green Room of the First Baptist Church.
Jo Ella Bolt, a Chanes Chapter Organizing Member, was master-of-ceremonies, and Frederica Wyatt, a charter chapter member, registered the guests. Janet Jones, Chanes regent, and Lula McDonald, chaplain, conducted the ritual. Sally Murff led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags. The American’s Creed was read by Laura Ewen and Wanda Simon read the Preamble to the Constitution. The Daughters’ Pledge was read in unison. Keynote speaker was Debra Mudge, granddaughter of the first Chanes regent, Velma Dutton. Kandy Dick introduced the guests. Jo Ella Bolt presented the certificate to Brady, and Charles and Randi Herbst conducted the pin presentation to their son. Ashley Lundy of The Junction Eagle represented the local news media. In addition to his parents, other family members in attendance to represent Brady were his grandparents, Norene Herbst, Ronald and Diane Sutton, Judy and Dennis Dunagan; his uncle, Robert Sutton; and his great-aunts, Elsie Murr and Elaine Carpenter. Refreshments were served by Chanes members.
Jay Carpenter of Kimble County Historical Commission was guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of Junction Rotary Club. Introduced by Frederica Wyatt, program chairman for the week, Jay presented an update on the historical museum. Guests were Elaine Carpenter, Billie Meckley, and John Contrucci. Mike Zaborowski presided at the meeting.
Despite the fact Kimble County Historical Museum is yet to be officially open, the facility has been abuzz with activities. Tuesday was a busy day, and out-of-town visitors were Melissa Hagins of Midland and Brenda Kizzier of Monahans, representatives of the Texas Pecos Trail Region. Melissa, executive director, and Brenda, a board member of TPTR, were on a preliminary trip along the Pecos Trail route, preparatory to the motor caravan scheduled in May. The entire motorcade will make a stop at the local historical museum Friday afternoon, May 10, and persons are invited to join the caravan at that time. Bill Simon is a local director, and he and Wynn are among those planning to complete the remainder of the journey. The Texas Pecos Trail is one of ten in the state of Texas designated by Governor John Connally.
This columnist was among others from Junction who joined the original Pecos Trail caravan in April 1968. The Junction group included Irma Ragsdale, Letha Jacoby, Mabel Kindrick, Faye Phillips, Mary Denman, Bessie Burt, Ruth Wyatt and Charlotte Wyatt. At Rocksprings, we were joined by Patty Fish. Our schedule was a stop at the Ballentine Hotel in Rocksprings, Alamo Village, Fort Clark at Brackettville, and Del Rio, where Amistead Dam was under construction.
Other persons from out-of-town who registered at the museum on Tuesday were Bruce and Judy Nivens of Alvord. Members of Kimble County Historical Commission on hand to welcome the visitors were Frederica Wyatt, Billie Meckley, Jay Carpenter, Janet Jones and Billie Noguess. The latter brought newspaper clippings and a copy of a long-ago Junction Eagle that had been amassed by her maternal grandmother, Georgia Morris Lackey. Tommy Randle dropped by and, unexpectedly, discovered an obituary for his great-grandfather, G. W. L. Randle, in a “Looking Back” feature of the above mentioned newspaper. Earlier in the month, Tom Allen of Dallas made a return visit to the museum.
During 2018, visitors at Kimble Historical Museum registered from California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Visitors also registered from fifty-seven locales in Texas.
Current members of Chanes Chapter, DAR, are Monte Alexander, Jo Ella Bolt, Laura Ewen, Amy Clausen, Delilah Clausen, Patsie Johnston, Janet Jones, Billie Meckley, Lula McDonald, Sally Murff, Charlotte Rohowetz, Gail Sales, Wanda Simon, Rebecca Stapper and Frederica Wyatt. Jeanie Green is an associate member.
Kimble County Historical Commission will meet Tuesday afternoon, February 26, at 2:00 o’clock in the historical museum. All meetings and activities of the historical commission are open to the public, and agenda items are posted outside the museum.
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