Hostesses Diana Braly and Elizabeth Galloway presented a most informative program on our Texas state cemetery, which is located just blocks east of the State Capitol. The cemetery is the final resting place of governors, senators, legislators, congressmen, judges and other legendary Texans who have made the state what it is today. Sharing information from the book Texas State Cemetery by Jason Walker and Will Erwin, Braly discussed the history of the cemetery, which began following the Dec. 28, 1851, funeral of soldier and statesman Edward Burleson. The cemetery became the burial place for soldiers and founders of the Republic and State of Texas, elected state officials, jurists and other prominent men and women. Ms. Galloway continued the program by describing some of those buried in the cemetery, Stephen F. Austin, Gov. Oran Milo Roberts, Willie Wells (Negro Baseball League and Baseball Hall of Fame, 1997) and, most recently, Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle. She also discussed prominent Texans not buried in the cemetery but represented by cenotaphs (memorial markers). Individuals with cenotaphs include Susanna Dickinson, Alamo survivor; James Michener, Pulitzer Prize winner; and Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
President Chambless conducted the regular business meeting. Officers elected for 2013-2015 were: President Jane Pugh, Vice President Mary Ellen Thoms, Secretary Charlotte Norton, Treasurer/ Registrar Myrtle Bocquet, Chaplain Ann Chambless, Historian/Parliamentarian Marie Jackson and Reporter Elizabeth Villines.
After the meeting, several of those in attendance met for the Lenten Luncheon at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
The date of the next general meeting is May 21. Visitors are welcome. If you are interested in membership, speak with one of the DRT members or visit the DRT website at http://www.drtinfo.org/.