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Local DRT chapter wins 2nd place at 126th annual convention


Roberta Himebrook, left, stands with Billie Nast, right, who won 2nd place with the Caddel-Smith History Book at the 126th Annual DRT Convention in Dallas, Texas. The books theme is “The Great Songs of the Lone Star State” and covers 2 years of Caddel-Smith Chapter Life.

Roberta Himebrook, Billie Nast and Pam Pittman, members of the Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, attended the 126th Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas.
On the May 25, Mrs. Nast turned in the Caddel-Smith Chapter History Book to be judged and won 2nd place overall. The theme for this project was “The Great Songs of the Lone Star State.”
“I had a lot of fun searching for the early songs on the Internet and then matching them with the event in the book,” Nast said.
In the afternoon, they attended several workshops. Martha Fleitas presented an informative workshop on DRT Markers.
Chapter members placed 342 DRT memorial markers during the last year. Markers are placed for Defenders, Citizens and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The Daughters also place Historic Site Markers.
Jacob Magnum led an instructive workshop on using the Portal to Texas History, available at most libraries. He demonstrated ways to search the Portal to Texas for information on Texas History and how to research ancestors.
Another interesting workshop was about Grave dowsing. Grave dowsing is where one uses brass-coated rods to locate graves in much the same way people locate water.
There were outstanding speakers at every session. Dr. Rose-Mary Rumbley spoke at the opening ceremony. Rumbley gave an entertaining presentation about Stephen F. Austin’s background and the early days in Texas. She also talked about the women who came to Texas and helped settle our great state.
The Honorable Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison spoke at the opening business session on Friday morning, speaking about women serving in government throughout Texas History.
DRT President General Dr. Betty Edwards reported on the DRT Library collection, which is being housed at the former Federal Reserve Bank. We retained all but 11 items that were retained by the State. The French Legation has been transferred from the Texas Facilities to the Texas Historical Commission and Preservation. The Daughters will no longer have custodianship over the French Legation. We continue to move forward in our plans for a new headquarters in Austin.
Friday afternoon, the Daughters participated in a solemn and moving memorial service for members who had passed away during the last year. When a chapter member’s name is read, her chapter stands in unison to honor her. The Caddel-Smith Chapter Daughters stood for Johnnie Mae Cain Hughes and Otela Marie Davis Patterson.
The annual convention will be in Dallas again, next year. If you are interested in joining the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, please contact Roberta Himebrook, Caddel-Smith Registrar at 830-796-3495 or email her at