Chambers County Historical Commission
Discusses Toy Drive

Christmas Toy Drive December 8 & 15, 2007 -- 9am to 2pm

The Chambers County Historical Commission met on Saturday and a major item of discussion was the upcoming toy drive that will be conducted at the Thomas Jefferson Chambers Home in December.

On Saturday, December 8th, the Chambers Home will be open for tours and toys may be brought at that time. The next Saturday, December 15th, Santa will arrive by horse and buggy and he will be available for visits from children of all ages. Festivities on each of the days will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and the community is urged to participate. The toys collected will be distributed to needy children throughout Chambers County.

The Commission heard reports from various Committee Chairs. Kenneth Stanley, Chair of the Oral Interview Committee reported that he was continuing to conduct recorded interviews of senior citizens to gather information about earlier days in Chambers County. Citizens that would like to provide an interview are encouraged to do so and they can call the Historical Commission to schedule a time.

R.B. Scherer, Jr., Chair of the Historical Cemetery Committee reported that the committee is actively working on several projects at this time. The Huffman Cemetery, located at Round Point near the home of Jewel Key is being researched to be designated as a Historical Cemetery. Also, in West Chambers County, the Walter Brown Cemetery is being worked on. This cemetery has been neglected for many years and has become overgrown with weeds and brush that will require considerable effort to remove. The Fritz Hankamer Cemetery has been located near Hankamer and it likewise has been unattended for many years. These are all worthy projects that are a part of the Commission’s activities. Anyone that knows of an old cemetery or would like to assist with the research on cemeteries is urged to contact the Commission.

Commission Chair Bob Wheat reported that the project to outline the Fort area in Fort Anahuac Park will commence after the holiday season. The project was recently approved by Chambers County Commissioners Court and plans are to complete it in time for the upcoming 150th Celebration for Chambers County. The Commission will be assisted by qualified archeologists and the Texas Historical Commission will oversee the project.

The Historical Commission meets on the 4th Saturday of each month and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. There will be no meeting in December due to the toy drive activities and regular meetings will commence again in January.

Article by CCHC Publicity Chair, Pudge Willcox


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