Historical Commission Hears Eagle Scout Project

  David Hasson, a Boy Scout from Winnie, attended the Regular Meeting of the Chambers County Historical Commission on Saturday. David is currently working on the Eagle Badge and proposed a special project of cleaning the Historical Markers located in Chambers County. The Commission commended David for selecting such a worthy project and offered to provide him with the cleaning procedures that have been approved by the Texas Historical Commission. For his first mission, David was presented with a bronze grave marker for Jasper Skeeters, a WWI Soldier that was killed in France. Following David’s restoration, the marker will be presented to the American Legion Post during ceremonies on Veteran’s Day in November.

Karen Wilson, Lee College History Student, reported on her research of Gen. Thomas Jefferson Chambers. Karen has visited the County Archives on several occasions and noted that she has found conflicting stories concerning the General’s life. She has read hand written letters by General Chambers which contain interesting information about his life. Karen also reported that some of the other Lee College history students would likely be interested in assisting David Hasson with the marker restoration project and offered to visit with them about volunteers.

The Commission welcomed its newest member, Billy Harmon, who was appointed recently by the Chambers County Commissioner’s Court. Billy is a resident of Hankamer and a member of a pioneer family of the county. Harmon Saddles is one of the oldest family owned business to continue operations today.

Various Committee Chairs reported on their activities throughout the month. Discussion was held concerning the proposed ceremony that will be conducted next year to recognize the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Anahuac. This was the first battle of the war for Texas Independence and it was waged at Fort Anahuac.

Chair Bob Wheat also reported on the acquisition of a building to house the County Archives and Commission Office. The Chambers County Commissioner’s Court has been most helpful in assisting with this project. Several options are available and they are being studied by the Historical Commission and the Court.

The Chambers County Historical Commission meets on the third Saturday of each month and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Article by CCHC Publicity Chair, Pudge Willcox



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