Minutes of the November 2, 2002 regular monthly meeting of the
Henry L. Kinney Chapter #17,
Sons of the Republic of Texas
Grady Price Blount*
John Clanton (prospective member)
Tim Erwin (prospective member)
Leon Goins (prospective member)
Tom Gomez, Jr.*
Ed Ledwig (prospective member)
Wyatt Whitworth (prospective member)
*Active SRT members with Chapter 17 affiliation
Grady Price Blount called the meeting to order at 10:05 AM in the Banquet Room of the Golden Corral, 1921 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Minutes from the October 2002 meeting had been posted at www.geomadre.com/srt and were approved following a motion by Gerry Miller and a second by Skip Kennedy.
Skip reported on his efforts to find the grave of H.L. Kinney. He has been working with Dr. Tom Kreneck (TAMU-CC Special Collections) to gather information which may provide clues as to the whereabouts of Kinney’s unmarked grave in Matamoros. The best resource of information is the collections of the late Hortense Ward. Her papers have been located in the library of West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Kennedy and Kreneck are working to have her papers deassessed and transferred to TAMU-CC, or to have copies made. Included in this collection is Kinney’s will and a 1948 Masters thesis on his life. The ultimate goal is to recover Kinney’s remains and return them to Corpus Christi, likely for reburial in the old Bayview Cemetery.
Grady then reported on his telephone conversations with Margaret Howard, archeologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Department. She related that there are numerous historical markers in Nueces County (see list) and that her agency is particularly interested in working on the Fort Lipantitlan State Historic Site which is located in extreme northwest Nueces County. This is a unique and highly underutilized historic site which was occupied from the time of colonial Texas through the early years of the Republic. It is particularly noteworthy for the two battles fought there, one of which included Mexican settlers from Ireland supporting Mexican Army troops against Texian forces. Grady related that he would like to send a letter to the Executive Director of TPW expressing our support for any efforts in increase the interpretive use of this unique historic site. Grady suggested we could make a chapter project out of sponsoring school field trips to the site in the spring.
Gerry Miller expressed his interest in forming or supporting a black powder unit. Tom Gomez, Jr. and Grady Price Blount also expressed interest. Gerry suggested we make this a chapter project by attempting to raise funds to purchase a 2/3rds scale period cannon. The cost for such an item from Dixie GunWorks runs from $1,000 to about $2,500.
Treasurer/Secretary Tom Gomez, Jr. reported that he had opened a checking account for Chapter 17 at Charter Bank, 801 W. Navigation, Corpus Christi, TX, 78408. The account (#66 365 8) was opened with an initial deposit of $114. There are no recurring fees for the account except in cases of unusual activity. The members present voted to authorize Tom to spend up to $18.00 for our first order of checks. They also authorized $14.80 in reimbursement to Grady for stamps used to send out meeting notices. Grady and Tom had checked at 3 other banks before selecting Charter Bank. Grady noted that in spite of their high profile advertising about how much they love Texas, Frost Bank would not provide a no-fee account for the chapter. Special thanks to Janet Hinkl at headquarters for her help in providing the Tax ID and other documentation needed to set up this account.
The group welcomed Charlie Adams, a regular member who is also active in the Mayflower Descendents organization.
Prospective member John Clanton has completed his application paperwork. He requested and received the required 3 sponsor signatures at the meeting and will send his materials into headquarters. Good luck John!
New prospective members introduced themselves and Grady passed out applications materials. Tim Erwin recently moved to Rockport from Austin. Wyatt Whitworth is from Mathis and has extensive documentation including a book about his family history in Texas. Leon Goins posed two interesting questions: 1) How long did an ancestor have to live in the Republic for their decedents to be eligible, and 2) Does one have to be descended from people who were legally married?
Ed Ledwig, who attended the October meeting, is working on his application materials and expects to have them complete soon.
Grady reported that he had been corresponding with Mrs. Geraldine McGloin (of the Powers/McGloin empresario family). She has discovered a Matthew Brady photograph of H.L. Kinney in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. A link to this image will be placed on our website at www.geomadre.com/srt.
Our next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 10 AM on Saturday, December 7th. Grady noted that this is the same day as the Headquarters Executive Committee meeting in Victoria and Goliad. The group heartily agreed to meet at our regular time and then caravan to Goliad for the SRT Awards Program which will be held at 2 PM at Presidio La Bahia.