Val Verde County Historical Commission

 

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This page consists of the Minutes of the Val Verde County Historical Commission meetings.


Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
6 May 2010

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 6 May 2010, at 5:30 p.m. at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Doug Braudaway.
Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Walter Block, Darrell Breckenridge, Jim Butterworth, Carrie Martin, and Laura Ramirez .

2.     Minutes for February 2010 meeting were approved as presented; there was no quorum for the March meeting.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 6 May 2010 the total fund balance was $18,457.93: General Fund $1,434.70; Room Tax fund $5,148.30; Education Fund $11,457.93. Compass Bank reversed the new check charges of $82.18 for both the General and Room Tax Funds. Willie Braudaway needs to get online access to the accounts. Doug Braudaway will discuss options for moving the funds out of Education and into the General Fund and/or a Certificate of Deposit with County Treasurer Morris Taylor.

4.     Committee Reports
a. Website – Concern was expressed about the VVCHC web site not being online yet. Doug Braudaway will contact Dee Cerda to ask about problems and to set a May 31 deadline.
b. Historical Markers – San Felipe High School and San Felipe Independent School District markers have been placed in front of the San Felipe Memorial Middle School.
Replacement of the Chihuahua Road marker needed the vote of the Commission to move forward; marker has already been paid for. Jim Butterworth moved the VVCHC approve the text as presented in 1958; Walter Block seconded; motion carried.
Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association met on 12 February and had a photo op with the unplaced historical marker at Ramada Inn. The City is still planning the pocket park on South Main where the marker will be placed.
Cal Rodgers and Vin Fiz: Jim Butterworth will talk to City Manager Frances Rodriguez about getting this marker, in the City warehouse, placed on the Hike and Bike Trail along San Felipe Creek.
Doug Braudaway reported receiving the following from THC: “From May 1 to June 15, 2010, the THC will accept nominations for qualified topics for the marker application fund. Beginning in 2006, the THC began collecting a $100 marker application fee ‘to establish an account to offer funding incentives for special or priority markers.’ Funds are intended to address historical gaps, promote diversity of topics, and proactively document significant underrepresented subjects or untold stories.” Two possible topics were discussed: Santos Garza and Tarver School. Carrie Martin will talk to Dolly Calderon about approaching the San Felipe Exes for Santos Garza; she will also look into possible links on Ware Street to Tarver School.

5.     Chair Report:
The Commission received a letter from the City of Del Rio stating that the Commission will not be receiving 1% of the Hotel Occupancy Tax for FY2010. Doug Braudaway will try to get the City to reissue the missing room tax checks from 2009 . The Commission will reapply for FY2011.

6.     New Business: Doug Braudaway brought before the Commission samples of the “Visitor’s Guide to Del Rio, Texas” to determine color, type of paper, and number of copies to order. Some changes in the text were recommended: include “Historic” before “Del Rio;” include website address; include copyright information. Willie Braudaway moved that, after members had proofed for typos, the Commission order 2,500 printed on sepia linen at a cost of $3,156.21 from Cannon Graphics to be paid from the Room Tax Fund; Carrie Martin seconded; motion carried.

7/8.    Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again Thursday, June 10, at 5:30 at BFCU.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
10 June 2010

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 10 June 2010, at 6:00 p.m.(called for 5:30) at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Darrell Breckenridge, Dee Cerda, Adrian Falcon, Carrie Martin, and Christina Tevington.

2.     Minutes for 6 May 2010 meeting were approved as presented.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 10 June 2010 the total fund balance was $15,302.96: General Fund $1,434.76; Room Tax fund $1,992.39; Education Fund $11,875.81.

4.     Chair Report:
Morris Taylor has approved transferring the Education Fund to the Border Federal Credit Union at a 2% interest rate for a 12-month CD. Willie Braudaway moved that $10,000.00 of the Education Fund be transferred into a BFCU CD, that $27.00 be used to open a BFCU savings account, and that the remainder of the Fund be transferred into the General Fund earmarked for the cemetery markers; Dee Cerda seconded; motion passed with Carrie Martin abstaining.
The FY 2010-2011 county budget proposal is due; we will be asking for $2,850 this year to help pay for historical markers and Historic Texas Cemetery designations.
The Visitor’s Guides are being printed in boxes of 100. The Commission needs to keep track of which sites receive them – including the airport, hotels, Chamber of Commerce, art galleries, and Pecos Trail Region, plus others.
Cannon Graphics provided a quote for the single-page tri-fold theme brochures: $135.43 for 500; $557.24 for 2500; $909.21 for 5000. The three already created (Langtry, Texas; Italian Stonemasons of Del Rio; Radio Del Rio) were passed out for proofreading. Braudaway will work on creating brochures on the military and veterans as well as a bicycle tour.
The adobe house at 409 East Losoya is up for auction at the Sheriff’s Sale on July 6. This pre-1900 house is an important part of black history in Del Rio and photos should be taken just in case. It was suggested that Adrian Falcon approach the Adobe Association about the possibility of using this building as a museum.

5.     Committee Reports
a. Website – Dee Cerda showed the progress made on the website at http://www.valverdehistory.org.
b. Historical Markers – Carrie Martin was successful in getting Ramiro Ramon’s signature on a Santos Garza marker application for the THC’s special marker series; the THC pays for these markers. Braudaway also sent in special marker applications for Simon Rodriguez and Comstock.
The Chihuahua replacement marker has been approved and is being cast. Possible topics for this year’s application round include Comstock, Sacred Heart School, Paul Kallinger. Once the rehab has been completed, Falcon will apply for a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark for the Taylor Rivers house. He will also seek a National Register designation for the Glenn-Dowe house. There is a question about a National Register application for the canal system from the 1980s.

6.     New Business:
a. Christina Tevington moved that the former Val Verde Heritage, Inc. savings account be closed and transferred into the General Fund; Adrian Falcon seconded; motion carried.
b. Christina Tevington recommended that the VVCHC produce a series of articles in honor of the County’s 125th anniversary.
c. Dee Cerda reported that Main Street Del Rio was applying for a 501(c)3 status. She also recommended the Commission get involved in the Firehouse issue regarding its maintenance by the City.

7/8.    Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again Thursday, August 19, at 5:30 at BFCU.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
15 September 2010

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 15 September 2010, at 5:55 p.m.(called for 5:30) at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Walter Block, Jim Butterworth, Dee Cerda, Adrian Falcon, Teno Flores, and Carrie Martin; visitors Larry Allen and Mae Pierce.

2.     Minutes for 19 August 2010 meeting were approved as presented.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 15 September 2010 the total fund balance was $13,401.94: General Fund $2,734.05; Room Tax fund $293.05; Education Savings $10,373.84.

4.     Chair Report – Doug Braudaway reported that the 2010-2011 County budget includes $2,000 for the VVCHC, and he will be requesting that money be disbursed to add to the General Fund. Room Tax paid for the brochures and business cards. He has requested permission from TXDoT to display the single-page tri-fold brochures in the Texas Visitors’ Centers.

5.     Committee Reports
a. Website – Dee Cerda reported that she is linking the marker pdf’s and that Willie is proofing the website. A Facebook fan page has been created under “Val Verde County History”; 20 friends so far.
b. Historical Markers – Considered and recommended the following for applications this year:
• Santos Garza ($1100) – Carrie Martin moved; Willie Braudaway seconded; motion carried.
• Comstock ($1100) – Willie Braudaway moved; Carrie Martin seconded; motion carried.
• La Loma de la Cruz Historic Texas Cemetery designation marker ($400) and Babb Historic Texas Cemetery designation marker and medallion ($750) – Jim Butterworth moved; Dee Cerda seconded; motion carried.
c. CLG status – THC currently states that Val Verde County is a Certified Local Government, even though the committee is not completely staffed or actively functioning. The City of Del Rio is using this to support their plans for a possible historical district.

6.     New Business:
a. Dee Cerda reported getting excellent response from placing some of the Visitors’ Guides at her space in Plaza Del Sol Mall. Adrian Falcon and Dee agreed to develop an itinerary of hotels and places to regularly stock the VVCHC brochures. Willie Braudaway agreed to talk to the Chamber of Commerce Visitors and Convention Bureau about future printing of the brochures.
b. Adrian Falcon reported that Buddy Laing, owner of the Casinelli Gin House, had uncovered what could be a Casey & Hedges boiler with track. Larry Allen had been called in for consultation. It is worth continued investigation as a history project or archeology project. Doug Braudaway will see if the National Park Service has an archeologist on staff that can help.

7/8.    Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, at BFCU.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
17 November 2010

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 17 November 2010, at 5:55 p.m.(called for 5:30) at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Vice-Chair Dee Cerda, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Darrell Breckenridge, Adrian Falcon, Carrie Martin, and Christina Tevington.

2.     Minutes for 15 September 2010 meeting were approved as presented (no quorum for meeting in October).

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 17 November 2010 the total fund balance was $12, 102.93: General Fund $1,285.44; Room Tax fund $293.23; Education Savings + CD $10,424.26.

4.     Chair Report – Dee Cerda passed on the $2,000.00 check from the Val Verde County FY2010-11 budget for deposit into the General Fund. Christina Tevington moved that a check for $500.00 be sent to the Pecos Heritage Trail as proposed in the FY2010-11 budget; Dee Cerda seconded; motion carried.

5.     Committee Reports and Old Business
a. Website – Dee Cerda reported that the VVCHC Facebook Fan Page has been “getting hit.” She has been updating the site with the help of Willie’s written recommendations. Following discussion, it was suggested that a separate Oral History page be added to provide instruction for the public.
b. Historical Markers – Christina Tevington reported that the Chihuahua historical marker is missing again, sometime after November 14. Doug will check with TXDoT first and then follow up with the THC and the Sheriff if necessary.
c. Downtown Del Rio – Dee reported that she, Adrian Falcon, Willie Braudaway, Lisa Cadena Craig, and Laurel Hunt were invited to the Policy Committee meeting for a Downtown Historical District to help educate them about what it means to have a historic preservation ordinance. Their input was taken under advisement for action later.
d. Brochures – have been distributed in Del Rio (Adrian & Dee); Langtry and Seminole Canyon State Park (Doug & Willie); Eagle Pass (Carrie); National Park Service (Jim Butterworth); and the Del Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau (Willie).
e. Publicity – Doug wrote the first article about markers that appeared in the Del Rio News-Herald on 19 October on page 10a. The next article may be about the missing Chihuahua marker. He will also write an article about the brochures.
f. Cassinelli Gin House – Pecos Heritage Trail Regional Coordinator Scott Jordan will contact Elton Prewitt about conducting an archeological dig to discover the purpose of the metal object found in the yard. He hopes to be able to see some historic images of the Gin House to help place the object in perspective. It was suggested that a look at the Sanford maps on Heritage Quest may be helpful.

6.     New Business:
a. Membership Roster needs to be updated for approval by the Commissioners Court in January 2011 and submission to the THC. Willie will send an email/letter asking all current members to indicate their desire and willingness to stay on board and further the work.
b. VVCHC MEMBERSHIP DRIVE PARTY is planned for 5:30 Wednesday, December 15, at the Falcon Gallery. We hope all members will be able to attend and possibly bring an interested friend or two. Thanks to Adrian and Dee for offering to host..

7/8.    Commission adjourned at 6:50 pm to meet again at the VVCHC MEMBERSHIP DRIVE PARTY.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
9 February 2011

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Wednesday, 9 February 2011, at 5:40 p.m. at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding.  Members present:  Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Esther Chapoy, Teno Flores, Gay Culbertson, Carrie Martin, Mary Poole, Bea Vallejo, and Carman Wiese. Visitors were Dave and Cathy Alexander.

2.     Minutes for 17 November 2010 meeting were approved as presented.

3.     Treasurer's report:  Willie Braudaway reported that as of 8 February 2011 the total fund balance was $14,153.60:  General Fund $3,385.68; Room Tax fund $293.24; Education Savings + CD $10,724.68.   Carrie Martin noted that the Pecos Heritage Trail donation of $500.00, approved at the November meeting, had not been sent; a check will be sent ASAP.  Upon receipt of request for reimbursements to Doug Braudaway; Carrie Martin moved that a checks be written to Doug Braudaway for $31.99 (Room Tax) be written for postage to mail brochures to TXDoT visitors centers and for $229.51 (General Fund) for the Torres Historical Marker repair; Esther Chapoy seconded; motion passed.

4.     Chair Report - Doug Braudaway conducted an orientation for new members on the bylaws, committees and projects - including historical markers, cemeteries, genealogical society, and oral history project.  He also shared the accomplishments for the previous year - including website started, contact cards printed, savings account established, five historical markers placed, four marker applications, five tourism brochures created, newspaper articles written.

5.     2011 Things to Do
  •    Oral history project at Amistad NRA - Mary Poole
  •    Recording and photographing cemetery stones, posting online at Find-A-Grave - Mary Poole
  •    Youth project - History Fair - Willie Braudaway and Gay Culbertson will get information
  •    Translate brochures into Spanish for online download - Esther Chapoy will spearhead
  •    Seek sponsors to pay for brochure printing - Carrie Martin will write an article
  •    MP3 walking tours - check with Luling about phone number they use
  •    Historical Marker applications:
       º  Principe de Paz Methodist Church interested - Cindy Vasquez responded to article
       º  Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church interested - James Bass responded to article
       º  Glenn-Dowe House National Register application - Adrian Falcon
       º  Kallinger family interested in a subject marker for Paul Kallinger
       º  Memo's Restaurant is 75 years old; Blondie Calderon is now eligible for a marker

6.     Announcements
  •    Texas Historical Commission Annual Historic Preservation Conference is March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton in Austin.  VVCHC had budgeted $1000 for conference expenses based on a $2875 budget request.  Since we only got $2000, it will be hard to reimburse registration, hotel and mileage this year.
  •    Serious budget cuts that jeopardize the work of the Texas Historical Commission have been proposed for the next State biennium budget.  Willie will email the details.

7/8.    Commission adjourned at 7:15 pm to meet again at the Border Federal Credit Union at 5:30, Wednesday, April 6.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
6 April 2011

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Wednesday, 9 February 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Adrian J. Falcon Gallery with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Vice-Chair Dee Cerda, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Jim Butterworth, Adrian Falcon , Teno Flores, , Carrie Martin, Julie Meza, Kinuyo Miwa, Armando Salas, and Trish Urban. Visitor: Karina Reyna, Main Street Del Rio Manager.

2.     Minutes for 9 February 2011 meeting were approved as presented.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 6 April 2011 the total fund balance was $11,424.28.

4.     Business
• Cemetery Committee – Jim Butterworth brought in copies of the Comstock, Langtry, and Babb Cemetery inventories completed by the Val Verde Genealogical Society in 2003. The Comstock Cemetery wants to raise funds to erect a fence for security and protection and would like assistance from the VVCHC. Doug asked Jim to contact the Comstock Cemetery Association about the possibility of designating it as a Historic Texas Cemetery. Mary Poole and Esther Chapoy are beginning to survey and record every grave in the San Felipe Cemetery for listing in Find-A-Grave online
• Historical Markers – The application window is September 1 through November 15.
• Historical Tour brochures – We continue to receive requests for more of these from TXDoT.
• Website – Dee Cerda has not been able to keep it updated but that the email is working. She is able to see how many visits and hits the website receives; most visited pages are Contact, Census, and Markers. The Facebook fan page has generated 120 “likes” from 1,252 visits; 61% of visitors are female and 25% are from 25-44 age group. Trish Urban, Carrie Martin, and Julie Meza volunteered to help Dee on the Website Committee.
• Publicity – Carrie Martin agreed to serve as Chair of the Publicity Committee, getting the news out via print articles, newspaper announcements, and radio psas.

6.     Announcements
• Karina Reyna introduced herself as the new Main Street Del Rio Manager and invited all to participate in the Taste of the Town on Saturday, 28 May from 5:30-10:30. She also encouraged the Commission to begin the process of reactivating the Certified Local Government Committee and applying for its 501(c)3 status.
• Trish Urban shared information about the Luling Audio Tour service provided by Guide by Cell for a $200 set-up fee and $99 a month thereafter. She also discussed geocaching.com and suggested we consider this for our historical markers.

7/8.    Commission adjourned at 7:15 pm to meet again at the Adrian J. Falcon Gallery on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
29 September 2011

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 29 September 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Darrell Breckenridge, Jim Butterworth, Esther Chapoy, Carrie Martin, and Mary Poole.

2.     Minutes for 6 April 2011 meeting were approved as presented.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 29 September 2011 the total fund balance was $11,488.99. The $10,000 Education CD had matured in June and the money reverted to the education savings account. Following discussion, Jim Butterworth moved that $7500 be put into a 12-month CD and leaving the remaining $2500 in the savings account; Darrell Breckenridge seconded; motion passed – 4 in favor, 2 opposed, 1 abstaining. Doug Braudaway will put the $7500 into a CD by September 30 to take advantage of better rate of interest.

4.     Business
• Cemetery Committee – The markers awarding Historic Texas Cemetery status to La Loma de la Cruz Cemetery (marker only) and Babb Cemetery (marker plus text plate) have been received. Jim Butterworth will install the La Loma HTC and invite Karen Gleason from the Del Rio News Herald ot cover the event. The Babb HTC will be installed during the Old-Timer’s Reunion in Langtry sometime in April. Butterworth reported that the Comstock Cemetery’s efforts to fund and erect a fence have been discontinued for the time being. Mary Poole recorded 744 grave sites at San Felipe Cemetery and will be continuing the project as the temperatures cool.
• Historical Markers – Doug Braudaway did not have a status report on the Santos Garza or Comstock markers. Following discussion about new marker applications, Willie Braudaway moved that the VVCHC pay the $100 application fee and $1000 marker fee for a marker on Paul Kallinger to be placed at his gravesite. Del Rio Bank and Trust will pay its own expenses for a marker for the bank as an institution. Doug Braudaway will speak with Judge Allen about applying for and placing a marker about Val Verde County at the Courthouse.
• Historical Tour brochures – This project is on hold until the County Commissioners make a determination about monies for the VVCHC from the Hotel Occupancy Tax.
• Website – The VVCHC website’s domain has lapsed. Carrie Martin will ask Dee Cerda about getting the domain back. If necessary, Doug will talk to Lynn Masterson about recreating the website.
• Publicity – Carrie Martin agreed to serve as Chair of the Publicity Committee, getting the news out via print articles, newspaper announcements, and radio psas.

5.     2011-2013 Officers:
Doug Braudaway opened the floor for nominations for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer. The following slate was presented:
Chair Esther Chapoy
Vice-Chair Carrie Martin
Sec/Treas Willie Braudaway
Jim Butterworth moved that the slate be accepted as presented by acclimation; Doug Braudaway seconded; acclamation ensued.

Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at the Border Federal Credit Union on Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
27 October 2011

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 29 September 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Esther Chapoy presiding. Members present: Chair Esther Chapoy, Vice-Chair Carrie Martin, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Doug Braudaway, Jim Butterworth, Mae Pierce, Mary Poole, and Diana Zertuche; visitors included Carmen Gutierrez and Mario Zertuche.

2.     Minutes for 29 September 2011 meeting were approved as corrected (change “marker” to “medallion” in the Cemetery Committee report.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 27 October 2011 the total fund balance was $11,389.11. The County approved its 2011-12 budget with $2700 allotted to the VVCHC. Also, all paperwork required has been submitted for consideration for a share of the County’s Hotel Occupancy Tax.

4.     Committee reports:
• Cemetery Committee – La Loma medallion was placed on October 8. Mary Poole is still working on the San Felipe Cemetery inventory.
• Historical Markers – Application fees of $100 have been submitted to the Texas Historical Commission for Paul Kallinger and Val Verde County; expect notice of approval in February or March.
• Publicity – Carrie Martin is still trying to reach Dee Cerda about the lapse in the website domain registration.

5.     Chair report: Esther Chapoy expressed excitement and commitment to the work ahead.

6.     New Business: Translation of the brochures – Diana Zertuche suggested asking Norma Moreno at the Del Rio News Herald to translate.

7.     Amigos del Cementerio Viejo Loma de la Cruz – Diana Zertuche made a presentation on the current state of affairs, expressing gratitude for the work of Sacred Heart School students in cleaning up and showing photos of the erosion around the Italian Cemetery. The County has paved the street up to the cemetery. Dan Riley has gridded the cemetery to locate graves that are marked with tombstones today with plans to make the information available on the web. Zertuche made a preliminary request for $1200-1500 to buy the materials for a silt fence as stop-gap to the erosion; the county would provide the labor and the city the engineering expertise. She plans to make a formal proposal at the next VVCHC meeting when she knows more details.

8.    Esther Chapoy thanked Mary Poole for the snacks, Jim Butterworth for driving her around, and Doug and Willie for delivery of paperwork and checks.

Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at the Border Federal Credit Union on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. In honor of the season, we will have a White Elephant exchange; Carrie Martin will provide the refreshments.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
1 December 2011

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 1 December 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Esther Chapoy presiding. Members present: Chair Esther Chapoy, Vice-Chair Carrie Martin, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Doug Braudaway, Jim Butterworth, Gay Culberson, Mary Poole, and Diana Zertuche; visitors included Dan Riley and Mario Zertuche.

2.     Minutes for 27 October 2011 meeting were approved on a motion from Carrie Martin and seconded by Jim Butterworth.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 1 December 2011 the total fund balance was $13,989.11.

4.     Committee reports:
• Cemetery Committee – Eva Poole reported that she has recorded 1,098 graves in the San Felipe Cemetery (118 in Section A; 306 in Section B; 145 in Section C; 487 in Section D; and 42 in Section E.
• Historical Markers – The Texas Historical Commission has provided preliminary approval for the markers for Paul Kallinger, Del Rio Bank & Trust, and Val Verde County.
• Publicity – Carrie Martin says there is no progress on the website at this time.

5.     Chair report: Carrie Martin made the arrangements for a VVCHC official address at a cost of $22.00 for one year plus a $6.00 key deposit: PO Box 421806 Del Rio TX 78842-1806.

6.     Old Business: Esther Chapoy reported that the County has taken no action on awarding a share of Hotel Occupancy Tax to the Commission for printing brochures. She is also waiting for a response from Josefina Garza about translating the brochures.

7.     Amigos del Cementerio Viejo Loma de la Cruz – Diana Zertuche reported that the fence has been repaired and the gate would be painted. Dr. Teresa Hernandez from the University of Houston will be bringing in equipment to investigate the ravine December 2-4. Following discussion on appropriate methods to reinforce the cemetery’s north side (crushed stone vs straw waffles), Doug Braudaway was asked to contact Gerron Hite at the Texas Historical Commission for advice. Zertuche also reported on a plan to mark 50 unidentified graves with metal crosses at $19 each. Carrie Martin moved that the VVCHC sponsor 25 crosses at a cost of $490; Guy Culberson seconded; motion carried. The check will be presented at the next Los Amigos meeting on 19 December.

8.    Esther Chapoy thanked Carrie Martin for the refreshments and then invited everyone to participate in the White Elephant exchange following adjournment.

Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at the Border Federal Credit Union on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
26 January 2012

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 26 January 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at the Border Federal Credit Union with Chair Esther Chapoy presiding. Members present: Chair Esther Chapoy, Vice-Chair Carrie Martin, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, Doug Braudaway, Jim Butterworth, Darrell Breckenridge, Mary Poole, and Willie Warrior.

2.     Minutes for 1 December 2011 meeting were approved on a motion from Mary Poole and seconded by Carrie Martin.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 26 January 2012 the total fund balance was $13,481.26.

4.     Committee reports:
• Cemetery Committee – Mary Poole reported that she has recorded more graves in the San Felipe Cemetery (158 in Section F; 38 in Section G; 177 in Section H) and she is starting on Section I. She reported discovering bones, possibly due to erosion in the high parts of Sections D, E, and F. Esther Chapoy said she would ask Mr. Foley or Mr. Ballard to determine if the bones were human and then contact Karen Gleason with the Del Rio News Herald if necessary. Jim Butterworth expressed concern about the way the holes were filled in at La Loma de la Cruz Cemetery; the next rain could wash it all away. He would like Diana Zertuche and Dan Riley to see the cattle panels filled with rocks that are used in Arizona. He also reported that LAFB can no longer assist with cemetery projects.
• Historical Markers – Still waiting for word from the Texas Historical Commission on the applications.
• Publicity – Carrie Martin says there is no progress on the website at this time.

5.     Chair report: Esther Chapoy reported on the opening of the new exhibit commemorating the namesake Black Seminoles at Seminole Canyon Park.

6.     Old Business: None discussed.

7.     Willie Warrior announced that Shirley Boteler Mock, author of Dreaming with the Ancestors: Black Seminole Women in Texas and Mexico, would be speaking for the Fort Clark Historical Society on Saturday, 28 January at 9:00. Willie Warrior then shared his unique perspective on the history of the Black Seminoles.

8.    Refreshments were provided by Esther Chapoy; and door prizes provided by Carrie Martin were won by Willie Braudaway and Jim Butterworth.

Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at the Border Federal Credit Union on Thursday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Addendum to the Minutes: Esther Chapoy submitted her letter of resignation as Chair of the VVCHC on 28 February 2012. Vice-Chair Carrie Martin was not in a position to accept the Chair responsibilities and requested that Doug Braudaway step in as Acting Chair until elections could be held in September. The VVCHC announced meetings on March 1 and again on March 29 with no business conducted because of lack of quorum.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
27 September 2012

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 27 September 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at Skillet’s Restaurant with Acting Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Acting Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, James Bass, Yvonne Best-Sanders, Roger Blanks, Gay Culbertson, Mae Pierce, and Trish Urban.

2.     Minutes for 26 January 2012 meeting were approved as presented.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 27 September 2012 the total fund balance was $10,991.68. Discussion followed about what to do about the $7500 CD due to mature on 30 September 2012. Gay Culbertson moved that the money be allowed to transfer to the BFCU Savings Account and print 5,000 copies of the Visitor Guide to Historic Del Rio and Val Verde County for distribution to the Del Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau and Langtry Visitors Center; Roger Blanks seconded; motion passed.

4.     Chair report: Acting Chair Doug Braudaway reported that Chair Esther Chapoy had resigned in February, Vice-Chair Carrie Martin was not in a position to move into the position of Chair at that time, and that he had accepted the Acting Chair title since he was Immediate Past Chair. Meetings were called in March 1, March 29, and May 31 but did not have quorums. Since elections of new officers is not scheduled until September 2013, he will continue as Acting Chair with Carrie Martin as Vice-Chair and Willie Braudaway as Secretary/Treasurer.

5.     Committee reports:
• Cemetery Committee – Doug Braudaway reported that Mary Poole is still recording the gravesites in San Felipe Cemetery. The information is being placed on the website as it is sent to him.
• Historical Markers – Marker applications for the following are being readied for submission.
   • Greater Mount Olive Congregation – James Bass provided the $100 application fee and will raise $500 for the marker from the congregation; VVCHC will match $500.
   • Langston School – Roger Blanks provided the $100 application fee and will raise the $1000 for marker.
   • Tarver School – Willie Braudaway moved that the VVCHC pay the application fee and $1000 marker if the THC does not accept this application as part of its Underserved Marker project; Gay Culberson seconded; motion passed.
• Publicity – Doug Braudaway encouraged members to check out the website.

6.     New Business: Discussion about how to get individuals interested in participating in the VVCHC led to Trish Urban and Gay Culberson offering to Co-chair a Programming Committee. This was triggered by the lively and informative discussion with James Bass, Yvonne Best-Sanders, and Roger Blanks about the history of the African-American communities in Del Rio.

7.     Commission adjourned at 7:30 pm to meet again at 5:30 on Thursday, 25 October – either at the Border Federal Credit Union or Skillet’s Restaurant.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
25 October 2012

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 25 October 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at Skillet’s Restaurant with Acting Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Acting Chair Doug Braudaway, Vice-Chair Carrie Martin, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, James Bass, Darryl and Betty Breckenridge, and Mae Pierce.

2.     Minutes for 27 September 2012 meeting were corrected to reflect that Vice-Chair Carrie Martin was excused and that the cost of historical markers had increased to $1,100. James Bass moved the minutes be approved as corrected; Mae Pierce seconded; motion passed.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 25 October 2012 the total fund balance was $5,883.19, noting that the CD had been transferred into the BFCU savings account and that the Visitors’ Guides had been paid for.

4.     Chair report: Acting Chair Doug Braudaway moved immediately into Committee Reports.

5.     Committee reports:
• Cemetery Committee – Doug Braudaway hoped that Mary Poole would be able to attend, but he knew that her work was continuing.
• Historical Markers – Marker applications for Greater Mount Olive Congregation, Langston School, and Tarver School have been submitted to the THC and are being reviewed. The Santos Garza marker is possibly scheduled for dedication on Friday, November 2, at the San Felipe Exes Museum (former Santos Garza home).
• Publicity – Doug Braudaway reported that he is working on Spanish translation of the website and has found someone who can translate into Portuguese. He is also interested in posting videos of interesting Val Verde County areas on the web. The Visitors’ Guides are being printed. Minutes of VVCHC meetings will be posted on www.vvchc.net under Contact – Members.
• Educational Outreach – Gay Culbertson had agreed to act a liaison with the 4th and 7th grade history teachers. Doug Braudaway has been developing local history word searches and crossword puzzles.

6.     New Business: Upon realization that the VVCHC should consider formalizing the Acting Chair position into Chair for 2012-13, Carrie Martin moved that Doug Braudaway be titled Chair; Mae Pierce seconded; motion passed.

7.     Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at 5:30 on Thursday, 29 November at a place to be determined–perhaps Sirloin Stockade. It was recommended that a Veteran be asked to provide a program.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
29 November 2012

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 29 November 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at Sirloin Stockade with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, James Bass, Roger Blanks, Jim and Pat Butterworth, and Mae Pierce.

2.     Minutes for 25 October 2012 meeting were approved on a motion from James Bass and seconded by Mae Pierce; motion passed.

3.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 29 November 2012 the total fund balance was $8,283.19 with the following changes: $2,700.00 deposited from County; $300.00 paid to THC for three marker application fees.

4.     Chair report: Chair Doug Braudaway expressed great sadness on the unexpected passing of Jim Blocklinger, a Pearl Harbor survivor who was the scheduled to speak at this meeting. The group then engaged in a short discussion of World War II memories.

5.     Committee reports:
• Cemetery Committee – Doug Braudaway reported that Mary Poole had two-thirds of the San Felipe Cemetery graves recorded.
• Historical Markers – Marker application fees for Greater Mount Olive Congregation, Langston School, and Tarver School were requested by and sent to the THC. The Comstock marker is ready for installation with TXDoT. The Paul Kallinger marker has been received, but the family is looking for a new location. and are being reviewed. The Langtry Historic Cemetery designation is pending. The Santos Garza marker dedication on Friday, November 2, at the San Felipe Exes Museum was well-attended by members of the San Felipe Exes Association, including the VVCHC’s Mae Pierce.
• Publicity – Doug Braudaway is continuing to update the vvchc.net website.
• Educational Outreach – No report from Gay Culbertson.

6.     New Business: The Val Verde Community Foundation sent a letter asking for the VVCHC’s input on a new board member to represent the VVCHC, Val Verde County Library, Del Rio Council for the Arts, and Whitehead Memorial Museum collectively. Chair Doug Braudaway replied that the VVCHC would support whoever the other three entities put forward.

7.     Commission adjourned at 7:00 pm to meet again at 5:30 on Thursday, 24 January 2013 at a place to be determined–perhaps Sirloin Stockade.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer

 


 

Val Verde County Historical Commission Minutes
31 January 2013

1.     The Val Verde County Historical Commission met Thursday, 31 January 2013, at 6:05 p.m. at Sirloin Stockade with Chair Doug Braudaway presiding. Members present: Chair Doug Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer Willie Braudaway, James Bass, Darrell and Betty Breckenridge, Pat Butterworth, Teno Flores, and Mary Poole. Visitors included: Dora Briseno, Rosie Calvetti, Ana Delgado, Dora Delgado, Joe Delgado, Zenaida Galindo, Grace Martinez, Tranquilino Martinez, Al Padilla, Cecilia Padilla, Pablo Padilla, and Bill Sontag.

2.     PROGRAM – Mary Poole spoke about her work recording the graves in San Felipe Cemetery. In the course of the past two years she has recorded over 2500 names. The cemetery has been mapped with Sections A through V, and she is about 2/3 through Section O. She is working from front to back within each curbed section. Challenges to her work include heat, bugs, heat, stickers, heat, wind, and heat. She enjoys reading the lyrical names, the interesting nicknames, and discovering the few Anglo names there. The earliest deaths are from the 1930s. However, the earliest birth she has found so far (but no death date provided) is Antonio Flores in 1818 (section M). Poole passes on the information to Doug Braudaway who adds it to the website – www.vvchc.net. All present applauded Poole’s efforts and encouraged her to continue to completion.

3.     Minutes for 29 November 2012 meeting were approved on a motion from James Bass and seconded by Mary Poole; motion passed.

4.     Treasurer’s report: Willie Braudaway reported that as of 31 January 2013 the total fund balance was $8,786.74. She also noted that an outstanding check #1018 from 20 February 2011 for $500.00 to the Pecos Trail Region had never cleared the bank. Willie moved that a new check be issued to the Pecos Trail Region for $500.00 in accordance with the proposed budget; Mary Poole seconded; motion passed.

5.     Chair report: Chair Doug Braudaway reported that the Annual Report is due to the Texas Historical Commission on 28 February. He had copies of the report available for review.

6.     Committee reports:
• Historical Markers –
  o Paul Kallinger – City Council has approved the change of location to Star Park. The Kallinger family is trying to schedule a dedication date in March.
  o Del Rio Bank & Trust – The marker text has been received from THC and is available for review by the Bank and VVCHC.
  o 2013 marker applications – The list of approved THC marker applications released on 28 January included Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, Tarver School, and Langston School; invoices for $1,100 each will be forthcoming.
• Publicity – Doug Braudaway is continuing to update the vvchc.net website.
• Educational Outreach – No report from Gay Culbertson.

7.     New Business: Doug Braudaway thanked all of the visitors for attending and invited them to share their contact information to be notified of future meetings.

8.     Commission adjourned to meet again at 5:30 on Thursday, 28 February 2013 at Sirloin Stockade.

Willie Braudaway, Secretary/Treasurer