Special to the Reporter

Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), Bosque River Chapter, met Nov. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church of Stephenville. Members met at 10 a.m. and began work on the layout for the book, “Baggett Creek Cemetery.” They enjoyed sack lunches and continued working until time for the regular meeting. Hostess was Linda Bowden.

“Molly Goodnight, a Texas Patriot,” was the subject of the program presented by Joyce Whitis.

Molly was the wife of famed Texas rancher Charles Goodnight and is in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame for her own exploits.

Texas Honor Days recognized include Stephen F. Austin’s Birthday. Austin, born Nov. 3, 1793 in Virginia is considered the father of Texas for his work in settling colonists in Texas. He was serving as secretary of state of the Republic of Texas when he died in 1836.

DRT Founder’s Day, Nov. 6, was the day in 1891 when 17 ladies met in Houston to establish an organization to meet with Texas veterans. The pocket change collected will be sent to The Cradle, the home in Galveston where early organizational meetings of the DRT were held. Amazingly, The Cradle suffered very little damage during Hurricane Ike.

DRT encourages student participation in an annual essay contest on various subjects of Texas history, donates books and Texas flags to schools and are the custodians of The Alamo. To be a member one must be a direct descendant of a patriot who was in Texas before February, 1846. Bosque River members live in Glen Rose, Rainbow, Stephenville, Hico, Gustine, Hamilton and Proctor. For membership information call Judith D’Amico at 254-898-0535.