Special to the Reporter

The Bosque River Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas will begin 2011 with a program entitled “Settlers of the Western Woods: Wondrous Tales and Oldtime Musical ExcursionsfFrom the World of Early Texas,” presented by Judith D’Amico.

The meeting will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Stephenville at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Chapter members and guests will hear stories from the settlers of the Republic of Texas and listen to music from that time played on old-time instruments, including fiddles, mandolins and banjos.

In keeping with the theme, the roll will be answered by giving the name of a musical instrument that was used in a memberÅfs family.

After the program refreshments will be served by hostess Melinda Swink.

The chapter also will be celebrating Mirabeau B. Lamar Day, which is Jan. 26. While president of the Republic of Texas, Lamar, the “Father of Texas Education,” encouraged the passage of the Homestead Act in 1839. It provided for the appropriation of three leagues of land in each county to be set aside for a public school system.

If you have been thinking about researching your family history and think you might be eligible for membership, this is a good time to attend the meeting and talk to the members and especially the registrar, Linda Bowden, about joining.

Members of DRT must be direct descendants of a patriot who was in the Republic of Texas prior to February 1846. Bosque River Chapter has members in Erath, Bosque, Hamilton, Comanche, Somervell and Hood counties. For more information about this meeting or about joining call Judith D’Amico at 898-0535.