Jess Baker Granbury’s Hero for Women’s Rights

IBaker_Jess_35n the late 1800s Jess Baker was a leader in Granbury and Hood County. In 1911 Texas State Representative Jess Baker once again raised the suffrage question in the Texas House. His resolution to enfranchise women was referred to the committee on constitutional amendments, which recommended that it not pass. Two years later T. H. McGregor of Austin introduced a similar resolution in the Senate. This resolution received a favorable committee report but was rejected by a vote of nineteen to eight when the Senate voted on its passage to engrossment. By the time of the 1915 legislative session, women’s enfranchisement had become an active issue. The suffragists had done much educational work through newspaper publicity and the distribution of literature. Prospects for winning concessions from the legislature seemed good. The Texas Woman Suffrage Association established an active lobby in Austin. Women throughout the state sent letters and petitions to the lawmakers. In the House the committee on constitutional amendments recommended that the suffrage resolution be adopted. When the House voted on the measure, ninety of its members voted in favor and thirty-two against.

John Coffee Hays

list-texas-rangers-hays-ESan Antonio in 1837, John Coffee Hays came from Tennessee Hays shortly after Texas won its independence from Mexico. By 1841, he was a Texas Ranger captain at twenty years of age. A fearless fighter and skilled leader, Hays became famous for defending Texans against raids from  Native American (Comanche) and Mexican bandits. Hays would come to symbolize the Rangers of the Texas Republic era. In Mexican War (1846-48), Hays’ Rangers scouted, defended U.S. supply and communication lines from attacks by Mexican guerrillas and fought alongside regular U.S. army troops. He earned a national reputation for their bravery.

Stroll Through Texas History

Join the Texas Hero Foundation on a Stroll Through Texas History, Elizabeth Crockett Memorial and Student History Fair on March 2, 2016. Sign your class, or home school up to attend. Click her Texas hist

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Dear sponsors, I would like to thank you for sponsoring the Texas Independence Day fair. The money that I earned is going towards college and for future investments in my schooling. I hope you sponsor this day as well as many other Texas day events in the future to support our young adults with futures in Texas as well as the world.

Save Texas History

Save Texas History, give today to promote the study of our wonderful Texas history and claim your gift on you taxes. . The Texas Heroes Foundation is striving to keep the history true and keep it in our schools curriculum. You can help. Donate now at or mail to 9106 Bellechase Granbury, Texas 76049. Make check payable to the Texas Heroes Foundation.

Peggy Purser Freeman, so-director of the Student History Fair, with some of David Crockett descendants.
Peggy Purser Freeman, so-director of the Student History Fair, with some of David Crockett descendants.

The Texas Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization with goals to educate and involve children in Texas history. Our mission statement is: It’s All About Texas!

The vehicle that we have used to spark that interest has been the Texas Independence Day Events of North Texas in Hood County. The Texas Heroes Foundation (THF) invites you to “Stroll Through Texas History” on March 2, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, beginning at Acton Baptist Church at 3500 Fall Creek Hwy in Acton. Children can meet Texas Heroes, portrayed by the THF Team, partake in Elizabeth Crockett Memorial Ceremony, make period crafts, see black powder demonstrations, enjoy period music & performing art winners, view the Student History Fair, vote on People’s Choice Award and more.
The cost of time and finances needed to invest in our children’s interest in Texas is high. The Texas Heroes Foundation has given almost $15,000 to students in the last few years for their project-studies in Texas history. In addition to student scholarships, other significant expenses include supplies, school packets, advertising/marketing and special events and presentation. Presentations of historical music, musicians and cultural demonstrations by Native Americans, Frontiersmen, ranching and bull riding . This is where we hope you might join us. We are asking for your support so that this event can continue to grow and meet the goal of getting our kids interested in preserving the rich heritage of Texas History.
Please look over the attached Sponsorship Levels and see if you can contribute to the worthy cause of maintaining the knowledge of Texas history. It starts with our kids… and You.

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Run-Off Vote for People’s Choice

Help us with a Run-Off  Vote for People’s Choice Award. These are the entries that were at the top of the voting.  People’s Choice is based on popular vote and only one award will be given. One vote per email. The Award and cash prize will be presented to the winner at the March 21 event.

Pay it Forward – If you enjoyed the Student History Fair and want to be part of preserving Texas History, click the donate button and give a donation of any size.  Texas Heroes is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax deductible.

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The Last Messenger – Ancestor of Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal of The TIDC 2015 Parade, James Veale shares his family ancestor.

John William Smith – 1792-1845Travis hands Smith message
The Last Messenger to Leave the Alamo
John William Smith., also known as El Colorado, marked history as the last messenger from the Alamo and the first anglo mayor of San Antonio. Born in Virginia, on November 4, 1792, he moved as a youth to Ralls County, Missouri. There he served as tax collector and sheriff and then married Harriet Stone in 1821. They had three children. In 1826 Smith followed the impresario Green DeWitt to Texas. When his wife refused to join him, he parted from his family and she obtained a divorce. Later she remarried and moved to Texas in 1839.
Smith lived in Gonzales, then in La Bahía, and by 1827 had moved to San Antonio. In 1828 he became Catholic in order to own land under Mexico. In 1830 he married María de Jesús Delgado Curbelo, a descendant of Canary Islanders. Between 1827 and 1836 Smith served as military storekeeper, developed mercantile interests and received a sizable Mexican land grant. He also worked as a civil engineer and surveyor.
As Texans’ desire for independence grew, war with the Mexican Army broke out. In December 1835, Smith escaped the occupying Mexican army of General Martín Perfecto de Cos and joined General Edward Burleson and the Texas army in besieging San Antonio. In early 1836, he joined William B. Travis in defense of the Alamo; he was sent by Travis as the final messenger from the Alamo to the Convention of 1836 meeting at Washington on the Brazos. Subsequently, Smith participated in the battle of San Jacinto.smith Centennial Marker
After Texas independence was gained, he returned to San Antonio, where he held a number of offices. He was mayor of San Antonio for three, one-year terms during the 1830s and 1840s. He was also alderman, Bexar County tax assessor, clerk of the Bexar County Court, clerk of the Board of Land Commissioners of Bexar County, clerk of the Bexar County Probate Court, treasurer of Bexar County, postmaster of San Antonio, Indian commissioner of the Republic of Texas and Senator from 1842 to January 12, 1845. At one time he held as many as eleven different commissions under presidents Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar. While serving as senator from Bexar, he died on January 12, 1845, after a brief illness, possibly pneumonia, at Washington-on-the-Brazos and was buried at the site of the current Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park. His remains were later relocated to the Washington City Cemetery, where they are marked by a stone monument.

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Remember the Alamo, Goliad and Texas Independence

Share this information with everyone you know who loves Texas History and wants to remember the Alamo, Goliad and the heroes who created a free republic and took us into statehood. SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, CASH PRIZES K-12 HISTORY FAIR. ART, VIDEOS, PROJECTS AND MANUSCRIPTS SHOWING RESEARCH.