Special to the Review
The Athens Review
The James George Chapter No. 59, The Sons of the Republic of Texas, 2013-2014 Chapter Officers installed officers for the new year last week, with the state SRT President General David Hanover bestowing the honors.
The Athens based chapter officers include: Wayne Stafford – Secretary/Treasurer; Gene Pilgrim Jr. –Vice President; Jimmy Steele–Chaplin; Arthur Hall - Historian and Clayton Starr-President. The Athens chapter has been in existence since Oct. 8, 2011.
The Sons of The Republic of Texas is a direct lineage society consisting of members whose ancestors furthered the independence of Texas and resided in Texas prior to Statehood, December 29, 1845. The Society‘s Mission Statement is to recognize and honor those brave men and women who risked life and fortune to found an independent and free Republic, remember and celebrate historic dates and events, preserve historic sites and artifacts and to perpetuate the heritage and history of Texas for current and future generations its citizens.
The James George Chapter is named for a man who was among the Texians at Gonzales, that repelled the Mexican army, on October 2, 1835. The Mexican army attempted to recapture a “6 pounder cannon,” that the Mexicans had loaned them as protection against marauding Indians. This is where the famous "Come And Take It" flag was first displayed.
George was one of 32 men who answered Col. William Barrett Travis’ call for help, went though Gen. Santa Anna’s line and joined 150 other men at the Alamo. This group became know as the "Immortal 32," and are recognized in a memorial at Gonzales, Texas.
For SRT Membership information contact Arthur Hall at 903-675-5441.