Meeting Highlights
Making Genealogy Come Alive

Our speaker, Eleanor Clark, award winning author and speaker,
presented a very interesting review of her life and times and ancestors.
The Eleanor Series is a historically accurate collection of books for girls
which will instill faith, vision, and values. The stories, which span
several generations, offer a heritage of faith to young readers, and
point them in the direction of a lasting legacy. Wisdom, culture, and
historical truths are woven throughout, with a subtle musical thread.

Lone Star Honor Flights

Our speaker, Robert Feldman, father-in-law of member Mavis Feldman,
enlightened us with his memoir of his military service. Bob served in the
U.S. Navy during WW II on the USS Minivet. His ship hit a mine and sank in
the icy waters of Japan in December 1945, two days before the war was
over. God took his hand to the front of the ship that day, as He did many
other times in his life. His experiences in the Navy shaped his life for
many years to come. He was discharged in June 1946 with honorable
service and decorated with a number medals, including the Silver and
Bronze Stars. He was most proud of his service to his country.
His presentation was heartfelt and the group could have listened to more
of his experiences. Robert presented Coushatti Trace with a copy of his
book. Sadly, Robert passed away on January 28, 2011.
Texas Historical Sculptors

Our speaker was Craig Campoela, sculptor for Texas history figures at the new Monumental Park in Conroe. The Texians who
volunteered to fight were a rag-tag, undisciplined, and opinionated bunch, not good with taking orders and certainly not well
trained in military tactics. Some, like Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, William Barrett Travis, and Jim Bowie,
would become household names. But the common man that fought for freedom is who we honor today.
The bronze monumental sculpture by award winning sculptor Craig Campobella captures the look of the average fighting
volunteer during the Texas Revolution. The 14 foot bronze is full of symbolism. There are 13 rocks under the left foot representing
the 13 day siege at the Alamo. There are 342 painstakingly made marks in those rocks, one for each man massacred at Goliad.
There are 18 buttons on his coat, shirt, and pants; each standing for every minute in the Battle of San Jacinto. And the list doesn’t
stop there. At the five o’clock position you can see his tie and sash spell out Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of the
revolution. It was around 5 p.m. on April 21,1836, that the battle came to a decisive end. Under the right boot are nine stones,
one for each Texian who died at San Jacinto. And under his right toe is the Santa Anna stone, complete with that name,
symbolizing the years of discomfort Santa Anna continued to give the Republic of Texas long after the battle was won. Mr
Capoela invited us to join him at the unveiling on April 21 , 2011. Carol and Wendy Hicks attended and represented Coushatti
Trace, along with local Boy Scouts, Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and local and state officials. We certainly
enjoyed Mr Campoela's presentation and were proud that this park has a new home in Montgomery County.

Artist and sculptor Craig Campoela explaining the history of the park and flags.
Lone Star Volunteers fire Rolling Thunder to Salute the Raising of the Lone Star Flag of Texas
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