April 30, 2017: Bill Purser, Nell Northcutt-Purser, Kathy Franssen, Cathy Duhon, Sheryl Shaw, Bobby Scherer, Kenneth Standley, Darla Willcox, and Valerie Jensen. CCHC members at the Smith Point Community Church marker dedication.

Lee Nelson, Brother Michael Graves, and Evelyn Standley at the dedication. Judge Jimmy Sylvia, Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, and Commissioner Larry George attend the ceremony.

Nestled in the woods off IH10 at Turtle Bayou are the remnants of the home of the First Cattle King of Texas: James Taylor White.... his two cattle brands, the Crossed W and JTW were at one time the longest continually used brands in Texas Cattle history. Sitting on slave built bricks and shaded by trees that are easily hundreds of years old, the site was honored with a Texas Centennial Marker in1936. This photo shows the homestead still standing, as viewed from the permanent resting places of the rancher himself who's family cemetery keeps silent guard nearby.... Born in 1789 in Louisiana, he died of cholera in 1852, nine days before his wife Sara Cade died of the same sickness. They had 7 children, and many of their descendants still live in the area and carry on the farming/ranching tradition. At the time of his death, White owned over 4,000 acres of land, 1,775 head of cattle and 45 horses....

Here is the Turner Hotel, built in the early 1930's in Winnie Stowell, it was torn down in 1972 to make way for a parking lot for a county building. According to a Progress article, the hotel was a one story structure initially, with three bedrooms, a dining room and a kitchen.


at the Double Bayou Dance Hall

June 24, 2017

Family members of Manuel Rivers Jr, (owner of the dance hall from 1946-1983) and Pete Mayes and the Texas Houserockers, house band at the dance hall for decades: Carlton Carrington, nephew of Manuel Rivers Jr.; Michael Mayes, son of Pete Mayes; Jennifer Chavez, wife of guitarist Sammy Chavez (who also managed the dance hall after Pete's death); Pat Lewis, wife of the late Bert Lewis ( keyboardist for the Houserockers) and Shirley Mayes, wife of the late Pete Mayes.


Photo at right: Commissioner Larry George and Evelyn Standley with Diane Carrington Gradney.

Old photo of performance at the Hall.

Tour of Governor Price Daniel home at Sam Houston Regional Library, October, 2017. Left to right: Jim Sterling, Richard Schilling, Sara Harrison, Bobby Scherer, Kathy Franssen Eddie Hillyer Darla Willcox guest speaker Attorney Frank Daniel, Sheryl Shaw (chairman) Gilbert O'Neal (vice chair) and author Jean Epperson.

The Chambers County Courthouse was the site of an anniversary celebration in the fall of 2017.  The courthouse was erected after a fire destroyed the previous building, located on the same site.


The beautiful cake was cut by Guy Robert Jackson and Linda Ann Jackson Foltz, grandchildren of 1936 Chambers Co Judge Guy Cade Jackson, who also served as Master of Ceremonies for the dedication of the courthouse in 1937. On display were pictures of the courthouses of Chambers County, and illustrations of "Life in 1936-37".... music from 1930's played softly in the background, most appropriately Bob Hope's "Thanks for the Memories."

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