This morning Val and I attended the first monthly DAR meeting of the new fiscal year. Because of all the construction around the Woman’s Club, it was a real trip getting to the parking lot. There are currently 288 members in this chapter.
Our program was presented by Allie James of the State Preservation Board. She gave a very interesting slide show, “Nails in the Banister and Cannonballs in the Walls – Famous Facts and Fictions at the Capitol Complex.” She would show a slide and ask us to say whether it was fact or fiction. Most of them were fiction, including the cannonballs in the walls. Nails really were driven into the banisters, though, to keep the governor’s children from sliding down the banisters. Many of her slides were inspired by actual phone calls she has received. One particularly amusing call was from an elderly woman who wanted to know which tree on the capitol grounds was the oldest. She wanted to dig up the gold that was supposedly buried under the oldest tree.
After the business meeting, there was a session on the history of our chapter. It was organized by the first State Regent of the Texas Society, Florence Anderson Clark, on February 28, 1899. The chapter was named for Mrs. Clark’s great-grandmother, Thankful Hubbard. Mrs. Clark is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.
On the way home, Val and I stopped at Schlotzsky’s for lunch.