DAR hears Sylvia Marrs speak
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MABANK–Sylvia L. Marrs is a native Texan, married and the
mother of three grown children and the grandmother of five.
She had a colorful career among the Indian tribes and she shared her
experiences with the Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution recently.
Currently, she is a substitute teacher for the Temple ISD.
Sylvia is treasurer for the Betty Martin DAR Chapter in Temple,
Secretary for the Ben Milam Chapter of the DRT (Daughters of the
Republic of Texas) and travels with husband Bill to his many
genealogical and social organizations.
Marrs began her teaching career in 1964, with the Bureau of Indian
Affairs on the Navajo Indian Reservation at Nazlini, Ariz.
Later she and her husband were promoted and moved to the headquarters
school at Chinle.
While there she attended a workshop conducted by the famous Indian
musician, Louis Ballard.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs wanted the students to learn their own
music. The principal of the Chinle Boarding School actively encouraged
the students and provided the resources to enable a choir devoted to
The children sang music from all of the tribes. The choral group named
Naatsiiliid Nizhoni Singers, traveled to many places, including Europe.
Marrs played the drums and other instruments while she sang, and also
did a native dance.
What is so unusual about Native American music is that it does not have
words for many American words, it has sounds.
Each tribe is different in their music by the sounds.
The Hopi is a very gentle tribe and so their music is gentle. She played
music such as the Creek Duck Dance Song, Piaute Social Song, Apache
Chant, Hopi Buffalo Dance, Navajo Gourd Dance Song and many others.
Marrs brought some native instruments such as an old Ute flute that was
made from a hollowed out tree limb, Alaskan drum, and weapons such as
Marrs has had a very colorful career among the native tribes, and we
appreciate her sharing it with Sarah Maples.
Massacre at Fort Parker
recounted at RootSeekers
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MABANK–The speaker for the RootSeekers Genealogical
Society meeting was Nina Hendricks.
Hendricks was born and raised in Texas and is the mother of three
children and grandmother of seven.
Her passions are genealogy, gardening and her grandchildren. She is a
proud member of the Sarah Maples Chapter Daughters of the American
Revolution and RootSeekers Genealogical Society.
Her topic was a book titled “Indian Depredations In Texas,” by J.W.
Wilbarger, first printed in 1889.
Wilbarger felt it was important for future generations to know about the
hardships the early settlers in Texas encountered as they tried to tame
this wild land.
He knew first hand about the struggles against the Indians. His brother
Josiah was scalped by the Indians a few miles east of where the capitol
of Texas now stands. He survived the massacre of his companions but
afterwards died from a disease of the skull caused by these injuries.
For more than 20 years he interviewed the early pioneers of Texas who
had to plow their fields with one hand while holding a rifle in the
He states that the present generation can at best have a faint idea of
the hardships, exposures and perils to which the pioneers of Texas were
Among the many tragedies that have occurred in Texas, the massacre at
Fort Parker holds a conspicuous place.
Nothing that has ever happened exhibits savage duplicity more plainly
than this massacre of helpless women and children.
In 1833, a small colony was organized in the state of Illinois for the
purpose of forming a settlement in Texas. They selected a beautiful
region on the Navasota River a small tributary of the Brazos. Parker’s
colony consisted of only some eight or nine families.
On May 18, 1836 early in the morning, James W. Parker, L.D. Nixon and
L.M.S. Plummer were at their field about a mile away when several
hundred Comanches and Kiowas made their appearance at the fort.
The Indians hoisted a white flag, and Benjamin Parker went out to have a
talk with them. Pretending that they were looking for a suitable camping
place, the Indians asked for beef because they said they were hungry.
Not daring to refuse them, Parker told them they could have what they
Returning to the fort he stated to the inmates that in his opinion the
Indians were hostile and intended to fight, but added he would go back
to them and try to avert it.
His brother Silas tried to get him not to go, but he persisted and was
immediately surrounded and killed, whereupon the whole force charged
upon the fort.
Silas M. Parker fell outside the fort while he was fighting to save Mrs.
Samuel M. Frost and his son Robert met their fate while defending the
women and children inside the stockade.
Old Granny Parker was stabbed and left for dead.
Killed was Elder John Parker, Silas M. Parker, Samuel M and his son
Wounded was Mrs. John Parker, Old Granny Parker and Mrs. Duty. Captured
was Mrs. Rachel Plummer, her son James Pratt Plummer, 2, Mrs Elizabeth
Kellogg, Cynthia Ann Parker and her little brother, John Parker age 6.
Next meeting of RootSeekers will be at 7 p.m. May 21, at the Tri-County
Library in Mabank.
Topic will be the stonewall which we all hit while doing research.
Each Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Tri-County Library someone from
RootSeekers will be on hand to assist with ancestral research.
Habitat gets donation from
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MABANK–Once again, the Pinnacle Women’s Club, through its
fund-raising efforts, was able to present a check for $2,000 to Cedar
Creek Habitat for Humanity.
Construction has begun on their second house in the lake area, which
will soon be the home for a single dad and his four young children.
In addition, fund-raising efforts have kicked off for the third house
targeted for later this year, and the organization is searching for a
family to occupy the fourth house to be built next year.
“Several members of the Pinnacle Women’s Club and their spouses take an
active role in this worthwhile organization.
“It gives us great pleasure to support Habitat’s humanitarian efforts
and recognize the involvement of the individuals in the Women’s Club in
assisting this charity,” PWC philanthropy chairman Jean Alexander added.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Reverse. I am a beautiful male 3-4 years old
Min-Pin mix. I am fixed and current on my shots. I walk on a
leash and absolutely adore people and I get along well with
others. I was adopted out last year and brought back to the
shelter by animal control. The girls who work here remembered
who I was. I love to lay in your lap and am just a wonderful
boy. I do get a little upset when left alone, so I sometimes
chew things up. It is best to have a fenced yard or a good size
run/crate to place me in when you’re not home. Unfortunately, I
am heart-worm positive. I am in need to gain weight and
attention to my coat, I have lost some hair. I would make a
wonderful pet to someone of any age. I am a wonderful boy in
need of a wonderful loving family who will be there for me
ABOVE–My name is Baby. I am a beautiful 6-7 years old female
Terrier mix. I am fixed and in need of my rabies shot. I walk on
a leash and am still very playful. I was brought to the shelter
by animal control looking so pitiful. I had a pretty good spell
of the mange. I have received a few mange baths and am looking
good now. I really had a rough time. I am now growing my coat
back and am getting plenty to eat and the girls at the shelter
spoil me pretty good. I am a wonderful loving old girl looking
for my new loving forever family.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in Seven Points. For more information, please
call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesdays.
For further information
visit our website at