Spring 2015

September 7, 2015

Spring Meeting
18 April 2015


The Spring Meeting of the Permian Historical Society was held at the Polo Park Estates in Midland, Texas. Thirty-four members and guests were present.

Registration began at 9:00 a.m. with breakfast treats provided by the facility and books and past PHS annuals available to purchase. The costume theme was Hee Haw and photos were taken of those participating.

The meeting began at 10:00 a.m. with a hearty welcome from President Peggy Kelton. She announced that our Fall Meeting will be in Ft. Stockton on 17 October 2015 and will be hosted by the Pecos County Historical Commission. Jim Collett was introduced as the person who is going to revamp our membership roll. Anyone who had not paid their 2015 dues to date was urged to do so today.
The minutes of the 2014 Fall Meeting were approved as printed.

The first presenter was Barbara Barton who gave a power point program on The Indians of the Concho Area. Some tribes, such as the Seminoles and Cherokees, came to Texas from other states while the Jumanos and Comanches were longtime inhabitants. Many individual Indians’ exploits were related and their part in Texas history revealed.

The second program was presented by Emily Barton whose family were the first Hispanic residents of Crane. She emphasized the work life of her father, Leonard Andrew Hernandez, and her own experiences as a student in Crane. The artifacts and family photos which accompanied her presentation made it most interesting.

Bill Modisett gave the last presentation, which was about Ector County rancher Jim Parker. He started ranching in Andrews County in 1907 and eventually owned four ranches in Andrews and Ector counties. One of his ranch hands, Dub Riley, has provided much information to historians on this remarkable Permian Basin man. Mr. Modisett also announced that a PBS documentary on Permian Basin philanthropist Dora Roberts is in the works. 2007-2008 calendars featuring the Parker Ranch were there for the taking.  Scott Jordan brought Pecos Trails travel guides for everyone at the meeting and extras to place in area museums and libraries to promote tourism in the area which, in turn, will generate revenue.

A.L. “Bud” Lindsey was announced as the winner of the Fall Meeting 2014 Best Presentation award for his power point program on The Convent-Monastery in Stanton. Attendees were instructed to vote for the program they thought was today’s best presentation and turn in their ballots to Donna Bell.

J. Tillapaugh presented an honorarium to our editor Jim Collett on behalf of PHS for his many hours of devoted service in getting our annual out.

J. Tillapaugh then presented the first Public History Awards given by PHS to the Heritage Museum in Big Spring, director Tammy Schrecengost accepting; to the Museum of the Desert Southwest in Crane, curator Genny Townsend accepting; and to the UTPB Conrad Dunagan Library’s Special Collections, Howard Marks accepting. J. explained that PHS hopes these awards will be presented annually to celebrate the importance of the contributions local repositories of the area’s history make to the overall history of the Permian Basin.

Door prizes were won by Lane Bond, Tammy Schrecengost, Sue Ann Damron, Evelyn Stroder, and Genny Townsend.

The meeting was adjourned and followed by lunch, compliments of Polo Park Estates.

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Peggy Kelton, President                                                                      Sue Ann Damron, Secretary

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