Speaker Barbara Perkins

Speaker Barbara Perkins presented a program about her book, Shattered Spring 1927, the people’s story of the F5 tornado that hit Rocksprings on April 27, 1927.

Regent Billie Franklin called the May meeting of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter, to order at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the El Progreso Library in Uvalde with 21 persons present. She welcomed members and guests, and led the DAR Ritual.

Karen Collins introduced the speaker of the day, Barbara Perkins, who presented a program about her book, Shattered Spring 1927, the people’s story of the F5 tornado that hit Rocksprings, Texas, on April 27, 1927.

She told how she researched the book, how members of her family actually survived the storm, and how the mile-wide tornado destroyed nearly everything in its path as it moved through the center of the town.

Almost 80 people were killed, some missing and never found, and more than 250 injured. The injured were transported to San Antonio hospitals by train and car for treatment. She showed pictures of survivors and shared the personal stories they told her.

The author is a graduate of Nueces Canyon High School, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Sul Ross State University, followed by graduate work at the University of Houston.

Her ancestors were prominent persons in the history of Real and Edwards Counties, and her grandmother, Lilly Perkins, served as post master at Barksdale from 1926 to 1964. Barbara was presented a gift from the chapter following the excellent program.

The President General’s message from Ann Turner Dillon was read by Betty Lawrence, and stated that our president-general has enjoyed working to fulfill the goal of Moving Forward in Service to America, and wants to do all she can to ensure the success of the person who will replace her.

The National Defense Report was read by Billie Toalson, and discussed Retired Naval Senior Chief Doreen Lehner, also a member of DAR, and the awards she received during and after her 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. Among other honors, she has four Navy Commendation medals and three Navy Achievement medals, and was named a 2017 inductee into the Surface Warfare Hall of Fame.

A second National Defense Report was read by Regent Billie Franklin since it was not available to read at the April meeting. This report was about the accomplishments of Marjie McKenney, now 95 years old and retired, but still working out with her teammates on the Pensacola Pirates Masters Swimming team. Known as Little Marjie, she joined the navy in 1942 and became a full-fledged aircraft and engine mechanic during World War II.

The Minutes of the April meeting were read by Secretary Karen Collins, and approved as read. Treasurer Jakelynn Crawford’s report was accepted as presented.

Following a discussion about Good Citizen Awards, the group voted that Good Citizen Awards be given in May rather than February. Regent Franklin also read a newspaper article from years past about Betty Jo Fowler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Fowler, being selected as a Good Citizen from Sabinal High School, and commented that Betty Fowler Harris had attended our April meeting.

The door prize was won by Patsy Edwards. The meeting was adjourned at 12:02, and most members enjoyed a group luncheon at Oasis Outback. The next meeting will be held on Sat., Sept. 21, and the program will be about the U.S. Constitution.

Members present at the meeting were Nancy Baker, Patricia Burrier, Jan Chism, Karen Collins, Jakelynn Crawford, Patsy Edwards, Billie Franklin, Alice Hicks, Lesley Jones, Francis Karasek, Chris Lacey, Betty Lawrence, Revis Leonard, Ellen Little, Yvonne Quigley, and Billie Toalson. Guests who signed the book were Mona Booker, Sheryl Burkeen, Hank Coleman, Barbara Perkins, and Kathryn Wendlandt.

Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership in DAR. For more information, contact Regent Billie Franklin at (830) 988 3258.

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