Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Once more an attempt is being made to expand the membership
of the Texas Historical Association. The old members are urged
to attend the annual meeting and to encourage others to join the
Association. The program for the spring meeting is already in
preparation. Those who have papers ready or in preparation are
invited to communicate with the editors.
Mr. J. C. Duvall of the law firm of Duvall and Lawson, Burk
Burnett Building, Fort Worth, has recently become a member of
the Texas Historical Association. The editor of this page met
Mr. Duvall on the train, and in conversation with him learned
that the former State Representative loves good horses-almost
certain proof that he came from Kentucky.
It turned out that Kentuckians have clubs in Texas which have
been active in gathering information as to the part Kentuckians
have played in the history of their adopted State. In response
to an invitation, Mr. Duvall gave the following account of the
Kentucky clubs in Texas.
The Kentucky clubs were organized originally as social clubs
through which people from Kentucky might meet and enjoy old
fashion "bull fests." As the clubs were organized over the State,
the State Fair Association set aside a day each year for a meeting
of members of Kentucky clubs, and the Dallas organization usually
provided a tent in which these members could register and con-
gregate. Sam P. Cochran of Dallas was very active in that work.
When the State decided to have its Centennial Exposition,
Kentucky club members became interested in a study of the part
played by Kentuckians in bringing about Texas independence.
The Governor appointed me to go back to Kentucky and extend
the official invitation of Texas to Governor Chandler and the
Kentucky Legislature to attend our celebration. Kentucky Day
was observed at the Centennial and, as Governor Chandler was
unable to be present, I filled his speaking engagement.
We had present at the meeting the granddaughter of James
Sylvester, who is credited with having captured General Santa
Anna. This lady is now past eighty years of age and was able to
give me a great many interesting facts concerning Texas history.
I have compiled a list of Kentuckians who took part in the Texas
Revolution, with a brief account of the part played by each. I
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101103/. Accessed March 11, 2014.