The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 7
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The Beginnings of thie State Historical Association
a permanent organization, adjourned without any further exciting
Next morning I was glad to learn from Dr. Garrison, as I hap-
pened to meet him on the avenue, that he and Governor Lubbock
had just called on Colonel Ford at his hotel and hoped that they
had succeeded in winning his favor for our new organization.
Soon after we had documentary evidence of what a good loser the
colonel could be, as this letter taken from the files of the Roberts
papers in the University archives will show you. It is dated San
Antonio, March 20, 1897, after the writer had had a little over
two weeks to think things over. It is addressed to Governor Rob-
erts, who had been made president of the Association.
"My dear Governor Roberts,
"Yours came to hand duly. In regard to your suggestion, I
anticipate remaining with the Texas Historical Society as long as
I can do anything to promote the interest of Texas history. How-
ever, I cannot promise that will be a long time. Indications of
age have already developed and there is no means of guessing when
the end may come. The only proper thing I can do is to await
the finality with becoming complacency and fortitude."
The end came the following November the third, just eight
months and a day from the date of the meeting I am describing.
The third number of the first volume of our QUARTERLY, January,
1898, carried his death notice.
The list of officers for the first year of the Association was as
follows: President, Oran M. Roberts; vice-presidents, Dudley G.
Wooten, Guy M. Bryan, William Corner, Mrs. Julia Lee Sinks;
corresponding secretary and treasurer, Lester G. Bugbee; recording
secretary and librarian, George P. Garrison; executive council,
Oran M. Roberts, Dudley G. Wooten, Guy M. Bryan, William
Corner, Mrs. Julia Lee Sinks, George P. Garrison, Eugene Digges,
Z. T. Fulmore, C. W. Raines, F. R. Lubbock, Mrs. D. F. Arthur,
R. C. Burleson, M. M. Kenney, R. L. Batts, Mrs. Bride Neill
As I look back now over the history of our Association, I think
the most important thing provided for in the beginning was the
immediate establishment of THE QUARTERLY. I need not dwell on
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930, periodical, 1930; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/m1/15/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.