The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 95
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ninety-three years. Her place of birth was De Zavala's Point in Harris
County. For her career as research historian, she was well prepared by
study at Ursuline Academy and Sam Houston State Teachers College.
After leaving college, she taught school for many years, first at Terrell
and then in the public schools of San Antonio.
She was not content with development of Texas history, but was
widely interested in encouraging others. As early as 1887, she organ-
ized the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association; this organiza-
tion placed markers at many historic spots. She was one of the founders
of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. This was in 1891. One of
the chapters was named for Miss Adina. In 1912, when there was a
division in the ranks of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the
De Zavala chapter became a part of the Texas Historical and Land-
One of her deepest loyalties was to the Texas State Historical Asso-
ciation, of which she was a charter member. During these fifty-eight
years, she missed few of the annual meetings. For thirty-five years, she
was on the Executive Council. A rare reward came to her when, in
1945, she was elected as Honorary Life Fellow, an honor given to no
other member. Fellowship in this Association is based on special
aptitude for historical investigation. Her best known book is The
History and Legends of the Alamo and Other Missions in and Around
Membership in the Philosophical Society of Texas came to Miss
Adina in 1940. She was loyal to this organization but advancing years
prevented regular attendance. She was present in San Antonio in 1940
and 1947, and in Austin in 1941.
When, on March 1, 1955, her frail body was committed to the soil
of her beloved Texas, her spirit became a part of Texas history, along
with her distinguished ancestors.
Association member Dr. Edward Wallace, biographer of Gen-
eral William Jenkins Worth and a student of the Southwest, is
now working with the Yale University Map Laboratory in the
preparation of two large-scale maps of the West. A line drawn
south from Chicago will mark the eastern limits. Texas will, of
course, be included in the southern half of the map. Trails are to
be marked, also rivers, creeks, and elevations of importance.
There will also be included sites of battles, Indian engagements,
army posts, and the like.
The date of 1890 will be used as a terminal point on the map.
Dr. Wallace would be pleased to hear from members of the Asso-
ciation and to have recommendations and information concern-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956, periodical, 1956; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/m1/111/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.