The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 267
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field Monument grounds. My expenses, daily, will be about $20 which
includes my time, the expense of operating my equipment, and trans-
It is to be hoped that something constructive can be done by
the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, the City of
Houston, or other interested institutions or parties in connection
with this project.
The Battleship Texas Commission, Lloyd Gregory, chairman,
is planning to make a part of the retired warship available as a
museum dedicated to the Texas Navy. To further that project the
commission has published two brochures: The Early Texian Navy,
by Admiral S. M. Robinson (ret.), of Houston; and a picture
folder which also contains "The Story of the U. S. S. Texas," and
"A Message from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz."
W. Ernest Thompson, after reading the "Texas Collection"
note on "The Man on the Flying Machine," in the July Quarterly,
had the following reminiscences of the event to add in a recent
Well do I remember that October day, in 1911, when Cailbraith
Perry Rodgers flew over my home town of Hillsboro, Texas. Since
the story in the Quarterly says he reached Waco on the 19th of October,
I am sure that is the date he flew over our town, as it was only thirty
miles north of Waco.
Having due notice of the probable time he would fly over us, we
gathered at such points as would give us a view of him, and I was
one of a few who got on the top of the Citizens National Bank, in
which building I had a real estate office.
We saw him for quite a distance before he reached us, as he came
in from Dallas, following the Dallas-Hillsboro branch of the Katy
Railroad. That year has always been clear in my memory, and I
thought it was in the fall, so now I guess I can put the date as October
19th. If some of my diaries have not been lost, I may yet find a current
account of it.
Travis B. Bryan, president of the First National Bank of
Bryan, Texas, and a great-great-grandson of Moses Austin, has
been twice honored during 1961. On January 18, 1961, he be-
came the first foreign civilian to be awarded a pair of honorary
wings in the Chinese National Air Force. A certificate, signed
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