Heritage, Volume 11, Number 1, Winter 1993 Page: 22
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Fort Davis Hosts October
THF Board Meeting
The scenic Davis Mountains of far West
Texas provided the background as 19
members of the THF Board of Directors
gathered in Fort Davis in October to discuss
the affairs of the Foundation. New
board members Sherra Sharman of Houston
and Rich Atwell of Fredericksburg
joined other board members for the social
activities and Saturday morning board
The three-day-long gathering began
with a continental breakfast at the Overland
Trail Museum sponsored by the Fort
Davis Historical Society. Members of the
Historical Society served as guides and
generously shared their knowledge of the
area's history with THF members. Following
the museum tour and breakfast, board
members had the opportunity to participate
in a special outing as they spent the day
exploring the wildlife and vegetation of
beautiful Mount Livermore.
The Saturday morning board meeting
was highlighted by the awarding of preservation
grants to a wide array of projects all
around the state. (Read about those receiving
grants in THF President John Meadows'
message on page four of this issue.) A
From left: Herman Stocker, Bill Bailey, Glynn Ray, and Dr. Lee Rode gather for a photograph at the Prude
Ranch in Fort Davis during the Foundation's fall board meeting.
special thanks is due Grant Committee
chairs Christine Moor Sanders and Elizabeth
Susser for their diligent work.
Following the board meeting, THF
members spent the afternoon visting the
numerous historic sights of Fort Davis. An
evening barbecue at the Prude Ranch was
made even more enjoyable by John Robert
Prude who told of his ranching family's
history in the area.
The General Membership and Winter
Board Meeting of the Texas Historical
Foundation will be held January 22-24 at
the Guest Quarters Hotel in Austin.
Jeri Ballard and Ballinger Miles
Foundation Mourns Passing
The Texas Historical Foundation lost ,
two friends and enthusiastic supporters of
historical preservation recently with the
deaths of Jeri Ballard of Fort Worth and
Ballinger Miles of Galveston.
Though in ill and failing health, and
despite great physical adversities, Mrs.
Ballard attended the Foundation's fall board
meeting in remote Fort Davis in October.
This was to be the last board meeting for
Mrs. Ballard who died several weeks later Jeri Ballard, left, visits wi
Jeri Ballard, left, visits with
on November 5, in Fort Worth. Jeri and her THF Board Meeting in Octol
late husband Joseph P. Ballard, who served
as president of the Texas Historical Foundation,
are considered to be among the area, including the Chri
largest benefactors of the Foundation. The copal Church on Lackla
final wishes of the Ballard family included When Mrs. Ballard Ie
THF and support of the organization's ar- old church, it was being i
chaeological preservation efforts. near Dennis, Texas, to si
Mrs. Ballard leaves a legacy of accom- she was able to obtain the
plishments in the field of historic preserva- from the rancher, she
tion. She is responsible for the restoration moving the building to F
of many old buildings in the Fort Worth be difficult because of th,
1 friends during the
ist the King Episnd
earned about that
-sed by a rancher
tore hay. Though
e church building
Fort Worth would
e small roads and
bridges in that rural area. Not one to be
easily stopped, Mrs. Ballard worked with
the Corps of Engineers and the Texas National
Guard to build bridges and roads that
enabled the structure to eventually be moved
to its present Fort Worth site.
The Ballards were also instrumental in
Fort Worth's Save the Scott Home campaign.
The old Scott Home was originally used as a
rooming house for young women coming to
the city. The structure fell into disrepair, the
hospital district built up around it, and finally,
hospital officials decided to tear it down for
future medical offices. The Ballards organized
and initially funded the Thistle Hill Foundation,
which helped save and renovate the
old home, which is still in use today.
Another great loss was felt when former
Texas Historical Foundation president, longtime
board member, and supporter of historical
preservation in Texas, Ballinger
Miles passed away recently in Galveston.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean.
22 HERITAGE * WINTER 1993
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