Bobbie Young, executive director of the Navarro County Historical Society and Curator of Pioneer Village spoke at the recent NARFE meeting.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Chapter 1191, held its monthly meeting in Corsicana. Young provided an excellent presentation of the historical years in Navarro County and Pioneer Village.
The Navarro County Historical Society (NCHS) was organized in 1956 by Alva Taylor of Corsicana and Joe Daniel of Kerens. Two years later the Pioneer Village was conceived to serve as a depository for the County’s surviving historic structures, heirlooms, artifacts and other family treasures. The Village is located at the famed “Watering Hole” where early day settlers circled their wagons for defense against the Indians. Today the site is the City Park located on land named for Beauford Jester of Corsicana, former governor of the State of Texas. The museum offers memberships, guided tours, self-guided tours, school tours, and school/museum cooperative curriculum.
Do you know how Navarro County got its name or that the first Commercial oil wells west of the Mississippi were drilled in Corsicana, Texas, in 1894? Navarro County was named in honor of Jose Antonio Navarro, a Mexican born in San Antonio, on Feb. 26, 1796. He was a member of the Legislature of Coahuila, Mexico and Texas, and made repeated efforts to obtain a separation of Texas from Coahuila. He was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and a member of the State Senate of Texas in 1848. He was the first Mexican to join the Methodist Church in Texas and he had two sons in the Confederate Army, one a captain and the other a first lieutenant. While a great deal of prominence was not given to him, few men connected with the early history of Texas were more patriotic than Jose Antonio Navarro. He died and was buried in San Antonio in 1870. Thank you, Ms. Young, for your presentation and for your difficult work in keeping Texas history alive.
NARFE membership is open to all with a federal retirement program. Stay informed regarding your area elected representatives and VOTE. Ask yourself, do they really represent me? Remember NARFE’s Mission Statement is: 1) To support legislation beneficial to current and potential federal annuitants and to oppose legislation contrary to their interest. 2) To promote the general welfare of current and potential federal annuitant by advising them with respect to their rights under retirement and regulations. 3) To cooperate with other organizations and associations in furtherance of these general objectives.
For membership information, please call the nearest community to you, in Midlothian call 972-268-5793 or 972-775-2463, in Waxahachie call 469-939-8102, Ennis call 214-949-6197, Red Oak call 412-722-6307, and in Corsicana call 903-874-3092.