Minutes of the January 4, 2003 regular monthly meeting of the

Henry L. Kinney Chapter #17,

Sons of the Republic of Texas



Grady Price Blount*

Dan Byerly*

John Clanton*

Tom Gomez, Jr.*

Skip Kennedy*

*Active SRT members with Chapter 17 affiliation



Grady Price Blount called the meeting to order at 10:05 AM in the Banquet Room of the Golden Corral, 1921 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.


Minutes from the December 2002 meeting had been posted at www.geomadre.com/srt and were approved.


Grady welcomed John Clanton to full membership. John stated that his son in Austin will also be applying for membership. Tom gave him an application form and SRT flyer.


Skip reported that he has located the Hortense Ward manuscripts of Henry L. Kinney’s biography in the museum at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. These date from the 1970’s. Dr. Tom Kreneck of the Special Collections at the Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has contacted the museum and arranged to have copies of the manuscript sent here. Skip stated that he has also become aware of a M.S. thesis on Kinney which was published in the 1940’s. It is thought to exist at the University of Texas. He is following up on this lead. Lastly, Skip reminded all present that the Kinney manuscript project, although being aided invaluably by TAMU-CC, started as a SRT project and he cautioned that we not let others take it over.


Grady reported that he had secured a location for the rechartering banquet at the Port Royal Ocean Resort on Mustang Island. There was extensive discussion about the menus and the costs and the group finally settled on the “Aransas Fish Fry”, plus a cash bar, and a ticket price of $25 per person. Grady stated that he would make up the invitations (about 90 in all) and Skip volunteered that his company would pay the mailing postage for all.


Treasurer/Secretary Tom Gomez, Jr. reported that our balance this month is $286.13. 

Our next regular monthly meeting is scheduled for 10 AM on Saturday, February 1st, 2003.


We returned to discussions of Texas Independence Day Activities. Skip suggested we find or create a “Kinney actor” to talk about Corpus Christi history. We also discussed our continuing efforts to get started in re-enacting. Tom and Skip provided the following URL’s of locations with historic stock:




















The meeting adjourned at 11 AM.