Minutes of the January 2004 regular monthly meeting of

The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Chapter 17



Grady Price Blount

Tom Gomez, Jr.

Bob Coffin


The regular December meeting of the Kinney Chapter, SRT, was called to order to 7:10 PM at the Republic of Texas Bar and Grill on the 20th floor of the Omni Bayfront Hotel in downtown Corpus Christi. This was the third and final evening meeting of Chapter 17. Due to poor attendance at the Tuesday night meetings, we voted to return to our former Saturday morning schedule. Effective on February 7th we will resume having our monthly meetings at 10AM on the first Saturday morning of each month. The new venue, effective February 7th , will be the Golden Corral Restaurant at 5274 S. Staples in Corpus Christi. This is located on Staples between SPID and Williams Drive near Moore Plaza.


New Members:

December was a bumper month for local membership as HQ approved five new applications. Join us in welcoming:      

Justin Allen Blount

                                                            Robert Wade Coffin

                                                            Jeffrey Gordon Hensley

                                                            Pat McCown, Sr.

                                                            Larry Wayne Robertson


Election of new officers for 2004:

President - Tom Gomez, Jr., 1702 Tarlton, Corpus Christi, TX, 78415, (361)883-8155, txrebcoh@msn.com

Vice-President – Bob Coffin, 4401 Marie, Corpus Christi, TX, 78411, (361)855-6710

Secretary/Treasurer – Grady Price Blount, 8317 Seashore, Corpus Christi, TX, 78412, (361)992-2220, blount@nueces.com


Former Treasurer Tom Gomez, Jr. transferred accounting duties to new Treasurer Grady Price Blount with an account balance of $848.53 at Charter Bank in Corpus Christi. Congratulations to the new crew and good luck in the coming year.


Canyon Archives a Bust?

Kinney Chapter member Manti Cummins visited the archives of West Texas A&M University in Canyon during December. His assignment was to personally inspect the Kinney Papers stored there and provide his own independent assessment as to their veracity and possible historical value. He reported to Grady that the boxes he inspected were mostly notes on what appeared to be a highly-conjectural (and not very well-written) amateur novel. Combined with the earlier assessment provided by Tom Kreneck of the Special Collections section of the Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, it seems unlikely that this “resource” will yield any useful historical information. Thanks to Manti for taking on this task.


Skip Kenedy checks in over the holidays:

Grady got a phone call from Kinney Chapter member Skip Kenedy over the holidays. Skip was transferred to San Antonio recently – a big loss for our chapter. But he is settled in nicely now with his new position. Let’s hope he retains his membership here in the old hometown and joins us on occasion when time permits!


Congratulations to Atlee Parr IV:

Junior member Atlee Parr IV received his Eagle Scout award in special ceremonies held in downtown Corpus Christi in December. Kinney Chapter President Grady Price Blount participated in the Order of the Eagle ceremonies by reading a congratulatory message from Secretary General L. Vaughn Oliver. We then presented Atlee with a special Award of Recognition for the achievement of his Eagle Scout rank. Congratulations Atlee!


Comments and commentaries on REMEMBER The ALAMO documentary:

We discussed the December airing of the History Channel television documentary REMEMBER The ALAMO, hosted by fellow-Texan Dennis Quaid. In spite of the pre-show hype that it was going to be shocking and controversial, we agreed that it was an interesting and even-handed piece (So much for the redneck myth).


What many people still don’t seem to understand is that their own Disney-inspired prejudices don’t hold any water with folks truly dedicated to the truth of Texas history. One of the exciting bits of news which came out of the documentary is that a character portraying Tejano patriot Juan Seguin will be a major player in the new movie to be released April 9, 2004. It may seem trite, but this news holds the potential for greatly increasing awareness of the real role of our Tejano ancestors. You can visit the official website of the film by clicking here.


National Convention Reminder:

The annual meeting of the Sons of the Republic of Texas will be held in Austin this year. Check off April 2-4 on your calendar and start making plans now to attend!