The Runnels County Historical Commission appointed officers and a member presented a program about the origin of churches in Rowena, during their regular meeting held Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lowake Steak House.

The Runnels County Historical Commission appointed officers and a member presented a program about the origin of churches in Rowena, during their regular meeting held Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lowake Steak House.

Beverly Teplicek presented a program on the churches in Rowena.  She stated that the story of churches in Rowena begins at the turn of the century and four denominations play the key roles – Catholic, Baptist, Czech Presbyterian and Zoar Evangelical Church (currently the United Church of Christ).

The election of Officers for the years 2017-2018 was approved the commissioner’s court Friday, January 13.  The officers are Ruth Cooper, chairperson, Randall Conner, vice chairperson, Alton O’Neal, secretary, Anthony Lange, treasurer and Beverly Teplicek, reporter.  The appointees were also appointed at this same time.

The commission will be presenting their Annual Report for 2016 to the Runnels County Commissioners court at the meeting on Thursday, January 26.

RCHC is working with Randy Atkins, James Hays and Jerry Eoff on a research project about the Humble Camp.

The commission also received two letters from students in the Fort Worth area regarding a school project about the history of Runnels County.  The commission requested in a cover letter to know how this project went for the students.  Chairperson, Ruth Cooper handled  this request.

Linda Duggan reported that Volume III, Runnels County Historical Markers and PostOffices sales are steady.   This book was compiled by Ruth Cooper and Randal Conner, with help of several other individuals.   The cost of the book is $30 and shipping is an additional $7.  She also reminded everyone that the first two books, Volume I, The Organization of RunnelsCounty and Volume II, Schools of Runnels County are still available.

The commission is currently seeking information of cemeteries in Runnels County.  Commission appointees will be checking into the history of the more than 45 cemeteries in the county.

Linda Duggan opened the meeting at 10:30 a.m. Duggan led the prayer and Beverly Teplicek led the pledges to the flags. Five appointees and five guests were present.  Guests included Fred Jansa, Cherry Luedtke, Thomas and Judy Eaves.

The minutes were read by Alton O’Neil.   Due to the absence of Anthony Lange there was no treasurer’s report.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30. The next scheduled meeting of the RCHC will be March 11 2017.
All meetings of the Runnels County Historical Commission are open to the public.