The Chambers County Historical Commission elected new officers at the Regular Meeting of February 26, 2011. R. B. Scherer, Jr. was elected Chair of the Commission, replacing long time Chair Bob Wheat who recently resigned.

Mr. Scherer was the previous Vice Chair and he is a descendant of several of the early settler families of Chambers County. The other officers elected were Yvonne Morgan, Vice Chair; Sheryl Shaw, Secretary; and Kenneth Standley, Treasurer.

The Commission also welcomed two new members, Mark Seale and Tony Sims. All members of the Commission are appointed by the Chambers County Commissioners Court.

The Commission also received reports from various committee chairs. Yvonne Morgan, Chair of the History Preservation Committee, reported that the History Essay information has been delivered to the three schools in the county.

Students in Middle School and High School are encouraged to enter the contest. In addition to the reward of learning about Chambers County, the first place winners from each School District will receive a trophy and a $50 Savings Bond. The deadline for the contest is April 15, 2011 and parents are reminded to encourage their children to participate.

The Double Bayou Dance Hall was also discussed. John Britt, Lee College Professor and Commission Member, reported that one of his students was working on the research to obtain a State Historical Marker for the dance hall.

 

There is also an effort underway to restore the building as a tourist attraction as a tribute to Pete Mayes, a native of Double Bayou and noted Blues musician who played many concerts there.

The James Taylor White Cemetery located south of IH-10 near the TxDOT rest area was discussed. Kenneth Standley, Chair of the Cemetery Committee, reported that the cemetery is now on the list to be cleaned by the Adult Probationers under the direction of Lisa Whittington.

A slide presentation of the cemetery and the home site was presented, showing further deterioration of the old home and adjoining cemetery. The home is of historical significance to both Chambers County and the State of Texas with the signing of the Double Bayou Resolution occurring there.

Santa Anna was also held prisoner there following his defeat by Sam Houston at San Jacinto. All efforts to preserve the site have been thwarted by an unwilling property owner.

The Historical Commission meets regularly on the fourth Saturday of the month in the Archival Museum Building in Anahuac.

The public is encouraged to attend and to visit the museum which is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.