United Daughters of the Confederacy hold meeting
The William P. Rogers Chapter 44, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Victoria met Sept. 20 at the Power Home. The meeting was called to order by First Vice President Tami Hurley. Invocation was given by member Jane Cornett. The ritual of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was led by Hurley. Marilyn Logan led the pledge to the United States flag, and Sharron Torrence led the pledge to the Texas flag. The salute to the Confederate flag was led by Ann Mozisek.
Hurley welcomed guests John Meitzen and Jack Boothe. Members present included Mary Belle Meitzen, Logan, Dolores Nesloney, Janis Rollins, Hurley, Suzy Card, Ann Mozisek, Patricia Patterson-Williams, Susan Johns Purcell, Cornett, Kathleen Reimann, Alma Wehmeyer, Sharron Torrence, Sue Jones, Jean Shores and Camile McLaughlin.
Reimann, historian, presented historical research on the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway conceived in 1913. William P. Rogers Chapter had the distinction of placing the first memorial highway marker in the state of Texas in 1930. Why was this chapter selected? Genevieve Power Stevenson's husband, James W. Stevenson, was a state representative from Victoria. He introduced a resolution in the Texas House to proclaim the Jefferson Davis Highway program in the name of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This resolution passed. Mozisek was presented with a gift for correctly identifying why William P. Rogers was selected to be the first to erect a marker on Highway 12, which is now Highway 59.
Hurley and Patterson-Williams presented the Winnie Davis Medal to Simone Tipton for designing the chapter flag, which was an outstanding contribution beyond her duty. In addition, a moment of silence was held in memory of member Belva Zirjacks, who passed away June 29.
Rollins described her Irish Confederate ancestor, Henry Wilson, to the chapter. Historian Michael Hurley, a 12th generation Irish-American, presented the program, "The Irish in the Confederacy." Historian Gary Ralston will present hands-on Civil War Green Lake artifacts at the November program.