You just never know where you will find Mary Yantis of Dublin, Texas, but Texansunited.com located her inside the Little Church on Grafton Street on the first Monday night of this month, where she was preparing to moderate as John Awbrey, publisher of the De Leon Free Press, taught a lesson on Erath and Comanche Counties in the Civil War. And a great lesson it was!
However, you must never think that we started the lesson without praying and pledging both the American and Texas flags. As I’ve told you in the past, I’ve yet to attend an event or meeting in Dublin where this is not the norm. In fact, sometimes we even sing!
As many of you know, our area was once officially called the Upper Leon River Country. Of course, people like us would probably have simply referred to it as Indian Territory; however, no matter what we would have called it, our area was a tough place to live for many, many years, and John did a great job of pointing this out.
He also explained that during the early settlement years, the people of Dublin joined with the people of Comanche County more than they did with Erath County. This, of course, explains why the names of Dublin men are often listed with Comanche County men when it came time to trail the Indians.
At the request of his students, John Awbrey went over the names from this area who served in some manner during the war. He also took questions from the floor, even answering how he became interested in this project.
The answer might surprise some of our Comanche County friends. It seems that while eating in Rockin’ J’s Restaurant, John was told that nothing really happened in our area during the Civil War. Wrong!
Thankfully, that was enough to spur his interest and we hope he will have his book out by December.
History 101 is taught every first Monday at 5:30 during the months that public school is in session. Everyone is welcome to attend. The format is lesson, refreshments, wrap-up lesson and lots of visiting. Come join us!