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TR Chamber begins centennial celebration
by Tim Delaney, Editor
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THREE RIVERS — Make plans to attend the annual Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet scheduled for the evening of Jan. 28.

The meeting will start with finger foods and visiting at 6 p.m. in the Three Rivers school cafeteria.

Murrell Foster, executive director of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, said all will line up for a rib-eye steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. Brush Country Catering is catering the dinner.

“About 7:15 p.m., we will start the program,” Foster said.

Master of ceremonies will be Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff.

Special guest speaker, raconteur and historian Kurt House will address those at the meeting.

House, who is 65, studied anthropology at Southern Methodist University and taught there in the 1970s.

He has an acute interest in Texas history, especially periods that saw the construction of Spanish missions.

House also knows about Live Oak County and the surrounding countryside.

He is an antique specialist who buys, sells and appraises antique arms and all kinds of western memorabilia.

He has published six books on archeology, antique arms and natural history.

House is a life member and director of the Colt Collectors Association.

He also is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Texas Gun Collectors Association and the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association.

He is a board member of the Wild West History Association and director of the Former Texas Ranger Foundation.

And he founded the American Fan Collectors Association.

2013 marks the city of Three Rivers’ 100th birthday, so in addition to the meeting and banquet, the Three Rivers history book, Reflections and Anticipation, will be unveiled. The title of the book also is the banquet’s theme.

Also, centennial commemorative plates will be available for purchase at $15 each.

The hardback books are available for $30 each. The book includes 12 pages of color, with the rest being black and white in 112 pages.

Only 1,000 of the 8.5 by 11-inch books were published.

The books are being published by Donning Company Publishers, in Missouri.

Foster said the shipment of books is expected to arrive Jan. 9.

The Centennial Book Committee chairman was Diane Kuenstler. Committee member Rita Arnst was the book’s editor.

Other members of the committee included Carmelita Moreno, Janice Krause, Roberta Dobie, Jerry Wheeler, Joe and Enriquetta Muñoz, Kurt House, Mike Pierson, Jerry Retzloff, Patty Reagan, John-Pierre Coquat, Sue McNeill, Roger Stewart, Paula Mitchell, Michael Smith, Rick Carroll and Celia Ruiz.

Foster said those who come to the banquet can purchase and get autographed copies of the book from the centennial chairman and editor.

Prospective buyers can call the chamber office at 361-786-4330 to find out how to purchase the book.

Arrange for tickets to the banquet, too. Individual tickets are $20 each while tables can be reserved for $200 each.

“We probably will be no later than 8:30 p.m. to finish the banquet,” Foster said.

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