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Section A: General News


Historians present lecture: ‘Giants of the Cibolo’


Historians present lecture: ‘Giants of the Cibolo’
Allen Kosub gives his presentation, “Giants of the Cibolo” during the Dec. 3 LVHA meeting.


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Elaine M. Stephens
La Vernia Historical Association
December 11, 2013
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“Giants of the Cibolo -- a forgotten legacy” was the topic of a presentation by local historians Allen and Regina Kosub during the La Vernia Historical Association (LVHA) meeting Dec. 3. Early settlers of La Vernia, St. Hedwig, and Sutherland Springs areas, such as Robert Weakley Brahan, Edward Cunningham, Capt. William H. Patton, Gideon Lee Jr., and the daughters of Rev. Marcus Henderson, were brought to life by the historians.

As Texans, these early citizens of the 1800s did much to thrill present day history lovers in Wilson, Bexar, and Guadalupe counties. They helped establish the Brahan Lodge, led Robert E. Lee’s Hoods Brigade, specifically the Mustang Grays, led huge cattle drives, bought and sold enormous tracts of land, served alongside Gen. Sam Houston, escorted prisoner Santa Anna to Washington, D.C., kept diaries, established railroad lines, and in at least one case, married without church approval.

The lecture presentation was the second of a two part series by the Kosubs. The first presentation was so well attended, the LVHA moved the second to a larger venue at the Church of Christ. Wrapping up the series with a surprising Christmas story, the Kosubs read 1870 newspaper clippings describing Christmas pageants held regularly at La Vernia churches when children sang and performed by decorated trees; clippings which included reports of cholera outbreaks in San Antonio, a possible ploy to encourage citizens to attend local events instead of venturing into the big city. The guests applauded the presentation and enjoyed refreshments provided by the LVHA.

The Kosubs will be speakers at the February meeting of the Wilson County Historical Society in Floresville, highlighting William Longworth, a reconstruction judge in Wilson County. Watch for more details and visit www.LaVerniaHistory.com.

Stephens is the president of the La Vernia Historical Association.
 

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