From Far Right to Left: Richard Perez, Benny Martinez, Rolando Romo, and the Texas Army

El Filosofo

Tejano Association for Historical Preservation

Lorenzo de Zavala Chapter

May 2002

NEXT MEETING Friday, May 24, 2002 at the Carlos Garcia Auditorium Houston Community College 2524 Garland Carlos Garcia Auditorium 7:00 p.m. Hou., Tex. 

SPEAKER:  Stephen L. Klineberg, Professor of Sociology at Rice University 

Stephen L. Klineberg, Professor of Sociology at Rice University will present “Facing The New Realities: Findings from 20 years of Hou. Surveys.” Professor Klineberg is also incorporating his research in a book tentatively entitled “Making Sense of Our Times: Studies of Attitude Change in the Hou. Area.” Don’t miss this informative speaker.

The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s architectural and cultural historical resources through education, advocacy and committed action thereby creating economic value and developing a stronger sense of community. The Alliance held their National Preservation Week luncheon and Preservation Fair at the Hou. Club this past Wed. May 15, 2002. The Honoree was Anna Russell, city secretary for 50 years and has served under five mayors. The guest speaker was Sidney Berger, Dir. of the U. of H. School of Theater. For more info. email Ramona Davis, Ex. Dir. at or

Texas Army Fired Traditional Salute 4/21/02 3:00 p.m. at San Jacinto

Colonel Charles Yates of the Tex. Army read Sam Houston’s Battle Report (dated April 25, 1836) to the Interim Govt. at the San Jacinto Monument.

T.A.H.P. Pres., Benny C. Martinez, Vice Pres. Richard Perez and T.A.H.P. Founder Rolando Romo laid two wreaths following the reading of the report. A red, white and green wreath was laid as an act of respect for the memory of the Mexican Soldiers who perished on the battlefield at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. A white wreath was laid in the memory and as a tribute to the soldiers of the Texas Army. Jerry Tubbs, Rick Eddy, Dennis Heckathorne and son Noah, performed in the Tex. Army Fife and Drum Corp. The Tex. Army was well represented with many participants such as Mr. Tristan and son of Sugarland, Mr. David Pomeroy, Mr. Herlitz, and General Carroll Lewis. Ms. Jan DeVault of the DRT San Jacinto Chapt. was recognized and graciously said a few words of appreciation. The ceremony ended with the Tex. Army firing a traditional salute. For more info. visit

“Come Join ...The Human Race” on Sunday Afternoon Oct. 27
H-E-B along with the Holocaust Museum will present “Come Join ...The Human Race” on Sunday afternoon Oct. 27, 2002. The purpose of the event is to bring together the city’s ethnic and cultural groups to stand together for what is right, to stand up for each other and to pledge to make a difference. The 5K non competitive run/walk had 5,000 participants last year. “Fact Boards” will be along the route to teach the participants about leaders, different ethnic and religious communities. For more information contact the Holocaust Museum at 713-942-8000 x 105.
The Texas Army Fife and Drum Corp, “First Band of Texas”

The Texas Army Fife and Drum Corp plays tunes from the American Revolution, the battle at San Jacinto and the Civil War. They are also unique in that they portray the three fifers and drummers that played at the Battle of San Jacinto. The musicians dress in authentic period costume and are also know as the “First Band of Texas.”

In the past the fifers and drummers often played at funerals, as the deceased were carried to their grave by friends. The drums would be covered in black crepe and muffled playing a slow march. Dirges were also played on the way to the grave. Hymns would be played at the grave site. After the service, happy tunes would be played signifying that one must return to the living after paying respect to the dead.

Dennis Heckathorne is a colonel in the Texas army and is also the founder of the Texas Army Fife and Drum Corp. The Texas Army Fife and Drum Corp has performed at the Alamo, San Jacinto, Washington on the Brazos, parades, civic groups, schools and for various Governors. They also were honored to perform as the San Jacinto Missile Cruiser was retiring from duty.

For more info. call Dennis Heckathorne at 713-472-3743

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is presenting Americanos: Latino Life in the United States 

May 12-August 4 at the Caroline Weiss Law Building, 1001 Bissonette . Latino Life is portrayed by 120 contemporary photographs which capture a panoramic vision of Americanos from the west coast to the east coast. Actor and Activist Edward James Olmos collaborated with the 32 photographers who documented the diversity of America’s Latin American community. A few of the topics range from Latino Contributions, Colors, the sacred in the Latino experience, and mujer. Subjects chosen range from celebrities to everyday citizens. For more information visit or or phone The Museum of Fine Arts Houston at 713– 639-7375.

THE 4TH ANNUAL CINE CUAHATEMOC PAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL Jesus Cantu Medel, M.Ed. Curator, will be held at the Univ. of Hou. Downtown College from June 17– June 21, 2002. Topics range from Chicano/Latino community, and a theme of global environment. For more information phone 713-527-9010 or email Mr. Medel at

The Nominating Committee submits the following slate of officers for 2002: President: Linda Alonzo-Saenz, 1st Vice President: Loretta Williams, 2nd Vice President: Richard Perez, Secretary, Treasurer: Yvette Banuelos. If you would like to serve in an elected position please contact Dr. Sarabia at 713– 436-1788.


Though a fort, not a mission, a chapel was erected inside the quadrangle for the sole use of the soldiers and Spanish settlers living in the town of La Bahia surrounding the fort. The religious needs of the Indian tribes were served by the missions of Rosario, Espiritu Santo and Refugio. The name of the chapel was given the title “Our Lady of Loreto,” and is the oldest building in the compound in continuous since the 1700’s.

One of the oldest churches in America, it also is one of the only buildings in existence that has its original “groin vaulted ceiling” in place. The striking fresco at the back of the altar was done in 1946 by the Michelangelo of South Texas,” Corpus Christi artist Antonio Garcia. Located in the niche above the chapel entrance is the statue of Our Lady of Loreto made by Lincoln Borglum of Mt. Rushmore fame.

This centuries old chapel was where Fannin’s men were held part of their captivity before they were executed. The First Declaration of Texas Independence was signed inside the chapel on December 20, 1835. After the Texas Revolution of 1836, while other buildings of the Presidio fell into neglect and disrepair, the chapel was still used as a place of worship and at one time was temporarily used as a private residence. An act of the Republic of Texas in 1841 restored church properties confiscated by the Republic but it was not until 1855 that the first non– Hispanic Bishop of Texas, Bishop J.M. Odin, received title from the Town Council of Goliad.

Over the years, through the loving devotion of the local residents, the chapel continued its existence as a place of worship and today many of the area families can look back proudly to the time when their ancestors kept alive the light of faith they passed on to their children.

Reprinted from Presidio La Bahia brochure

TEJANO HALL OF FAME Tejano R.O.O.T.S. (Remembering Our Own Tejano Stars) Hall of Fame Museum released the following list (April 25, 2002) of Pioneers and Legends of the Tejano music Industry to be inducted in the Class of 2002 Hall of Fame. They will be recognized for their achievements and contributions to the Tejano Music Industry and formally inducted on Saturday August 3, 2002 Alice, Tx.. Rene Joslin—Alice, Tx. (Favorite Son of Alice); Freddie Martinez—Corpus Christi, Tx (Musician/Record Producer); Lydia Mendoza—San Antonio, TX. Ruben and Alfonso Ramos– Sugarland/Austin, Tx.; Eligio Escobar Ben Bolt, Tx.; Paula Willis-Estrada, Marlin, Tx.; Daniel Garzes– San Antonio, Tx.; Los Unicos-Pharr, Tx., (Mel Villarreal,Baldemar Munoz,Oscar Soliz,Antanascio Rivera, Ramiro de la Cruz); Tony “Ham” Guerrero-San Angelo, Tx.; Delia Gutierrez-Runge, Tx.; Las Hermanitas Gongora (Luisa & Guadalupe)–Corpus Christi, Tx.; Juan Guerrero, Mission, Tx., (Los Sheekanos); Miguel Rios-Alice, Tx. (Radio Pioneer); Manuel “Manny” Guerra-San Antonio, Tx. (Musician/Record Producer); Ventura Alonzo–Houston, Tx. (Alonzo y sus Rancheros). A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Baldemar Huerta (Freddy Fender) for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the industry. The Museum is located at 213 N. Wright St. in Alice, Tx.. For more information contact Javier "JV" Villanueva, CEO Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame 213 N. Wright St. Alice, "The Birthplace of Tejano", Tx. 78332. Museum ph# 361-664-8000 Fax # 361-661-1441 or visit their website at