The Milam County Historical Commission and the Milam County Museum are sponsoring a
Talk presented by Dr. Alston Thoms as a part of the Texas Historical Commission's
Archeology Month. Admission is Free.
“Native History & Foodways in the Post Oak Savannah:
A Brazos Valley Perspective”
October 8, 2009 7:00 PM
Milam County Courthouse (Courtroom). Cameron, TX
Dr. Alston Thoms, archeologist and associate professor at Texas A&M University, will
talk about Native Americans who lived in the Brazos River basin of Texas’ Post Oak
Savannah and its vicinity. Thoms will discuss how these people survived by gathering
native plants and hunting wild animals, including mammoths, more than 12,000 years ago.
He also will talk about the use of rock-filled earth ovens to cook various roots.
Refreshments will be served after the talk in the Milam County Historical Museum Annex
(101 W. Main St.). Sponsored by Milam CHC and Milam County Historical Museum.
Free. 7 p.m. at District Courtroom, Milam County Courthouse.
Information: Dee Dee Green, 254.697.4692, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Geri Burnett,
Rockdale Reporter, October 8, 2009
A&M prof, tours, talks to highlight Archaeology Month
Thoms to talk on area’s Native Americans populations
Headlining Archeology Month in Milam County will be a presentation by Texas A&M
professor and noted archeologist Dr. Alston Thoms, according to Judith Slusher,
chairman of the Archeology Committee for the Milam County Historical Commission.
Dr. Thoms will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday in the District Courtroom of the Milam County
Courthouse in Cameron. He will talk about Native Americans who lived in the Brazos
River River basin of Texas Post Oak Savannah and its vicinity.
Thoms will discuss how these people survived by gathering native plants and hunting
wild animals, including mammoths more than 12,000 years ago. He will also talk about
the use of rock-filled earth ovens to cook various roots.
Thoms’ fieldwork in Texas spans more than 30 years, during which time he has worked
closely with avocational archeologists, Native American groups, Civil War enthusiasts
and local historical organizations.
Thoms is a sixth-generation Texan whose archeological interests date to his grade
school days in the Texas Panhandle when his father taught him how to find Indian
campsites around lakes and along draws.
In addition to Thoms’ talk, other Archeology Month activities are planned. MCHC members
Geri Burnett, Dee Dee Green and Jackie Thornton and interested citizen Randy Billingsly
will present programs on archeology to all fourth-grade classes in the county.
The Milam County Historical Commission will have the book The Milam County Courthouse
and Its People for sale. The book was published in 2008 by the Milam County Historical
Commission, and authored by Mary Ann Eanes of Cameron.
Tours of the historic courthouse will also be available.
Rockdale Reporter, October 8, 2009
Old photos of Milano Bank sought
Kay Lagrone, Reporter Correspondent, Rockdale Reporter, October 9, 2009
The City of Milano administration is asking for help in finding pictures of the
Milano Bank that was located in downtown. The city is planning to restore the
building and make it into a museum. If you have photos and would make copies or let
city administrators make copies, it would be appreciated.
as collected and published in the
1936 Rockdale High School Yearbook.
Rockdale Reporter, October 15, 2009
TDA honors Hargrove Farm
The Texas Department of Agriculture recently recognized 78 farms and ranches in 60
Texas counties at the 34th annual Family Land Heritage ceremony, held in the House
Chamber at the Texas Capitol. The annual
event recognizes families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous
agricultural production for more than 100 years.
Among these was the Hargrove Farm in Milam County, represented by siblings Clyde L.
Hargrove and Dorothy Hargrove Jenkins.
To date, more than 4,300 properties in 235 Texas counties have been recognized.
“Today, these families are the breath of life for their ancestors’ dreams,” Staples
said. “The land they have nurtured, loved and cared for will forever be a part of the
past, present and future of this great state.
Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples (center) presented
100-year recognition certificate to
Clyde Hargrove and Dorothy Hargrove Jenkins.