Clipped From The Paris News
D.R.T. notes Lamar Day Lamar Day, one of the eight honor days noted by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, was observed locally with Mrs. Gene Roden Sr., chairman of the Pioneer Graves Committee of George Washington Stell, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and her granddaughter, Heather Roden, member of the Matilda Holman Wright Chapter, Children of the Republic of Texas, placing a wreath on the Mirabeau B. Lamar marker on the courthouse lawn. Lamar Day commemorates the man for whom Lamar County was named. Lamar joined the Texas Army as a private a 1 ? it moved eastward after the baU'e at the Alamo. He was verbally commissioned as a colonel at the start of the San Jacinto battle and a month later became commander in chief of the Texas Army. He was elected vice president of Texas in 1836 and as president in 1838. The site of the Texas capital was selected during his administration and he set aside lands for public schools and two universities. He became known as the Father of Education. Other Texas Honor Days are Gonzales Day, Oct. 2; Stephen F. Austin's Birthday, Nov. 3; Founder's Day, Nov. 6; Statehood Day, Feb. 19; Independence Day and Flag Day, March 2; Alamo Heroes' Day, March 6, and San Jacinto Day, April 21. Mrs. Roden presented a book on Mirabeau Lamar to the Paris Public Library as a further observance of Lamar Day.