If you have ever doubted what determination can do, let me tell you about an unsung hero who, with sheer tenacity and dedication, made a difference for two World War I veterans.

After almost 50 years, two World War I veterans will finally receive their rightful government headstones.

The Veteran’s Administration initially denied headstones for Pvts. Frank Ellis and Oscar Juenger, U.S. Army, because they do not have next of kin.

This did not deter a tenaciously dedicated local historian and genealogist, Deborah Gammon, who has for more than three years been gathering data, doing genealogical research and reconstructing their service records in hopes of officially marking their graves.

Through her actions, she made a difference, enhancing the history and knowledge for the community. Ms. Gammon should be recognized for her accomplishments.

Once both headstones are in place at the Fairview Cemetery, where Ellis and Juenger were buried in 1965, a ceremony honoring the men’s service to their country is planned.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the historical designation is planned for Memorial Day on May 26, a special day in the history of the cemetery.

The historic Fairview Cemetery is at the end of Kansas Street in League City. Established in 1900, the cemetery holds about 1,200 residents of League City and several surrounding communities and holds a Texas Historic Cemetery designation.

 

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Clear Creek Independent School District topped the list of the highest performing large school districts — those with 30,000 students or more, according to the nonprofit organization Children at Risk’s rankings.

The data for the rankings comes from the Texas Education Agency, said Caroline Neary, associate director of the nonprofit’s Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation.

The organization looks at three main areas, she said. The first is student achievement, an index of the raw scores from the state-mandated STAAR test.

The second factor is a campus performance index, using test scores and taking into account the student demographic data. The group also observes how test scores change.

Congratulations to the Clear Creek ISD for a job well done.

 

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The Butler Longhorn Museum will present the art work of Annette O. Clark in the third floor gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ms. Clark will be present at the reception, and her series of Gulf Coast art will be on exhibit from Thursday to May 31.

For information, contact annette7777@sbcglobal.net or call the Butler Longhorn Museum at 281-332-1393 or go by the museum, 1220 Coryell St.

Chris John Mallios, a longtime resident of League City, is writing a series of occasional columns about the history of his hometown. He can be reached at mallios@comcast.net.

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