General Jerome B. Robertson Camp 992

Specialty License Plates

On 11 October 2014, The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a Southern heritage group wanting to sell specialty license plates with its logo, asked the U.S. Supreme Court for help in its long fight against a Texas agency opposed to the idea.


  • The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, denied the Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the specialty license plate bearing the SCV emblem the Division had fought for. Therefore, Division will submit to the State of Texas Department of Transportation another design.  The artwork, i.e., the color bearer for Hood's Texas Brigade, does not belong to us, however, and Division will hold a contest to select a photograph to substitute for it. The idea is to find one of the Division's members who most resembles the aforesaid color bearer. Photo entries should be mailed to Division Commander Gary Bray at Submitted photos will be judged by members of the Division Executive Committee (DEC).


Confederate Plaques

Austin Court of Appeals Repudiates Bush-Perry Position

Replacement of Confederate Plaques at Supreme Court Building Violated Law

In a legal controversy going back to George W. Bush’s second term as governor, the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin handed Mr. Bush and his gubernatorial successor, Rick Perry, a stinging repudiation on Friday. 

The appellate court ruled that the state acting through the executive department did not follow state law in replacing plaques dedicating the Texas Supreme Court Building to Texas Confederate soldiers.

In Strybos and Texas Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. v. Rick Perry, et al, the Court stated, “We render judgment declaring that the appellees' (State’s) installation of the new dedication plaque without Texas Historical Commission approval violated Texas Government Code section 2166.501.

The lawsuit, originating in 2000, resulted when then Gov. Bush ordered two plaques removed from the Supreme Court building under pressure from the NAACP.  The plaques were removed the night of Friday,  June 9, 2000 between 5:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. according to work orders made public during the suit. 

The plaques had been placed in the building’s lobby soon after its construction in 1962 because the state had used money from the Confederate veterans pension fund for constructing that building and a number of others in Austin.

Ray James of College Station, Texas Division Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) characterized the ruling as a “great victory.”  Referring to Bush’s orders to replace the plaques, James declared, “No man, not even the Governor of Texas, can take the law into his own hands.  Even he must follow the proper procedure.”

“Some folks at the state may think they won this case,” he continued.  Shaking his head, James countered, “Any citizen in the state can tell you that the SCV won because the State is paying the SCV’s attorney’s fees   In our legal system, the loser pays the winner.” 

The proper procedure, according to the Court’s opinion, was to “obtain the approval of the Texas Historical Commission regarding the form, dimensions, and substance of, and inscriptions or illustrations on” any replacement plaque.  No such approval was sought. 

The replacement was characterized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans as “politically correct” and so ambiguous as to violate the law’s requirements.

While the Court’s opinion allows the removal of the original plaques which the plaintiffs had sought to restore to the building, James dismissed the importance of any such holding.  “We won all important points,” he declared.  “The Historical Commission as required by law, not some nameless bureaucrat and not the governor, is the only one who can decide what the dedicatory plaques should say.”

James vowed that the battle for an appropriate dedicatory plaque in conformity with state law would shift now to the Texas Historical Commission. “What we sought in the lawsuit was for the State of Texas to obey the law,” he said, “and the State will have to do that with this decision.”


UPDATE:  5 June 2013
The Texas Division, SCV, is negotiating with the State of Texas for attorneys' fees and costs associated with the State Supreme Court plaques lawsuite totaling $190,000.  The Division is being represented by attorneys of the Southern Legal Resource Center (SLRC).


In Memoriam

Death of Compatriot Lilburn Meier

Compatriot Lilburn Meier, 8551 Meier Lane, Brenham, Texas 77833-7089 died Sunday,  31 August 2014.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, 2 September 2014. Arrangements were made by Brenham Memorial Chapel and you can go to this link for an obituary:

Lilburn had been a faithful member of the General Jerome B. Robertson Camp 992, Sons of Confederate Veterans, since 5 August 2010. The ancestor on whose service record he based his membership application was his g-grandfather, Pvt. Herman Meier, Co. "A," 23rd Brigade, Texas State Troops.

Please join me in expressing condolences to Lilburn's family -- particularly to his wife Dolores, his daughter Lana and his two sons. Lilburn and Dolores were married 9 August 1958 and had celebrated their 56th anniversary earlier this month.


Death of Compatriot Jim Tom House

Compatriot Jim Tom House, 82, of Brenham, passed away on Sunday, 8 November 2009, at Trinity Care Center.  He was born 27 February 1`927 in Center City, Texas.  He graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He served in the 48th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon.  After being discharged, he enrolled at John Tarleton Agricultural College where he was editor of the Grassburr, the Tarleton yearbook.  After receiving a two-year degree from Tarleton, he attended Texas A&M.  While at Texas A&M, he was editor of the Agriculturalist Magazine, secretary of Alpha Zeta and Commander, Company 11, Transfer Fish.
He graduated from Texas A&M in 1951 with a bachelors degree in Agricultural Education. Following his undergraduate degree, he began teaching at Pattison High School and started the first agriculture department there. It was there that he met his wife, Lydia Estelle Kitzman, whom he married on June 10, 1954.
After teaching in Pattison for three years, he moved to College Station to teach agriculture at A&M Consolidated High School and pursue his Master’s Degree at Texas A&M which he received in 1960.
In 1961, he moved his family to Brenham to realize a long time dream of living on a farm in Washington County and owning Aleshire Collie Kennels. He was hired by Brenham Independent School District -- first as a teacher of math, science, chemistry and English; then an assistant principal in 1969; and finally as a vocational administrator in 1971, all at Brenham High School. In 1977, he was chairman of the Area 5 Administrators’ Association. He was also drama director and co-sponsor of the Brenadiers. He was employed by BISD for 29 years, retiring from full-time education in 1986.
During his teaching years, he directed 24 plays for Brenham High School, Brenham Community Theater and the Methodist Youth Fellowship. He was the press box announcer for Brenham High School football for 35 years. He also served as Youth Director for the Washington County Youth Club and the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
After retiring from the school district, he was appointed to and later elected to the position of Justice of the Peace of Precinct 3, a position he held for seven years. He was an original member of the Laymen’s Prayer Breakfast; a long time member of the Brenham Noon Lions Club, where he served a term as president; a member of the American Legion, serving a term as commander in 1976; a member of the Washington County Association of Former Students; a member of the Louise Giddings Retired Teachers’ Association, and chairman of the Washington County Child Welfare Board in 1976. He was a Washington County Fair Supporter and served on the sheep committee. In 1967, he was chairman of the Talent Contest at the Washington County Fair. He became a professional sheep shearer in 1968, employing his family as assistants. He was named Honorary Chapter Farmer in 1971. In addition, he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was named Washington County Man of the Year in 1973 and Blue Blazer of the year in 1983.

He joined First United Methodist Church in Brenham in 1961 and continued to be a faithful member throughout his life. He was a member of the United Methodist Men and was a former president of that group. He taught Sunday School classes for many years and served as chairman of the administrative council. He was also instrumental in restoring Phillipsburg Methodist Cemetery. For many years the church lawn was graced with a live nativity scene in December put on by the church youth and animals from Jim Tom’s Bar-V-Bar Farm.

Jim Tom was well known for his sense of humor; he knew and enjoyed every Aggie joke ever told. He was a great story teller and enjoyed the company of many people. As a teacher, he touched many lives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Frances House; brothers, Roydston House and wife Veona, John L. House and wife Helen; sisters, Alpha Harris and husband Jim, Nora B. Solomon and husband D.A.; brothers-in-law, James Humphreys and Ellis Kitzman and wife Mary; sisters-in-law, LaVerne Landig, Gleister Biddy, and Norma Jean Kitzman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lydia Estelle Kitzman House; children, Martha Frances House McLemore of Brenham, Thomas Henry House and wife Jessica of Robstown, Lydia Ann House Jurden and husband Dan of Brenham; grandchildren, Philip McLemore of Lubbock and fianc/ Jennifer Regalado of San Antonio, Rachel Markham and husband Cole of College Station, Emily McLemore of Brenham, Pam House of College Station, Terry House and Laura House of San Marcos, LeeAnn Jurden, Lane Jurden, Kara Beth Jurden, and Kelly Jurden all of Brenham; great grandchildren, Jackson Markham and Wesley Markham of College Station; sisters, Ann Stachowiak and husband Richard of Brownsville and Billie Jo Humphreys of Austin; brothers-in-law Bill Kitzman and wife Mary Grace of Pattison, Oliver Kitzman of Brookshire, Norman Kitzman and wife Carolyn of Pattison, and Henry Kitzman Jr. and wife Beverly of Bronte; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family appreciates the loving attention provided by the staff at Trinity Care Center during the past year.

Visitation with the family will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at First United Methodist Church of Brenham with Rev. Sam Duree and Rev. Terry Doughtery officiating. Burial will follow in the Phillipsburg Methodist Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are Philip McLemore, Cole Markham, Gary House, Charlie Humphreys, Billy Jim Stachowiak, Ronnie Solomon, Charley Kitzman and Danny Kitzman.

Honorary pallbearers are all of his nephews.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church of Brenham or to the charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. (979) 836-4564. To view the obituary online or to post a tribute to the family, visit

  •                    Sam Davis Youth Camp

    If the South should lose, it means that the history of the heroic struggle will be written by the enemy, that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers, will be impressed by all of the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.   ~Maj. General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, CSA

    The Sam Davis Youth Camp is highly successful in educating youth about our Southern heritage and instilling in them a strong appreciation for our Confederate veterans and those principles given to us by Lt. General S. D. Lee in The Charge. If we do not train our children/grandchildren to have a strong appreciation for their Confederate ancestors who will take our places within the Sons of Confederate Veterans?

    The 2014 Sam Davis Youth Camps are held at Three Mountain Retreat, 1648 FM 182, Clifton, Texas.  Watch the video below and learn what's available for boys and girls ages 12 - 18. Then download an application from the following site and send it in.

    Bruce Cunningham
    Director, SDYC
    P. O. Box 131
    Decatur, TX 76234




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