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i' / / ,/ + Drive-in passes through Buda, parks in Manchaca - Page 1D March 15, 2017 Page lC BY SAMANTHA SMITH B uda's own Reverend Jennifer Brooke- Davidson, 56, of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Buda, was elected the first female Bishop Suffragan by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Feb. 25. She was chosen out of seven total nominees. Brooke-Davidson's journey to the rank of bishop-elect started when she was ordained as a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. She then served as the Assistant Rector at St. Ste- phen's Episcopal Church in Wimberley from 2009 until 2011 when she found her home at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Buda. According to www., prior to ordina- tion Brooke-Davidson received a degree in his- tory from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Texas. According to the web- site www.livingchurch. org, the other nominees for bishop were Rev. Chris Cadel, Rev. Chris Cole, Rev. John Hill, Rev. Lisa Mason, Rev. Jonathan Wickham and Rev. Robert Woody. After thanking the sen After quoting a passage from the second chapter of 1 Corinthians, Brooke- Davidson said, "With God, anything is possible, and I suppose it is possible that God can make me a bishop." other six nominees and adding what a privilege it was to walk with them on this journey, Brooke- Davidson said, "We will be good friends forever." The website www.dwtx. org noted that in order to win the election to bishop the candidates needed to receive a majority of votes from both the clergy and the lay delegates. "Brooke-Davidson secured election on the sixth ballot, receiving 55 votes from the clergy and 153 votes from the lay delegates," the website stated. as Jennifer Brooke-Davidson was After quoting a passage from the second chapter of 1 Corinthians, Brooke- Davidson said, "With God, anything is possible, and I suppose it is pos- sible that God can make elected as the first female suffi:agan in area PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH Bishop Suffragen by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. me a bishop." Brooke-Davidson will be serving as the Diocese 6th bishop and will be serving alongside the Diocesan Bishop and the Rt. Rev. David M. Reed. Just because Brooke- Davidson was elected to the position of bishop doesn't mean she has the official title yet. Only ff all the bishops and standing commit- tees consent will Brooke- Davidson be ordained as Bishop Suffragan during a worship service held on July 29 at the Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio. n March 21, 1877, Guy M. Bryan wrote the new President of the United States, an old college classmate, to recommend a relative for the Supreme Court. William Pitt Ball- inger had no idea why the caretaker governor of Texas summoned him in the middle of May 1865. But he was relieved to learn PendletOn Murrah and Gen. John Bankhead Magruder had ac- cepted the fall of the Confederacy as an irreversible fact. The war was over, and they needed someone to negotiate a separate peace for Texas. For once Ball- inger's stubborn op- position to secession would come in handy. The victorious Yankees might be willing to talk to a Unionist, who had not shed a single drop of blood for the Lost Cause. Accompanied by Ashbel Smith, a dip- lomat that negotiated treaties for the defunct Republic, Ballinger sailed for New Orleans on May 27, 1865. His twin objectives were to keep northern soldiers out of Texas and freed slaves working for their former masters. Gen. Edward Canby was polite, even gra- cious, and let the visitors have their say. Then he told them there was no way Tex- as could avoid military occupation, which be- gan on Jun. 19 with the l _as H|stoff by Bartee Haile arrival of 800 troops in Galveston. But Canby and his better known superior, Gen. Philip Sheridan, did assure the two-man delega- tion they would do ev- erything in their power to maintain a stable black labor force. For a discussion of political matters, Gen. Canby suggested the Texans speak directly with President Andrew Johnson. Ballinger and Smith decided to heed his advice and hung around New Or- leans waiting for their travel documents. But the Washington trip was canceled by soreheads back home. Radical Republicans, whose property Ball- inger confiscated as Confederate receiver, "opposed me repre- senting Texas for I had been engaged in the most odious work of the rebellion." Ballinger learned upon returning to Galveston that John- son had issued a gen- eral amnesty, which wiped the slate clean for most southerners. Only two groups of former Confederates, government officials and those with assets in excess of $20,000, were exempt and had to apply for presiden- TEXAS HISTORY, 2C STAFF REPORT Author Wes Ferguson and sponsoring editor Andrew Sansom will cel- ebrate the launch of a new book, "The Blanco River," on Saturday, April 8, in Kyle. The public is invited to the free event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter Lit- erary Center at 508 Center Street. Texas A&M Univer- sity Press published "The Blanco River" in Februar but Ferguson has been re- searching the river since he was editor of the Hays Free Press in 2011-12. Working with photographer Jacob Croft Botter, they explored all 87 miles of the Blanco from its headwaters near Luckenbach to the river's end in San Marcos. "Paddling, swimming and wading the river was the adven- ture of a lifetime," Ferguson said. "Ev- erybody loves the Blanco, butI learned there is so much more to it than most people re- alize. The river changes from day to day and bend to bend." Presenters at the April 8 event include Ferguson and Botter as well as a mapmaker, geologist, botanist and flood survivor who contributed to the book. A reception will follow. "Our presenters will ex- plain what happens to the Blanco River when it goes undergrotmd," Ferguson said. "We'll also find out why there are plants grow- ing along the Blanco that are found nowhere else in the Texas Hill Country." The Meadows Center for Water and the Envi- ronment at Texas State University sponsored Ferguson's bookproj- ect, which was fully funded by the Burdine Johnson Foundation. The book has already drawn high praise from critics such as Wirnbefley author Joe Nick Patoski, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine editor Louie Bond and Steven L. Davis, the president of the Texas institute of Letters and curator of the South- western Writers Collection in San Marcos. "Ferguson's book is PHOTOS BY JACOB BOTTER Author and former editor of the Hays Free Press, Wes Ferguson, released his second book entitled the Blanco River. Ferguson's first book is entitled Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine both a trustworthy guide into the rich and hidden history of the Blanco and a reminder of its sudden, destructive power. It also serves as a warning of the river's extinction in the path of unchecked devel- opment. A captivating, necessary read for anyone who values this Texas trea- sure," wrote Bryan Mealer, NewYork Times best- selling author of "Muck City" and"The BoyWho Harnessed the W'md." A former Kyle resident, Ferguson is also the author of "Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine." 'The Blanco River' book What: The official release of The Blanco River, a nonfiction book from Texas A&M University Press When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 Where: Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, 508 Center St., Kyle TX + iiii!ii i::ifil ]!ii [