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Hays Free Press May 22, 2013 NEIGHBORS Page 5C e a Laanding at the port of Ve- cruz on May 26, 1785, ernardo de Galvez set out for Mexico City to take his dead father's place as viceroy of New Spain. The Spaniard destined to play an important part in the American Revolution and to leave a lasting impression in Mexico, Texas and Louisiana was born in a mountain vil- lage in 1746. As a member of an influential family devoted to serving king and country, his life was already laid out for him before he could even walk. For a male Galvez that meant a career in the military, and Bernardo began his as a 16-year-old lieutenant. He got his first taste of combat in the 1762 invasion of Portugal, an inconclusive clash between the Iberian neighbors, as well as his first promotion. Capt. Galvez accompanied a high-ranking uncle on the long sea voyage to the New World in 1767. Once their inspection tour of the enor- mous colony was complete, the nephew was sent to the northern frontier of Mexico to put the Apaches in their place. l~ven though that objec- tive proved to be beyond his reach, as it had for every Spaniard before him, Galvez did manage to mount one of the few successful campaigns against the red raiders. With 135 soldiers and 50 Indian allies, he crossed the Rio Grande in October 1770 in search of his elusive prey. Thanks to a guide, who knew his way around the unfamiliar country along the Pecos River, and the commander's bold initiative, the Spaniards sur- prised the sleeping Apaches with a pre-dawn strike. The final count heavily favored Galvez and his men. They killed 28 Apaches, took 36 prisoner and captured their entire herd of horses without suffering a single fatality. In the process Galvez put the family brand on the Texas landscape by naming the site of the initial crossing of the Pecos for his father and the location of the return trip for himself. Subsequent expeditions, however, were nothing to write home about. The Apaches showed Galvez they were no push-over and gave him several scars to remem- ber them by before his return to Spain in 1772. Galvez spent the next three years in France learning the language, which soon would IIS WEEK IN come in handy, and customs and probably keeping a close eye on the French war ma- chine. Then came the military misadventure that nearly cost him his life. Anxious to drive the Turks out of Algiers, King Carlos III ordered Irish-born Alexander O'Reilly to take every ship, sailor and soldier he needed to do the job. But the botched invasion resulted in the big- gest black eye for Spain since the British and Mother Nature destroyed the Armada in 1588. Seriously wounded at Al- giers, Galvez recovered to reap the rewards of his bravery in the battle. He was raised in rank to colonel and within two years appointed governor of Louisiana, which France handed over to Spain in 1763 to make up for the loss of Florida to Great Britain in the Seven Years War. While Spain waited until 1779 to officially pick a side in the American Revolution, King Carlos and his gover- nor left no stone unturned in providing support for the colonists' cause. With the full backing of Madrid, Gover- nor Galvez closed the New Orleans gateway to the British and allowed only Spanish, French and American ships access to the Mississippi River. Furthermore, he sent huge amounts of military supplies and thousands of Texas cattle and horses to Gen. George Washington over the inland lifeline. When Spain at last declared war on Great Britain in March 1779, Galvez sprang into ac- tion inflicting decisive defeats on the British at Manchac, Baton Rogue and Natchez before the end of the year. In March 1780, Fort Charlotte at Mobile succumbed to a Span- ish siege led by Galvez as did Fort George at Pensacola 15 months later. The Revolutionary War ended with Florida and the whole Gulf Coast back in Spanish hands. Galvez was hailed as a hero not only in his homeland but also by the grateful Americans, especially Gen. Washington. After a short stint as gov- ernor of Cuba, Galvez suc- ceeded his father as viceroy of NewSpain. But his arrival in Mexico City coincided with a famine caused by a freak August freeze and a plague epidemic. At a time when one peso bought 100 pounds of corn or 200 pounds of beans, Galvez spent 12,000 pesos of his personal fortune to feed the starving masses. After the crisis passed, he started the reconstruction of the Castle of Chapnltepec, today a national treasure, and completed the Cathedral of Mexico, largest in the hemisphere. Then, on Nov. 30, 1786, the people's viceroy died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Some suspected he had been poisoned to pre- vent the spread of the demo- cratic "infection" he may have contracted in his dealings with the Americans. Despite his en- emies' efforts to erase him from history, perma- nent remind- ers of Bernardo de Galvez remain Galveston Bay and Galveston Island are named for him as are Galvez Street in New Orleans, Galvez Plaza and the Galvez Building in Baton Rouge and St. Bernard Parish. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions at P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or N IBuda, Texas 153:S. IH-35 312-11~15j I BOSr, eRO K W, mum Cmlc | 2325 FM 967 31o2-0701 J k~ We are proud to serve this community, jl Log onto ] NEWS LETTERS OBITS ~: :: .~1 CALENDAR * PHOTO GALLERY /i "~-.~.. s" ~::~: | CLASSIFIEDS SUBSCRIBE "% ~ : ~iii;~ ..... i::i~iJ~" ~i. :.i.:~i~,~' I , I . ~ Faith Assembly of God 1030 Main St., Buda First Baptist Church~Buda 104 San Mamos St.. Buda First Baptist Ch~h-Kyle 300 W. Center St., Kyle Hays Hills Baptist Church 1401 FM 1626, Buda Sledge Chapel Missionary Baptist Church 709 Sewell, Kyle Southeast Baptist Church 5020 Tumor~vllle Rd., Creadmoor Manchaca Baptist Church Lowden Lane & FM 1626 Immunea! Baptist Church I 4000 E. FM 150,4 miles east of Kyle Center Union BapUst Church Goforth Rd., ~uda F r mere MiSton Bautista Mextct ~ a Kyle Baptist Church of Driftwood 13540 FM 150 W. Santa Cruz Catholic Church 1100 Main Street, Buda St. Anthony Marie Claret Church 801 N. Budesen, Kyle St. Michael s Catholic Church S. Old Spanish Trail, Uhland CHURCH OF CHRIST Buda.Kyle Church of Christ 3.5 miles south of Buda on FM 2770 ~ RR 967, Bu ; 2400 FM 150 E7 Kyte ; : The Co,naction Church St, Stephen~EplseopM Church q~.@~ t~na R.d~ : HH 323?' (w~mDe~ley He.); Rye r- , 1 Antioch Community Church St, Alban's Episcopal Church Old Black Co ony Rd.~ Suda 11819 IH-35 South [ Completad & Pnrfented Faith Chumh Tobias Elementary Cafeteda~ FM 150, Kyle Kh1~ United Chrlst~un Church Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Wltn~sese [ I , , , I ! ! i ,I I , a !; ' FM 27701Kyis [ !00 Madison Way, uuda _-- ~, .... - .. tl Mission Fellowship Church Jenovanew~tne~seo~outn n ee at u a ] 200 Sa Mare Stre , B d 10802 M~r~ Rd. Menchaca ] [ Hew Covenant Community Church [ 1019 Main Street, Buda (in Dance Unlimited) L~.g Word Lutheran ELC~ 1 ~enarattana Church 2315 FM:967 Buda 801 FM 1626 (Elm Grove Elem,), Buda Good Sh- herd Ministries A Fountain of Life Church up -.. ;. ....... Tom Green Elementary ! 130'1 Old ~ Rd,, Buda Redeeming Grace Lutheran LCMS ~ wy y !1 l i!i i~:'i I i; ThaFailm,mhlpetPlumCrcek FM I626 & Menehaca Rd~. Manchaea Meets at Negley Elementary in Plum Creek St. John L~n, LCMS Word of Uf~Chdstiun Faith Centre" 20 N. Camino Real (State Hwy. 21). Uhlend 400 Old Post Road, Kyle .......... ~.- ---- ~ Mision de Case de Orcolen uuaa unltel Metl,mCllst Gllumh S H 81 K le San Mamos & Elm St., Buda " ' ' New Life Sanctuary Kyle Kyle United Me~odlst Chumh 18869 IH 35 North Sledgs & Lockhart St., Kyle St, Paul's Unltad Mnthod]st Church 7206 Creedmoor Rd,, Cmadmoor i Munchaoa Unitad Methodist Church Southern Hills Church of Christ 3740 FM 967. Buda RR 150 at County Road 170 St. John's Preshytadan Church 12420 Hewitt Ln. Menchaca First Prcabytedan ChurCh 410 W. Hutchisun, San Marcos, "IX 78666 FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd,. Manchaca 1 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Driftwood United Methodist Church ~ TdnRy United Chu~h of NlederwaM 13700 Camino Real. Hwy. 21, Nlederwald Air Conditioning " & Heating Service 3 1/2 Ton Electric R-22 - $3,865.68 3 1/2 Ton Electric R410-A $3,849.46 $500 Credit for Old Unit k, Lic#TACLB27319E A-Tech J ~~ FARMERS" DEBBIE THAMES, AGENT l 251 N. FM 1626. Bldg. 2, Ste. C, Buda, Texas 78610l ~. 312-1917 ,.,] TEXAS LEHIGH CEMENT CO. LP CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801 DIRECTORY OF LOCAL CHURCHES PR1MERA IGLESIA BAUTISTA DE BUDA 104 S. San Marc~s Street 512-295-8768 HORARIO/SCHEDULE I'h)mtngo/Sauday: Escuela Domitfica/Sunday School ............................. 9:45 a.m. Culto de PredicacifniWorship Service ................... I 1:00 a.m. Scan Todos Bienvenidos Buda United Methodist Church Elm Street & San Marcos Traditional Worship (Worship Center)-9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)-10:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship (Worship Center)-ll a.m. Rev. Nancy Day Office 295-6981, Parsonage 512-393-9772 I SANTA CRUZ ,~ ' g :S, 9:45 am. t: Worship Service, 10:55 am (English and Spanish) Pastors 4000 East FM 150 (4 miles east of Kvle) WEDNESDAY: Sllverlo Hernandez (512) 268-5471 Bible Study & Prayer, 7 p.m and Dr, Dennis Koger Womens & Mons Group i ! EVERY OTHER FRIDAY: Youth Group 6od with CATHOLIC CHURCH 1100 Main Street " Buda, Texas 78610 Office: 512-312-2520 " Fax: 512-295-2034 " Rev. Kirby D. Garner, Pastor Fr. Charlie Garza,Assoc. Pastor CONFESSION OFFICE HOURS Saturdays: 4- p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MASS SCHEDULE: IA FOUNTAIN w?aFa I~ denominational church ] I [[[1~~/~:~1 currently _meeting at I I E~~:~ I Tom Green Elementary, I ]~[~ t~/~i~ ~i~_] 1301Old Goforth Road I I~ ,n~u~ I [ Services I Ca11512-393-4460 FreeLunch I I Sun 10'30 a m ] or go to I Buffet I " '- " www afountain org Last Sunday of [Wed. 7:30 p.m. I ." ." I st Sunday of [ - I for moreinfo. I eachmonth Saturday evening: 5:30 p.m. ._ ~'~. Sunday ~ 'rim sm~~ w~ ~ cosgve~ 8:30 a.m. (Spanish), 11 a.m. (English) 5 p.m. (English) First Baptist ChurCh A loving & caring Southern Baptist Church 104 S. San Marcos Street, Buda Buddy Johnson, Pastor 295-2161 Sunday School ........................................... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship .................................... 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/Youth Activities ...6:00 p.m. AWANA's (Wednesday) .......................... 6:00 p.m. Nursery Provided Baptist Church .9:15 Traditional Service 10:45 Contemporary Service Classes for all ages at 9:15 and 10:45 St. John Lutheran Church of Uhland, LCMS Highway 21, Uhland Bible Study ...................... 9:15 a.m. Church Services ................. 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. David Goeke 210-635-8584 20 N. Camino Real {State Hwy, 21). Uhland, Texas 78640 SUNDAYS 10AM ~tor Mark Patina ~ ~ ~.~ IH 35 512.803.5909 Buda, TX 78610 1,5 miles so. of Cabalas ~Southern Hills Church of Christ rist Serving Others ':0~mUS] B ble Class lO:OOamWorship 6:00pm Worship Wednesday 7:00pm Bible Class 3740 Ranch Road 967 Buda, Texas www.s0uthernhillscoc.0rg (512) 312-5900 All services ere sign-interprsted for the deaf