‘Fishin for Fifty’

After a two-year absence of an FCRV Retiree Rally due to Covid-19, the Retiree Rally 2022 is on! The location is the Mineola Civic Center in Mineola, Texas March 29-April 3, 2022.  The early days will begin on Friday March 25th.  It will be our 50th Retiree Rally and is under the direction of Kip & Jan Cushing, the rally coordinators.   The plans were ready for 2021.  The plans have been enhanced for 2022 as the FCRV retirees and guests are looking forward to being together again.  The registration form and rally info can be found monthly in Camping Today.  “Fishin’ for Fifty” is the theme.  We are ‘fishing for’ FCRV members to join their FCRV family in Mineola the end of March!

Retiree Rally 2022

  Details

Date:

March 29 – April 4, 2022.

Early Bird March 25-28th


Location:

Mineola Civic Center

1150 N Newsom St
Mineola, TX 75773

🗺️ Google Maps


Website:

https://mineolaciviccenterandrvpark.com/


Cost:

Early Bird fee is $35.00 per Night Payable at the gate by cash or check.

2 People In Unit $290 ($300 after deadline: March 11)

1 Person In Unit: $260 ($270 after deadline: March 11)

(More prices on registration form)


Event Organizer Contact:

Ronald & Reba Ray
reba256@yahoo.com


Registration Forms:

Pay By Check: PDF Form
Pay Online: Not available at this time. 

Retiree Rally 2022 [November Update]

‘Fishin for Fifty’

 

After a two-year absence of an FCRV Retiree Rally due to Covid-19, the Retiree Rally 2022 is on! The location is the Mineola Civic Center in Mineola, Texas March 29-April 3, 2022.  The early days will begin on Friday March 25th.  It will be our 50th Retiree Rally and is under the direction of Kip & Jan Cushing, the rally coordinators.   The plans were ready for 2021.  The plans have been enhanced for 2022 as the FCRV retirees and guests are looking forward to being together again.  The registration form and rally info can be found monthly in Camping Today.  “Fishin’ for Fifty” is the theme.  We are ‘fishing for’ FCRV members to join their FCRV family in Mineola the end of March!

From Our FCRV Retiree Directors

by Ron & Reba Ray

 

Hello Retirees

Just another push for applications for the 2022 International Retiree Rally in Mineola, Texas on March 29 – April 3, with early days starting on March 25th……so go ahead and make your plans on being there.

We are planning on having this rally.  By the end of the year, most will have had the opportunity of getting your booster shot.  We are planning on getting ours soon.

If you have never been to a Retiree Rally, I can assure you that your will have a great time.  It’s a place to see old friends and meet new ones.  Every year that we have one, it is like attending a family reunion when you only see one another once or twice a year it makes it that much more special.  We have missed seeing everyone in the last two years, now it is time to get reacquainted.

If you are willing to be on a committee, please contact me (reba256@yahoo.com) or Kip and Jan Cushing (kcushing@wi.rr.com); they will welcome the help.  The more you become involved the more you will enjoy the rally, a way to meet new people.

If you need registration forms, you can find them in the Camping Today or contact me, and I will email you a copy.  

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there. Stay safe and happy travels.

Crafts

by Judy Elenburg

 

Well, it’s time to try again!  Maybe three times is a charm!  I’ve planned to do t-shirt weaving and/or fringing the last two years.  I still have the supplies, so we’ll try it again.  You need to bring a t-shirt you want to shorten, scissors, and a ruler.  I’m looking forward to seeing you in

Variety Show Info

by George Walters, Chair

 

It’s time to think about bringing your talent to the Retiree Rally. Many of our members have
hidden talents and this is a fun time to share it with your fellow campers. So if you can:

  • Sing
  • Play an instrument
  • Tell a funny (clean) story
  • Get a group together (maybe line dance?)
  • Put together a short skit
  • Do anything I didn’t think of

Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration table.

Let’s keep this tradition alive and have fun at the same time!

POOCH PARADE 50

 

Cats are invited.🐱

There will be treats, awards and a gift for all participants. There will be awards and gifts for all winners.  The awards will be given out on awards day. This is the winning titles. 

  1.   Most Adorable
  2.   Best Behaved
  3.   Best Trick
  4.   Owner-pet Look-a-like
  5.   Dog – Best In Show
  6.   Cat – Best In Show

We are ready to see everyone.  Can’t wait.

KING & QUEEN CANDIDATES

by Ronald & Jo Hersom, K&Q Coordinators

 

We are going to have an actual Retiree Rally at Mineola, TX in March, 2022.  Couples who are King & Queen of their state or province should consider now if they would like to compete for International King & Queen at the Retiree Rally in March 2022.

First, you don’t need to be selected by a separate retiree chapter – it can be just your province or state organization that selects you.  

Next, contact us for an application form and information about conducting your campaign. Prepare a write-up about yourselves that we can use to introduce you to the attendees at the Rally.   We need all applications by the end of January.

Next, prepare a bio (300 words or less) to publish in Camping Today, (a picture to DeWayne Johnston would be good). D_johnston01@outlook.com (need an underline sign “_” between D and j). You can send it any time.

Then decide on campaign handouts & plan your hospitality at the Rally.

You get to meet many new people and make new friends.  Other friends will help you prepare for your Hospitality (yum-yum).

The couple selected as K & Q are expected to represent FCRV for the year and attend the next Retiree Rally to pass on the crowns to the next K & Q.

Enjoy yourselves, have fun and be part of the FCRV Retiree Rally. Looking forward to hearing from you. 

Ronald & Jo Hersom, King & Queen Coordinators winter—400 E 18th St. Site 9

905 Henry Dr., Marshalltown, IA 50158 Weslaco, TX 78596

641-750-2774 (cell)

rj50158@aol.com

Nacogdoches

by Barb Turner, Publicity Chair

 

Texas in March!  2021 FCRV Retiree Rally in Texas in March!  FCRV retirees, are you planning your trip?  Perhaps you’ll be in south Texas and will travel to Mineola, site of the 50th rally, or you’ll be traveling from various other parts.  Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, would be an interesting stop when you’re in Texas, either prior to or after the rally.

 

Nacogdoches (NAK-ə-DOH-chiss), located in East Texas, was founded in 1779 as a Spanish mission, Misión Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, by Don Antonio Gil Y’Barbo, “to prevent Anglos from the United States from flooding Texas.  The Mexican Government passed colonization laws and granted impresario grants to individuals to settle families in Texas.”  From https://nedco.org/about-nacogdoches, “Our name is long, but memorable. Known as ‘The Pineywoods’, you might have heard our name once before in a Josh Abbott Band lyric, ‘Her eyes are green like the trees in Nacogdoches.’ Or perhaps you have heard of our Hometown Hero, Clint Dempsey, and the Captain of the U.S. Soccer team during the 2014 World Cup.”

But, there is evidence that the settlement dates back 10,000 years!  “It is near or on the site of Nevantin, the primary village of the Nacogdoches tribe of Caddo Indians.”  Evidence suggests that a local Caddo tribe called the Nacogdoche later went to East Texas around 800 A.D. “The Caddos are considered to be travelers and traders, and they built log cabins and burial mounds between the Banita and Lanana Creeks.”  Who were the Caddos?  “The Caddos are descended from the prehistoric Fourche Maline and Mossy Grove people who settled this area between 200 BCE to 800 BCE.  They were the most advanced Native American culture in Texas. They lived in tall, grass-covered houses in large settlements with highly structured social, religious and political systems. The Caddos raised corn, beans, squash and other crops.”  Is the Caddo Tribe still around?  Yes!  The Caddo Nation of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribe with its capital at Binger, Oklahoma with nearly 5,000 enrolled members of the nation.

According to Wikipedia, “Nacogdoches has been under more flags than the state of Texas, claiming nine flags. In addition to the Six Flags of Texas, it also flew under the flags of the Magee-Gutierrez Republic, the Long Republic, and the Fredonian Rebellion. People from the United States began moving to settle in Nacogdoches in 1820 and Texas’ first English-language newspaper was published there. However, the first newspaper published (in the 1700s) was in Spanish. An edition of the newspaper (in Spanish) is preserved and shown at the local museum.

“In 1832, the Battle of Nacogdoches brought many local settlers together, as they united in their stand to support a federalist form of government. Their successful venture drove the Mexican military from East Texas.

“Thomas Jefferson Rusk was one of the most prominent early Nacogdoche Anglo settlers. A veteran of the Texas Revolution, hero of San Jacinto, he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence and was secretary of war during the Republic of Texas. He was president of the Texas Statehood Commission and served as one of the first two Texas U.S. Senators along with Sam Houston. He worked to establish Nacogdoches University, which operated from 1845 to 1895.  The Old Nacogdoches University Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

“Sam Houston lived in Nacogdoches for four years prior to the Texas Revolution (1836) and opened a law office downtown. He courted Anna Raguet, daughter of one of the leading citizens, but Anna rejected him after finding that he was not divorced from his first wife Eliza Allen of Tennessee.”

As you can read, Nacogdoches has had an interesting history.  But, as a tourist, what might attract you to stopping in Nacogdoches when you’re in Texas in March?  Check out https://www.visitnacogdoches.org/things-to-do/.  The following are just a few of the things to do, perhaps just enough to ‘whet your appetite’ and place Nacogdoches on your ‘to-do list’!

Caddo Mounds: 1649 State Hwy 21W, Alto, TX 75925.  The park offers exhibits and a .7-mile interpretive trail through its reconstructed sites of Caddo dwellings and ceremonial areas, including two temple mounds, a burial mound, and a village area.

Durst Taylor House and Gardens:  304 North Street.  Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens is a 1830s wood-frame house interpreted to the 1840 to 1860 time period when the Blackburn family lived there. The house is the second oldest structure still standing on its original site in Nacogdoches. Visitors will start their tour at the Visitors Center and then will be guided through the house and grounds. The grounds include a blacksmith shop, smokehouse and historic gardens.

Fortney Home: 310 N. Mound St. Fortney Home defies description. Some say it is the most “fun shopping experience” they’ve ever had. Antiques, oddities, unusual fine furniture, Western decor, worldly relics, architectural treasures, contemporary art, gift items, whimsical items and outdoor sculptures. It’s more than a store; it’s a spectacle. Previously a landmark in Austin, Fortney Home is now located in a historic Victorian home just a few blocks north of Main.

Historic Town Center, 200 E. Main Street, Nacogdoches.  The Historic Town Center, also known as the Charles Bright Visitor Center, is home to the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, located in the heart of historic downtown. Here you will find some wonderful information about the history and legends of Texas’ oldest town – from stories of early settlers to historical artifacts.  This is an excellent place to start your tour of Nacogdoches.

As a final note for this article, are you registered for the 50th FCRV International Retiree Rally?  If not, please do so!  See you in Mineola in March!

Photo info

Old Stone Fort – By Curt Teich & Co. – The University of Houston Digital Library, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18871600

Pilgrim’s Pride is the largest private employer in Nacogdoches – By Billy Hathorn – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20071600

Stephen F. Austin University – By Billy Hathorn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10552436

From https://www.visitnacogdoches.org/things-to-do/ 

Retiree Rally 2022 [October Update]

From The FCRV Retiree Directors – Ron & Reba Ray

This is fall of 2021 we are gearing up for spring of 2022, so let’s make our plans for the future starting out with the International Retiree Rally of 2022 in March at Mineola, Texas.  We have moved it up a week in hoping we can encourage more to come.  Put these dates in your calendar: March 29 – April 3, 2022.  This is your dates for the Retiree Rally early days will start on March 25, which you will be able to come in and tour the area.  Barb has been putting out a lot of information on Mineola and surrounding area.  It will be an interesting place to come to.

Kip and Jan, along with their team are pepping up to making this a fun rally.  All of the chairman for the rally are filled, but maybe need some co-chairmen or worker to be on the committees.  If you are interested in being involved and on a committee, please let Kip and Jan know or you can contact us, and we will get you in touch with them.

If anyone has any suggestions as to how to make this rally better, please contact me or send me an email, and we will see what can be done.  We would like your inputs on what you would like the rally to be like. We would like suggestions on where to host these rallies.  Let us hear from you.

If anyone has any questions about the rally, you can contact us.  (reba256@yahoo.com)  We are always up for questions.

Remember, you do not have to be retired to come to this rally.  You can also bring a guest along with you.  All are welcomed.  We haven’t been together in 2 years, so let’s make this 50th year be a reunion for us.  

Look forward to seeing everyone in March at Mineola, Texas

From Penny Ramlow – Registration Chairman

When asked if she had anything for the October issue of Camping Today, Penny’s response was: “Send me some registrations!!”  That would be a wonderful idea!

Visit Terrell, Texas

by Barb Turner, Retiree Rally Publicity Chair

The 50th FCRV International Retiree Rally will be taking us to Mineola, Texas in March/April.  Mineola is a new venue for us.  Last month I shared Mineola’s history and what to expect and see while attending the rally.

This month, I want to ‘travel’ about 50 miles west of Mineola to share Terrell, Texas, a ‘visit-spot’ during the early days at the rally site.  Like Mineola, Terrell was settled as a railroad town with the construction of the Texas and Pacific Railroad Line in 1873 when ‘King Cotton’ was the cash crop.  (Today, it is the principal commercial center of Kaufman County.)  The town was named for Robert A. Terrell, a European-American pioneer whose farm was on the town’s western edge.  Terrell and his bride Emily Love came to the area soon after marrying in 1846 when they built a log cabin which was located just to the south of the present house and raised their nine children.  Terrell is reported to have said he “once killed a bear in their front yard, and he could sit on his front porch and shoot deer and turkey”.

He later built the octagonal house, called the Round House, on his property. The house was built possibly as early as 1860 when a master carpenter M. Goodfellow from New Brunswick, Canada was living in the Terrell household, according to the 1860 census.  The architecture was a very new innovative idea for the time.  It was built this way for the light and the air circulation.  The logs for the foundation were brought by wagon from East Texas and hand-hewn on the site.  The octagonal house originally faced south and turned to face west in 1914 when the Texas Military College was established on part of the Terrell farm.  It served as the mess hall for many years.  The Round House is located on the campus of Southwestern Christian College which purchased the property in 1949.  

Terrell was incorporated in 1875.  It’s noted that the first automobile appeared in 1899, which appears to be a momentous historical event!

While in Terrell, plan to visit the Terrell Heritage Museum (207 N. Frances Street) which is housed in the Carnegie Building which was built in 1904 with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie as a library.  A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929.  The Carnegie Building operated as a library until the mid-1980s.  It is now the home of the Terrell Heritage Museum, displaying artifacts from Terrell’s past.  Free admission!  www.terrellheritage.org 

No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum (119 Silent Wings Blvd Terrell Municipal Airport) is worth a visit as it is of the only RAF Museum currently in the United States.  The museum is located at the site of one of six British Flying Training Schools operated in the US during WW II.  It was a civilian flight school dedicated to instructing and training British Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots during the war.  Why Terrell?  “RAF officials sought to train aircrews outside of England, safe from enemy attack and poor weather.  The cadets trained in the air on aerobatics, instrument flight, and night flying, while on the ground they studied navigation, meteorology, engines, and armaments, even spending time in early flight simulators.  More than 2,000 RAF cadets trained in Terrell.”  And, did you know that it is roughly the same distance from Terrell to Houston as it is from London to Paris!!  Lawrence Phillips added that  in the Terrell Cemetery there is a plot where several RAF Airmen are buried who died in a training accident.  www.bftsmuseum.org 

Books & Crannies, 209 W. Monroe Ave, sounds like an interesting visit.  “Books & Crannies is an independent bookstore located in historic downtown Terrell.  We offer all genres of books (mostly used), a locally produced line of skin care items (Susan’s Soaps and More), and we have an upscale ladies consignment shop is in the same building with us.  We also have a small movie theatre in the back of the store.  We take gently used books in for trade credit.” www.bookscrannies.com and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNEEz-kMR4E&t=28s 

Downtown Terrell is a turn-of-the-century historic district complete with vintage lighting, wide brick sidewalks, and updated historic buildings with unique storefronts featuring great architectural details.  Hand-painted murals add to the uniqueness of the area.  Wayfaring Kiosks will aid your exploration of the historic district.

As an added note:  Jamie Foxx, two-time Grammy Award-winning musician and singer, and Academy Award-winning actor, lived in Terrell and graduated in 1986.

Judy Elenburg suggested a couple of places to visit while in Terrell where she lives.  First, the Front Porch is an interesting gift shop owned by one of her former principals, at 304 Catherine St.  And, Jake E’ Riding Roundup  is another place that might be of interest. It’s an equestrian therapy for disabled children and adults. It’s address is Kaufman but it’s just east of Terrell. (10626 FM 249, Kaufman , TX)  She said you can visit and even volunteer to greet kids or groom horses. Their hours are Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm. She’s been there once with her Retired School Personnel group. 

Planning on the Early Days (March 25-29) at the 2022 FCRV International Retiree Rally?  If so, plan on a day-trip to Terrell!  See you in Mineola!

POOCH PARADE 50

Robert & Rita Letellier , Chairs & Gerry Danton and Alice Corkern, Co-Chairs

🐱Cats are invited.

There will be treats, awards and a gift for all participants. There will be awards and gifts for all winners.  The awards will be given out on awards day. This is the winning titles.

1.    Most Adorable
2.    Best Behaved
3.    Best Trick
4.    Owner-pet Look-a-like
5.    Dog – Best In Show
6.    Cat – Best In Show

We are ready to see everyone.
Robert & Rita Letellier , Chairs Gerry Danton and Alice Corkern, Co-Chairs

Variety Show Info

by George Walters, Chair

It’s time to think about bringing your talent to the Retiree Rally.  Many of our members have hidden talents and this is a fun time to share it with your fellow campers. So if you can:

  • Sing
  • Play an instrument
  • Tell a funny (clean) story
  • Get a group together (maybe line dance?)
  • Put together a short skit
  • Do anything I didn’t think of

Sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration table.

Let’s keep this tradition alive and have fun at the same time!

Retiree King & Queen Candidates

Steve & Diane have been married for 45 years! Their first night camping together was on their honeymoon and have had several campers since but did not discover FCRV until until they bought their Mini Winnie in 2013. They have been very active since then. They are currently the VP’s for the Kansas Retiree Chapter and Secretary of KCA. They have always helped at State functions and have always enjoyed helping with Registration, golf carts, shuttles, parking, door prizes and Security at Retirees and Campvention.

The Hitchens have 2 children and 4 grandchildren that all live in Topeka so they get to play a lot!! They enjoy traveling, camping and working on their new “old” house. Diane likes to go on line or garage sales to find just the right antiques and other great things for the house. They enjoy using the house for crafting and other events. Diane loves doing genealogy research for her ancestors and has helped many others with theirs. Steve is a licensed ham radio enthusiast (KE0MNW) and enjoys making contacts with other “hams” and preparing for emergency communications. (We’re shrinking the globe !) He also likes to tinker around the house and RV. (He can fix nearly ANYTHING!) They both love camping and traveling. They always seem to meet new people from all over while traveling and camping. (and sharing information about FCRV) You never know where they will turn up!

They would really appreciate your vote for retiree king and queen in 2022!


We are Phil and Joanne. We retired in October 2016 moving from Connecticut to South Carolina.

Phil and Joanne have been married for 54 years, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Joanne likes to travel, camp enjoying the fellowship of our FCRV friends, quilt, scrapbook, making greeting cards and working in her flower gardens.

Phil like to travel, camp with our FCRV friends, meeting new people, is an avid reader and works in his vegetable gardens.

Joanne works at the Hospice Thrift Store and currently holds the position of State and Retiree Program Director.

Joanne and Phil belonged to The Happy Wanderers while living in Connecticut. Joanne held the position as the State Historian for a period and worked on the teen pageants and Connecticut floats.

Joanne was instrumental in introducing our state of South Carolina to Amazing Warriors fight big battles, where our club sends cards, stickers, and other items to a child with DIPG, which is a brain cancer that is terminal.

We both like meeting new friends, talking about camping and the FCRV organization.

Phil and Joanne have worked at the National Campventions and Retiree Rallies.

Retiree Rally 2022 [September Update]

Retiree Rally 2022
by Reba & Ron Ray, Retiree Directors

Hello to Fellow Campers! The International Retiree Rally is going to happen!!

Mineola Civic Center in Mineola, Texas

March 29 – April 3, 2022.  Early days will begin on Friday March 25

So make your plans to be there.  The registration form is in your Camping Today Magazine.

Ron & I are looking forward to seeing everyone in March of next year.  It will be our 50th Year of Retiree Rallies.  Kip & Jan Cushing will be host for this rally, and they are gearing up to make this a memorable one.  So let’s get those registrations in and plan your trip.

Mineola is a bit smaller than we are used to, but we do promise everyone with full hook-ups and most will be on cement pads.  If it rains, then we should be okay as far as flooding.  

The Civic Center in Mineola has lots of room for everyone to move around without any trouble.

The kitchen will be off-limits, although, they will have refrigerators available if you need to keep something cool for your hospitalities.

If you have never been to a Retiree Rally, we offer you 2 catered meals, ice cream social, games, entertainment and much more.  So bring along your dancing shoes and have some fun.  And remember, you don’t have to be retired to come, but if you do and have children, we will not have any activities for them.  The children will be able to participate in any game that is going on at the rally.

 It’s been a couple of years without a rally, so let’s make this one a RENEW OF FRIENDSHIPS RALLY.

“Fishin’ for Fifty” – that’s the theme.  So we are fishing for FCRV Members who want to come and see all their old friends and family.  

If anyone has a questions about the Retiree Rally, then you can contact us.

See you all in March 2022

Ron & Reba Ray, National Retiree Directors, 706-302-6735 – Reba256@yahoo.com

GAMES IN MINEOLA
by Craig & Shari Weber, Games Chairs

We are planning the usual games for the rally in Mineola. We will be following current CDC guidelines to protect everyone and still enjoy the games.

If you are willing to lead one of the games during the rally, please email fcrvnd@yahoo.com with the gameyou would like to lead. Many hands make the work easier, and everyone has fun.

Cornhole is a game many enjoy. The retirees do not have boards, so we ask that you bring boards; we will need several. There will be a variety of competitive games and the always fun frog races. Bring a fun attitude and competitive spirit to join us throughout the week.

 

FLEA MARKET VENDORS WANTED
by Richard and Frances Jackson, Flea Market Chairs

It’s time to consider preparing for the annual Retirees Flea Market. Bring crafts you have created or white elephant items you have on hand. Join us with your items to sell or come look around for some great buys. Vendor spaces are free!

2022 RETIREE RALLY CHAIRMEN
By Kip & Jan Cushing 2022 Retiree Rally Coordinators kcushing@wi.rr.com

We have contacted most of you that had agreed to be chairman of committees in 2021. Most of you have agreed to chair the same committee in 2022. We thank you very much. If you had agreed for 202l and haven’t been contacted please let us know if you are still willing to chair a committee. Most committees are filled at this time, but there are several committees in need of co-chairman. Let us know if you would be willing to be a co-chairman.

KING & QUEEN CANDIDATES
by Ronald & Jo Hersom, K&Q Coordinators DONE

We are going to have an actual Retiree Rally at Mineola, TX in March, 2022.  Couples who are King & Queen of their state or province should consider now if they would like to compete for International King & Queen at the Retiree Rally in March 2022.

First, you don’t need to be selected by a separate retiree chapter – it can be just your province or state organization that selects you.  

Next, contact us for an application form and information about conducting your campaign. Prepare a write-up about yourselves that we can use to introduce you to the attendees at the Rally.   We need all applications by the end of January.

Next, prepare a bio (300 words or less) to publish in Camping Today, (a picture to DeWayne Johnston would be good). D_johnston01@outlook.com (need an underline sign “_” between D and j). You can send it any time.

Then decide on campaign handouts & plan your hospitality at the Rally.

You get to meet many new people and make new friends.  Other friends will help you prepare for your Hospitality (yum-yum).

The couple selected as K & Q are expected to represent FCRV for the year and attend the next Retiree Rally to pass on the crowns to the next K & Q.

Enjoy yourselves, have fun and be part of the FCRV Retiree Rally. Looking forward to hearing from you. 

Ronald & Jo Hersom, King & Queen Coordinators winter—400 E 18th St. Site 9

905 Henry Dr., Marshalltown, IA 50158 Weslaco, TA 78596

641-750-2774 (cell)

rj50158@aol.com

 

 

MINEOLA, TEXAS
by Barb Turner, PR Chair

FCRV International Retiree Rally 2022 is a milestone in the organization…..FIFTY Retiree Rallies will be celebrated March 29 – April 3, 2022 at the Mineola Civic Center, Mineola, Texas.  Rally Coordinators Kip & Jan Cushing are celebrating the accomplishment with their theme for the rally being ‘Fishin’ for Fifty’.  The Mineola Civic Center and RV Park has full hookups with 30 or 50 amps on large, level, concrete sites with green grass.  Fast WiFi!  Shower facilities will be available. Over the next few months, the rally committee chairs will be sharing what to expect in March/April in Mineola in Camping Today.

Mineola is at the junction of U.S. highways 69 and 80, eighty miles east of Dallas in southwestern Wood County.  It came into existence when the railroads laid tracks through eastern Texas in the early 1870s.  Interestingly, in 1873 it was a race between the Texas and Pacific and the International-Great Northern to see which could get to Mineola first. The I-GN reached Mineola 15 minutes before the Texas and Pacific Railroad!  That would have been exciting!  The city government was organized in 1873.  A post office was opened in 1875.  Incorporation came in 1877.  In the 1880s a fire destroyed 18 buildings, but the city didn’t die.  It rebuilt and flourished, and by 1890 there were seven churches, several schools including a free black school, hotels, banks, and businesses.  The population reached 2,000! 

East Texas was in the ‘timber belt’ which made railroad ties and lumber plentiful for the railroads.  ‘In 1879, S. Zuckerman, a Mineola resident, filled contracts for 85,000 ties that were used in the construction of the T&P RR west to El Paso.’  Over the years, Mineola has remained a small East Texas town with several commercial endeavors.  For more of Mineola’s history, check out this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineola,_Texas

Plan on ‘Fishin’ for Fifty’ in Mineola, Texas in March/April, 2022.  More Mineola info and rally info will be shared in the months ahead!  See you in Mineola, Texas in March/April!