Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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September 24, 2007

John Watson: Barnards of the Brazos statue unveiled in Glen Rose

The unveiling ceremony of the Barnards of the Brazos took place at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. The statue of the “First Family of Glen Rose” is on the courthouse square in Glen Rose. The sculpture shows Charles Barnard standing and his wife, Juana Cavasos Barnard, astride her horse Pigeon.

Charles and Juana Cavasos Barnard operated an Indian Trading Post on the Brazos River from the time they married in 1848 until the government moved the Indians to the Indian territory in 1859. The settlement at the trading post was known as Barnardville and later as Fort Spunky.

After the Indians left, Charles and Juana moved over on the Paluxy River and built a grist mill. The settlement that grew there was known as Barnard’s Mill. Charles sold the mill to a Mr. Jordan in 1870, and he and Juana moved back to the old trading post on the Brazos, where they lived out the rest of their days.

After the Jordans bought the mill, Mrs. Jordan decided that because the Barnards were no longer connected to the mill, the name of the settlement should be changed. Thus Glen Rose came into being.

The Somervell History Foundation had commissioned Robert Summers, a local sculptor, to do the work. Summers is a Somervell County native and a nationally known western artist and sculptor.

The bronze statue was cast at a foundry in Bastrop.

The festivities started at 5 p.m. with a country-western band playing at the gazebo on the square. For the next 30 minutes, while the band played, Robert Summers strolled the grounds in the area of the sculpture, greeting and visiting with the public. I visited with Robert during this time.

The main program started at 5:30 p.m. with an invocation given by David Leach. Gary Marks introduced Judge Walter Maynard and Glen Rose Mayor Pam Miller, who proclaimed Sept. 15, 2007, as Robert Summers Day. After reading the proclamation, the mayor gave Robert the key to the city.

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