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Group to raise funds to renovate historic chapel

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC

On July 14, 1879, Jose Policarpio Rodriguez, aka “Polly” Rodriguez, executed a deed of conveyance to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (MECS) of a tract of land along Privilege Creek a little over four acres in size for the use of the church.
Apparently, it was later discovered that the conveyance should have been to the Board of Missions of the MECS, then headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Therefore, in July of 1883, the board of trustees of the Bandera Mexican Mission of the MECS conveyed, for the consideration of one dollar, the four and three tenths acres to the Board of Missions.
Rodriguez, Octaviano Herrerra, Louis Rodriguez and James Hill signed the document as trustees.
Today, that church is a Historical Landmark of the State of Texas known locally as Polly’s Chapel. The cornerstone of the church overlooking Privilege Creek indicates a building date of April 1882.
As might be expected of a structure 129 years old, Polly’s Chapel needs a little work.
To raise funds to renovate the doors and windows of the chapel, the directors of the Polly Texas Pioneers Association will host “Celebrate a Bandera Texas Legend: Jose Policarpio ‘Polly’ Rodriguez” on Saturday, April 23, at the chapel.
The festivities will begin at 10 am with an inter-faith service, followed by a luncheon, a history symposium and an auction.
The group is looking for items with historic ties to Bandera County’s history for the auction. Auction items may be dropped off at the Courier office at 1210 Hackberry or call Mike Hopkins, co-chairman of the fundraising committee, at 847-815-8766 for pickup of larger items.
Young people can participate in the event by going to TexasTejano.com to download a picture for entry in a coloring contest.
The organizing group welcomes volunteers to help with cooking, the auction and other activities.
To volunteer, or become a sponsor of this special event, contact Rudi Rodriquez, board member of Polly Texas Pioneers Association at 210-673-3584, or Hopkins at the number listed above.