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INSIDE KC 1 $ City Council page 3 Per Issue KEENE CHRONICLE Volume 01, Issue 20 STANDARD U.S. MAIL PAID KEENE, TX PERMIT NO. 25 ZIP CODE 76059 June 27, 2013 Did You Know: BB’s Venue I don’t know if you’ve ever driven down 805B, Cleburne, Texas and noticed the building construction of the rock house located on this property. But after corresponding with and listening to Bart and Cindy Keeney’s Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting presentation on Thursday, May 30, 2013, I’ve come to know a little bit more about the property and the owners on 805B, and I have also learned the true meaning of the phrase: “Don’t despise the small beginnings!” The original owners of this property, according to Bart and Cindy, started with a simple mobile home. They tore down the inner walls, changed the rooms and enlarged the place into a 2000 square ft home. Bart and Cindy (husband and wife), purchased the property in 1995 and lived there until returning home from out of town on Christmas, 2001. The following is the rest of the story delivered by Bart and Cindy Keeney, to the guests attending the ribbon cutting ceremony: Bart: “I noticed like water seeping up out of the driveway and the yard was wet so I got to looking, I opened the hatch underneath the house and it had about a foot of water standing under it, I got to looking and sure enough, I had a swimming pool under the house - I started draining it. It was actually a water line that broke! Anyway, we ended up with mold under the house and now the floors needed to be ripped out and we needed to move out. We started taking stuff apart and fighting with insurance companies and 12 months later the insurance company finally settled with us.” Cindy: “After living in a motel for a month, renting a house for 6 months and 3 months with my folks, to get back to the property we turned our 3 car garage into a little house and piled the kids up in there! When the insurance settled we just decided to pay the property off and rebuild debt free. Not knowing it would be 2009 till we could completely move back into, what we began to call ‘The Big House!’” Bart: “I told Cindy, while we’re doing this I’m going to change the roof line on the house. I used to build a lot of steel buildings so I framed this whole house out of steel. And I built the whole roof system right out here in the yard. All the neighbors were like ‘man what’s this guy doing, building an A-frame out here by the street!’ So we worked on that for a year and a half - two years or something. And I got everything ready; I was going to try to save the ceilings in the house. So I had the crew guys come over and we tore the roof off so I could set this other on the steel beams. “Well that night it started raining. It rained, it snowed, sleeted, it hailed, it did everything! So needless to say, we lost the ceilings, but really it was a blessing in disguise otherwise I would have 8 foot ceiling in this house! We had a crane pick up the A-frame and flew it up over the trees. I got big steel columns to bedrock and we set it on them and welded it all in place; and then the work began after that.” Cindy: “It became a huge project and a little challenging… But I just have to give God all the glory because even though in the midst of the drought and storms, God always does more than you can think or imagine. Someone gave us all the rock that’s on that house! …and so we just saw His mighty hand throughout the whole thing on a regular basis. So Along the way, He sure made us learn a lot of things about each other! And I felt, this huge place would be used for something, I didn’t know what but…” “One weekend Bart mentioned weddings and I knew that would be right for us seeing we like to have people over and throw parties. The kids were getting older and I needed a project. So BB’s Venue was birthed! “We’re just starting out, we’re brand new; we had our first 2 events a couple of weeks ago. We’ve already booked 7 weddings for September and October, and one in 2014! “We’re so glad that you all are here and that we could open up our home to you. Thank you Chamber for making us feel so at home and doing the ribbon cutting. This is awesome and we just want to thank the city of Keene and all you guys thanks for being here! I’ve really been impressed with the support and friendship of the City of Keene’s Chamber of Commerce. Thank You Very Much!” Cindy Keeney, BB’s Venue owner, gave the Keene Chronicle the following breakdown of the Venue’s services and fee schedule: Cindy’s Reasons to book BB’s Venue: • BB’s is an outdoor venue with the WOW factor! • It has an atmosphere you can’t beat! • When you arrive, you will experience an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. • It has a fabulous “Country Chic” décor and it’s gorgeous! • With all the decorations in place, it’s just breathtaking! • And we have a service staff that treats you like no other! • If you’re looking for an outdoor venue, BB’s is the place for a wonderful romantic wedding! • The venue spans 3 acres and is surrounded with luscious landscape. • The cabana ceremony area space and the grassy knoll seats up to 400! (5,000 square foot area) • The 5,000 square feet main house is made of beautiful log and cut rock making a magnificent backdrop for your memorable photos. • And the inside is a sight to behold! • It overlooks a gorgeous tropical pool leading to a large beautiful reception area. Cindy describes the covered reception area: • The covered reception area has cedar logs, wood ceilings, grand 10′x10′ fireplace with chandelier, mantle and hearth, plus two adjacent 10′x10′ feature rock walls with LED lights to coordinate with your wedding colors. • Bar includes: keg refrigerator, drink well and ice bin, refrigerator, sink, stainless steel counter and led lights under and over the bar. • Outdoor cooking area includes: grill, griddle, seerer, and oven. • Covered space for the DJ and disco ball with LED lights. • The reception area overlooks a gorgeous tropical pool with colored led lights. • The total outdoor covered area is 2000 sf. “hot”- no worries we have a fog and fan system to help make your day cool and comfortable! • Large (under cover) round tables seat 100 guests including dance floor, cake table, bar and grill area. Seats120 without dance floor. • If you want a more casual atmosphere with guests mingling and dancing, we also Continued: BB’s Venue Page 6 collections they could meet their running expenses, they would be doing satisfactorily, White felt. He made the suggestion that the Texas Conference President could borrow money until the cotton season to pay for the tents; afterwards the Texas Conference and the Tract and Missionary Society could be credited by the General Conference and the Review with the full cost of the tent they paid for and used. …In his report of a camp meeting in 1881 George I. Butler said the growth of the Texas Conference had been encouraging and that it probably had three hundred Sabbath keepers. With slight assistance, Kilgore, the only ordained minister, had worked very hard. In Midlothian, in 1883, a two story frame structure was completely destroyed by a terrific storm that came up. Inside the building there were ten or fifteen laboring men. As Kilgore was taking the victims out, his clothes were soaked and he wore them for several hours before changing. Kilgore subsequently had an attack of “bilious fever” as the product of his work on Sabbath and Sunday end the experience with wet clothes. As a result of the poor heath… Kilgore had to stop further tent work after the camp meeting of 1883. … After camp meeting in 1884, Kilgore had to stay and receive some treatments in the city of Dallas. (At) the 1885 Texas camp meeting held at Arlington, Texas, Kilgore, who had been in Illinois for a few months prior, attended to terminate his relationship with the confer- ence. …Kilgore had served in a prominent way in building up the Conference where his work was closing. Educational work has been an important phase of the program carried on by Seventh-day Adventists. In relation to the topic of a school Kilgore wrote (to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists) in 1882: “I would speak especially concerning the existing demand for a school in our State. It is the unanimous voice of those with whom we have conversed, that we must have a school at once. It is true that our children are growing up around us with no advantages that we can safely trust; and to avail ourselves of such as we have at the present time is to endanger their spiritual interests and final salvation. Yes, brethren, we must have a school, and we have no time to spare in making a beginning. We should have one opened this fall, and we can have it if we all move together, and dismiss all selfish and personal considerations. Then let all of us think over this very important matter, and come up to this meeting with a mind to act, and with a determination to make some sacrifice of what God has given us in order to set this noble enterprise on a good, substantial footing. Our children are more precious that the treasures of earth; and their future well-being and eternal destinies are infinitely more important than earthly considerations…” To be continued… From the Pen of Morris Lowry Morris Lowry, a retired history professor, taught for many years on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in History from Texas Christian University. In his 1951 Master’s Thesis entitled “A Background of Seventh-day Adventism and its Early Development in Texas,” he traces the history of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Texas from its humble beginnings. The following is the first in a series of successive articles, proudly and exclusively presented by the Keene Chronicle, containing Mr. Lowry’s personal account of the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Texas The Seventh-day Adventist movement is now over one hundred fifty years old, and during its history, it has had some courageous, zealous individuals to serve in responsible positions of leadership. Robert Meade Kilgore was the outstanding official leader of the Seventh-day Adventist cause in the days of its infancy in the state of Texas… In the battle of Shiloh (U.S. Civil War), Robert and David Kilgore were among those taken captive by the Confederates… After spending some time in Memphis the prisoners were taken to Mason, Georgia, and incarcerated there; then later they were taken to Libby Prison… When Robert finally was released and when he arrived at home he appeared poor and sallow, as if he had been ill. This was the Robert Kilgore who was destined to be the leading figure in the early work of Seventh-day Adven- tists in the state of Texas. His birth place was in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and the date of his birth was March 21, 1839. He was joined in wedlock to Asenath M. Smith October 9, 1867. His father-in-law, Cyrennes Smith, was one of the early observers of the Sabbath in Michigan. In 1865, when Robert arrived home he found his parents observing the Sabbath. In accordance with a request of his parents he drove a distance of thirty miles in order to hear his first Seventh-day Adventist sermon. At a later date he accepted the views of Seventh-day Adventists and retained his belief in them firmly until the end. Eventually he was ordained to the ministry of the gospel. After having had the Eastern States as his field of labor for a while, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 1876 recommended him as a missionary for Texas. …When the Kilgore family had left the state of Iowa, the ground was frozen, and the bodies of the travelers were protected by overcoats and underclothes, while in Texas the fields were green, flowers in blossom, and vegetables from the garden were available. Kilgore wrote a report in The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald on the first day after his arrival, that the children were running around barefoot. (In his Texas ministerial endeavors) The current of resistance against Kilgore was strong, and the best arguments the opposition could muster were employed. One time Kilgore wrote: “The opposition against us is strong, and every effort is made to scare the people away from the (Cleburne Camp Meeting) tent. The best arguments they have are brought to bear against us, such as ‘He is a Yankee;’ ‘he has come here to preach nigger equality;’ etc. While some of the ministers are preaching such tidings, we are preaching an entirely different gospel. Let God be thanked.” …Another difficulty facing early Seventh-day-Adventists in Texas, other than the weather and difficult denominations’ ministers, was the advocacy and observance of the seventh day as the Sabbath by Seventhday Adventists. Possibly as a result of controversy Kilgore wrote the editor of the Denison Daily Herald the following letter on Sunday in Texas: “In answer to many inquires whether it is not a violation of the law of the land for one to keep the seventh day and work on Sunday, the first day of the week, I wish to append the statutes of Texas on the subject. I copy from the Revised Statutes of the State of Texas which took effect yesterday May 28, 1879, in which is embraced the following: “‘Penal code, title 7, chapter 2, article 183: Any person who shall hereafter labor or compel, force, or oblige his or her employees, workmen or apprentices, to labor on Sunday, shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $50.’” “‘Article 184. The preceding article shall not apply to household duties, works of necessity or charity: …nor to any person who conscientiously believes that the seventh or any other day of the week ought to be observed as the Sabbath, and who actually refrain from business and labor on that day for secular reasons.’” …Opposition to a Sabbathkeeper was not always confined, however, to legal means… The antagonism over the Sabbath observance resulted in the persecution of a Seventh-day Adventist in the early history of the movement in Texas. …The following Sunday he labored in his shop and was arrested. In spite of the antagonism… Kilgore visited the believers of his faith in Cleburne February 2-3, 1878, and organized a church with a membership of twenty. There was a group of approximately fifteen to twenty individuals in Cleburne who were observing the Seventhday Adventist Sabbath and were striving toward the building of Christian character. …A meeting was held at Rockwell, Texas, in August, 1878, which had been advertised as a general one but which became a camp meeting in form. Seventh-day Adventists from Cleburne, Dallas, Peoria, and Terrell were there… At the meeting… Everyone was pleasantly anticipating the 1879 camp meeting and the Texas Conference’s being formed. The organization of the Texas Conference (of Seventh-day Adventists) occurred at this camp meeting. James White, writing in 1879, said the Texas Conference was a small one, and the state possibly had no more than three hundred Seventh-day Adventist. He mentioned that two tents were ordered and that the preachers who worked in Texas were lacking in funds. If through

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