Governor James Stephen Hogg - San Marcos, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 29° 52.960 W 097° 56.426
14R E 602315 N 3306255
Quick Description: This dedicated tree is located on the Hays County Courthouse grounds in San Marcos, Texas. Planted by Mrs. Anna Kyle, it is a direct descendant of Governor Hogg's two original Russell pecan trees in Oakwood Cemetery.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 12/27/2014 5:22:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMN50Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
"On the evening of Texas Independence Day, March 2, 1906, Texas’ former Governor James Stephen Hogg and his daughter Ima were visiting in the home of his law partner, Frank Jones, of Houston. During their conversation, the Governor told Jones and his daughter that when he died he wanted no monument of stone, but “Let my children plant at the head of my grave a pecan tree and at my feet an old-fashioned walnut tree. And when these trees shall bear, let the pecans and the walnuts be given out among the plain people so that they may plant them and make Texas a land of trees.”

Late the next morning, Governor Hogg died quietly in his sleep. Shortly after his burial in Austin’s Oakwood Cemetery, the first of Governor Hogg’s wishes was carried out by the president of the State Horticultural Society, who planted two [Russell] pecan trees at his head and a native black walnut at his feet. In later years [actually, in 1969!], when the trees began to bear fruit, the Department of Horticulture at Texas A&M College (now Texas A&M University) gathered the nuts and distributed them to individuals, schools, and organizations throughout Texas.

The pecan had long been a popular tree in Texas, and in 1919 it was officially designated the state tree of Texas by an Act of the State Legislature. Its adoption is largely credited to the sentiments Governor Hogg expressed on the eve of his death."

Source: Texas A&M University Forest Service

Inscription:

"HOGG MEMORIAL PECAN
***
Presented By
MRS. ANNA KYLE
“Make Texas
a Land of Trees”"
Location of the tree: Southeast side of Hays County (Texas) Courthouse grounds

Type of tree: Rusell Pecan

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