Author Timothy Austin Cumings, a descendant of "The Old 300," was the guest speaker for the Clara Driscoll Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas on April 10, at their regular monthly meeting at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Cumings' topic of discussion was his latest book, "A Splendid County," a historical fiction novel, based on the original 300 settlers brought to Texas by Stephen F. Austin in 1822 to settle on the 200,000-acre Spanish land grant that had been obtained by his father, Moses Austin, for the first colony of Anglos in Texas.

It was Cummings' middle name of "Austin" that set him on the tract to learn more of his ancestry whiles a journalism student at Sam Houston State University. Through his search, he learned that he was not a blood relation of Stephen F. Austin, but that his ancestors had been part of Austin's 300 member colony, hence the reason for his middle name of "Austin."

During the meeting, Amber Ramzinski was officially recognized as a member of the Clara Driscoll Chapter.

In recognition of San Jacinto Day on April 21, it was announced that the Clara Driscoll Chapter will present a Texas map to Incarnate Word Elementary School in Corpus Christi.

Hostesses for the April meeting were: Margaret McGill, Jo Beth Whitlow, Rosie Whitehead, Jo Kreis and Frankie Ramirez.