Fittingly, history and fun mingled May 24 at the Grapevine Historical Society Sno-Cone Social as the group celebrated the 40th anniversary of the society charter granted by the State of Texas.
The celebration took place at the replica of the Grapevine Ice Company building in Ted R. Ware Plaza, which will be the new home for the Grapevine Historical Museum, scheduled to open later this year.
A highlight of the event was society member Kelly Emery’s donation of a World War I uniform worn by his grandfather, Leonard C. Emery. According to society historians, Emery was a private first class in Company C of the Army’s 56th Infantry Regiment.
The uniform and a picture of the senior Emery wearing it will be on display when the museum opens.
The day included musical entertainment, including Kelly Emery singing the national anthem and a patriotic medley. In keeping with the historic theme, the group ate snow cones similar to those from a defunct snow cone stand that was a mainstay for years on Main Street, where City Hall now stands.
In conjunction with Memorial Day, the Grapevine Historical Society also celebrated and paid tribute to “our veterans who served and fought to preserve our freedom in all our wars and conflicts,” said member Allen Mossman.
It was a wonderful experience for everyone,” he added.
A presentation of a special flag that had flown over the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. , was awarded to the oldest veteran at the event. It was presented to 94-year-old WWII veteran Everett Dumlerof Colleyville.
“He was spry as he could be,” Mossman said.