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Local artist participates in Coleman County Sesquicentennial
San Jacinto News- Times - October 2008
COLDSPRING – Local artist Billie Trapp has been selected to create and submit an original, handcrafted Christmas ornament depicting San Jacinto County in celebration of Coleman County’s Sesquicentennial. The ornament will hang on a Christmas tree located at the Coleman County Museum in the City of Coleman throughout the 2008 holiday season, alongside ornaments representing the other 253 counties in Texas. The exhibit will be displayed during the 2008 Coleman Tour of Homes the fi rst weekend in December. Trapp chose the 1858 Sanctuary of the Coldspring United Methodist Church as the subject of her ornament, painted on a wooden cut-out in the shape of San Jacinto County. The church was organized in 1848 and the sanctuary, that was built 10 years later, has been in continuous use since that time. “Two of my grandchildren are seventh generation members of the church,” Trapp said. Trapp’s family moved from Falls County, Texas, to Coldspring in 1938 when she was eight years old. “My widowed mother’s family (Sewell) lived in East Texas and had fi nally talked her in coming here where her relatives lived. My father, R.O. Atkins, had died in 1931, leaving my mother a young widow with eight children,” Trapp said. Trapp was graduated from Coldspring High School in 1948 and married that summer. “The Trapps were descended from those who settled here under the Mexican rule. Out of a family of nine children my father-in-law was the only one to marry and my husband was the only child born in that marriage,” Trapp said.