Dodson Flag – The First "Lonestar"
first Constitutional Convention met at Washington on the
Brazos on March 1st, 1836. Most of the delegates were under
40 years old, and all had been elected for the express
purpose of declaring the independence of Texas from Mexico
and forming a government for the new republic. No one knew
when they all might have to leave to fight the advancing
On the opening day a "Norther" blew through
and the temperature inside the meeting hall--a wooden
building with scraps of cloth for windows and doors--was 33
degrees. Flying over the hall was the flag designed and made
by Sarah Dodson.
Recognized as the first "Lone Star" flag,
she originally created it for her husband Archelaus, a
member of the Robinson company of army volunteers formed in
September, 1835, at Harrisburg, Texas. After serving at
Gonzales, this company marched under the Dodson flag to San
Antonio to lay seige to the Alamo.
Like practically all of
the Texas volunteers, these men returned to their homes
after San Antonio had been taken from the Mexicans, not
realizing the strength of the Mexican reinforcements
invading Texas. After the Mexicans crushed the remaining
forces at the Alamo and massacred the Texans at Goliad, the
Robinson company was assigned to protect the retreating
civilians. This exodus was known as the "Runaway Scrape."
The refugees could hear the cannon fire of the battle of San
Jacinto, and doubled their pace, fearing the worst. A
courier on horseback from Sam Houston caught up with the
convoy, and the families of Texans learned of their
thrilling victory at San Jacinto.
175 years later on November 8th,
2011 Tuesday night at 8:30 pm in a Texas Hold-em poker game,
Dale Francis Wamstad went all in with The Four Sisters. The
Four Sisters were trying to stare down Dale. Although
he only had a pair of 4's, he noticed Hilda the oldest
sister blinking rapidly. The marathon game had lasted 9 hours
and 23 minutes. Dale had noticed Hilda had blinked 18 times
a minute and now that her blinks had increased
to 87 times a minute. He called the Four Sisters bluff with
King high, and won with the pair of 4's. Dale Francis Wamstad now
had complete control of the magnificent New Frontier. He
immediately changed the name of Four Sisters Cafe to Texas,
adding a new flare to the menu, and changing the servers
outfits to a Texas/Vegas style. Dale, along with his
children Dale Tervooren, Dane & Shelby, hopes that the
magnificent Texas will reign as a magnificent dining
establishment for many years to come.