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1993 Citizen of the Year


The Hamilton Herald-News

Hamilton County, Texas

07 April 1994

A large crowd attending the annual Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Banquet at Pecan Creek Inn Monday night enthusiastically greeted the announcement that Ann Alexander has been selected as Hamilton's Outstanding Citizen for 1993.
Last Year's winner of the Outstanding Citizens Award, Ollie Zschiesche, made the announcement of Alexander's selection and praised the longtime Hamilton resident for her tireless efforts as a volunteer worker and officer of numerous civic and charitable organizations, her devotion to and work on behalf of her church, and her generosity in financial support of many local institutions and fund-raising efforts.
A graduate of Hamilton High School and a trained nurse, she has been instrumental in the growth of one of Hamilton's largest employers, Alexander Moulding Mill.
Among the projects and groups she has been actively involved with over the years are the Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton General Hospital, United Care, Hamilton Genealogical Society, the annual Goodfellows Fund Drive and many more. She currently serves as chaplain of the Ann Whitney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton.
The night's second major award was presented to the father and son team of Murlin and Charlie Bottlinger as Agri-businessmen of the Year. Owners and operators of Bottlinger Grain Company in Hamilton, the Bottlingers have built the business into one of Hamilton strongest, employing more than 25 workers and operating 16 trucks in grain transit.
The award to the Bottlingers was presented by a former winner of the award, Joel Sellers.
Outgoing Chamber President Tommy McKay also presented a pair of special awards to the HBAT organization for its work in promoting baseball in the community, including major physical improvements to the ball field at Fair Park, and to Jim Taylor for his involvement and leadership in the historical lighting project in the commercial sector of town. Taylor has installed the new fixtures almost single-handedly over a period of months.
Chuck Martin of Radio Station KCLW served as Master of Ceremonies for the event and the crowd enjoyed a meal prepared by Pecan Creek Inn featuring pepper steak and peach cobbler.
The featured speaker was Dr. Jerry DeHay, Dean of the College of Business at Tarleton State University in Stephenville and a business consultant, who delivered an entertaining and motivational address emphasizing the importance of setting and achieving goals in personal and business endeavors.
U. S. Congressman Chet Edwards also delivered a brief message to the crowd.
One of the main functions of the annual banquet is to install new officers and directors for the Chamber.
Officers for the new year will be Pam Gammage, president; Michael Graham, vice president; and Larry Tatum, treasurer.
New directors will be Pattye Ward, Dane Marwitz and Michael Graham. They will join hold-over board members Tommy McKay, Marge Jordan, Richard Neie, and Gene Robertson, and the three officers

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