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The Bicentennial Bells in their traditional prairie-style dresses. The Bells consisted of Frances Stovall, Nettie Sevur, Dot Renfrow, Helen VanGundy and Bobbie Gilbert.

Homemade tradition


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Kids are back at school and fall is around the corner, and the historic Charles S. Cock house is opening its doors yet again for Friday Cottage Kitchens  after their two month summer break.
The Heritage Guild, under the Heritage Association of San Marcos, runs the Cottage Kitchen, though the house is owned by the city, which also maintains the park and Eli Merriman cabin.
The Cock house was built in the late 1800s for the Charles S. Cock family, according to Heritage Association Guild Vice Chair Marianne Moore.
“He was one of the founding fathers of San Marcos,” said Moore. “It fell into disrepair, and then around the bicentennial, around 1975, a group of ladies in town, led by Frances Stovall … a great historian (she’s deceased now) who wanted to get ahold of this house, renovate it and use it as a historic focal point in town. There’s a before picture on the wall at the Cock house. It was really in bad shape.”
The group of women, later referred to at the Bicentennial Bells, started raising funds and took to furnishing and fixing up the house.


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