Brady Woman Named to Board of Directors for Texas Ranger Museum
BRADY, TX - A Brady Woman, Laura Mobley Greenwood, was recently named to the Board of Directors for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame And Museum in Waco. Greenwood, who moved to Brady from Corpus Christi, was nominated for the position by long-time friend and former Ranger Chief Hank Whitman, who is also Chairman of the Museum Board.
The appointment had to be approved by the Waco City Council since the City of Waco serves as Trustee for the State of Texas for the Museum.
The museum has 31,000 square feet of space and houses 14,000 items/artifacts related to the Texas Rangers. It also contains 300,000 archives and research library items related to the Rangers.
Greenwood had already been selected to serve on a bi-centenial committee charged with laying long-range plans for a celebration to commemorate 200 years of Ranger Service in Texas.
Mrs. Greenwood said her interest in the Rangers was piqued when she discovered, while doing some genealogy on her late husband’s family tree, that his great, great grandfather was Garrison Greenwood.
Garrison Greenwood was one of three Company Commanders when an official body of Rangers was formed in 1835. Prior to that, there had been a loosely put together group called Rangers by Stephen F. Austin because they ranged far and wide to offer protection to early settlers. Garrison served with distinction, and today, there is a monument erected in his honor on the Lampasas County Courthouse square.
Laura Greenwood comes from a law enforcement background herself. Her grandfather was William Mobley, sheriff of McClennan County from 1933-1939. Her father, William Mobley, Jr., was elected District Attorney in Corpus Christi in 1968. He served the counties of Nueces, Kenedy and Kleberg from 1969-1983.
Mrs. Greenwood earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State, and, for a period, worked at a women’s detention center. She later worked for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico where she met and married her husband.
Mrs. Greenwood is currently working toward a Border Homeland Security degree at Angelo State. She is active in Brady as the vice-chairman of the Crime-stoppers Board of Directors, and she's a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). She also participates in the Historians and Storytellers Group in McCulloch County.