In an effort to preserve the historic integrity of many old homes in and around Brady, the Heart of Texas Historical Museum Historical Homes Committee qualified its 14th home for the Historic Homes program. The most recent home to qualify is the old W.D. Crothers home that sits on a lot at the end of Crothers street on the north side of Brady. Originally built in 1901, the home is currently owned by Chris and Teresa Leifeste. Crothers, who moved to Brady in 1882, was a rancher and a banker. He began a private bank in 1894 that through the years has become known as the Commercial National Bank. “What I think is interesting is that I have been working at Commercial National Bank for almost 23 years,” said Mrs. Leifeste. “I am living in the same house of the man who built the bank in which I have been working for so many years.” To qualify as an historic home, certain criteria such as age, condition and structural integrity must be met. Once nominated by a person in the community, the Historical Homes Committee reviews and researches the home to ensure it qualifies. When the committee qualifies a home, a sponsor donates the funds to pay for a plaque designating the home as one of Brady’s Historic Homes. Committee members are encouraging people throughout the county to pursue nominating and sponsoring homes in the area to create a greater awareness of the history that is still prevalent throughout much of Brady and McCulloch County.