Miss Alexzandrea Schmidt
Miss Alexzandrea Schmidt

2008 Chamber Board

Contact the Chamber
The Chamber is temporarily located at 1116 Austin in the Hotline Press building.

P. O. Box 517
Hempstead, TX  77445
Phone: (979) 826-8217
Fax: (979) 826-3092

Email The Chamber

Map to Hempstead

Meetings & Newsletters

Hempstead History



Hempstead Community Honors Fallen Soldier

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery L. Hartley

Sgt. Jeffery L. Hartley, 25, of Hempstead, Texas, died April 8 in Kharguliah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.

A candlelight memorial vigil was held in the downtown Hempstead park Monday. A number of city and county officials and concerned citizens spoke to approximately 250 family and friends in attendance. Marcy Hamric Tomczak sang the National Anthem and Floyd Richard sang "I Proud To Be An American." Sgt. Hartley is preceded in death by his brother, Jeremy Hartley. He is survived by his parents; brother, David Wayne Hartley; sisters, Lisa Ann Willever and husband Chris, and Kaylie Hartley; and numerous other family members and friends.

  Gear up for the 20th Annual Watermelon Festival!

The Watermelon Festival is almost here!  This year is going to be better than ever with more fun and entertainment.


Click here for information.




Sgt. Jeffery L. Hartley

Vigil Honors Fallen Soldier

The new Waller County Map is ready! Pick up your copy at the Chamber office.


DoD Spokesperson confirmed that Hartley was on his fourth tour of duty in Iraq and was on his second tour in Iraq with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division when he was killed. He had previously served two tours in Iraq as an Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, and had served one tour in Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Hartley was a Radio Operator Maintainer and was awarded over 20 awards, according to the Department of Defense Public Affairs Office.

He was Airborne Qualified and Ranger Qualified and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, and the Army Commendation with Valor Device. Before his death, Hartley had previously been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.

A scholarship fund has been set up in Jeff Hartley's name at Prosperity Bank for local graduating High School seniors. Anyone wishing to contribute may contact any branch of Prosperity Bank or you can contact the Hempstead branch at (979) 826-2431 or Waller branch at (936) 372-9404

copyright 2005 - 2008 Hempstead Chamber of Commerce

site design supported by Xccell Technologies