The leader of the Montgomery Historical Society, Duncan, was often called upon for his wisdom.
During most of the Republic of Texas era, 1836-1846, the community of Montgomery was the county seat of an area stretching from the Brazos rivers to the Trinity rivers, from west to east and in 1840 from Spring Creek north of San Antonio Road, now essentially Texas 21. Grand was the town, a favorite site for visitors such as then President of the Republic Sam Houston and historical events in the area before. and during the Republic era were important.
It is an honor of the highest historical reputation to preside over a historical society whose roots go back to this historical period. For about a dozen years, Billy Ray Duncan occupied this coveted office in his hometown, the home of Charles Bellinger Stewart, Texas first secretary of state and officially recognized designer of the Texas Lone Star Flag.