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By Ada Morehead Holland

On a number of sandy acres in the midst of the tough, wild prairie of South Texas, younger Helen Sewell grew to maturity, as hardy and tenacious because the brush that grew round her. this can be her story.

In 1908, on the age of 11, Helen moved together with her family members to what might later develop into Jim Hogg County. formed by way of her rugged setting, she labored along with her father within the box doing a man's paintings for 3 years, with no advantage of colleges, church buildings, or clinical realization. Then, packed with hope for an schooling, she started to gather an unorthodox, haphazard person who ultimately resulted in university. She tutored teenagers, taught tuition for a time, and served as county/district clerk. Then she met and married Texas Ranger, later sheriff, Pell Harbison. at the ranch they acquired close to Hebbronville, they raised six childrens and shared a lifetime of problem, progress, and obdurate exertions. After her husband's loss of life, Helen Harbison herself ran the ranch for thirty extra years.

Holland presents a correct photograph of existence in South Texas within the first 1/2 this century and a desirable portrait of a lady of the Texas brush who was resolute, self reliant, and able in an age whilst ladies weren't anticipated to be.

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She was indeed eighty-eight years old. And until she retired a few months before my visit she had been operating her ranch alone, with only the help of hired hands, for nearly thirty years. Her mind was clear, her memories were vivid, and she was unusually articulate. During the next year and a half I made frequent trips to the Harbison ranch, for long sessions of interviews that I recorded. Mrs. Harbison and I had an understanding: that I would not preserve the tapes; that she would read the manuscript before it went to the publisher; and that I would not publish anything against her will.

He paid her $50 for them. That was the amount that was due on Ike's note. But it took all the faith Mattie could muster and then some to keep Ike feeling optimistic. When badly needed rain refused to come, for instance, he would sit in his old chair by the north side of the house, his corncob pipe in his mouth, gazing dejectedly out across the prairie.

In spite of the hard times, or maybe because of them, the people at Santa Rita organized a picnic to celebrate the Fourth of July. All the families that had bought land attended, though most of them were hard pressed to find food to feast on. Mattie took fried chicken, deviled eggs, and light bread. There were lots of vegetables from Mr. Sponsellor's artesian-well watered garden. And there were kegs of cold beer, furnished by the people who organized the picnic. Helen had not tasted it before. " For most of the northerners, this was their first time to enjoy any kind of social contact since they had come to Texas.

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