By Ada Morehead Holland
In 1908, on the age of 11, Helen moved along with her kinfolk to what may later develop into Jim Hogg County. formed via her rugged setting, she labored together with her father within the box doing a man's paintings for 3 years, with out good thing about faculties, church buildings, or clinical realization. Then, choked with wish for an schooling, she started to gather an unorthodox, haphazard one who finally 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 young children and shared a lifetime of problem, development, and obdurate exertions. After her husband's demise, Helen Harbison herself ran the ranch for thirty extra years.
Holland presents a correct photo 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 firm, self sufficient, and able in an age whilst ladies weren't anticipated to be.
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The windows were glass-unscreened. The doors were unscreened. The downstairs was one large room and a kitchen. Mattie and Ike used the large room for a bedroom, and the whole family used it for a sitting room. The children all slept in the unpartitioned upstairs. They hung a piece of canvas to divide it into two rooms: one for the boys and one for the girls. Mattie had moved her prize possession-a Home Comfort cooking range that had a warming oven and a ten-gallon hot-water reservoir-and she persuaded Ike to install it in the new kitchen, even before the beds were set up.
Mattie's garden began to wilt during the day, and she started carrying water to it in buckets. She didn't know it then, but this would be a pattern she would follow for many years in order to feed her family. The riding and walking plows were changed from planters to cultivators, and the field work went on. They had to thin the cotton. It was a big job, and the whole family-except the two little boys and Emil-worked at it. The accepted way to thin cotton was by chopping Page 20 it with a hoe. But they didn't have enough hoes to go around, so Helen learned to thin it by catching a little cotton plant between her toes and pulling it out of the ground.
Mattie always packed him a lunch of fried chicken and light bread to take with him to town. He ate it while he fed his horses, on the lot behind Sixto Garcia's general store. Then, he'd go into the store and charge to his account anything Mattie had ordered. Mr. " Along in the night, Ike's young ones would be awakened by the sound of his wagon clattering over the rutted road, and they'd pile out of bed and run to greet him, and to receive the precious pilón. When the cotton was all picked and taken to the gin, Ike went to see Sixto Garcia, to settle his account.
Brush Country Woman (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M, No 26) by Ada Morehead Holland