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A Ranching Saga tells the story of father and son pioneer ranchers in the Southwest. Around the turn of the century, William Electious Halsell and Ewing Halsell were integral to the growing ranching industry in Texas and Oklahoma. Through newspaper accounts, legal documents, personal correspondence, and interviews with family members, friends, and acquaintances, A Ranching Saga recounts the lives of these two keen businessmen, proud civic leaders, and philanthropists. What is revealed is a legacy of hard work, moral character, and compassion, as well as a close relationship with the land. Texas historian William Curry Holden sifts through correspondence, reports and statistics, and extensive research to tell of three generations of the Halsell family, from their arrival in Texas in 1854 to the mid-twentieth century.
Holden enriches the family narrative with personal accounts of the places, geology, flora, fauna, weather, economics, and history of the region. He interviewed more than 150 people to understand the characters and personalities of the two men whose cultural influence on Texas and the Southwest region spans more than a century. Illustrated with nearly two dozen drawings by José Cisneros , A Ranching Saga is the biography of family whose destiny was realized in the cattle they nurtured, the land they loved, and the people they encouraged along the way.
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William Curry Holden (1896–1993) was a historian and archaeologist at Texas Tech University, where he taught for forty years. He was also the first director of Museum of Texas Tech in Lubbock, which included the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the Lubbock Lake Landmark, and the Val Verde County Research Center. Among his many other books are The Personal Chronicle of a Yaqui Indian (coauthor, 1971), Rollie Burns, or, An Account of the Ranching Industry on the South Plains (1932), and The Spur Ranch (1934).
José Cisneros (1910–2009) has been described as a leading historical illustrator of the Southwest. Although a painter, wood carver, writer, and muralist, his primary focus was recording through his illustration the history of the Southwest border region. During the 1940s Cisneros illustrated over 200 publications and books. Among his many honors are the Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Award and the 1991 Order of Civil Merit, given by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. He lived in El Paso for much of his adult life.
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Book Description Trinity University Press, 1976. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110911536590