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Oil, Taxes, and Cats: A History of the DeVitt Family and the Mallet Ranch

Murrah, David J.

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ISBN 10: 0896723321 / ISBN 13: 9780896723320
Published by Texas Tech University Press, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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West Texas is the local of the Mallet Ranch which author Murrah has focused on it's history; especially the thirty-five years it was operated by Christine DeVitt, the surviving offspring of founder David M. DeVitt. Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. Signed by the author on the title page. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # BX4-13

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Title: Oil, Taxes, and Cats: A History of the ...

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Many of the great Texas ranches established during the cattle boom of the 1880s became immediate business successes, but as time passed, many of them failed. Oil, Taxes, and Cats is the story of one of the survivors and of the family that kept it alive. David Mantz DeVitt, a young New York newspaperman, came to Texas in 1880 and became co-owner of the Mallet Ranch in 1895. Although he lacked practical experience in the livestock business, DeVitt managed to parlay his small investment into a 100,000-acre cattle operation that continues to operate today. DeVitt’s two sons were killed in separate accidents, and when he died in 1934, his daughters Christine (age forty-nine) and Helen (age thirty-four) inherited controlling interest in the ranch along with Florence, DeVitt’s sixty-seven- year-old widow. The women found themselves thrust into the middle of a man’s world during the worst of the Great Depression.Set on assuming her father’s active interest in the ranch, Christine DeVitt struggled to achieve and maintain controlling management, throwing the Mallet partners into a costly and protracted receivership battle. Despite her stubbornness and eccentricity, she ultimately gained the respect she sought, not only preserving the ranch but also gaining great fortune for the partnership.The story of the ranch is a powerful saga of legal battles, oil leases, range disputes, and generous philanthropy that endures to this day.

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David J. Murrah is associate director of libraries for special collections at Texas Tech University.

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