A Ranching Saga: The Lives of William Electious Halsell and Ewing Halsell, Volume I & Volume 2 (in Slipcase)

Holden, William Curry & Jose Cisneros (drawings)

Published by Trinity University Press, 1976
ISBN 10: 0911536590 / ISBN 13: 9780911536591
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Synopsis: This narrative concerns the life stories of two men, William Electious Halsell and Ewing Halsell. It does not purport to be an analytical study of the ranching enterprises with which both were extensively involved. Their cattle operations are treated in such a way as to constitute a backdrop before which each character plays his part. Sources prior to 1900 which have been used include newspaper accounts, legal documents, a limited amount of correspondence, and oral reminiscences of members of their families, friends, and acquaintances. After 1900 the same sources were continued, but the principal depository of data has been the Halsell Collection of records. These are replete with correspondence and statistical accounts. From about 1920 the Collection is complete, and contains ample material for a number of theses and books in history, economics, and animal husbandry. While the voluminous records of the Halsell Collection were being researched, the author and his wife, Frances, made several trips following the trails of the three generations of the Halsell family, from the time the family entered Texas in 1854 to the present. One of these journeys took us to Stillwater, Oklahoma. Here we met Dr. Odie B. Faulk, one of our old students, of whom we are justifiably proud. Dr. Faulk is now head of the History Department of Oklahoma State University. He personally put us in touch with the proper staff members in every department who had researched and published on every aspect affecting ranching in Oklahoma, especially within the old Cherokee Nation. We conversed with specialists concerning the geology, the flora, fauna, weather, economic factors, and history of the region. We left the campus with an arm full of reprints and other data. We personally visited all the places and ranches of the principals of this chronicle.

About the Author: 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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Title: A Ranching Saga: The Lives of William ...
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Jose Cisneros
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Signed: Signed
Edition: First Edition.

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