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Ranchers held sway there up into the 20th century. Then, realizing that Published: 7th November Billie Timmons was fourteen when he met Charles Goodnight—over a wagonload of manure that had been jammed on a gatepost—and he went to work on the Goodnight Cross J Ranch shortly thereafter.

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The spirit of helpfulness that Published: 11th July Brunson Series M. Agricultural and urban development came late to the Texas South Plains, and frontier life lingered well into the twentieth century.

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In the decade preceding World War I numerous land companies flourished in the area and acted as Published: 11th January Land of Bright Promise is a fascinating exploration of the multitude of land promotions and types of advertising that attracted more than , settlers to the Panhandle—South Plains area of Texas from the late years of the Published: 2nd November Ray Stephens , Introduced by Joe B. Frantz Series M. For fifty years the progressive Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, popularly known as the Taft Ranch, led in the development of South Texas, and in the early twentieth century achieved national and international repute for its contributions Published: 15th August Four more Reynolds siblings married into the Matthews family, including Sallie Ann in , and other Reynolds relatives followed suit.

As daughter, sister, wife, or mother of three generations of cattle ranchers, Sallie Reynolds Matthews writes from the perspective of a woman intent upon embodying the strength and gentleness required of a wife and business partner. She describes traveling by wagon through the wilds, encountering Indians, and setting up housekeeping with little more than buckets, blankets, and cast-iron cookpots.

Tragedy and illness often visited the interwoven Matthews and Reynolds families, but those who settled on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River--the Lambshead range--put down roots that tornadoes, droughts, Indians, and disease could not dislodge.

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As her memoirs so clearly show, Sallie Reynolds Matthews had an intelligence, warmth, and zest for life that nourished her family through difficult times. Nine children were born to Sallie and John Matthews. Their first child Annie died in infancy, and their last, Watkins Reynolds Matthews lived to be ninety-eight. This new printing of "Interwoven," which includes the original E. Schiwetz drawings and Sam Newcomb's diary of his trip through the Clear Fork range in , is dedicated to the memory of Watt Matthews, who did so much to preserve his family's legacy.


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Sallie Reynolds Matthews has done just that. It is a book about two families who built ranches in West Texas and intermarried to form a dynasty.


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It is the story of pioneering on the Brazos in the years following the Civil War. And woven into this chronicle of the plains is the story of Sallie Reynolds as a girl and Mrs. Sallie Reynolds Matthews as a young wife and mother as Texas entered the twentieth century. No doubt members of both the Matthews and the Reynolds clans got great satisfaction from reading the history of the families as written by the matriarch.

Marianne Wiggins, author of a recent novel about Edward S. Curtis, introduces the volume, and Jay Dusard, a photographer renowned for his cowboy images, provides the afterword. Robb Kendrick tells the backstory of the project in his photographer's notes, while also interweaving stories from the cowboys themselves among the images. Both an evocative work of art and a masterful documentary record, Still honors the resilience of modern cowboys as they bring traditional ways of living on the land into the twenty-first century.