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Horton Foote, Author


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Albert Horton Foote, Jr.  was born in 1916 in Wharton, Wharton County, Texas which is located about halfway between Rosenberg and El Campo on Highway 59, heading southwest from Houston.  His parents were Albert Horton Foote, Sr. and Harriet Gautier Brooks Foote, both of whom native Texans.  Horton was the oldest of three brothers including Tom Brooks Foote and John Speed Foote.  The brothers were all named for ancestors, with Horton being named for ancestors on his father’s side.  Horton’s great great grandfather Stephen Daniel Foote had come to Texas from Virginia just before the Civil War.  His paternal Texas roots were deep.

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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in authors, biography


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Texas State Longhorn Herd

The Longhorn has come to be one of the best loved symbols of Texas.  How they came to be here is an interesting story of its own to be dealt with later, but by the 1830s they were fairly plentiful and they ranged widely in Texas.


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Posted by on May 3, 2018 in authors, cattle breeds


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Larry McMurtry


Larry McMurtry was born in Archer City, Texas to William Jefferson and Hazel Ruth McIver McMurtry, a ranching family.  He relates that his family had been ranchers since the 1870s and that it had included several trail drivers among his uncles and other relatives.  Accordingly, some of his tales were developed from stories he had been told when he was a boy.  McMurtry lived on a ranch south of Archer City near a local landmark known as “Idiot’s Ridge” until he was old enough to go to school and his parents moved into town.

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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in authors, biography


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Elmer Kelton


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Elmer was born in 1926 on the Five Wells Ranch, one of the Scharbauer ranches, in rural Andrews County, Texas.  His father was Robert William “Buck” Kelton and mother was the former Neta Beatrice “Bea” Parker.  Three years later, Buck took a job at the McElroy Ranch in Crane, Texas near Midland, where he would remain for 36 years.  Elmer grew up on the ranch, hearing the colorful stories told by Buck and the other cowboys on the ranch.

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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in authors, biography, folklore


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