This is the story of the marriage of Willie, a twenty-year-old Dallas debutante loved and protected by her family, and Will, a forty-two-year-old cattle rancher financially independent since his late teens, who began as a cowboy and eventually amassed a fortune in cattle and ranchland. In the course of their marriage, which allied two very different personalities, Willie made her own life in Dallas while her husband managed his ranches in the Panhandle. During Will’s long absences, Willie raised four children and ran a household as though without a husband. She vividly recounts day-to-day crises, joys, and disappointments and reflects thoughtfully on over ninety years of life. The result is an absorbing glimpse into the past, offering insights to students of urban history, the Victorian age, social mores, Texas and the Southwest, cattlemen and cowboys, and the intricacies of human relationships.
Published by Texas A&M University Press