By Ada Morehead Holland
In 1908, on the age of 11, Helen moved together with her family members to what might later develop into Jim Hogg County. formed through her rugged atmosphere, she labored together with her father within the box doing a man's paintings for 3 years, with no advantage of colleges, church buildings, or clinical awareness. Then, full of wish for an schooling, she started to collect an unorthodox, haphazard person who finally resulted in university. She tutored teenagers, taught college for a time, and served as county/district clerk. Then she met and married Texas Ranger, later sheriff, Pell Harbison. at the ranch they obtained close to Hebbronville, they raised six youngsters and shared a lifetime of problem, progress, and obdurate labor. After her husband's dying, Helen Harbison herself ran the ranch for thirty extra years.
Holland presents a correct photograph of lifestyles in South Texas within the first 1/2 this century and a desirable portrait of a girl of the Texas brush who was firm, self sustaining, and able in an age whilst girls weren't anticipated to be.
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H. R. Burke, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, for assistance in researching the history of the boll weevil; to Dillard Wied of Hebbronville for information about waterwell drilling in Jim Hogg County; to Ernest Haner, Hebbronville, for help with the map of Jim Hogg County; and to Edna Glendenning, also of Hebbronville, for the loan of out-of-print books about that area; also to James Gibbs, Glenn Cross, Saundra Stowe, Bertha Roberts, and Dorothy English, all of Crockett, for assistance in running down important bits of information.
Helen banged the trunk lid down, glanced again at the snow the wind was whipping around the corner of the house, and went to learn what her mother wanted. In the kitchen was a neighbor who had brought a pot of soup for their supper. Mattie told Helen: "You know that gas hotplate that's there on the back porch? Well, Mrs. Smith here says that new woman that moved into the old Wilcox house across the railroad tracks was looking for one of them. I want you to run over there with it and see if she'll buy it.
Nobody said anything more. The girls sneaked back up to their bed. That wasn't the first time the two girls had been out of bed when Page 23 their parents thought they were asleep. They frequently got up and sat by the window, especially on moonlit nights, and entertained themselves by telling short stories. It was an idea that had occurred to them one time when long weeks passed without a package of magazines from Uncle John. Helen told Garland: "We don't have to wait for the stories in the magazines.