By Ada Morehead Holland
In 1908, on the age of 11, Helen moved together with her relations to what could later develop into Jim Hogg County. formed by means of her rugged setting, she labored together with her father within the box doing a man's paintings for 3 years, with out advantage of colleges, church buildings, or scientific awareness. Then, packed with hope 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 acquired close to Hebbronville, they raised six teenagers and shared a lifetime of problem, progress, and obdurate exertions. After her husband's demise, Helen Harbison herself ran the ranch for thirty extra years.
Holland offers a correct photo of lifestyles in South Texas within the first half this century and a desirable portrait of a girl of the Texas brush who was firm, self sufficient, and able in an age whilst girls weren't anticipated to be.
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Helen went back to practicing on the post. One day an elderly Mexican came bearing a gift. He offered them a dressed antelope shoulder and the whole hide. At first Mattie was reluctant to accept it. She told him it was against the law to kill an antelope, but the old man didn't seem to understand her. Finally she succumbed to what she believed to be kindness. Besides, they needed the meat. When Ike came to the house he told her: "I think that fellow wanted to get rid of that hide. " Nevertheless, Ike tanned the hide, and they used it as a rug for a long time.
Helen, however, not in a mood to be restrained, went out to walk barefoot in the sand. She found a big pile of ashes near the new well and walked cautiously Page 13 into the edge of it. The ashes felt even softer than the sand. How wonderful! She plowed in and was in the middle of the pile when she realized there were live coals under there. Before she could get out her feet were badly burned, sending her into uncontrollable screams. Mattie got her into the house and brought kerosene in a blue enameled cup, thinking to bathe the burned feet in that.
When badly needed rain refused to come, for instance, he would sit in his old chair by the north side of the house, his corncob pipe in his mouth, gazing dejectedly out across the prairie.