rauk Reaqh- Painter of Cofglfhor
ROY C. LEDBETTER
ON the occasion of the dedication of The Eugene C. Barker
Texas History Center, I am glad to be present to present
the Frank Reaugh collection of paintings of longhorn
cattle to be housed in the wing of the Center.
What manner of man was this who gave so freely to genera-
tions yet unborn?
Charles Franklin Reaugh1 was born in Morgan County in
southern Illinois twelve miles from Jacksonville on December
29, 186o. He came to be called Frank. Frank Reaugh's life span
reached from the breaking out of the Civil War through the
climax of victory in Europe of World War II. He died in Dallas,
Texas, on May 6, 1945. He was the son of George Washington
Reaugh and Clarinda Morton (Spillman) Reaugh. Originally
in Celtic Irish the name was Castlereaugh. Through several gen-
erations, from the New England states into Illinois, the name
was shortened to Reaugh.
His father was a "forty-niner" who went to California in the
Gold Rush. He rode alone on his horse with only his gun for
protection. On meeting a traveler each drew his gun and eyed
the other until beyond shooting distance. He was a farmer,
mechanic, carpenter, and cabinetmaker. He taught the son a
mechanical skill which later served him well in making his own
easels and picture frames.
Frank Reaugh's mother, the daughter of a Presbyterian min-
ister, was a woman of culture and was the source of practically
all of the formal education that Frank received. She also taught
him botany and zoology, with an emphasis on animal anatomy.
She encouraged her son in his love of painting. When a child,
*An address delivered on the presentation of the Frank Reaugh collection of
paintings to the University of Texas on April 27, 1950.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed May 24, 2015.