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women split from the Panther Club and formed the Fort Worth Boys' Club
(FWBC) in 1935.
The FWBC was established in North Fort Worth to combat the problem of
juvenile delinquency. With the help of the Kiwanis Club, the Boys' Club became
enormously successful and continued to grow. Pate traces Leigh's instrumental
role in the organization, the growth of the Boys' Club, the construction of the
club's building and Eagle Mountain Camp, and the incorporation of the Fort
Worth Boys' Club by the Boys' Club of America's national organization in 1957.
Throughout its history, Hazel Vaughn Leigh was pivotal in obtaining support,
funding, and organization for the FWBC.
During her many years of leadership in FWBC Council, Hazel faced many
obstacles. Leigh and the council were often disregarded as a subsidiary organiza-
tion to the Fort Worth Boys' Club Board, where men dominated. Hazel was peri-
odically informed that Boys' Club work should be relegated to males. The estab-
lishment of the club's endowment fund further exacerbated problems, as the
1980s were characterized by legal battles between the FWBC and the United
Way. Much to Hazel's dismay, girls were admitted to the club and the FWBC and
the Panther Boys' Club eventually merged.
Pate offers a study of a woman who devoted her life to the FWBC and who
faced many challenges along the way. Included in the work are interesting
items of Fort Worth history as well. Yet, although Pate touches on feminist
issues throughout, greater analysis of this topic could have added more depth
to the book. Leigh is an example of the pioneering women who, through dedi-
cation and determination, refused to acquiesce to the demands of their male
Although the book was written as a posthumous honor to Leigh's life, Pate is
fair in her presentation of Leigh. Although devoted to her cause, Leigh often
refused to compromise or change with the times. Yet it is fair to say that the Fort
Worth's Boys' Club would never have existed without the tireless dedication of
Hazel Vaughn Leigh.
Oklahoma State University STEFANIE LEE DECKER
Crossing the Pecos. By Patrick Dearen. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University
Press, 1996. Pp. ix-196. Foreword, about the author, notes, bibliography,
index. ISBN 0-87565-159-3. $15.95, paper.)
The Last of the Old-Time Cowboys. By Patrick Dearen. (Plano: Republic of Texas
Press, 1998. Pp. v+2l7. Illustrations, author's note, index. ISBN 1-55622-
613-6. $16.95, paper.)
Long ago, journalist Patrick Dearen fell in love with the Pecos River. He has
backpacked and canoed the river from its headwaters to the Rio Grande and has
spent years documenting the river's history, its environs, and the people who live
and work along its banks. To his personal experiences, he adds the recollections
of the aging cowboys who once tended cattle and ranched along the river.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101221/. Accessed July 10, 2014.