The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 14
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the son was given pencils and encouraged in sketching. At Sun-
day School he heard the story of David and Goliath. The next
Sunday he remained at home and drew a picture of the struggle.
This was his first known painting.
At four years of age he saw and cried for a toy stuffed elephant,
which the owner refused to sell. His mother promised to make
him one, and she did. Soon around the elephant there was a
menagerie, consisting of a fierce lion, a bear, and a striped zebra.
When Frank was nine years old, the family moved to Bloom-
ington, Illinois, where his father followed the carpenter's trade.
Frank remained the only child, but in this period the parents
took a foster daughter, now Mrs. Frank E. Hopkins of Terrell,
In 1876, before the son was sixteen, the family of four moved
in a covered wagon drawn by oxen to Terrell, Kaufman County,
Texas. The lad looked forward to seeing interesting landscapes
from the covered wagon. The Ozark and Boston Mountains dis-
appointed him. The first natural scenery which impressed him
was the Arkansas River at Van Buren.
The family settled on a farm four miles northwest of Terrell.
Cotton farming was followed there until 1890. City dwellers
later referred to the place as a ranch. In no sense could it be
called by that term. The farm was about one mile east of Brushy
Creek on the highest elevation between Big High Point and
Little High Point creeks. The soil was of the rich hog-wallow,
black waxy type which produced native grass principally of the
bluestem varieties. It produced what is commonly known as
prairie hay, for which the region later became famous. Because
of the breaking of the land, principally during World War I,
little native prairie remains in any part of the area.
No other fences or houses were in sight of the farmhouse. The
statement in some sources that it was the only house between
Terrell and Dallas could not have been true at this late period.
This prairie on High Point and Brushy creeks became the
source of many of Frank Reaugh's earlier paintings, such as
"Summer Forenoon" and "Brushy Bottom."
Steers were brought up from South Texas to fatten on the
lush prairie grass. These became a source of study to young
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951, periodical, 1951; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/m1/34/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.