The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 360
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
churches, schools, and other organizations. Athens was named by
Aunt Dull Averiett for Athens, Greece, the city of culture and
beauty. The name was approved by the founders who sought to
achieve a similarity to its namesake.
Time magazine of October 16, 1950, reports in its art section
on an event which is also of direct significance in the field of
Texans swarming into Dallas for the State Fair last week found
cattle on the walls as well as in the stalls. The Dallas Museum of
Fine Arts was featuring a brand-new show of eleven cattle paintings
by Texas' Tom Lea, a report-in-oils skillful and observant enough to
rival the works of such old-time Southwesterners as Charles Russell
and Frederic Remington.
Lea, 43, a wiry El Pasoan who once went in for portraiture and
commercial art, developed his reporter's skill on a rugged assignment.
As an artist-correspondent he covered World War II for Life, painted
the North Atlantic patrol, later moved to the Pacific and landed
with the Marines on Peleliu. After the war Life commissioned the
cattle pictures, last week presented them to the Dallas museum.
A prodigious researcher, Lea had dipped into Mexico to learn
about the Spanish origins of U. S. cattle. He came back with some
dramatic bullfight sketches and material for a fine first novel, The
Brave Bulls (Time, April 25, 1949). Later, he visited Southwestern
ranches and Midwestern stock farms, spent a solid week on the
killing floor at Swift & Co.'s Chicago stockyards. The resulting pic-
tures struck Texans as not only good but mighty authentic. Looking
at a Lea branding scene last week, one grizzled cattleman remarked:
"You can smell the smoke from the burned hair."
A hit of the show was the portrait of Oklahoma Governor Roy
Turner's great Hereford bull, the late Hazford Rupert 81st, which
sired $1,ooo,ooo worth of calves. He was, Lea recalled, "a most dis-
tinguished, gentlemanly and cordial old bull. He tipped the scales
at 1,850 pounds, liked to have his back scratched, and was gentle as
a house dog. ... He stood for his portrait not only with dignity but
with the skill of an experienced and much interviewed public figure.
He was pleasanter and far more interesting than many human por-
trait subjects I have had."
Remains of early Spanish and Indian settlements, dating back
to 1750 and before, were discovered during the summer of 1950
by University of Texas archaeologists in a survey of the area to
be covered by the Rio Grande's Falcon Dam reservoir. Jack
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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/m1/472/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.