The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 526
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always her hero. After the couple married they established their
first home at Adobe Walls. They spent several hard, but happy
years in this isolated frontier home where their first five children
were born. When other settlers came in, a feud developed between
the nesters and the cattlemen. The Dixons, caught in the vise
between the two, sold their small ranch to the Turkey Tracks and
moved to the old town of Plemons fourteen miles up the river.
Life was too confining here for Dixon. When No-Man's Strip in
Oklahoma was opened for settlement Dixon chose a one hundred
and sixty acre tract just across the line in Beaver County. Soon
after the family moved to this claim Dixon died and left Olive
with a family of seven children. After Dixon's death Olive be-
comes the heroine of the story. She spent years of sacrificial work
in providing for and educating her children. She was now inured
to the frontier, however, and she faced her difficulties and hard-
ships with the courage and determination which are characteristic
of a frontier people. Moreover, from the time of her marriage
to Billy Dixon, Olive believed that Dixon's achievements as a
frontiersman were of sufficient importance to be recorded. There-
fore, in the midst of her vicissitudes she wrote and published
The Life of Billy Dixon. She also became interested in the early
history of the area, and for several years she has been on the staff
of the Amarillo Globe-News, where her main duty is to record
historic events of the Texas Panhandle.
The significance of this story lies in the fact that it is a typical
story of homes on the frontier. According to the author, "Olive
was not unlike most of the other women who helped to settle and
civilize the west . but in a degree she is representative of all
the women who left civilization to brave the wilds, then created
civilization in the wilds. .. The story is not meant as any senti-
mental display of emotion surrounding two great characters. It
simply tries to present a fair, unretouched picture of the lives and
love of a representative couple."
John L. McCarty, the author, was for several years editor of
the Dalhart Texan and later became the editor of the Amarillo
Globe-News. He has made several valuable contributions to the
history and lore of the Plains region such as Maverick Town,
Prairie Nights and Yucca, Wind in the Cottonwoods, and The
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