The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990 Page: 356
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By Laura C. Wilson
Introduction by David McCullough
att Matthews is ninety years old. Except for four
years at Princeton, he has spent his entire life on
the ranch he rules. He is among the last of the great
Texas cattlemen, and the ranch is the historic
Lambshead. Watt Matthews and Lambshead are at
the center of a world which reflects Texas of a cen-
tury ago. He carries within him the history of a large
part of the cattle industry
from the time of the Civil
War to the present day. He
has never married, nor has
he ever been engaged. Ex-
cept for his ninety-nine-year-
old sister, Lucile, he is the last
of the nine Matthews chil-
dren. In a powerful photo-
graphic essay Laura Wilson
has captured this historic
ranch and the spirit of the ir-
replaceable man behind it.
Watt is unlikely to be succeeded by anyone who can
match his passion and shrewdness in holding this
vast ranch together. He has maintained a simplicity
of life by daily contact with the people who work his
ranch. He sleeps in a room in the bunkhouse where
he has a bed, a bureau, a chair, and next to the chair,
a bootjack. This simple room is a silent rebuke of the
new Texas, oil-rich and profligate.
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