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on to become accomplished Texas historians and important members
and officers of the TSHA. As a student during those years, Colleen also
took classes that met at J. Frank Dobie's house and increased her inter-
est in her native state's history and lore.
From 1968 to 1974, Colleen was a working member of the Oral
History Project team put together by Joe Frantz. Joe was simultaneously
director of the OHP and the TSHA, so when the OHP closed in 1974 it
was natural that Colleen move to the TSHA as administrative assistant to
directors Tuffly Ellis, Jim Pohl, and now Ron Tyler. In her time at the
Association Colleen has done at least a little bit of eveything that we
do-education, publications, meetings, and all the rest-including
being the annual meeting coordinator. The one hundredth annual
meeting last month was Colleen's last, and like all of the others she ran
it was a superb testament to her hard work, savvy, and attention to detail.
More than that, however, Colleen brought to everything the Association
did a touch of class and a spirited style that she always credited to her
Irish heritage. Of course we'll always just remember it as "the way
Colleen did it"-and that was always the best. Thinking about Colleen
leaving next fall, one is tempted to fall back on that Irish phrase,
"Colleen, we hardly knew ye," but in fact it is knowing Colleen so well
that will make the goodbye so hard. We will not only be losing a valued
colleague, we will be saying so long to a good friend. Colleen, we will
miss you, and we love you.
B. Byron Price, director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and
Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, sent us the following remi-
niscence of Association FellowJ. Evetts Haley.
J. Evetts Haley, renowned Texas historian, cowman, and political
activist, died in Midland on October 9, 1995. He was buried in a family
plot at Moffat Cemetery in Bell County, near the place of his birth and
not far from the Chisholm Trail.
Haley was born in Belton on July 5, 1901, to John Alva and Julia Evetts
Haley, and grew to manhood in Midland, where his family operated a
hardware store and hotel. Haley's cowboy career began as a boy, when
his father acquired land and cattle near the Pecos. By the time he was
fifteen he was working summers on local ranches and eagerly absorbing
cow-camp history and lore.
Haley's parents encouraged him to further his education, which he
did, although reluctantly at first. He briefly attended Midland College
before transferring to West Texas Normal College at Canyon. There his
leadership ability and prowess as a scholar-athlete earned him a football
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