The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 286
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
with them when they moved to Menard County in 1893, and Trimble lat-
er gave it to his employer, Mrs. W. D. Ellis, "who always had a high regard
for historic things." Mrs. Ellis was Benjamin's grandmother.
Carroll reported that he attached increased significance to the seal
when a search of the state archives revealed that there were only a hand-
ful of documents bearing its imprint. A check with state archivist Christo-
pher La Plante and reference librarian Ralph Elder of the Center for
American History at the University of Texas at Austin bears this out. Car-
roll and his predecessor, Walter Prescott Webb, thought that the image
befitted the oldest learned society in the state and began to use it on the
title page of TSHA publications, such as Martin W. Schwettmann's Santa
Rita (1943) and Ohland Morton's Terdn and Texas (1948).
McCaslin thought the story was interesting, so he laid it on my desk.
The seal is reproduced below:
We are all looking forward to the completion of Rick's manuscript, be-
cause it is filled with many such nuggets that anyone interested in Texas
history will appreciate.
We asked Robert M. Utley of Georgetown for his memories of longtime
friend and colleague W. Eugene Hollon:
He was memorable-memorable like Joe Frantz and like Webb and
Dobie beforeJoe. You remember them all as distinguished scholars but al-
so as unforgettably vivid characters.
W. Eugene Hollon died on May 19, 2002, on the ranch near Gilmer
that he shared with his second wife, Fern. He was eighty-eight and rav-
aged by cancer, but his mind remained as clear and his vocabulary as rich
as ever. I talked with him on the telephone the day before he died. He ex-
pected to hang on for another two or three months, allowing time for a
farewell visit. Some trauma took his life suddenly the next day, leaving us
to marvel at an enduring legacy of significant scholarship and storied ec-
Although he lived most of his life elsewhere, Gene's roots ran deep in
Texas, and he never shed his Texas persona. Born in 1913 in the north-
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