The Galleon, Volume 2, Number 2, March 1926 Page: 9
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THE GALLEON N
terized the occasion.
"The boys were tolerable skit-
tish, the ladies powerful neat,
That old bass viol's music just
got there with both feet."
"Doc. Hollis down the middle,
an' twine the ladies' chain
Varn Andrews pen the fillies in
big T Diamond's train."
Camp meetings when the fa-
milies camped on the ground
for a week or two mixed social
and religious life, and no doubt
the loneliness and trials of such
a life made both essential. The
whole family was loaded into
the covered wagon, the supplies,
bedding, and all other necessary
articles for camping were taken
to the scene of the meeting
where the services were held in
a brush arbor with straw on the
floor (mother earth). Work nec-
essary to keep going was all
that was done, and the other
time was spent in the services,
grove meetings, and social visits
with other neighbors and
The cowboy was unfailing in
his respect for and courtesy to
womanhood. I have heard my
grandmother say many times
that she always felt secure
when any of the cowhands
pitched camp near home though
her husband was away on a
round-up or freighting trip and
she was alone with some little
children. These frontier women
often baked bread for them and
did other little deeds for them,
and in return they- ~knew that
the cowboys would die to de-
The pioneer schools were lar-.
gely taught by women. These
early school teachers could pro-
bably tell some interesting ex-
periences that brightened up
the routine of the hard days.
Mrs. Cora Arnold, whose grand-
children, the Douthit children,
rode on horse back to collect the
funds for running the first
school in the great ranch coun-
try that is now Jones and
Shackelford and perhaps ad-
joining counties. Mrs. R. E. An-
son, sister of Dr. J. W. Hunt,
President of McMurry College,
was the first teacher in the
first school ever established in
the Plains country--at Estaca-
do. She tells of quite a thrill-
ing experience with a buffalo
during her career as a teacher.
One day a herd of buffalo stam-
peded near the school. One big
old buffaloc came to the only
door of the little half-dugout
school room and put his head
in. The teacher was frightened,
but she managed to keep cool,
and finally persuaded the buf-
falo that he did not want an ed-
ucation after all.
These women were largely re-
sponsible for planting in the
minds of the young the desire
for an education, and indirectly
for the development of some of
our institutions of higher learni-
ing. President Hunt, mentioned
above, is such a man. He learned
to read in that first little school
at Estacado, and from those
early teachers got his start in
"the educational world.
Perhaps the most outstanding
educator was Mrs. Helen Marr
Kirby. From the beginning of
the University of Texas in 1883
until her death a few years ago,
she was Dean of Women. Her
profound education, great cul-
ture, and loving heart were of
the type that endeared her to.
all classes. In appearance, taste,
and bearing, she was a queen of
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