The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 22
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
from the Texans, but failed to acknowledge that Captain Cooke
had invaded the territory of Texas.
Captain Cooke's action stirred up a tempest in Texas, which
was taken up by newspapers in the United States. It played
an important part in fanning the flames that two years later
resulted in war with Mexico. Historians who have written of
these times report having conferred with Grandfather and
read his diaries.
After Texas joined the United States, Grandfather became a
colonel in the militia, and served in the Mexican War. He sub-
sequently became a judge ("Chief Justice for Red River County
in 1848"), and had much to do with the development of that
part of the country.
At an early age, Father was sent to McKenzie College, a
frontier school with scandalously bad food and cruel teachers.
I remember his telling of the fearful times the boys had until
eventually they rebelled and threw rotten hams out of the
From McKenzie College father went to Nashville, where he
lived with his uncle, Dr. John Young, a prominent physician
who subsequently took an important part in politics. While in
Nashville, father became a great friend of Henry Watterson,
who went to the same school and even at an early age showed
evidence of a brilliant mind.
When he was twenty-one, Father appeared at his uncle's
home in Staunton, Virginia, on his way to the University of
Virginia. There he met Frances Kemper, who was later to
become his wife. This sixteen-year-old niece of David Young's
wife was on her way to Charlottesville to attend a girls' school.
With the sobering experiences of the West, Father appeared
very old to the rollicking miss. He often asserted that it was
love at first sight on his part. During the next two years at
the university father paid court with little success. Frances
Kemper had far too many beaux to take any interest in this
serious young man. Her brother, George Kemper, was also a
student at the university, as was her cousin, Charles Kemper
Young, also a first cousin of Father's. Seeing that he was
making no progress with the young lady, during his second
year Father decided to build a house, and bring her brother
and cousin to live with him. Securing a lease from the univer-
sity for a small plot of ground off the campus, he built a two-
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