Heritage, Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1992 Page: 30
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A "Can-Do" Attitude
That Helped Tame the West
Museum Honors Hallie Stillwell
Hallie Crawford Stillwell's first view of
the wild, untamed Big Bend country of
Texas was in 1910 from the seat of a wagon
she was driving as her family arrived at
their Alpine home after leaving New
Mexico. Eighty-two years later, at the age
of 94, Hallie Stillwell still calls this rugged
and beautiful West Texas countryside
In fact, since her arrival in the Big Bend,
she has not wandered too far. In 1916, she
did take a teaching assignment in Presidio,
across the Rio Grande from Ojinaga,
Mexico, which Pancho Villa had recently
captured. She stayed there a year, teaching
her students with a six-shooter close at
Teacher, author, and
justice of the peace,
Stillwell has overcome
to become a successful
and respected West
Texas rancher and
hand, tucked securely in. the waist of her
skirt. According to Stillwell, her father,
thought little of her decision to teach in
he said, "you're not brave. You just don't
have any sense," she remembers him telling
Hallie, though, recalls her time spent
in Presidio fondly saying, "I learned much
during that one year, and the experiences
prepared me for many hardships I later
faced in life."
She returned to the Big Bend the following
year, teaching at the small school in
Marathon, where she met her future husband.
She married Roy Stillwell in 1918
30 HERITAGE * WINTER 1992
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