Heritage, Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 1994 Page: 16
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The photograph at the top of this page shows the
log cabin on King Branch in Seguin. Pictured is
William G. King, first tax accessor collector of
Guadalupe County and his wife Euphemia Texas
Ashby King, born in DeWitt's Colony in 1831.
Directly above is Ann Penn Ireland, wife of
Governor John Ireland of Seguin.
temperance: Later in life,
when her husband was govj
em ernor of Texas, she returned
cases of wine to the supplier
just hours before the state
"Women are taking their
reform policies into the
streets," she continued.
"Women are advocating for
the vote, for the repeal of discriminatory
Later in the evening, William
asked Euphemia to dance
and she remembered how she
had danced with his older
brother so many years ago
when she was a child. Now, as
a woman, she whirled away
the night in a carousel of
waltzes, quadrilles and reels.
There was a strange mosaic of
sounds, rhythms and harmonies
from both the Old World and the New.
One moment the gifted hands of Charles
Braches would hurl Beethoven from the
Navarro's grand piano, then the next moment
the Rowdy King Boys, with their fiddles
and banjos, spoons, and old tin pans, would
pound out the rustic folk songs of the Republic.
Then from Margarita Navarro's guitar
would weep tears of sound, Andalusian
melodies of exquisite sorrow. All night
Euphemia and William danced, and when
the first loom of light eased in the east
windows, they were still moving to the
music and to the beat of their hearts.
Outside, the air was crisp and fresh and
Euphemia could see Navarro's great herd of
horses ranging on land surveyed by James
Bowie back before the Alamo. The mares
and their young foals, descendents of Spanish
horses brought to the New World by
Franciscan fathers, were moving silhouettes
across the horizon. "One day I'd love to raise
horses," Euphemia said.
"It would be a fine life," William agreed.
"And profitable. There'll always be a need
for good horses as long as there's evil in the
Euphemia turned, shielding her eyes from
the first fierce rays of the sun rising behind
William's shoulder. "What's evil got to do
"Well, as long as there's evil like Santa
Anna and the Comanches, there's gotta bc
war. And if there's gotta be war, men are
going to ride to it and fight it on horseback
16 HERITAGE * WINTER 1994
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