Heritage, Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 1994 Page: 17
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And generally the people with the best
horses are going to win. That's the way it is.
That's why Genghis Khan and Alexander
the Great conquered the world. They had
"I wouldn't want my horses to go to
war," Euphemia said.
"A man told me once how to capture
wild mustangs," William said, as he
watched the foals dancing along the hill.
"There's thousands of mustangs out there,
free for the taking. If they're in the clear,
you can noose them with a lasso. But if
they take to the woods, what you do is
crease them with a bullet. A good marksman
can knock a mustang down with a
ball just under the mane at the center of
the neck. The wound soon heals and you've
got yourself a horse."
Euphemia turned away. "That's terrible."
"Well, I didn't say I'd do it." William's
blue eyes laughed. "That's just how the
man told me it was done."
"I'm going to have horses one day. The
finest horses in Texas. Saracen is the start."
"Well, you're going to need a few things
first," William said. "You're gonna need a
ranch and some land and a house to start
with. And you're probably gonna need a
"You know perfectly well there are
three women right here in town who
have their own cattle brand." Euphemia
was mildly irritated. "Duly registered and
everything. One of them happens to be
your own mother. There's no reason I
can't run a horse ranch by myself." Now
she was more than a little irritated. "And
I won't need slaves and I won't need men!
Besides, I already have property. In my
"Well, I'd say then you sure will make
somebody a fine catch," William said.
"All that property. All those horses. All
that sass." William smiled; at least she
thought he smiled, for she was blinded by
the sun and didn't see him bend to kiss
her, only felt his lips touch hers. "A man
sure could do worse," he said as he
straightened, and the memory of his lips
on hers would linger for days.
Janice Woods Windle is a lifelong Texan. She
was born in San Antonio and grew up in the
small town of Seguin. She is now employed as
the president of the El Paso Community
Writing a Family History
An inteview with Jace Woods Windle
Q Wha ort of detective work was
involved in tracking down yor family
A) "Many boxes containing years of
accumulated family documents and
photographs were brought out from
under beds and down from attics. The
long hours of recording interviews,
poring over letters and m s, t ing
death ceficas, examining deeds and
land gran took on an almost mythical
life oftheir own.
"My father had shown us the area
'where they buried the Yankee officer
who assaulted the women.' To find all
the circumstances of the killing of.
Captain George Haller took 18 months
of almost full-time work, systematically
king the war record of almost every
the Army of Occupation.
appear mysteriously. In one instance,
lawyers handling an estate finally gave
me permission to enter the aban
h of an centric uncle who had
been an mateur geeaogist and histo
rian. Entire closets of papers in his small
Texas h had been destroyed by
masses of termites crawling everywhere.
Miraculously, standing in the garage
were three file cabinets full of Civil ar
letters, diaries, nd notebook of interiews
with ancestors who had long since
"In a 1951 letter from the files, I
learned that Lawshe family papers had
en to a Hopkins family in Kyle,
Texas -- population less than 1,000. I
found the old Hopkins huse in Kyle,
but it was empty. In the screen door was
a business cad wih a San Antonio
phone number. I called and was told
"This discovery led to the tintype of
the slave chld Jim Hawkins, and a second
picture, taken many years later. It
was a group photo of Confederate vet
erans reunite 49 yeas afr the war; Ji
is in the center of them -- proud of
having fought, like them, for the Confederacy.
The records in San Antonio
also included the original text of
Colonel Doctor Woods' speech at the
Confederate reunion, a very rare (possibly
the only) photograph of the
flamboyant Reverend Andrew Jackson
Potter, and more.
"From these papers, clues took me to
the funeral parlor that had served generations
of black families. Their death
identified the white father of the slaves
Martha Hawkins Lawshe and Jim
"Each of the characters in "True
Women" had close women friends with
parallel stories and all of them shared
close friendships with black and Mexican-American
women. I have rare photographs
of four of the African American
women many photographs o
0Q What did you find most satising
about researching and writing "True
A) An unexpeted personal reward for
me has come from thinking through
and interpreting the women's emotions
and concerns, which are often couched
in old-fashinoned language. I learned
that so-called modem issues have been
around for many generations. For example:
Self-rein and economic dependence:
"If you go to college you can always fall
back on yourself. You won't have to take
in sewing, or worse."
OwningP: Property might
meanyour own "eggmoney," cattle brand
or horses. I marvel at the early Texas
empowerment of women through
Sf and political activism: Significantly,
the title "True Women" is
from a resolution passed by the Texas
legislature in 1868 that stated that the
right to vote was an insult to "true
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