Sallie Reynolds Matthews Wrote Interwoven So That Her Children And Their Children Would Know How Their Family And The Lambshead Ranch Legacy Grew On The Texas Frontier Far Beyond Her Modest Intentions, The Book Became A Classic Soon After Its Original Publication In 1936.As Robert Nail Wrote In His Introduction To The 1958 Edition Designed By The Renowned Bookman Carl Hertzog, When You Read Her Account Of The Day Her Family Moved Into A Mysterious, Abandoned Ranch House On The Very Edge Of The Unconquered Prairie And See, As Her Small Girl Eyes Saw, The Broken Window Glass Littering The Floor, The Fang Marks Left By A Wild Animal On The Door, You Sense Quite Keenly What It Must Have Been Like Sallie Reynolds Was Born On May 23, 1861, During A Period On The Prairie Frontier When Settlers Were Almost As Nomadic As The Indians And Building Material Was As Scarce As Trees Her Family Moved Around Texas, Frequently Living Near The Matthews Family, Whom They Had Known In Alabama Before Both Families Headed To Texas In 1867, The First Marriage Between A Reynolds And A Matthews Formally Sealed The Informal Bond Between The Clans Four Reynolds Siblings Married Into The Matthews Family, Including Sallie Ann In 1876, And Other Reynolds Relatives Followed Suit As Daughter, Sister, Wife, Or Mother Of Three Generations Of Cattle Ranchers, Sallie Reynolds Matthews Writes From The Perspective Of A Woman Intent Upon Embodying The Strength And Gentleness Required Of A Wife And Business Partner She Describes Traveling By Wagon Through The Wilds, Encountering Indians, And Setting Up Housekeeping With Little Than Buckets, Blankets, And Cast Iron Cookpots Tragedy And Illness Often Visited The Interwoven Matthews And Reynolds Families, But Those Who Settled On The Clear Fork Of The Brazos River The Lambshead Range Put Down Roots That Tornadoes, Droughts, Indians, And Disease Could Not Dislodge As Her Memoirs So Clearly Show, Sallie Reynolds Matthews Had An Intelligence, Warmth, And Zest For Life That Nourished Her Family Through Difficult Times.Nine Children Were Born To Sallie And John Matthews Their First Child Annie Died In Infancy, And Their Last, Watkins Reynolds Matthews Lived To Be Ninety Eight This New Printing Of Interwoven, Which Includes The Original E M Schiwetz Drawings And Sam Newcomb S Diary Of His Trip Through The Clear Fork Range In 1864, Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Watt Matthews, Who Did So Much To Preserve His Family S Legacy Readers Have To Be Given Than A Personal Story Successful Memoirs Creat A World, A Spirit Of Place, And Re Create A Time Sallie Reynolds Matthews Has Done Just That Interwoven Is Not Just Sallie Reynolds Matthews S Personal Story It Is A Book About Two Families Who Built Ranches In West Texas And Intermarried To Form A Dynasty It Is The Story Of Pioneering On The Brazos In The Years Following The Civil War Interwoven Is A Narrative About The Great Years Of The Cattle Empire In Texas And Woven Into This Chronicle Of The Plains Is The Story Of Sallie Reynolds As A Girl And Mrs Sallie Reynolds Matthews As A Young Wife And Mother As Texas Entered The Twentieth Century. First hand account of what being a pioneer in West Texas was like during the post Civil War years Plenty of familiar events are recounted in a kind of scatter shot way The true value of this book is derived from the authenticity in which the author speaks I was a little bored during the constant weddings and births I could hardly keep her relations straight But this is a book that was not written for the amateur Texas history enthusiast It was written for her progeny who presumably gave a First hand account of what being a pioneer in West
Saying that this book was OK, does not mean it was bad It was just OK The author, Sallie Reynolds Matthews, tells us of her childhood and young adulthood in west Texas shortly after the Civil War We get a great feel of how thing were back then I am sure I would have really liked her in person.However, often there is a whole lot of writing about nothing much in particular, or else huge swathes of time pass in one sentence Basically, the chronicle has no real focus It is just a litany of whe Saying that this book was OK, does not mean it was bad It was just OK The author, Sallie Reynolds Matthews, tells us of her childhood and young adulthood in west Texas shortly after the Civil War We get a great feel of how thing were back then I am sure I would have really liked her in person.However, often there is a whole lot of
Factual stream of consciousness recollections of growing up on the Texas frontier in the latter half of the 19th century The only time Sallie displayed any emotion was when she recounted the death of her first child Perhaps the dispassionate tone of the book is why this book did not res
A most interesting tale of true Texas history in the Albany Weatherford area Includes a contemporary s version of the Goodnight Loving trail drive where Loving died and his body was brought back to Weatherford for burial as used by McMurtry in Lonesome Dove. Historically interesting while meandering without a story.
- 248 pages
- Sallie Reynolds Matthews
- 13 May 2017 Sallie Reynolds Matthews