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The Waggoner Women
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The Waggoner Women (Hardback)

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In the 19th century, Daniel Waggoner and his son, W.T. (Tom), put together an empire in North Texas that became the largest ranch under one fence in the nation. The 520,000-plus acres or 800 square miles covers six counties and sits on a large oil field in the Red River Valley of North Texas. Over the years, the estate also owned five banks, three cottonseed oil mills, and a coal company. Headquarters are in an office building in Vernon. Estimated value last quoted was $300 million.

The history is colorful. Although Dan seems to have led a fairly low-profile life, W. T. moved to Fort Worth, became a bank director, built two office buildings, ran his cattle on the Big Pasture in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), hosted Teddy Roosevelt at a wolf hunt in the Big Pasture, and sent Quanah Parker to Washington, D.C., for Roosevelt's inauguration. W. T. had three children including his daughter, Electra, the light of his life. W. T. built a mansion in Fort Worth for her-today the house, the last surviving cattle baron mansion on Fort Worth's Silk Stocking Row, is open to the public for tours and events. Electra, an international celebrity and extravagant shopper (she once spent $10,000 in one day at Neiman Marcus), died at the age of forty-three. W.T.'s brother Guy had nine wives; his brother E. Paul, partier and horse breeder, was married to the same woman for fifty years and had one daughter, Electra II. Electra II was a both a celebrity and a talented sculptor, best known for a heroic-size state of Will Rogers on his horse, Soapsuds, as well as busts of two presidents and various movie stars. She is said to once have been involved with Cary Grant. After marriage to an executive she settled in a mansion at the ranch and raised two daughters.

This book tells the story of the Wagonner women and their need to do something with the restless energy they possessed. The women did not have-or did not choose-ranching as an outlet for their strong personalities. The story is also about the juxtaposition of a love of the land versus the self-indulgent love of money-a common theme among ranch families that led to the dissolution of many.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 01/09/2021 ISBN-13: 9781493052639  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Judy Alter is the author of over a hundred books, fiction and nonfiction for both adults and young adults. Her awards include the 2005 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement, Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, the Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award from the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, and a Best Juvenile of the Year Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. She was named one of the Outstanding Women of Fort Worth by Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women in 1989 and was listed by Dallas Morning News (March 10, 1999) as one of 100 women, past and present, who made their mark on Texas. She has been inducted into the Western Writers of America Hall of Fame and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. A native of Chicago, Alter has lived in Texas for over fifty years. She is the single parent of four now-grown children and the grandmother of seven. She lives in Fort Worth in a cottage Amazon.

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