Pecos Country History
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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, May 24, 1999
Modern Study Club hears book review
The Modern Study club met on April 28, in the home of Joyce and Donald
Morton, 2004 Alamo at 3:30 p.m. Thought-quote for the meeting was "The
best shortening for any job — enthusiasm — makes heavy work light." unknown.
Joyce Morton introduced Betty Smith who presented a review on the book
entitled, "Clay Allison Portrait of a Shootist." Clay Allison was considered
a gentleman gunfighter by men like Bill Hickock and Batt Masterson. Allison
fought in the Civil War and then moved west. He had four sisters and six
brothers and his father was a Presbyterian Circuit Rider. Smith described
the gunfighter six feet tall, weighing about 170 pounds and having wavy
black hair and dark blue eyes, according to the book.
She continued, Allison was a spy and scout for the Confederacy and after
the war he went to the Brazos River area with a brother and two sisters.
Later he traveled to the Cimmeron, New Mexico area where he became proficient
with a gun. Allison married Dora on Feb. 15, 1881 and became a gentell
rancher. The Allisons had their first daughter Patty Dora on Aug. 9, 1895,
a second daughter Clay Pearl was born Feb. 10, 1888.
Clay Allison met his death on July 3, 1887 when he fell from his wagon
and was run over. He was buried in the old Pioneer Cemetery on July 4.
The grave was moved in 1975 to its present location and is the only person
known around here to have his own graveyard. Clay Allison was known for
his honesty and his kindness to children.
President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect
was led by Juracy McCalle and the Pledges to the United States Flag and
the Texas Flag were led by Laura Teal. Members repeated all three in unison.
The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobby Lang, secretary,
and Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a report of club finances.
Nan Cate reported that TFWC has pledged $150,000 for "Operation Smile"
for missions in Ecuador and that 240 children and adults were helped in
1998. The Modern Study Club will continue to support this effort with final
donations for this club year being taken at the May meeting.
Margie Williamson, Scholarship chairman, reported that the Western District
Federation of Women's Clubs, told of 80 entries at the 39th Annual Spring
Convention held in Monahans. Winners from Pecos were Doris Moorman, Hazel
Barmore, Laura Teal, Margie Williamson, Pearl Gustafson and Joyce Morton.
Etta Sullivan was named as a District Life Member of the Western District
Executive Board of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, a very elite
Roll Call was answered with the name of a favorite female author.
The refreshment table was decorated in a western motif featuring colors
of red, white and blue. An old tin bucket from the Historic Fullingen Hotel
in Crosbyton, which held tulips, blue bonnets and several kinds of filler
flower in white centered the table. Solid Blue napkins and red bandanas
accented areas of the serving table which was draped in white. Velvet and
Prince Albert tobacco cans, a cowbell, a pocket size snuff can, and old
tin coffee cups completed the table decor. Paper goods patterned in denis
with white buttons and patches of red, carried out the western theme.
Hostesses Pearl Gustafson and Margie Williamson served chicken salad,
fruit salad, assorted crackers, nuts, olives, pickles, cookies, punch and
coffee to members Hazel Barmore, Nan Cate, Lena Harpham, Bobbie Lang, Juracy
McCall, Doris Moorman, Joyce Morton, Iris Reddick, Betty Smith, Etta Sullivan,
Laura Teal and Catherine Travland.
Lujan takes photography workshop
Nancy Lujan, of Pecos, has completed a week long concentrated workshop
in "Principles of Commercial Photography" conducted by the Texas School
of Professional Photography at Sam Houston State University.
Lujan studied with Joe Glyda, a nationally recognized specialist in
commercial photography. Completion of this workshop earns Lujan one achievement
merit toward the Master of Photography Degree awarded by the Professional
Photographers of America, the 116 year old international organization which
is the oldest and largest association of professional photographers in
This is the 22nd annual Texas School of Professional Photography, and
the 24th school co-sponosred by Sam Houston State University. Dr. Emmette
Jackson, SHSU photography program coordinator, reported that over 527 professional
photographers from 24 states took part in this year's program.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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