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I am a fifth generation Texan, born in the Rio Grande Valley, near
the border of Mexico. I am the youngest of nine children. My father
was a "tenant" farmer who raised mostly cotton and vegetables.
One day a killing freeze came unexpectedly early to the Valley and
the vegetables all died. My father lost everything and gave up farming.
He worked at many other jobs during his life, but I remember him
mainly as a carpenter. He built his last house when he was seventy
We left the Valley and for a while
lived on a small dairy farm in Central Texas. I had my own pet pig,
a pet calf, chickens, dogs, and twenty cats! More...