Texas then and now

This week in the Hill Country

russell gallery2 1Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery Celebrates Three Texas Artists in “3×3: Three Women. Three Visions” September 1-26, 2015 New Works from Texas Artists Explore Diversity of Modern Art.




Yesterday’s news

1919        Hurricane Carla, the largest hurricane of record in Texas, occurred on September 8–14, 1961. carlaflooding2 1I remember this one. It turned a car upside down on my street. We had to tape all the windows and my dad stayed up all night, watching. Wasn’t that a mighty storm!

1896        Birthday of Ruby Aurora Black, journalist and biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt. Ruby was born in Thornton. Her father, a cotton farmer and politician who served a term in the Texas legislature and was the mayor of Thornton, encouraged her interest in politics. Ruby attended Sweetwater High School and the University of Colorado, then entered the University of Texas in 1913, but a series of teaching and newspaper jobs prevented her from graduating until 1921. She was a reporter for the student newspaper, the Daily Texan, and later became its first female editor in chief.

A tiny, short-haired woman who was once mistaken for a boy, Ruby Black found that some of her most difficult work was convincing others that a woman could be a good journalist. “The toughest part of a woman’s work in Washington journalism,” she once said, “is to get a job.”

The photo below shows Ruby with Eleanor Roosevelt and some other notables in Puerto Rico. I think Ruby is the second from the left.

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