Henrietta King: Rancher and Philanthropist

Overview

Few women have run the largest ranch in the United States, raised a family, built a city and a railroad, and survived raids by hostile soldiers and Mexican bandits. Henrietta King did all that. The ranch is the famous King Ranch in South Texas. Today the King Ranch is the largest ranch in the United States. Henrietta's descendants still manage and control the ranch. Henrietta King, raised to be ladylike, lived an adventurous life and helped build an empire. her legend lives on through the King Ranch and her ...

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Few women have run the largest ranch in the United States, raised a family, built a city and a railroad, and survived raids by hostile soldiers and Mexican bandits. Henrietta King did all that. The ranch is the famous King Ranch in South Texas. Today the King Ranch is the largest ranch in the United States. Henrietta's descendants still manage and control the ranch. Henrietta King, raised to be ladylike, lived an adventurous life and helped build an empire. her legend lives on through the King Ranch and her descendants. As a philanthropist, King donated land to establish the city of Kingsville, Texas, and gave money to build churches, schools, and hospitals in that community.

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Editorial Reviews

Brazosport Facts
"If you need a gift for a child, try either of these books in the new Stars of Texas Series from State House."
The Manhattan Mercury
". . . a fine book . . . Henrietta King has opened the door to interest young readers to history."
Texas Illustrated Magazine
"The best way to build up a new generation of Texas history lovers is to produce books that appeal to young readers, and the good folks at State House Press are opening that door with a wonderful new series . .. 'The Stars of Texas Series' is going to be something to watch. . . . The books are fast-paced and interesting, allowing the student to quickly understand the customs and life ways ofTexas history."
Round- up Magazine
". . . the kids will love the book, not realizing that it is 'good for them."
Eclectic Homeschool On-line
"If you want to expose your children to a truly remarkable woman, get this book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880510988
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Series: Stars of Texas Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JUDY ALTER writes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages. In 2005, she received the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Western Writers of America. Alter lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where she retired as Director of TCU Press.

PATRICK MESSERSMITH is a noted artist who resides in Dallas, Texas. He states, "as a native Texan, it's great to be a part of teaching the legacy of our state's heroes (who might not receive as much attention) to the younger generations."

 

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    AN INSPIRING STORY OF AN INDOMITABLE WOMAN

    Tying in to the ever increasing demand for quality children's literature Abilene, Texas based State House Press has launched a new series. The personalities receiving attention are not well known Texans, nonetheless they are those who have made valuable contributions to Texas history. Many have heard of the name of the King Ranch, arguably the most famous ranch in Texas, but few probably know very much about the woman whose name it bears. Daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Henrietta King was educated at an eastern girls school. She learned etiquette and foreign languages, believing that some day she would marry a minster very much like her father. Life held more than a few surprises for Henrietta - she married a boat captain who was also a South Texas rancher. He had little education and the pair soon lived in a hut fashioned of sticks and mud on the plains of South Texas. Her life was not easy the couple had five children and the weather could be daunting. Nonetheless, the ranch flourished and she found herself caring for the Mexicans who worked for them. Summoning courage she stayed at the Ranch during the Civil War when her husband was away. She remained steadfast during the invasion of Union soldiers. More travail was to come - the ranch burned in 1912 and was attacked during the Mexican Revolution. When her husband died in 1885, she was in full charge. She wore a black mourning dress for 40 years, and managed the ranch with her son-in-law, Robert Kleberg. They built an empire that grew to a million acres and 95,000 head of cattle. What a woman! Alter's book makes excellent use of sidebars to impart valuable information, and includes a glossary, a timeline, and websites that hold additional information. Both comprehensive and highly readable for fourth graders, Henrietta King is apt reminder of the strength and determination of this indomitable woman. - Gail Cooke

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