That’s what Tom D Ellison said to me as he swept his arm towards the boxes holding the files of his sister, Julia Mae. And, indeed, my recent trip to Texas was motivated by the knowledge that Tom is now the caretaker of Julia Mae’s work. They were Mom’s first cousins and we were fully aware that Julia Mae was the Williams family historian and that she worked tirelessly to create the Hudspeth County Museum. I don’t remember meeting her as a child, and, unfortunately, this trip was too late by seven years.
But I was ever so grateful for her collection of Williams family documents, pictures, and obituaries (it would have taken years to gather those alone!) My new portable scanner was abuzz with activity. I don’t know enough yet about Julia Mae from those with whom she worked on history projects, but I do have a few pictures to share – one is among my favorite trip finds. Continue reading “We Owe Her So Much”