2009-02-18 / News

Harding & Lee to tell of Valley's early days

The Docents of the Raymondvllle Historical Museum are presenting a program Sunday, February 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium on South Seventh Street. There will be a book signing for two new books by Raymondville authors. One of the books is "Willacy County History, The Early Years," by Glenn Harding and Cindy Lee. This 250-page history also contains 700 early pictures of the county. It is a companion to their 2004 book "Rails to the Rio," which was written for the Centennial of the county. The book covers interesting facts about the irrigation, oil and gas discoveries, port development, agriculture, towns, onion fiesta, Hug-the-Coast-Highway, Paso Real, El Sal Viejo and more.

Following the program the docents will serve coffee and cookies. The program is free and winter visitors are encouraged to attend and learn more about the area. The authors will sell and sign their books during the fellowship period at the end of the program.

Mona D. Sizer, a graduate of Raymondville High School and resident of Harlingen, is the author of 35 books of fiction and nonfiction. She is a noted speaker most recently presenting her work at South Texas College campuses both in Weslaco and McAllen. For her appearance at the Historical Museum in Raymondville, she will be talking about two of her most recent publications.

Outrageous Texans: Tales of the Rich and Infamous has gone back to press now for a third time. The smashing cover features Kinky Friedman (our wannabe governor), Janis Joplin (the fabled rock star), and the Cadillac Ranch on 1-40 outside Amarillo. Readers know they are in for excitement on every page.

Also back to press this year for the third time is an enhanced and updated version of The Salt Cedars: Stories for my Daughter. Her memoir about growing up on a farm east of Raymondville in the period before World War II has been a delight for everyone who has read it.

Also in hardcover national release in 2009 is The Glory Guys, true histories of Ranger battalions throughout American history beginning with Rogers Rangers who took Fort Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War. It ends with Ranger missions in Grenada, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Scheduled for July is her popular The King Ranch Story: Truth and Myth.

Also for sale will be her first venture as editor and contributor, the very popular Tales Told at Midnight along the Rio Grande.

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