New Book Depicts Life in South Texas During 1920s, 1930s

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Life in South Texas during the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in the new book by Lucille Thomas Kruse, Deep in the Brush Country (published by iUniverse).

Chronicling her family history, Kruse begins her story with her grandfather’s immigration by railroad car into “the lush and fertile land with flowing artesian water,” also known as Falfurrias, Texas. Quickly establishing a family farm, the Thomas clan finds much to enjoy about their new surroundings. “It was a great place to grow up,” recalls Kruse, who colors her stories with eccentric ranchers, scrappy elders and tenacious hound dogs.

“Remembrance of older generations reach back in time,” says the now octogenarian author. “There were the pleasures of riding in open top cars where folks had the feel of the wind and seat belts and car seats were unknown. It was a fun occasion when children piled up in the cars – mothers held the babies, some sat on laps and others just stood up. Those standing up often had the best view.”

Deftly depicting the intricacies of the small farming community of Falfurrias, Kruse details a poignant period in American history. As the Roaring Twenties gave way to the Great Depression, life in many cities across the U.S. shifted dramatically. Yet, for the Thomas family, that shift was not as deeply felt. It was in fact their “sophisticated city relatives” who brought in news and culture from the “big city.” Their visit also brought excitement among the children.

An excerpt from the book:

“Company was coming! Our out-of-town friends and family loved to visit us in South Texas. When they came, my sister Catherine and I went to the sleeping porch, and the company got our cozy pink bedroom. The sleeping porch was only partially glassed in and could cold winter, so we slept with hot water bottles and piles of covers.”

Deep in the Brush Country is available at all major booksellers.

About the Author
Lucille Thomas Kruse is a native of Falfurrias, Texas, the setting of Deep in the Brush Country. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and taught in the Episcopal School in Kingsville, Texas, where she continues to live. She regularly writes for her hometown newspaper, “Falfurrias Facts”

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