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By Marjorie Meyer Arsht

All the best way from Yoakum tells the tale of the lengthy, eventful lifetime of a Jewish “good lady” from small-town Texas who turned a impressive lady of her time and a number one mild in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the fashionable Republican social gathering in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a country celebration committeewoman and was once the 1st Jewish girl to run as a Republican for the country legislature. turning into energetic in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily fascinated about the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the well known Texas family members (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen condominium to Rice collage, she recollects the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the difficulty of Zionism that cut up congregations and grew to become acquaintances into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for an immense American anti-Zionist organization.

When she became seventy, Arsht used to be operating as a speechwriter and high-level assistant within the division of Housing and concrete improvement in Washington whereas additionally serving as a regent of Texas Southern college, the place she spearheaded a few very important reforms. moreover, she persisted to run the small, autonomous strength improvement and funding corporation based by way of her overdue husband.

From her early life as a member of 1 of the few Jewish households in small-town Yoakum, Texas, to her years of political activism and social involvement, she bargains a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will offer either notion and an realizing of the way the Republican occasion got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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Nonetheless, we simply couldn’t wait to find out how she would extricate herself from last week’s dire situation. Our discussions were just as serious as those that followed the season‑ending episode of the renowned 1980s’ television drama Dallas, the one that posed the question “Who shot J. ” One Wednesday, walking home after the movie and musing over the latest calamity to befall Pauline, I was startled out of my reverie by screeching tires. ” It wasn’t really a question, but she wanted an answer.

That was in 1927, when I was a junior in high school. One night I remember the lights at home burning way past midnight because people were talking in our front room. My father and other com‑ munity leaders were trying to figure out how to salvage things. ” A committee of citi‑ zens, including my father, found a designer to make bridles, belts, wallets, and so on from the cattle hides farmers brought in to be cured. Those products were given the name Tex‑Tan. It was a tre‑ mendously successful venture, and the business became one of the largest leather goods manufacturers in the world.

Customarily, mothers gave their daughters such a book to read before they reached maturity. I am positive that the one Mama gave me was out of date, even in the 1920s, because the illustrations portrayed women with huge pompadours and wearing bustles. Although I read every word, I thought the pictures were silly. As far as I can remember, it explained everything except how babies are created. That summer afternoon in 1923, when I tried to explain the facts of life to my two city cousins, Gina was all ears, not doubting me at all, but Pauline was furious.

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