Old Family Photo Collections Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
The photos on these pages are generously contributed by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico. Her ancestors were early settlers in Van Zandt County and these wonderful old photos are much appreciated. In addition, there is a very interesting story on this family and the Bottoms family on our "Old Tales, Stories Page" that you don't want to miss. If you would like to share your old family photos by placing them on this web site, please contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions.
Fern Pearle Moore Stevens Submitted by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico
Fern Pearle Moore was born February 21, 1891 in Gorman, Eastland County Texas. She was the daughter of William Bomar Moore and Sarah Elizabeth Scott, both born in Van Zandt County. Pearle married Jay Truman Stevens. Pearle and Truman Stevens had no children.
Pearle grew up with a family tradition of nightly poetry readings that was first begun by her grandparents, James Moore and Cynthia Hardcastle. Pearle always attributed this family tradition as being the reason she became a poet.
Pearle is known to have published over 17 books of poetry, and did oil painting as a hobby in her later years.
On April 8, 1935, the State of Texas honored her by declaring her "Poet Laureate of Texas" and declaring her book of poetry "The Shadows of Dawn" as Book Of The Year.
"Who's Who Among North American Authors" - published in 1940, page 1357 reads:
STEVENS, PEARLE MOORE:
Writer; dau. W. Bomar and Sarah Elizabeth (Scott) Moore; educ: Southern Methodist U., Columbia U.
Author: The Singing Soul, 1929; Shadows of Dawn, 1934; Trails of Happiness, 1939; When Lights Burn Low, 1939.
Editor: Poets of the Southwest, State president for Composers and Authors of Texas and America., editor, radio speaker.
Societies: Woman's Club (Fort Worth, Texas), National League of American Pen Women, Texas Women's Press Assoc., Relig. Denom; First Methodist Southern. Hobby: Collecting data on Texas writers. Home: 1601 Sylvania St., Fort Worth, Texas.
Pearle later married Thoral "Cap" Buckner and died September 17, 1975 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico at the home of her neice Ruby Nolen Rider.
This poem was written in 1936 to honor the hundredth year celebration of Texas' independence from Mexico in 1836.
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