Empress Clara

Even for Texas a woman like Clara Driscoll was something. She came from tiny St. Mary's, on the Gulf Coast, and when she was born (in 1881) many an aging Texan still remembered the Alamo. Her father, Cattleman Bob Driscoll, was just beginning to compound his $10 million empire out of equal parts of land and oil and trail-driven herds.

She was a restless little redhead of 22 when she came home from a costly education and a trip abroad. At San Antonio she found the Daughters of the Republic of Texas floundering...

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