Religion: Under the Prayer Tree

Rancher Joe Evans got his religion in an American frontier home where a Bible and a rifle were the two indispensable items of furniture. His rancher father and his mother were devout Baptists, and father fought his share of Indians. In 1890, when Joe was nine, his parents helped found a series of outdoor camp meetings which are still held in West Texas. Joe watched hell-raising Jeff Davis County become law-abiding to the point where the grand jury, eleven years running, could find nobody to indict.

When Joe Evans expanded his holdings westward, he...

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