Letters to Alice
Birth of the Kleberg-King Ranch Dynasty
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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The special collections & Archives Department of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, is gratified to be involved in publishing these edited letters from Robert...
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When Thomas h. Kreneck, head of Special Collections & Archives at Bell Library, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, called us about editing a small cache of love letters from Robert Kleberg...
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ON July 24, 1881, twenty- seven- year- old Robert Justus Kleberg sat down at his desk to write to his parents about a recent trip he had taken, one that would ultimately change his life...
A Desert Empire
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Robert entered The legal profession on the heels of his father; law had thus come naturally for Robert. Robert Justus Kleberg I, a respected lawyer, also served as chief justice of DeWitt...
Princess of the Wild Horse Desert
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At some point during Robert Kleberg’s first visit to the Rancho Santa Gertrudis, he met the woman who would be the love of his life: Alice Gertrudis King. During that summer of 1881, she was nineteen years...
A Young Lawyer Establishes Himself
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Robert Returned To Corpus Christi by train from the Rancho Santa Gertrudis with a good deal to contemplate. Perhaps his thoughts were full of the vast frontier empire he had just visited, but his subsequent correspondence...
Tragedy Strikes / A Friendship Deepens
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While Robert was dealing with the difficulties in his law practice, Alice and her family received a disastrous blow. In late February 1883, Captain King received a telegram that his youngest son...
The Love Letters, 1884-1887
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If we are To believe the letters of Robert Justus Kleberg Sr. to Alice Gertrudis King (and, after reading them, who could not believe?), when he met Alice he fell deeply in love with this child of a larger- than- life Irish...
My Dear Little Heart
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My Dear Little Heart This is a good time of the night to begin writing an answer to your kind and interesting letter of day before yesterday— I received...
My Little Darling
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My Dear Little Heart— If I were not afraid that illness was the cause of my not hearing from you tonight I would scold you terribly. I have felt so disappointed...
My Little Pet
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My Dear Little Heart, While it gives me pleasure to write to you at any time, it gives me still greater pleasure to answer a letter from you but as the letter is out of the question...
My Darling Little Wife
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My Dear Little Pet, I reached San Antonio this evening at 5:40 and after taking my supper called on Rudolph whom I found at his post in his office. With him were several old mutual...
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Robert and Alice Kleberg welcomed their first- born child on November 18, 1887. Dr. Arthur Spohn, Mifflin Kenedy’s son-in-law, delivered the baby boy in a rented two- story residence called the Greer House...
The Children of Robert and Alice
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Robert and Alice went on to have four more children: Henrietta Rosa Kleberg (Larkin- Armstrong), born July 17, 1889; Alice Gertrudis Kleberg (East), born January 9, 1893; Robert J. Kleberg Jr., born...
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The twentieth century brought fame, prosperity, and a new, dynamic generation of Klebergs. In the ten years between Captain King’s death in 1885 and 1895, Robert Kleberg worked hard to consolidate the ranch...
The Empire Continues
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Robert’s sons were worthy successors and had been trained well for their positions. When Robert developed palsy in 1916, his oldest son, Richard Mifflin (Dick) Kleberg, was recovering from a near fatal attack...
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Further Reading, Back Cover
Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 24 b&w photos. Line drawing. Bib. Index.
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi