Who was the first native born governor of Texas and what was his daughter's odd name?
#45133. Asked by rlaj. (Mar 11 04 9:15 AM)
"Our cup of joy is now overflowing! We have a daughter of as fine proportions and of as angelic mien as ever gracious nature favor a man with, and her name is Ima!"
James Stephen (Jim) Hogg wrote these words in 1882 when his only daughter was born in Mineola, Texas. The child's name - which may seem an unfortunate choice - came from an epic poem written by Jim Hogg's brother, Thomas. The heroine of the poem was called Ima, short for Imogene.
Miss Hogg later recounted: "My grandfather Stinson lived 15 miles from Mineola and news traveled slowly. When he learned of his granddaughter's name he came trotting to town as fast as he could to protest but it was too late. The christening had taken place, and Ima I was to remain."
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