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MAGIC VALLEY

Although I am 90 and retired from writing many years ago, I have maintained interest in your excellent coverage of America’s Wild West. Your August 2018 issue aroused my interest as no other issue has, because my father’s family lived through those rough days so adequately described in Mike Coppock’s article “Bloodshed in ‘Magic Valley.’” In 1914 my grandfather Edwards purchased from a land company two 20-acre farm plots near McAllen, Texas. The violence in the area was active at the

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