PostCards From SanAntonio Blog Reviews Harness Maker’s Dream

postcardsThe lives of everyone are interesting, but most take their untold stories with them to their graves.  The Kallison family, however, was fortunate to count a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist among its offspring – Nick Kotz. His book, The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas, was published by TCU Press in 2013.      Read more

Wow! What a Texas-sized Story!

The National Blog of Texas reviews The Harness Maker’s Dream: Here is the story of an immigrant who came to the United States. He was 17 years old, knew zero English, had very few contacts, made his way across the country to Chicago, lived in mind-numbing poverty and wretchedness, made his way to Texas, and he and his family made a huge difference in the rise of South Texas and San Antonio in particular. How they did-all that they did-is a wonderful story. Not all immigrant stories turn out like this…but this one did. Why?
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Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History Harness Makers Dream

Kotz tells KUT’s David Brown, host of the forthcoming daily news show Texas Standard, the story of how  Nathan Kallison escaped the Cossacks in Russia to the ghettos of Chicago where he became a harness maker.”The automobile was starting to roll on the streets of Chicago,” Kotz says. “[Nathan Kallison] had vision, and he saw if there were harnesses and saddles that were still going to be used any place, Texas was the best place to go.”

And Texas is where Nathan Kallison went. Listen to their interview in the Soundcloud player above or on the web site: