Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 3, 2012

Meet Local Legend and Cracker Cowgirl Iris Wall at Book Launch Party in Her Honor March 17

For immediate release:  March 3, 2012

Contact:  Susan Opasik,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations,


March 17 Book Launch Party at Elisabeth Lahti Library to Honor Cracker Cowgirl Iris Wall

Saddle up for a rootin’ tootin’ round-up!  Join author Carol Matthews Rey, illustrator Eldon Lux and celebrity guest Iris Wall at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown on Saturday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. at a book launch party celebrating the publication of Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library of Indiantown, Florida, Inc., this festive, fun event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. For more information call 772-597-4200. 

Iris Wall was anything but an average girl. While most girls in 1948 were learning how to quilt and crochet, Iris was a “twistin’, turnin’, buckin’ bundle of blue twisted steel.” She grew up breaking horses, and riding rodeos in Florida. Although her family didn’t have a radio or television, there was never any shortage of entertainment. There were weekend bonfires and riding everywhere on her very own horse, but the thing Iris loved most in the world was cow hunting. In fact, she hunted cows for more than seventy years–first with her daddy, then her husband, and later with three cracker cowgirls of her own.

Carol Rey’s children’s biography tells how Cracker cowhunter Iris Wall grew up in America’s oldest cattle-raising state. In 2006, she was inducted into the Florida Cracker Hall of Fame and presented with the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award. Old Florida is brought to life through a glossary at the end of her life’s story.

Author Carol Matthews Rey is a second-grade teacher who has previously been named Martin County Teacher of the Year. She has taught elementary school for more than 35 years and had two history projects displayed at the Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida. A member of the Florida Reading Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Rey was a past president of the Martin County Reading Association. She has completed advanced courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature. The daughter of a farmer, she lives in Indiantown, Florida.

Illustrator Eldon Lux has 30 years’ experience as an artist. His work is displayed in private collections in several U.S. states as well as foreign countries. He has previously worked for Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney California Adventure, and Tokyo DisneySea. Also a saddle maker and blacksmith, Lux was raised on a ranch and has a BS in animal science from the University of Nebraska. He lives in Kenansville, Florida.

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