Sue Presnall Dyke was born in Alice, Texas, grew up in Corpus Christi, and graduated from the University of Texas. As the wife of a petroleum engineer, she lived in Texas, West Virginia. Louisiana, and Benghazi, Libya. After the death of her husband, Dyke directed the Women's Shelter in Corpus Christi and later the Women's Shelter in Kerrville. She has served on the staff of Mo Ranch and Schreiner University.
About Banking on Cattle: Texas Settlers Growing with the West:
This story examines the rich historical context of the nineteenth century in the state of Texas when the Presnall family, Louisiana cotton farmers, ponders the pros and cons of migrating to Texas. The story cannot be told without appreciating the family's Christian faith and its impact on the many difficult decisions they had to make during these years. As with any family story, there are, in fact, many stories. The same is true of history. It is written through many different lenses. Getting a clear vision and accurate story can be challenging. The author relied on many historical documents as well as a genealogy book authored and researched by a Presnall ancestor, Mary Louise Donnelly. The Presnall story is one of the many settler stories who helped to settle the West.