Eulalia was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. Her mother came from a well-to-do family in Alabama. Although her father died when she was five, her mother’s family was able to help support a single mother with six children. Eulalia married Jim Coward, the foreman at the O’Connor Melon Creek Ranch on Oct. 12, 1912 and she has been told that they were the first couple to be married in Victoria’s St. Mary’s Church. She taught school for twenty-eight years. Being both a foreman’s wife and a teacher gave her a special status. Teachers were highly regarded. “I began living on the ranches as a bride in 1912. There was no electricity or modern conveniences, but it really wasn’t all that tough. I had a lot of help. Being a foreman’s wife was fun. Jim loved the ranches so much he was always happy. I learned to fish and shoot snakes and ride horseback. Ranch life was a good life around good people.” Eulalia was an original from beginning to end. She was always dressed to the nines with some marvelous hat to complete the outfit. She was renowned for her ability to out-talk everyone in the room. Even into her nineties she was engaged in some fascinating activity that kept her healthy and alert. One of her favorite hobbies was to hunt emeralds in Arkansas where she would, in spite of her advanced age, do her own prospecting.