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Porter's older brother Paul matriculated at a military academy, and Callie and her older sister Gay attended the Thomas School, an excellent non-sectarian Christian private girls' school.
Equipped with the training they received there, Porter and her older sister gave lessons in "music, physical culture and dramatic reading" in a rented room in Victoria, Texas, the family's next residence.
She reveled in an active social life and was a prolific letter writer to distant friends and relatives.
Porter spent the spring and summer of 1926 with a group of other artists and writers in Merryall Valley, Connecticut.
This activity resulted in her first published poem, "Texas by the Gulf of Mexico," printed that year in a trade journal to which her husband subscribed.
By 1914, it became apparent that the marriage was not working.
Her personal papers reflect her interests in writing, travel, politics, and current events and also document her private life.
Subjects of both snapshots and professional portraits include Porter, her family, friends, homes, and places she visited.
Porter set out for Chicago hoping to find employment in motion pictures, though she later claimed that her plan was to work for a newspaper.
She was a beautiful young woman, full of self-confidence, and, though she appeared in at least two movies for the Essanay Company, she returned to Texas within six months.
The couple first lived in Louisiana, then moved to Houston and later Corpus Christi.
In 1912, her husband's work-related absences allowed her more time for creativity, and she began writing more of the poems and short stories she had been composing since childhood.