Book Reviews and Notices
History and Geography of Texas as Told in County Names. By
Z. T. Fulmore. (Previously reviewed in THE QUARTERLY,
My attention has been called to certain misconstructions of my
review of Judge Fulmore's The History and Geography of Texas
as Told in County Narres, which appeared in the October number
of THE QUARTERLY, and to certain misapprehensions of my own
concerning the plan and purpose of the book. Both of these I
wish to, correct.
First, as to the misconstructions: In saying that "the origin
of county names has been a favorite topic of local Texas history"
the reviewer meant merely to state that this is generally a, favor-
ite subject of local interest and popular speculation. I mentioned
the work of Thrall, Brown, and A Comprehensive History of
Texas on county history to illustrate this remark. No implica-
tion was intended that Julge Fulmore's book covered the same
ground as those. On the contrary, his purpose is entirely differ-
ent; namely, to "outline the origin and history of county names"
and to group the resultant sketches "in such a way as to indicate
their places in a general perspective of the State's history." The
usual collections of county sketches give attention to the agricul-
tural, mineral and other resources; Judge Fulmore's book does
not touch upon these features, except in a brief appendix (pp.
299-306), but presents a sketch of almost every man after whom
a county was named, and of the geographical terms appearing
among the county names. The gathering of the data for these
sketches involved considerable expense and immunense labor and
industry. The result is a unique volume, containing a mass of
biographical and geographical information not elsewhere avail-
able, as well as many curious and interesting facts concerning
the history of the State not previously known.
Now, as to my own misapprehensions: My review was writ-
ten somewhat hastily and I d'id not grasp what the author con-
siders the essential feature of the book's organization. I will
quote the author's own words upon this, subject: "It [the book]
is made up,, in the main, of a series of sketches which outline the
origin and history of the county names of Texas, grouped and
correlated in such a way as to indicate their place in a general
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101067/. Accessed July 13, 2014.