The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917

Book Reviews and Notices

to the history of the Scandinavian element in Texas. Swenson
landed in Texas in 1838, and before the outbreak of the Civil
War he had accumulated a fortune. When the War came he was
a Unionist and after a time was compelled to take refuge in
Mexico. In 1865 he moved to New Orleans and shortly there-
after established his bank in New York.
A Foundation Builder: Sketches in the life of Rev. James B.
Simmons, D. D. Compiled by Robert Stuart McArthur,
D. D. Published under the direction of the trustees of
Simmons College, Abilene, Texas. 1911. 12mo, pp. 141.
James B. Simmons. was born and reared in New York. He
entered the Baptist ministry and served congregations with much
success in Providence, R. I., 1854-57; Indianapolis, Ind., 1857-61,
and Philadelphia, 1861-67. Beginning with April, 1867, and ten
years thereafter, he was corresponding secretary of the American
Baptist Home Mission Society; during this period he secured lo-
cations for seven negro schools at Washington, Richmond, Raleigh,
Columbia, Augusta, Nashville, and New Orleans. In 1891 his
interest was enlisted in the establishment of what is now Sim-
mons College at Abilene. His interest in and attachment for
this school increased as the years passed, and when he died in
1905 his remains were laid to rest on the campus. The book will
serve as a pleasing introduction to this apostle of Christian edu-
cation.
The Architectural Recor (July, 1916) published seven illus-
trations and the ground plan of Santa Gertrudis Ranch House,
with a brief description. The American Architect, January 24,
1917, contains an article by Samuel E. Gideon -on "Early Archi-
tecture in Texas." Austin residences of the colonial type, most
of them antedating the Civil War, are described in word and
picture.
The Texas History Teachers' Bulletin, V, No. 2 (February 15,
1917), prints two letters from the Austin Papers. Thomas White
writes from Franklin, Louisiana, January 31, 1829, to inquire

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