The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
Pioneer History of Bandera County: seventy-five years of in-
trepid history. By J. Marvin Hunter. Bandera, Texas:
Hunter's Printing House, [1922]. Pp. 287, 8vo. Illus-
trated.
European historians have noted with surprise the lively and
widespread interest in political, family and local history in this
country. The former they explain by reference to our popular
form of government; the latter they attribute to the fact that so
many of the people are descendants of those who helped redeem
the wilderness and to lay the foundations of the present pros-
perous commonwealths.
Texas presents a tempting field to the -local historian. The first
settlements in a large number of Texas counties were made with-
in the memory of people yet living; the short span of years is
crowded with stirring events; the changes wrought have been such
that they attract the attention and admiration of the most casual
observer. Those who helped to bring about these changes are
filled with pride and satisfaction, and in most instances a little
persuasion will draw from them the story of how they helped to
bring it all about.
The chief difficulty in securing satisfactory local histories ap-
pears to be persons qualified to write them. The book whose
title heads this notice is a product of the forces indicated above,
but it does not fulfill the expectations raised by the title. It is
not a history; it is a collection of biographical sketches and other
isolated incidents pertaining to Bandera County during the years
between 1852 and 1892. The biographical data and the other
material have value for local history, and the compiler's enthu-
siasm and industry in collecting and publishing them merits the
support of those for whom in the first instance the book is in-
tended. But the history of Bandera County remains to be written.
The minimum requirements for a county history are (1) an
accurate description of the location and of the physical aspects
of the region with its natural resources; (2) an account of its
settlement, and (3) a history of its development and the progress

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101084/. Accessed August 1, 2014.