Horticulture and Horticulturists in Early Texas. By Samuel
Wood Geiser. Dallas (Southern Methodist University
Press), 1945. Pp. iv+100. $1.50.
Horticulture in broad outline is reviewed in Part I under the
"Fruit Culture in Early Texas, 1820-1850," presents a sum-
mary of the accounts of travellers, explorers, and visitors.
"Wild Fruits in Early Texas" names the indigenous material
with which a horticulturist could begin his experiment in his
effort to produce something better. "Census Returns for Fruit
Crops in Texas, 1850-1930" exhibits the increase in the produc-
tion of particular fruits, in the counties best suited to their
Part II presents sketches of 165 men active in the improve-
ment of horticultural strains. Among them are names deserving
a place in the Dictionary of American Biography. These
sketches vary in length from a few lines to several pages. Be-
sides the biographical data each sketch contains a list of the
varieties of fruit originated and of the articles or horticultural
subjects contributed. Following summaries add interest and
usefulness: a list of early Texas horticultural societies, 1870-
1896; a list of horticultural journals published in Texas, 1868-
1906; a bibliography of the publications of Texas horticulturists;
a list of the horticultural varieties originated and introduced in
Texas, with names of their authors; and a list of the names of
Texas horticulturists grouped by counties.
This book is the outgrowth of research dealing with men of
science in Texas. It is a worthy companion to the author's
Naturalists of the Frontier (Dallas, 1937).
E. W. WINKLER
The University of Texas
Seargent S. Prentiss, Whig Orator of the Old South. By Dallas
C. Dickey. Baton Rouge (Louisiana State University
Press), 1945. Pp. ix+422. Illustrations, bibliography, and
Professor Dallas C. Dickey has made an important contribu-
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/. Accessed March 10, 2014.