The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949

Book Reviews

but wish the author would indulge himself more in oil painting
and leave history, including "popular" history, to more compe-
tent hands.
The closing sentences of the last chapter read, "Let us draw
the curtain, then, on Texas, C.S.A. She reaped the whirlwind.
But from the darkest night, came rosy-fingered Dawn." This
reviewer quite agrees with, "Let us draw the curtain."
Dallas, Texas
A History. of Tyler and Smith County, Texas. By Dr. Albert
Woldert. San Antonio (The Naylor Company), 1948. Pp.
xx+165. Illustrations. $5.00.
On April 11, 1846, Smith County, Texas, came into legal
existence as the result of a legislative act approved on that day
by Governor J. Pinckney Henderson, and on that same day
"Tyler received its name and became the county seat." Thus both
the county and the county seat have passed the century mark of
existence. That fact may have acted as the immediate challenge
to Dr. Albert Woldert to write a history of Smith County and
Tyler, Texas. Dr. Woldert's love for history, so noticeably demon-
strated in this book, would very likely have spurred him on to
the task even if the county had not witnessed its centennial in
recent times. It is fortunate that Dr. Woldert undertook the task,
for he has lived in Tyler all of his life and could write with the
assurance of a contemporary. By the same token it must have
been difficult at times to decide what to say and what to leave
unsaid, but Dr. Woldert seems to have acquitted himself well.
Dr. Woldert was personally acquainted with many of the per-
sons about whom this book treats. Some of them were among
"the Nation's great leaders." The dust jacket justly comments:
"The author pays careful and honest tribute to these leaders of
a hundred years of accomplishment. This phase of the book alone
makes it outstandingly valuable." A close reading of the book
verifies the correctness of the comment, as it does also of this
further comment: "Well organized and annotated, the authen-
ticity of this history is apparent. There is no neglect of detail-
all that is pertinent is brought in to vivify and substantiate the


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