The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The authors explain the troubles of the Peters Colony, which
culminated in the comic-opera Hedgcoxe War. They tell of early
settlers and how they lived, and they record the creation and
organization of the county government.
Brief accounts of the Lavon Reservoir, the Texas Research
Foundation, and other developments bring the book up to date.
Its latter half is devoted to lists of county officials, military mus-
ters, names of pioneer settlers, and biographical sketches of the
principal ones. All of these items make the work useful for ref-
erence.
For the general reader the book is enhanced by the inclusion
of many interesting bits of social history, such as glimpses of
early schools, dances, and camp meetings. It could have been even
more fascinating if some of the incidents given only brief men-
tion had been described in a little more detail. Examples are the
cattle drives up the Shawnee Trail, the frontier horse racing, the
tragic Lee-Peacock feud, and the train robbery by Sam Bass at
Allen in 1878.
Nevertheless, the book is an admirable grass-roots history. It
is one that future historians of other counties may profitably take
as a model. WAYNE GARD
A Trail to Maiana. By Daisy Glick Stevenson. Dallas (Royal
Publishing Company), 1958. Pp. 230. Illustrations.
This volume sketches the lives of the "snowdiggers" from the
Middle West who came on land excursion trains to buy land and
make a settlement in the midst of the King Ranch brush country.
Starting from scratch, they built Lyford, Texas.
Trail to Maiana appears to the reading public at an opportune
time, for now is the hour in which people of the Lower Rio
Grande Valley should establish the knowledge and tradition of
the first American communities in this area. More than half a
century has passed since towns by the score sprang up along the
route of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Line, as pioneers
completed a saga which had started three centuries before at
Plymouth and Jamestown.
Daisy Glick Stevenson was one of these pioneers, and her heart
is in their story and their aspirations, for she lived through the

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed July 28, 2014.