The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Texas Collection

The February issue of Holiday magazine contains an article
by John Steinbeck on Texas. In his words:
"Texas is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And
this is true to the extent that people either passionately love
Texas or passionately hate it, and, as in other religions, few people
dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery
and paradox."
Steinbeck closes with the story of Thanksgiving on a friend's
Texas ranch which included conversation about horses and cattle,
two turkeys and an after-dinner nap.
The Texas Memorial Museum recently issued Texas Johnny
Reb, its information circular no. 4, which is a summary of army
life in the Texas Confederate units containing some original
material from the museum's manuscript collection.
In March, 1962, the Association was pleased to receive Civil
War Naval Chronology, 1861-1865, Part II, from the Department
of the Navy. The second portion, covering the year 1862, contains
mention of twenty-six events which took place along the coast
of Texas.
The June and July, 1934, issues of the Atlantic Monthly con-
tributed two delightful articles by Charles Adam Jones to the
growing story of ranching in Texas.
In the June number, Jones reminisced about his days on the
Spur Ranch in the article "On the Last Frontier." Jones was
appointed manager of the Spur Ranch by E. P. and S. A. Swenson
in 1907. He was responsible for the 673 square miles of ranch
land spreading over Dickens, Kent, Garza, and Crosby counties,
and for the 25,000 head of cattle and sixty cowboys on the Spur
"spread."
The second article, "Pink Higgins, the Good Bad Man," gives
a sketch of Higgins, who was hired by the ranch as a gunman to
protect the Spur against rustlers. The article gives an account
of the attempts to eradicate the prairie dog population of the
range and explains some of the methods used by rustlers in coun-
terfeiting brands. In both articles may be found mention of the
severely cold winter weather encountered on the Spur.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed July 11, 2014.