Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the Five Graves" John C. Myers recounts the various stories told
about them by the oldest residents of the area-that the five were
killed by tainted meat (armadillo, javelina, or venison), by scarlet
fever, by a truck, or by bandits.
According to Paul Patterson, "You seldom see a cowboy a-horse-
back or a horse afoot these days-both commute to work in car
and trailer." In "Cowboy Comedians and Horseback Humorists"
he evokes the humor of the old-time cowboy. In "Homemade
Tales" Richard M. Rivers transcribes and classifies tales which
he collected on tape from people living in Jefferson, Texas. They
reflect the rural background of the narrators and mention forests,
blazed trails, distant voices, ghostly lights, wolves and bears.
All readers interested in the folklore and social history of the
Southwest will be grateful to the authors, editors, and members
of the Texas Folklore Society for this splendid addition to their
series of publications. D. M. MCKEITHAN
The University of Texas
Concho County History, 1858-1958. By Hazie Davis LeFevre.
Eden, Texas (privately printed), 1959- Pp. 297. $xo.oo.
Hazie Davis LeFevre's Concho County History is not really a
history of Concho County. It is instead an excellent collection of
source materials which will be of great value to all future his-
torians who write of Concho County. The book is mimeographed,
but the typing is good and the material is easily read.
The compilation includes the complete 188o census of Concho
County, and an index to the census. Marriage books covering the
years 1879 to 1908 are copied and indexed. There is also a list of
officers of Concho County from 1879 to 1958. The most valuable
material in the compilation is an inventory of the various ceme-
teries in Concho County. This is probably the portion of the work
which required the greatest expenditure of time by the author.
There are brief sketches of schools, churches, and lodges in the
county and a list of business firms and medical doctors. The com-
pilation also includes memoirs of early times and Indian battles
by early settlers of the county.
Mrs. LeFevre undoubtedly has devoted a fantastic number of
hours in preparing this compilation on the history of Concho
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 April 19, 2014.