Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The business by 1950 became known as "Cowboy Headquarters
of the Southwest." Movie personalities Gene Autry and John
Wayne made it their headquarters, following in the steps of earlier
stars William S. Hart, Hoot Gibson, and Tom Mix. Myres achieved
what was possibly his greatest renown through the manufacture of
pistol holsters for the United States Border Patrol.
Myres was in many respects a typical self-made American who
started with little or no education, but who had the knack of
achieving something worthwhile in his lifetime. He was intensely
civic minded, for example, serving as mayor of Sweetwater from
1908 to 1911. Especially in his late years, he became a somewhat
legendary figure. Even after his death in i953 at the age of eighty-
one, his store continued to expand, and it remains at present a
landmark of western enterprise. Sandra L. Myres' story belongs
in every library of Texana. HENRY B. DIELMANN
Norwegian-American Studies, Volume 21. Northfield, Minnesota
(The Norwegian-American Historical Association), 1962.
Pp. 311. $4.95.
Johan Reinert Reiersen, a Norwegian journalist, visited Texas
in the spring of i844, during his New World wanderings in search
of prospective sites for settlements. On his return, he wrote a book
about his findings. Included was a chapter on Texas.
Derwood Johnson, a Waco attorney and member of the Nor-
wegian-American Historical Association, has translated and edited
that Texas chapter for the association's newest volume. His trans-
lation comes just 118 years after the original.
Reiersen obviously liked the young republic he found. He
returned in 1845 to help establish the first Norwegian colony in
Texas at Brownsboro, in Henderson County.
Reiersen wrote a straightforward account of the land. In the
opening paragraph he named his topics: borders, size, three main
geographical parts, bays and fjords, rivers, climate, the land, prod-
ucts, trees and plants, animals, fishing, insects, cities, population,
conditions, public lands, and future outlook.
Reiersen found a land containing a great many wild animals
and 125,000 settlers, mostly Americans. He saw "water in these
rivers crystal clear and cold."
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 May 25, 2015.