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bowl of puffed rice. Now, this cowboy was used to having vittles
for breakfast: steak, eggs, potatoes, sourdough biscuits, and coffee.
He looked at the insipid bowl before him, got up from the
table, put on his hat and said, "Rather than eat that stuff, I
will saddle up my horse and lope out into the wind with a
funnel in my mouth."
The pictures are clear and adequate. The striking illustra-
tions by Donald M. Yena, on the jacket and endpapers, add
body and flavor to the book.
As one closes this little book, he realizes that it deals with
a doctor of long ago, a man of importance. And yet, one cannot
but regret that, somehow, somewhere, a better factual record
could not have been found. As a contrast, not in disparagement,
Dr. Sherman Goodwin, of nearby Victoria, kept a diary which
contains much of civic and medical import. Even so, Doctor
Reagan would have shared this feeling of Doctor Goodwin:
it is something to have labored for the betterment of life.
PAT IRELAND NIXON
It Takes Time to Grow: A Biography of George Madison Sims.
By Vilda Barker Sims. Port Arthur (Hinds Printing Co.),
1963. Pp. 68. Illustrations. $3.00.
George Madison Sims was born on a farm near Joshua, Texas,
in 1875. He attended Baylor Academy and Baylor University,
graduating in 1904. In the years immediately following Sims
served as a school principal at Burleson and at Hico, and as a
superintendent of schools at San Marcos. After a short period
as assistant state superintendent, he moved to Port Arthur as
superintendent of schools in 1914. During his years in Port
Arthur, he found time for graduate study at the University of
Texas, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Harvard
University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of
California. He also served as president of district 1, Texas State
Teachers Association for the year 1938-1939.
Under the supervision of George Madison Sims, the Port
Arthur school system developed from four elementary schools
and one high school into the extensive series of modern or mod-
ernized schools which existed in 1944 when he retired. Among his
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/. Accessed March 13, 2014.