The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

heading. Again, if funds became available it would appear that
the material could be much better catalogued if the state maps
were included in a separate compilation from the counties, cities,
trails, geodetic surveys, and others. These are merely suggestions,
and not a criticism of the value of the present work. The only
real criticism the reviewer has of the work is that the compilers
did not give descriptive information in many instances from
source materials which were readily available to them and which
would have made it much easier to identify the maps.
Texas Thirties. By Wilhelmina Beane. San Antonio (The Naylor
Company), 1963. Pp. ix+176. Photographs. $5.95-
Texas Thirties is a revealing collection of descriptive accounts
which brings into focus many interesting aspects of social life in
south Texas during the 193o's. Written by an experienced jour-
nalist who is well acquainted with the state's human resources
and natural features, these stories should be of particular value
to teachers of Texas history and collectors of Texana.
Wilhelmina Beane (Mrs. Thomas A. Moskey, Sr.) is the author-
compiler of this little volume. Written entirely in first person, her
stories deal with a great variety of subjects ranging from a colorful
barbecue in the Medina Hereford Ranch near San Antonio to
a detailed account of an informal boat ride down the Houston
ship channel. The reader is told of the Joe D. Hughes Ranch
near Alta Loma, the Sartartia Plantation in Sugar Land, John
Garner's home at Uvalde, John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, and
many other places visited by the author during the decade of the
Great Depression. It is the author herself who serves as the thread
which ties the otherwise disconnected stories together. Her
impressions, opinions, observations, experiences, and charm help
make the entire work readable and stimulating.
As a title, Texas Thirties is slightly misleading. The setting for
each story is during the decade of the 193ggo's and several accounts
do deal with the State Fair in Dallas and even with a visit to
Old Mexico; but Mrs. Moskey's concept of "Texas" seems to be
limited to that great southern section of the state bounded on
the north by Mason County and on the south by the Rio Grande


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