The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Book Reviews

of pedantry, the author presents a panoramic view of the de-
velopment of the Western hotel. Descriptions of specific hostel-
ries and tales of their builders and employees, their guests, and
their innovations-iced water, locked doors, and annunciators,
for example-make this a most entertaining and informative
book. It is not definitive, but its carefully selected content fills
the need for such a general appraisal and is an excellent guide
for those who will make regional studies of public houses.
San Antonio College BESSIE M. PEARCE
A History of Hopkins County, Texas. By Gladys Annelle St.
Clair. Waco (Texian Press), 1965. Pp. viii+99. Illustrations,
appendices, biography, index. $7.50.
Miss Gladys St. Clair, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, has written
a somewhat sketchy history of Hopkins County, and has been
diverted along the way. She has brought together materials on
the development of education in Texas, Hopkins County in
particular, and introduces two. great teachers: Mr. Sam J. King
and Mrs. Lucy Moore Holderness. She has, as a fifth generation
resident of Hopkins County, worked diligently to bring to light
the clan history of Northeast Hopkins County, with emphasis
on the Gregg, Hargrave, and Hopkins families. With pardonable
pride she has traced the progress and industrial growth of the
County to 1940, the year her master's thesis was written at the
University of Texas.
On the dust jacket of the book there is a claim that Miss St.
Clair's History "covers the entire history of the county, from its
beginnings up to the present time." Actually, it covers only the
history of Northeast Hopkins County, with emphasis on Sulphur
Bluff and Sulphur Springs. The story ends in 1940, leaving un-
finished the last twenty-six years of the County's history.
Publication also revealed defects in organization and format.
County organization appears on page 1 along with geography.
The details on pages 4-5 of digging a water well in Sulphur
Springs should perhaps be better placed in the appendix. The bib-
liography appears in the middle of the book ahead of the ap-
pendices. There is no map of Hopkins County at any stage of

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