The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971

Book Reviews

find some essential elements missing. The chief weakness of the study
is the problem of a faded memory and the tendency to bathe past
experiences in a warm afterglow. The chapters range in length from
less than two pages to more than sixteen and cover such topics as
transportation, daily routine, seasons of the year, church and Sunday
life, holidays and festivals, funerals, school experiences, and children's
games. Descriptions of hardships and implications of economic un-
certainty do not seem to have their share of space. We do read that
Bethesdans of fifty or sixty years ago tended to be "independent,
self-reliant, resourceful, industrious, frugal, restrained in conduct,
manners, and speech." These were the good old days, and while ac-
cording to present standards of comfort, they were decidedly miserable,
perhaps we have lost something that Bethesdans possessed back in
the secure days of the pre-1914 era. This kind of book is needed
and had it been done more carefully, a substantial contribution might
have been made. For those who are nostalgic, however, it should pro-
vide some delightful memories of their own childhood days.
West Texas State University PHILIP A. KALISCH
Wimberley Hills: A Pioneer Heritage. By C. W. Wimberley. (Wim-
berley, Texas: Pioneer Gazette, 1969. Illustrations. $5.95.)
Wimberley, Texas, is today a resort community of charm and natural
beauty situated on the Blanco River some ten miles above San Marcos,
in Hays County. In the 188o's it was the site of a thriving grist mill
run by Zack Wimberley, whose success was well explained by one old
timer, "The Wimberley's big water mill was faster, the toll was lighter,
and your sack was fuller. Old man Zack Wimberley treated everybody
alike."
Charles W. Wimberley, Zack's grandson, was born into this com-
munity and tradition in 1913, and heard and absorbed the pioneer
yarns and narratives from his earliest boyhood. To complement this
background, he possesses, moreover, a genuine flair for storytelling,
and this resultant volume is a worthy contribution to the rich field
of Texan folklore.
The twenty-nine brief chapters involve persons, places, and events
of that immediate rock-hilled region, but in an era decidedly less
mechanized and hectic than today. The attractive volume is tastefully
adorned with original art work by regional artists Malcolm Thurgood,

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