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

Book Reviews

and pursued numerous vocations, his observations present dimensions
often lacking in similar individual documents.
Prefaced by these accounts in Parts I and II, the third section of
the book develops the early history of the school which has since be-
come Texas Christian University. Encouraged and aided by Joseph
Addison Clark, his sons Addison and Randolph in 1869 founded the
Fort Worth Male and Female Seminary which three years later was
renamed Add-Ran College and moved forty miles to Thorp Springs.
There the Clarks struggled to maintain the college until 1889 when
financial difficulties caused them to deed the private institution to the
Christian Church of Texas. Thereafter, a number of changes altered
the college and its supporting religious body.
The school of some 3oo students was eventually renamed Texas
Christian University, moved from Thorp Springs to Waco, and then
to Fort Worth, where its enrollment increased to io,ooo in 1964. In
the interim, an 1894 controversy concerning the use of an organ at
a student revival so divided the Christian Church that its conservative
and progressive factions separated respectively into the Church of
Christ and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)-Texas Chris-
tian University's sponsoring institution.
As a supplemental and limited historical source, Thank God, We
Made It! has value. Regional historians may find in its general ac-
counts materials supporting their investigations of frontier conditions.
For those interested in university foundings in general and Texas
Christian in particular, it represents a respectable addition to existing
studies. However, the book is burdened with shortcomings. Its his-
torical focus is blurred. It eulogizes the Clark clan (forty-eight pages
of geneological charts) at history's expense. Relying almost wholly
upon autobiography, it lacks supporting documentation and historical
perspective. Incidents and characters are indiscriminately introduced
and forgotten. Judicious selection and organization of materials would
have improved an interesting but uneven historical presentation.
Luther College HARVEY L. KLEVAR
Ma'am Jones of the Pecos. By Eve Ball. (Tucson: University of Ari-
zona Press, 1969. Pp. xv + 238. Illustrations, bibliography, index.
$6.50.)
For vivid descriptions of pioneer life in southeastern New Mexico,
no work of history or fiction can match Eve Ball's dramatic story of

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