The author does not attempt to veil the violence typical of the
frontier. One tragedy developed over a round-up argument, on a
hot July day in 1889, when Jim McAdams shot down his own
brother, Sam. In 1911, after a quarrel at the Goodwin Hotel in
Paducah, the well-known Burk Burnett shot and killed prominent
rancher Farley Sayer. At the trial the next year at Seymour, Burnett
was aquitted of the murder charge.
Progress, it might be said, had arrived in Cottle by 1927, during
which year a corporate charter was issued for the Paducah Golf Club.
The prairie dogs, owls, and long-eared rabbits were necessarily
Mrs. Bennett's plentiful inclusion of fine old photographs of ranch
life and the early street scenes of Paducah, add greatly to this vol-
ume's value. Criticisms are minor, but many readers will wish that
she had extended her own excellent writing style in preference to
including so many pages of verbatim quotations from newspaper ar-
ticles. Typographical errors are occasionally exasperating; and in the
portrait appendix (page 75) former Governor Price Daniel is mis-
takenly identified as Ben Ramsey. The entire product, nevertheless,
is a most welcome addition to our expanding shelf of Texas county
histories. Mrs. Bennett must be commended for her zeal, and for the
fruits of her efforts.
Waco, Texas ROGER N. CONGER
A History of Robertson County, Texas. By J. W. Baker. (Waco: The
Robertson County Historical Survey Committee, 1970o. Pp. vii+
571. Illustrations, index. $1o.oo.)
J. W. Baker's A History of Robertson County, Texas is, unavoid-
ably, an uneven work. The story of any county over a 15o-year period
is bound to contain much that is important along with a great deal
that is trivial. Since this work was sponsored by a county historical
committee, the author no doubt felt the additional obligation to in-
clude persons, places, and events that are of local interest only.
The book is best in its beginning chapters as Baker describes the
colonizing project begun by the Texas Association of Nashville,
Tennessee, which eventually became known as the Robertson Colony.
He gives a good biographical sketch of Sterling Clack Robertson,
and relates the story of settlements like Old Franklin in a manner
that is both informative and entertaining.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101201/. Accessed March 9, 2014.