The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

its people, past and contemporary, as he taught history, economics, foot-
ball, and all sports, before settling in Corpus Christi for thirty-odd years.
The Brazoria virus persists, and today he loves the region as if he were a
native.
He began tracing the early history of the region soon after his arrival
in 1926. Thus began his vast accumulation of scarce imprints, stray is-
sues of newspapers, and details from narratives, memoirs, and letters pub-
lished and unpublished. The History Book Committee of the Brazoria
County Historical Commission gathered and made available family records,
recorded interviews, the whole project stimulating widespread, continuing,
local activity. Simultaneously Creighton augmented his Texana collec-
tion, which is still growing.
No county history I know is so completely documented or written in
such lean, non-eulogistic English-for which Aileen, his Piper Professor-
Ph.D. wife, shares credit. It is accurately indexed, contains maps, por-
traits, and appropriate illustrations by award-winning Zella McDaniel,
whom the Creightons infected with Brazoria virus.
The book solves many riddles-such as where Josiah Bell variously
lived and where the ghost towns and county seats were, and it tersely
profiles Brazorians significant in Texas's development. The I8-item ap-
pendix, prepared by Catherine Foster and Quillian Garrison of Angleton,
is a mine of statistical data.
The author systematically avoids unverifiable legend but occasionally
lightens the narrative with bits of relevant trivia.
In short, few Brazorians will quibble about this Narrative, and any
aficionado of county histories will find it a novelty, and a delightful one.
Dallas HERBERT GAMBRELL
Shackleford County Sketches. By Don H. Biggers. Edited by Joan Farmer.
(Albany and Fort Griffin: The Clear Fork Press, I974. Pp. vi+ 114-
Notes. $15-)
Haskell: Haskell County and Its Pioneers. By Rex A. Felker. (Quanah,
Texas: Nortex Press in cooperation with the Haskell Bicentennial
Committee, 1975. Pp. x+323. $15.25.)
Navarro County History. By Navarro County Historical Society. Compiled
by Wyvonne Putman. (Quanah, Texas: Nortex Press, 1975. Pp.
x+224. Name Index. $Io.)
The Bicentennial, quite properly, has stimulated local historical groups

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