The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985

Book Reviews

tional contexts. The authors intersperse their narrative with useful
vignettes taken from the histories of twenty-four "exemplar churches,"
but one still comes away wanting to know more about just who these
Methodists were, more about the make-up of the denomination's sev-
eral constituencies. The authors might also have done more with the
tensions between the vast divergent geographical divisions in the de-
nomination in Texas and with the conflicts among rural, urban, and
suburban congregations. They have anticipated, at least, what is per-
haps the major criticism to be made of their work. The majority of
Texas Methodists, of course, have been female, but women appear
only infrequently in the present study. The authors say (p. 265) that
the role of women in the denomination will require another book.
One can criticize them for not finding ways to integrate the role of
women into this narrative and, at the same time, hold them to their
promise of a second volume.
University of Texas at Austin HOWARD MILLER
The Last Campfire: The Life Story of Ted Gray, a West Texas
Rancher. By Barney Nelson. (College Station, Tex.: Texas A8cM
University Press, 1984. Pp. xvi+ 171. Acknowledgments, intro-
duction, illustrations, photographs, index. $12.50.)
At age seventeen, Ted Gray left his family's depression-era Jack
County farm and became manager of a Brewster County spread in the
enormous Davis Mountain country of far West Texas. After more
than forty years on the Alpine-Fort Davis range, Gray decided to share
his memories with writer-ranch wife Barney Nelson, whose edited re-
sults comprise a volume full of detail, human interest, and bedrock
During his long association with H. L. Kokernot's 06 Ranch and the
gradual acquisition of his own extensive holdings, Gray witnessed
considerable change in stock raising. In fact, changing conditions-
inflated land prices, the federal tax burden, and beef surpluses-have
threatened the genuine rancher's future. Old-time cowmen, he reck-
ons, are hunkered around a dying chuck-wagon campfire, the symbol
of a passing era. Yet much has remained constant. The practical knowl-
edge of the "Triple A" hands upon whom Gray depended; their em-
bodiment of loyalty, unquestioning obedience, and the willingness to
do whatever needed doing; the personal bond in business dealings,
the handshake, a man's word-these qualities and successful ranching
will always be indivisible.


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