The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

They accompany Jack Hays and his Texas Rangers on a foray against
the Indians and visit the graves of the heroes of the Alamo in San An-
tonio. The play ends with the immigrants establishing homesteads and
taking brides. This work differs from the usual play in that the action
serves primarily as a frame for a number of German folksongs and
nineteenth-century American popular songs performed by a men's
chorus.
Gish has translated the German text, provided an introduction,
which contains a wealth of insights into Texas life in the nineteenth
century, and identified most of the songs found in the work. Seele's
German text and the musical score are included. Students of Texas life
will welcome to their libraries this book, made more valuable by the
careful and competent scholarship of Theodore Gish.
Bryan, Texas EDWARD C. BREITENKAMP
"Facts As I Remember Them": The Autobiography of Rufe LeFors. Edited by
John Allen Peterson. Notes by H. Allen Anderson, James S. Peter-
son, and John Peterson. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986.
Pp. xvii+ 170. Acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, illus-
trations, notes, index. $20.95, cloth; $10.95, paper.)
Generally speaking, Texas historians probably do not know much
about the history of the Texas Panhandle. Overshadowed by such gi-
ants as the Revolution, Republic, and Reconstruction eras, the Pan-
handle story has attracted only a handful of scholars to tell its adven-
tures. Yet all of the romantic elements of Texas history are contained
during the brief but exciting twenty-year story of settlement of the re-
gion following 1875-
Rufe LeFors was an eyewitness to the story. As a nineteen-year-old,
he moved with his aging father, brothers, and sisters to the eastern Pan-
handle in 1878. Their route across the Comanche Reservation in In-
dian Territory led to their brief capture by a small band of Indians for a
week before being rescued by soldiers. The incident seemed to set the
pace for LeFors's introduction to the-Panhandle, for over the next few
years he moved in the same circles as Billy the Kid, Charles Goodnight,
and George Arrington's Texas Ranger Company; served as a deputy
sheriff; and faced numerous difficulties as a cowboy and rancher.
LeFors, who later competed in Oklahoma land rushes and became
sheriff in Lawton, wrote his memoirs in longhand during the 1930s.
Although many similar reminiscences have been recorded by old-
timers and repose unpublished in repositories throughout the nation,
LeFors's account is outstanding and deserving of publication because

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