The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

the family profiles contain only brief data such as births, mar-
riages, children, deaths, and occupations, others include delight-
ful and frank personal comments, such as "Judge Hines had a
way of snuffing his nose and blinking his eyes which made him
very amusing to boys like me"; J. T. Lewis rode on old jack
and was always in good humor"; and "Aunt Peggy Claude was a
great talker." Occasionally Wilson's comments are quite critical,
such as his reference to the McGees as "the most notorious people
who ever lived in Newton county," and to a painter named Wash
who was "as full of mischief as his sinful hide could hold."
This collection of Wilson's writings has been edited and foot-
noted by Madeline Martin, who most obviously is well versed in
the history and literature of Southeast Texas. The mechanical
features of the publication are excellent; clean type, a thorough
and accurate index, fine illustrations, a handsome cover and dust
jacket, and a clear foreword by Association Executive Council
member Cooper Ragan enhance the merits of the text. Volumes
of this type will lead to a better understanding of state and local
Lamar State College of Technology
A Portrait of Pancho. By Winston Bode. Austin (Pemberton
Press) , 1965. Pp. xiii+ 164. Illustrations. $6.95.
Although the late J. Frank Dobie has his books for a monu-
ment, this delightful blending of text and pictures will be treas-
ured by many who knew him and some who did not. It gives
intimate glimpses into his character and personality, revealing
him as a friendly soul, a man who lived close to the soil, and a
courageous fighter for freedom. No one will regret that the pic-
tures take more space than the words, since the photos of Pancho
and his friends bring back warming memories. Especially im-
pressive is the portrait that Tom Lea made in 1953.
This tribute was turned out, and the pictures were gathered,
by a young Texas newspaperman and radio-television writer. It
began as a documentary television show that was converted into
an article in the Texas Quarterly. The article in turn was ex-
panded into this concise, refreshing book. Some of the pictures
are from the family collection; one shows Frank, then a college


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed July 5, 2015.