The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 87, July 1983 - April, 1984

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(1829-1914). Apprenticed to a San Antonio gunsmith, he became a
surveyor's chainman, a military scout, and eventually a Methodist
Since it is supplementary to an earlier publication, One League to
Each Wind, this book is not a comprehensive study of surveying in
Texas. It is not well organized, furthermore, and, though sources are
listed at the end of various sections, it is not cross-referenced in the
usual academic style. The book is, however, a valuable contribution
to historic Texana, and those who are interested in either Texas or
surveying will find it entertaining reading.
Pioneer Surveyor is a biography describing the accomplishments of
Willis Day Twichell, a valuable person who came to Texas not quite a
hundred years ago (1885) to identify and to establish land boundaries
and to ascertain the potential of the state's natural resources. In this
process he was to extend culture to those regions where he worked and
to help stabilize a high moral condition within frontier society.
Twichell was important to railroads, oil exploration, and the develop-
ing urban scene. During a lifetime of professional competence he sur-
veyed more than fifteen million acres of Texas land. As one who ad-
vanced the development of Texas, he makes a fitting subject of a
biographical study.
The University of Texas at Austin EUGENE GEORGE
Oklahoma Memories. Edited by Anne Hodges Morgan and Rennard
Strickland. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1981. Pp.
xii+308. Preface, introduction, illustrations, index. $16.95, cloth;
$8.95, paper.)
When you are fed up with life in a New York City tenement, goes
the Waylon Jennings song, you begin longing for "Oklahoma Sun-
shine." He was not referring, one supposes, to eroded land, multina-
tional oil corporations, or racial prejudice. What he had in mind was
a set of old-fashioned values-family affection, a sense of roots-that
the state also typifies. Both sides of the Oklahoma character are repre-
sented in this eminently readable anthology of first-person narratives,
which were chosen to illustrate "how historical events affected indi-
vidual lives" (p. 4). Sunshine predominates, but there are darker shad-
ows here too. Somehow the book manages to satisfy the demands of nos-
talgia, while at the same time giving an unsentimentalized view of the


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