The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

able surgeon. Jovita Idar, a political activist and journalist, served as ad-
vocate for Mexican Americans in South Texas. Leonor Villegas de
Magnon founded a medical relief organization during the Mexican
Revolution. Bette Graham invented "liquid paper," built a multi-
million-dollar corporation, and established two philanthropic founda-
tions to assist women in business and the arts. Civil rights crusader
Christia D. Adair fought for the right of blacks to vote and played a
leading role in ending discrimination in Houston. Cornelia W. R. Adair
and Mary Ann ("Molly") Goodnight were cofounders of the first ranch
in the Panhandle, with Colonel Charles Goodnight and John G. Adair,
a British millionaire. Through their persistence, all of these women
contributed to the welfare of the state.
Written for the general public, this book consists of delightful stories
about fascinating people. The many photographs and drawings add to
the book's charm. The notes in the back indicate that the authors relied
heavily on published sources, but they also used newspaper articles,
letters, and interviews. The reader will also find in the back of the book
summaries of each woman's accomplishments and additional facts. It is
a job well done. Perhaps the authors will be encouraged to add future
volumes about the remarkable women of Texas.
North Texas State University JIM B. PEARSON
Panhandle-Plains Historical Review, I983. Edited by Duane F. Guy and
Bobby D. Weaver. (Canyon, Tex.: Panhandle-Plains Historical
Society, 1983. Volume LVI. Pp. v+ 165. Introduction, photographs,
tables, notes, index. $10o, paper.)
A collection of ten essays on the theme of "The Last Migration:
Ethnic Folk Islands in Northwest Texas," this volume examines a geo-
graphic area with some fifty ethnic settlements, of which two-thirds are
German and one-third are Czech, Slovak, Wendish, Polish, Swedish,
Norwegian, Italian, and Germans from Russia. In roughly these pro-
portions, the essays narrate and describe an interesting and neglected
region of state history.
Set during the years 188o to 1930, the essays are filled with etio-
logical tales and first-person vignettes that plead, more convincingly
than even the authors of these essays, for deeper study of this part of
Texas history. Michael Q. Hooks's opening essay on Thurber, Texas, not
only establishes boundaries for the essays that follow but also demon-
strates a particular richness. "Thurber: A Unique Texas Community"
should become a classic of local-history writing. The pictures that
Hooks develops of Thurber show colliding scales of ethnic local color

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