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

Book Reviews

scriptions of key pieces in the development of the conjunto style from
the 1930 to the 196os.
As a musician performing for many years in Texas-Mexican orquestas,
Pefia witnessed many of the later developments described in this book.
He has been able to blend his firsthand experience with rigorous schol-
arly research into a coherent analysis of the context of Texas-Mexican
conjunto music. I would highly recommend this book to readers inter-
ested in such fields as Mexican American studies, Texas-Mexican and
Texas history, folklore, anthropology, and ethnomusicology. Also rec-
ommended is the companion LP, edited by Pefia, that documents the
development of conjunto music.
The University of Texas at Austin DAN W. DICKEY
Memoirs of a Texas Pioneer Grandmother (Was Grossmutter Erzaehlt), 8o05-
19z5. By Ottilie Fuchs Goeth. Translated and edited by Irma
Goeth Guenther. (Austin: Eakin Press, 1982. Pp. x+26o0. Acknowl-
edgments, introduction, photographs, illustrations, conclusion,
addendum, bibliography, index. $14.95.)
Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine: Voices of Frontier Women. Edited by Jo Ella
Powell Exley. (College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press,
1985. Pp. xv+275. Preface, acknowledgments, references, index,
photographs. $14.95-)
The Ottilie Fuchs Goeth and Jo Ella Powell Exley volumes represent
opposite possibilities in presenting the words of Texas pioneer women,
but each fulfills its purpose admirably. Goeth's Memoirs should be read
by anyone interested in the history of German Texans. Irma Goeth
Gunther's skillful translation and well-researched additions are a service
to the scholar and the general reader alike. We are fortunate that she has
heeded the requests of historians to make her grandmother's memoirs,
formerly published only in limited editions, generally available.
Goeth's account reads like a good novel, but is also a mine of informa-
tion about life in Texas after 1846. Her descriptions of home life cover
the Civil War and peacetime, men's and women's activities, work and lei-
sure, and reveal her people's determination to maintain their musical
and literary heritage through education and social interaction with
other Germans. Because she traces the occupations and marriage al-
liances of her many siblings, children, and grandchildren (dates and
details checked by Gunther), Goeth's account provides a good sample
of the opportunities open to German Texans.

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