History of Montague County. By Mrs. W. R. Potter. (County
Series Reader.) n. p., n. d. 191 pages, 12mo.
History and Reminiscences of Denton County. By Ed. F. Bates.
Denton, 1918. 412 pages, Svo. Ill.
The field of local history in Texas is rich, but it has thus far
received indifferent attention. It is, therefore, with mingled pride
and curiosity that the volumes listed above are welcomed. Each
was prepared by a writer untrained in writing history, and each
is a. pioneer effort in their counties.
The author of the History of iMontague County says, "It was
the first purpose of the author . . . to write a history
that would only be read in the homes of the county; but, after
much deliberation, . . . it was decided to condense the work
and put it in a form that could be studied as a supplementary
reader in the public schools of this county." The result is not
satisfactory as a county history, and the selections are ill-suited
for a reader. Over half the book is devoted to stories of Indian
atrocities (pp. 8-114), there is a brief description of pioneer life
(pp. 118-127), brief sketches of the organization and development
of Montague County (pp. 133-142, 163-173), and the remainder
is extraneous material having very slight connection with county
The History and Reminiscences of Denton County owes its ex-
istence to the Old Settlers' Association of that county. In 1893
this association created a committee charged with the duty of pre-
paring and publishing such a work. The committee was con-
tinued in 1914 and 1915. In 1916 the association placed the en-
terprise in the hands of its secretary, Mr. Ed. F. Bates, who had
been a member of the history committee from the beginning. Mr.
Bates is an old settler and brought to his task a sympathetic ap-
preciation and extensive personal knowledge of the events recorded.
The greater portion of the book relates to the pioneer days-
the twenty years preceding the Civil War. Long lists of early
settlers, with illustrations of pioneer faces and scenes, will cause
this volume to be treasured by those who helped to develop that
prosperous section of the State, and the description of the life of
the frontier is a permanent contribution to the history of Texas.
The events of the Civil War and reconstruction periods receive
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/. Accessed May 4, 2015.