The Argyle Cook Book. By Alice O'Grady. Compiled by Mrs.
Sue Moore Gibson.
San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1940. Pp. xx, 114. Illustra-
"The proof of the pudding is in the eating," is a well known
saying. The "pudding" soon proved that the cuisine of the
Argyle in San Antonio was the very best, and consequently this
hotel became widely known and attracted many visitors. The
recipes listed in The Argyle Cook Book are beyond doubt the
explanation of the popularity of the Argyle's dining hall, and
should bring gladness to the hearts of those who want to pre-
pare savory meals.
This book has an interest, however, beyond its appeal to those
who like to enjoy their food. The introduction of ten pages
is a mental and historical treat. It is written by Monte Barrett
and gives an account of the various owners of the Argyle.
Charles Anderson, its first owner, occupied it as his ranch home.
His Union sympathies caused the Knights of the Golden Circle
to visit him early in 1861. H. H. McLane of Indiana became its
next owner after the Civil War was over. He, like his prede-
cessor, raised horses, branded them with his Circle Dot brand,
and sold them at Fort Sam Houston. The Chamberlain Invest-
ment Company of Denver bought the ranch in 1890, laid out
Alamo Heights on it for speculative purposes, and sold the
ranch house to two Scots who made additions to it, opened it
as a hotel, and named it Argyle "because the rolling hills
of the section reminded them of their native hills in Scotland."
The two Scots, however, were not successful, and sold out to the
O'Gradys, "Miss Alice" and "Mr. Bob," who opened the hotel
on St. Patrick's Day in 1893.
The introduction also tells of the famous guests of the Argyle
-General Bullis, "Fighting Bob" Shafter, John J. Pershing,
Frederick Funston, Frederick Grant, Frank Jones, a ranger
captain, John F. Miller, and William McKinley. You know, of
course, about some of these men, but Monte Barrett tells you
about all of them in his well written introduction.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed October 23, 2014.