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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
are the ones that have a special appeal to the rural sense of humor.
Everyone is happy and spends his money freely, for he knows
it will be used for some long hoped for improvement for the
There are no rural churches in the Hills, but almost every-
body attends the religious services irregularly held in the school-
houses. The preaching is done by ministers from adjacent towns.
Often ministerial students from Austin or Georgetown go out
and conduct the services. Sometimes local preachers who farm
during the week preach on Sunday. Sunday Schools are carried
on in many communities by the men and women who want
their children to have instruction from the Bible.
But the most interesting religious gatherings are the pro-
tracted meetings held in the summer time when everyone has
time to attend. The meeting is held in a brush arbor built in
some centrally located spot. It lasts two or three weeks with
all-day meetings on Sunday, when there is a basket dinner on
the grounds and meetings every night during the week. The
preaching is the old time "fire and brimstone" type, and the
emotions of the listeners are deeply stirred.
When they sing songs like "The Old Time Religion," every-
one sings as loudly as he is able; and although most of the Hill
people have good voices, the singing sounds better if one is some
distance away. Toned down by distance, the singing has a melody
that is much sweeter than at close range. Then one doesn't
notice the discords made by singers who have great zeal but
The testimony meeting as well as the singing gives them a
chance to express their feelings, and they often sing and shout
with a joyful abandon not in accord with their usual reserve.
The young folks especially enjoy the social side, and many a
match is made during the meeting.
Girls marry early, usually with the full consent of their
parents. I have known several who married at twelve or thirteen,
but sixteen to eighteen is a more common age. When they
marry, they expect to settle down, obey their husbands, and raise
a family. In response to my inquiry about a girl who lives in the
Hills, her mother looked troubled and said, "Hazel married over
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/54/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.