The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 159

Book Reviews and Notices.


The article "Lone Star Pine" in the American Lumberman for
September 26, 1908, pp. 67-150, is a most interesting narrative of
the personal history of the Texas house of Thompson and its share
in the development of the lumber industry of the State. The
family record shows an extraordinary proportion of men of high
character and unusual business endowments, and well explains
the growth of the Thompson milling interests to their present
enormous magnitude.
In whatever aspect the history of Texas is considered, politi-
cal, social, ecclesiastical, or economic, there is none more fascinat-
ing and instructive. Of these various aspects, that which has
been least adequately treated is undoubtedly the economic. When
it is properly written, a large part of it will be given to describing
the growth of the production of lumber in the State, and in this
the Thompsons will be found to have had a highly important
share. And when the investigator who is to write it shall begin
his work he will find valuable material in this article.
Plants Lindheimeriance. Part III. By J. W. Blankinship.
(From the Eighteenth Annual Report of the Missouri Botanical
Garden. 1907. Pp. 100.)
One of the earliest and most widely known botanical collectors
in Texas was Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer. He settled at Hous-
ton, Texas, in 1840, and engaged in truck farming. As a farmer,
he was not successful and on the advice of his friend, Dr. George
Engelmann, of St. Louis, he gave up farming and turned his
entire attention to collecting the unknown flora of Texas and sell-
ing his specimens as a means of livelihood. In 1844, Lindheimer
moved to New Braunfels, where he lived until his death. By the
aid of Dr. Engelmann and Dr. Asa Gray, who identified his speci-
mens, Lindheimer was able to devote his entire time to collecting.
As a result of his work, four sets or fascicles of plants, bearing
numbers from 1 to 754, were collected and Parts I and II, Plante

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