The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 85

Affairs of the Association

The signers hereof, after months of consideration and after
consultation with numbers of citizens of West Texas who are
interested in its history and its welfare, have reached the con-
clusion that a West Texas historical association is one of the
pressing needs of our section.
Never before has such interest and so much thought been given
to the history of West Texas as at this time and never before has
there been such a crying need and demand for facts about the
history of this section of Texas.
Our section has a glorious past. The story of its settlement,
the problems and hardships of its pioneers, their struggle with
the Indians, their victorious fight for law and order-all these
are history, are interesting as can be found in the annals of our
people. And yet few of our own people know anything of even
the fundamentals of that history. Children are growing to man-
hood and womanhood along with some of our historic roads and
trails without knowing even their historic names or the part these
routes have played in the development of an empire.
Source materials are daily going to waste or are being de-
stroyed because persons do not realize their value, and the men
and women who helped make and develop the West are dying
fast, taking valuable historical facts to their grave with them.
Our people may make history in the future, our country may pass
through crises which leave behind them many a problem for the
historian to work out and many a tale with which he can thrill
his readers. But one fact is certain: Our country can never
again be a frontier. Myriads of people may live here during the
ages that are to come; but it was given to a few men and women
of one single generation to see this country in its virgin condition
and to turn it into a land of homes, schools and churches through
their energy, faith and courage.
Those active in the promotion of the historical organization are
J. M. Radford of Abilene, R. C. Crane of Sweetwater, who has
for years assembled valuable documents and relics of Texas his-
tory into the Crane Library, recently acquired by Simmons Col-
lege of Abilene; Mrs. Dallas Scarborough of Abilene, B. E. Mc-
Glammery of the Abilene High School history department, Rupert
N. Richardson, head of the Simmons history department; L. G.
Kennamer of the Abilene Christian College history department;
and W. C. Holden of McMurry College, department of history.
The annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association
was held May 15, 1924. Professor Samuel E. Asbury of the
Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College read a paper on the

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