The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 335
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Book Reviews and Notices
years of growth in the 'fifties, Indians, frontier Rangers and gold
hunters of the same decade, Bell County in the Civil War, and
reconstruction. The third part, "Maturity and Material Progress,"
has to do with the emergence of the new state and its growth and
advancement and is treated in five chapters on the changing times,
twenty-five years of growth, private educational institutions of
Bell County, in the World War-and after, and some institutions
in Bell County.
A few of the topics in the last few chapters tend to make part
three the least interesting one in the book. Persons living outside
the Bell County region will not become engrossed in "new enter-
prises," "the war with Spain," "the selective draft," or the
"Temple Stag Party." These items, however, which are more
appealing to local pride, could hardly have been omitted and
are more than offset by such engaging topics as "the early history
of Salado," "the Grange," "the return of better times," "Salado
College," the "Sanctificationists of Belton," and the "Old Settlers
Association of Bell County."
Judge Tyler has made his biggest contribution by consulting
the written records available, interviewing early settlers and in-
terpreting conservatively their recollections, and setting down his
own personal observations. He has leaned rather heavily at times
on the best secondary works, but for the most part has sought to
go back to the original documents. One result of the latter prac-
tice is that numerous documents such as lists of colonial grantees
of land, copies of original census rolls, court records, lodge mem-
bership rolls, lists of early merchants and of early college staffs,
rolls of the officers of the Bell County Old Settler's Association,
lists of soldiers killed and wounded in the World War, and muster
rolls of Rangers, minute companies, and Bell County men in the
Civil War were secured. The editor has, with much care, fused
these into the narrative. Indeed, the editor's chief problem must
have been that of selection and arrangement. From the numerous
documents, memoirs, traditions, and episodes in the incomplete
writing, the editor has selected so wisely and presented so skillfully
the incidents, comments, and facts that the work will seldom, if
ever, tire the reader.
Although the first two parts of the book are well documented,
they are very readable. The resourcefulness of early Texans, the
versatility of many figures in the pioneer and post-pioneer periods,
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