The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 96
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and integrity that ever was with those hardy pioneers of another
generation." Then, when in future years "someone else sits down
to write another history of Menard County, there may be records
of the present day to match in honor and valor the record of
those pioneers whose lives are recorded here." Truly this should
be the wish of every historian; it matters not whether he writes
local, state, or national history.
The first two chapters deal with the founding of the San Saba
mission and with the search for the fabulous Bowie mine. The
third chapter tells the story of organizing Menard County,
named as it is after Michael Branaman Menard, a Galveston
pioneer, while the fourth relates the story of Fort McKavett.
"Ranger Days in Menardville" and "Stirring Days of Menard
Pioneering" reveal an interesting story of the reconstruction
era and subsequent years. "Personalities that Settled Menard"
may well be the most attractive chapter for most readers. Two
brief chapters on finance and industry in Menard and on the
part which Menard men and women played in the recent war
complete the narrative.
On the whole the book reads well if one does not let an occa-
sional typographical error disturb him. In a number of in-
stances, accounts are reprinted from other works to which refer-
ence is made and full credit given. Then, too, many reminis-
cences, constituting about half of the book, have been included,
and these reflect both directly and indirectly the trials and hard-
ships of pioneering as well as the joy and pride of Menard Coun-
ty's citizens in the part which they had in promoting the growth
of their county and its various communities. In point are the
words, "and I have seen the desert land bloom and flourish and
am proud to know I had a part in its [Menard County's] devel-
opment," which Mrs. Mollie Vaughn Winn, one of the pioneers,
wrote. The reader vividly sees Menard's pioneers and historical
incidents pass in review, a scoring point in the quality of a
RUDOLPH L. BIESELE
The University of Texas
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