The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 355
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tural Survey of Bell County, Texas, by Oscar Lewis, associate
professor of anthropology in Washington University. This work
marks a departure from the customary pattern of local history
studies. This study is by a cultural anthropologist and a non-
Texan and was done in the main as a study of rural life projected
by the United States Department of Agriculture in seventy-one
sample counties throughout the United States. Professor Lewis
spent eleven weeks in field work in Bell County. He has made a
real contribution in showing the relationship between Bell Coun-
ty and other agricultural areas in the United States. The manu-
script has been published in the Washington University Studies,
Number 7, New Series, Social and Philosophical Sciences.
Under the publication date of 1947, a History of Falls County,
Texas, edited by Roy Eddins and compiled by the Old Settlers
and Veterans Association of Falls County, has appeared. The
publication gives much credit as a source to the master's thesis
done by Mrs. Lillian Schiller St. Romain on the History of Lott,
the principal town of western Falls County.
Lastly the text of the Panhandle Plains Historical Review for
last year which consisted largely of Claude V. Hall's "An Early
History of Floyd County," has been issued as an attractively
bound book. This was a master's thesis at the University in 1922,
probably the first county history thesis written in Texas.
Professor Samuel E. Asbury, of the Agricultural and Mechan-
ical College of Texas, has recently written that all persons inter-
ested in the local history in Texas should familiarize themselves
with the method employed by Alta Harvey Heiser in Hamilton
[Ohio] in the Making, a publication of the Mississippi Valley
Press of Oxford, Ohio, in 1941. Miss Heiser indeed did a splen-
did work in ferreting out little details so as to make a connected
chronological account of her story.
James M. Cain, of 6707 Forty-fourth Avenue, University Park,
Hyattsville, Maryland, the author of The Postman Always Rings
Twice, Serenade, and The Moth, visited Texas in August seeking
material and local color for a forthcoming story turning on Con-
federate blockade running out of Brownsville and Matamoros
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