The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 578

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brother John but due attention is also given to Rachel Plummer.
Particularly is the Cynthia Ann Parker account a classic story
of the American frontier.
Dr. Peckham, the editor-author, is now director of the Clements
Library at the University of Michigan and a former director of
the Indiana Historical Society. He is a recognized student of
Indian affairs and will best be remembered for his Pontiac and the
Indian Uprising (1947). In his current book he has made good
choices of the incidents presented and the volume reveals an im-
portant aspect of the Indian-white conflict on the American
The format of the book is engaging and about a score of well-
chosen illustrations add to the value and attractiveness of the
The University of Texas
88 Eventful Years; Being the Intimate Story of Elmer Scott in
Industry and the Humanities, and of the Civic Federation of
Dallas over a Third of a Century. Dallas (Civic Federation of
Dallas), 1954. Pp. 165. Index. $3.75.
Elmer Scott, who founded the Civic Federation of Dallas in
1917, and remained its executive officer the rest of his life, com-
pleted his autobiography just a week before his death in April,
1954. It tells the two careers of this unique person. The first was
with Sears, Roebuck &8 Company, during which he rose from office
boy to the general managership and pioneered in personnel man-
agement as well as merchandising.
Before he was fifty, he renounced business to pioneer in adult
education and social welfare. This second career, which lasted
forty years, left a permanent impress on the region in which he
lived and brought Scott national recognition. After establishing
the first municipal department in Dallas, he created a civilizing
and leveling institution that quickened the minds and fired the
imagination of several generations of Texans. The Civic Federa-
tion was unique, just as Elmer Scott was unique; it was his length-
ened shadow.
Scott struck no pious pose, had no urge to remake society or


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