The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 187
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seven years, and while there he married Miss Willa Royston Bat-
taile, of Houston, in 1907. He shortly became well known in
the educational circles of the state, and when, in 1910, West
Texas State Normal College opened at Canyon, he was offered
and accepted the position of head of the English department.
Remaining there for thirteen years (except for the year 1917-
1918, when he took further work at Harvard University), he
was elected to fill the recently-vacated position of president of
Sul Ross State Normal College at Alpine in 1923.
Dr. Morelock devotes more than half the book to his Alpine
experience, and deservedly so, for during his long term of twenty-
three years as Sul Ross' president, he contributed much to the
rising stature and the growth of the school and to the develop-
ment of the Big Bend region as a whole. He tells of the tribu-
lations suffered by the young school during its formative years
as well as during the lean war years, and how they were over-
come. Important in this connection was the author's concept of
Sul Ross as a regional school which should take advantage of the
unique geographical position it enjoys. Since he was an important
figure in the development of the Big Bend National Park, he
discusses in many interesting pages the fruition of that plan.
This is more, however, than a simple relation of the events
of Dr. Morelock's life. It contains many observations he has
made on the training of students during his years as student,
teacher, and administrator, as well as an exposition of some of
his pedagogical theories and how he implemented them. Run-
ning throughout the book is a plea for freshening and democra-
tizing the teaching process. Fleeting but illuminating glimpses of
great Texans with whom the author has come in contact add to
the interest of the work-in the Hill Country of Kerrville, in
Canyon, and finally in Alpine.
An informative addition to the story of education in Texas,
this book will be particularly rewarding to those who are ac-
quainted personally with the career of Dr. Horace Wilson More-
DAVID M. VIGNESS
Texas Technological College
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