The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 282

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Well was brought in successfully by Columbus Marion "Dad"
Joiner, and Rusk County began to make new history. The popu-
lation increased from 32,000 in 1930 to 65,000 by the Texas
Centennial Year of 1936. By 1940 the population had dropped
back to 51,023, and the decline continued to be reflected by the
total of 42,234 for 1950.
This book is made more useful for ready reference as the
writer adds sketches of all the Rusk County communities, a list
of all the post offices and postmasters in Rusk County, and sketches
of distinguished citizens. Winfrey also contributes valuable ma-
terial to the commemoration of the War Between the States by
including the Rusk County muster rolls for the Confederate
Lone Star Marine. A Biography of the Late Colonel John W.
Thomason, Jr., U.S.M.C. By Colonel Roger Willock. Prince-
ton, New Jersey (Roger Willock, P. O. Box 86), 1961. Pp.
xvii+ 195. $4.oo.
One of the most talented Texans in the first half of the twentieth
century was John W. Thomason-a man distinguished in his pro-
fession of arms as a marine officer, an accomplished artist and
illustrator, and a gifted author and historical scholar. In these
three fields of endeavor Colonel Thomason achieved lasting fame.
The author, a retired marine officer and historian who served at
home and abroad under Colonel Thomason, has written a friendly
and informative work on the life and times of this great Texan
who had such unusual and diversified gifts.
From the publication in 1925 of Fix Bayonets! dealing with
the marines in World War I, which firmly established him in the
literary and artistic world, until his death during World War II,
John W. Thomason wrote and illustrated four volumes of short
stories, two novels, one biography, edited the memoirs of General
Marbot, and illustrated three books by other authors. In addition,
he contributed to several national magazines and periodicals.
During all of this time he was on active duty as a marine officer,
serving with his detachment in Cuba, Nicaragua and North
China, on sea duty abroad a cruiser, and on staff duty in Washing-


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