The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 610
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working five days a year by the men of the community. There
was a long struggle to secure firefighting equipment and a paid
force; its first lighting was done in part by an appeal to each
church to erect a light pole nearby; and it sought to solve its
juvenile problems by a nine-o'clock curfew.
Of these early years the authors supply pictures that are truly
invaluable: half-dugouts, early freighting outfits, real estate sales-
men and their clients, a wolf hunting party of young couples
(well chaperoned), and glimpses of the "Square," as it appeared
in 1900oo, 1904, 1907, and 1911.
The general arrangement of the book is superb; and consid-
ering that it is the work of no less than nine people, the chapters
have been remarkably well integrated into a readable book. In
this connection Editor Graves must have done some painstaking
work. W. C. Holden deals with the land of the Plains country, a
region that he knows so well: the geology (yes, the people appear
to be mining their underground water), soils, grasses, and animal
life. Then he brings in the Spaniards and Anglo-Americans. Sey-
mour V. Connor takes up the settlers. Like Holden, he deals with
a large region; but he draws in his boundaries gradually and cen-
ters his attention on Lubbock County and Lubbock municipality.
The effect is like that frequently shown on maps that are well
done; a state or a region is displayed and in one corner, on a large
scale, a county and city are shown in detail.
Lawrence L. Graves then takes up the history of the young
town, emphasizing the course of public affairs and the various
phases of the community's social and economic development.
Roy Sylvan Dunn enters into the theme "Agriculture Builds a
City," and again the lines must be pushed out to cover the Lub-
bock region. He takes note of the twenty-three counties in Texas
and three in New Mexico which comprise the retail trade area
of the city; deals briefly with Lubbock as a regional capital for
sheep men in years past; sketches the story of the cattlemen who
appropriated the tens of millions of acres of Plains land; and how
the ranchers yielded to the farmers of wheat, sudan grass, grain
sorghums, and cotton.
The introduction of the row crop tractor about 1925 opened
the era of big-scale farming on the Plains. Already the practice
of irrigation was spreading. Apparently Don H. Biggers, who
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964, periodical, 1964; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/m1/688/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.