The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 543
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Tunnell erected a small frame building, a mile to the east, to be
used as a church and school house. This came to be known as
"Tunnell's Chapel," and a quarter of a century later the post
office was moved there. The community was then known by the
two names but with the appearance of additional religious de-
nominations the name of the post office, Colfax, came to be gen-
As a result in large part of the work of the Junior Historians
and the 'Texas State Historical Survey Committee, local history
has come to be more highly appreciated by people in Texas and
the Southwest. Such agencies have aroused an interest and point-
ed up the significance of events at the local level. To persons so
touched Colfax will be especially welcome.
This handsomely designed little book will also be welcomed
by the rapidly growing number of people interested in family
history and genealogy. It contains records of many pioneer fam-
ilies with names, often statements of whom the children married,
and occasionally little gems of description that make the reader
feel he knows or would like to know the individual. There are
also many excellent photographs showing people in their "Sun-
day best" as well as work and play clothes.
Materials for the book were found in the memory of some of
those who lived long in the community, notes made by early
observers, files of early newspapers, and records of fraternal orders
and schools. One source not utilized was the records of early
churches in the pioneer society when their activities were far
more inclusive than at present. If and when those records become
available, another interesting and significant chapter might be
added to Colfax. R. L. JONES
East Texas State College
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