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the county's history to the present. Based upon years of study, this is
the first published account of Runnels County's past.
Mrs. Poe, a journalist and former vice-president of the Edwards
Plateau Historical Association, sprinkles her chronicle with humorous
events and understandable local pride. She places the primary emphasis
upon ranching to 1887, county organization, and descriptions of town
and community life. The growth of Ballinger, Winters, Wingate,
Olfen, and other communities, as well as the early towns of Maverick
and Content are described. Mrs. Poe also recounts the county's bank-
ing, educational, religious, cultural, and civic developments. Geneal-
ogists and local history enthusiasts will especially appreciate her effort
to include the prominent citizens and their roles in the county's
Rich in social history, Runnels Is My County is not a definitive
study. Future historians will enjoy researching the politics of this area
and examining voting patterns and issues in local, state, and national
elections. Other readers will desire more information about ranching
and farming after 1887. The discovery of oil and its effect upon the
county's economy is still another topic worthy of more research.
Despite these omissions, the author has made an interesting contri-
bution to Texas historiography. An invaluable collection of photo-
graphs complements the social history and reveals portraits of promi-
nent citizens as well as 1899 haircuts, the Winters' town band, and
residents enjoying a rabbit hunt. The work is remarkably free from
typographical errors. Regrettably, the chapter "Miles and Rowena"
was not mentioned in the table of contents, and the book contains no
footnotes or index. The work is a good beginning for a more detailed
and interpretative study of the county. Mrs. Poe's labor of love will
also recall many delightful memories for Runnels County residents.
Texas A&M University IRVIN MAY, JR.
Book Notes
"Aggies! Y'all Caught That Dam' Ol' Rat Yet?" By Joseph G. Rollins, Jr.
(San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1970o. Pp. xiv + 103. $4.95.)
Its title drawn from an unusual method of student hazing, this is a
thoroughly pleasant reminiscence of student life at the Agricultural and
Mechanical College of Texas by a member of the A&M Class of '38. The
author, a current resident of Houston, writes with pride and clarity as


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