The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972 Page: 124
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The chapters on the Civil War and postwar period are weaker.
Here Baker digresses and his interpretations become questionable.
Why include, for example, the story of Lee's surrender to Grant-
moving though that story undoubtedly is-in a history of a Texas
county? The author also treats Reconstruction in a way that would
make even the Dunning school of historians seem liberal.
In the remaining chapters, devoted largely to towns and com-
munities in Robertson County, the author lives up to his stated
purpose "to treat each community with equal fairness." No doubt
much, if not all, of the material is of interest to persons in the
county, but to the nonresident reader it becomes a somewhat tedious
description of schools, churches, drug stores, saloons, hardware stores,
and meat markets-Main Street minus the satire. Fortunately, there
are a few high points even in this part of the book. For example,
Jewell Gibson's two-page account of Bald Prairie during her girlhood
is a delight to read.
The book contains dozens of photographs, most of which are of
historical interest. Some might better have been left out. While even
the better ones do not live up to the standard set by the color
photograph of the Robertson County Historical Museum on the
dustjacket, one is pleased to see the graceful little Episcopal Church
of the Epiphany in Calvert, the orderly interior of Duffey's Drug
Store in Franklin, and the fine points of "Popcorn," the famous
Calvert quarter horse. But why the picture of a Farmall tractor on
page 477? Perhaps this question merely reflects the unpleasant memo-
ries of a West Texas farm boy.
Sam Houston State University
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