The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979 Page: 111
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Book Reviews 11
thor was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, in 19go. Educated there, as
a geologist, he came to Texas under that profession in the mid-192os,
just in time to be in on the discovery and development of some of this
state's most legendary and exciting oil fields. He settled down at Tyler
Pirtle ancestors came into Washington County, Kentucky, through
the famed Cumberland Gap, in 1796, and established substantial farms.
Another paternal patriarch was George Klinglesmith, who pushed down
from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, about 18oo. An exemplary
Teutonic craftsman, Klinglesmith built himself a large, well-propor-
tioned brick house in the Howe Valley community of Hardin County,
in 18o8. It remained in the hands of his family for 167 years, and is still
there. The Klinglesmiths were friends and close neighbors of the Tom
Lincoln family, into which Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809.
Other lines both paternal and maternal, which Pirtle traces back in-
clude Viney, Brownfield, Cox, George, Mitchell, Shipley, Selmon, Stiles,
The autobiographical chapter, done in third-person style, includes
some significant details of early-day petroleum exploration in Texas.
Pirtle concludes with brief biographical treatment of his son, now a
Texas physician, and the five grand-children. It was largely for their
edification, the author sets out, that he undertook this becoming cata-
log of their ancestors.
ROGER N. CONGER
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