The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 362
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standing of life in this North Texas town. For example, we learn some-
thing about school discipline when we meet Miss Ada Harding, the
ambidextrous sixth-grade teacher who could wield the paddle with
either hand. And Barton's recitation of the schedule for church-going
(Sunday mornings and evenings, Wednesday evening prayer meeting,
Epworth League, and yearly revivals) leaves little doubt about the
importance of religion and religious gatherings to community life.
Part of this book's appeal is that the author frequently tells us not
only what people did but how they did it. By the conclusion of the
book readers should be perfectly comfortable making a shooter, join-
ing a "pounding" of recently arrived preachers and new widows, or
competing in a pecan-cracking contest (the winners ate the loser's
For those of us who study history in part because we want to know
"what it was like," Eighter from Decatur gives us an entertaining and
informative firsthand look at one Texas town in the early 900oos.
Readers can decide for themselves just how much things have changed
or remained the same.
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