The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 415
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Since the work of the rough-necks and the folklore of the oil
fields, especially of the first half century after the initial Penn-
sylvania strike, hold a peculiar fascination, Southern Methodist
University Press has reprinted Carl Hertzog's 1945 edition of
Gib Morgan, Minstrel of the Oil Fields by Mody C. Boatright,
illustrated by his wife Betty. Though having passed into folklore,
Morgan was once a real person, and Boatright devotes much space
to a thorough biography of the driller and a thoughtful analysis
of him as a folk character and hero. Born in Pennsylvania in
1842, Gib went into the oil business there soon after his discharge
from Federal service in 1864. He never worked in the Texas
fields, though he visited the state many times after his retirement
around the turn of the century until his death in 1909. An in-
telligent man, he was one full of wit and humor. The tales he
told, such as the one about the rig that was so tall it was hinged
in the middle to allow the moon to pass by, or the one about his
hotel in Beaumont which had only south and east rooms, were
not long in being absorbed into the oral tradition, especially
since they dealt with a business that easily captured the imagina-
tion. But this is not to imply that all of the tales Gib told were
purely fictional, for the early years of the oil business, at the least
the first fifty, were rough, and when success gushed in, were
extravagant ones, and truth, too, was tall. This little volume is
quite informative as well as extremely entertaining.
DAVID B. GRACY, II
Keepers of the Past (Chapel Hill, The University of North
Carolina Press, 1965), edited by Clifford L. Lord, is a series of
biographical sketches of leaders in various fields of historical
preservation-historical societies, public archives, historical mu-
seums, special collections, and historic sites. Especially interesting
to Texans will be a chapter by L. Robert Ables, associate profes-
sor of Amarillo College, on Adina de Zavala.
The granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala, vice-president of the
Republic of Texas, Adina de Zavala concentrated on the preser-
vation of Texas history much of the energy of ninety-three active
years. She was a teacher in the public schools of Terrell and San
Antonio and organized the De Zavala Chapter of the Daughters
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