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Rincon. By Maude Truitt Gilliland. Brownsville (Springman King Litho-
graph Co.), 1965. Pp. 105. Illustrated, maps, glossary, bibliography.
The author, daughter of an Anglo-American manager on Rincon Ranch,
has made a valuable contribution to the history of the lower Rio Grande
country. In ten chapters, illustrated with her own drawings, she described
ranch life as her family experienced it in the first quarter of the present
Mrs. Gilliland approaches her subject with warm affection which at
times turns toward nostalgia as she recounts the way of life of her family,
the Truitts; her word pictures of the primitive but happy and contented
ranch hands and their families are exceedingly well drawn. The recordings
of these folkways are important in an area where the magic wand of oil
money so soon afterward changed the lives of these people, many of whom
are now ranch owners.
The historical references to time, place, and incidents are accurate, and
her references to well-known early day Valley personages, including army
officers, Texas Rangers, local peace officers, all of whom her father came in
contact with, add interest and authenticity. Rincon was not only an
eighteen-room ranch house, but a hospitable land-mark home in a rough
country. It was perhaps best known because of its owner, the late James B.
Wells of Brownsville, a distinguished early-day lawyer.
The book, written in personal style, will appeal to both adults and
Rio Grande City, Texas FLORENCE JOHNSON Scorr
Big Thicket Its Heritage. By Aline House. San Antonio (The Naylor
Company), 1967. Pp. xiii+83. Illustrations. $5.95-
The author of Big Thicket Its Heritage disclaims writing formal his-
tory in scope, documentation, or analytical depth; she eschews the
historian's role, addressing her colorful stories to boys and girls conscious
of the natural heritage of a unique region. Substantively limited for
specialists, the chapters are written in style and emphasis for adolescents
and are epitomized in poetic epilogues which may interest folksingers.
The concluding chapters suffer in chronological and topical develop-
ment, but the idea of paying a region's tribute to its children in story and
song compensates for limitations in this effort of folk-history. As a librarian,
Aline House appreciates the problem of inter-generation communication
which may deny even rural youth their regional heritage.
Lamar State College of Technology ANDREW JOHNSON
The Papers of Sir William Johnson: General Index. Compiled by Roberta
Blach6. Albany (The University of the State of New York), 1965. Pp.
Frequently the unsung heroes of scholarship are the men and women
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