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Candor, however, requires us to admit that Webb has not received
the national and international attention that is his due. Perhaps too
many of us who were associated with him (he made it clear he had
no time to waste on disciples), have wandered too far afield from what
motivated Webb in his search of history: to explain and teach what
Man is, what he has accomplished, and what he can become. It was no
accident that, in 1962, Walter Prescott Webb, aged 74, went off to
America's last frontier to teach at the University of Alaska. Nor was
it by chance that his last lecture, to the Retired Teachers Association
of San Antonio, eschewed any claim of nobility for his profession. Like
all true historians, he was paid to indulge his hobby; unlike most his-
torians, he possessed a mind capable of generating seminal ideas. C. B.
Smith, Sr., is to be congratulated for making available the information
essential to the success of the Webb Great Frontier Foundation. As
Frank Dobie wrote of Webb in Ronnie Dugger's Three Men in Texas,
"no person who has added as much to the heritage of human life as
Walter Webb added ceases to be. His thinking, his writing, and his
standing up will surely continue as elements of his projected shadow."
United States Coast Guard Academy JOHN F. MURPHY
Book Notes
All Our Yesterdays: A Brief History of Chappell Hill. Compiled by Mr.
and Mrs. Nate Winfield. Introduction by Dayton Kelley. (Waco: Tex-
ian Press, 1969. Pp. vii+44. Illustrations, appendices, index. $5.oo.)
This book, as the subtitle indicates, is a brief history of Chappell
Hill, Washington County, Texas. Like the neighboring town of Inde-
pendence, where Baylor and Mary Hardin-Baylor originated, Chappell
Hill also spawned two church institutions; these were the Methodist
schools known as Chappell Hill Female College and Soule University
for boys. The former closed its doors in 1912, and Southwestern Uni-
versity at Georgetown took the place of the latter.
Subjects discussed in this volume include the founding of the town
in 1847, the rise of farming and ranching in the area, a proposal for
drilling oil in 1858, the establishment of churches, local traditions and
fraternal orders, and an epidemic of yellow fever. Little information is
given on Chappell Hill's recent history, and no explanation is offered
as to why the town remained small. A number of appendices include
such information as the names of mayors, Confederate volunteers in the
Civil War, and postmasters. The book is properly documented and is
based largely on primary sources. Several excellent photographs enhance
the value of the study.


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