The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 108
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On June 6, at Donner Lake, near Truckee, California, the Don-
ner monument was dedicated. This great and impressive bronze
statue, standing near the summit of the Sierra Nevadas, typifies
the spirit of the early frontier. The erection of this memorial is
one of the features of the work of the Native Sons of the Golden
West, a patriotic order composed of those born in California. In
this they were assisted by the sister order, the Native Daughters,
with a small appropriation from the State. The place chosen was
the scene of the hardship and suffering of the ill-fated Donner
party during the winter of 1846-47. This episode, so well known
in California history, probably represents more than any other the
indomitable courage of the pioneer. The dedication exercises were
most impressive, addresses being made by Governor Stephens of
California, Governor Emmet Boyle of Nevada, Dr. H. Morse
Stephens, and Dr. Owen C. Coy, of the University of California,
and others. Three of the survivors of the Donner party, as well
as many of the descendants, were present.
Dr. William Battle Phillips died at his home in Houston, June
7, 1918. Dr. Phillip.s was director of the Texas Mineral Survey
from 1901 to 1905 and the Bureau of Economic Geology from
1909 to, 1914. He is the author of numerous publications deal-
ing with the geology and mineral resources of Texas. A sketch
of his life is printed in the Galveston AN;cws, June 16, 1918.
At a special termn of the United States District Court for the
Southern District of Texas, at Houston, June 8, 1918, resolutions
regarding the death of Judge Waller T. Burns and a portrait of
him were presented to the court.
The Texas History Teachers' Bulletin, VI, No. 2 (February,
1918), prints nine letters to Stephen F. Austin, dated from 1822
to 1825, which "show the widespread interest in Austin's Colony
in the United States, )nd the motives and difficulties of those who
wished to emigrate." The May issue of the Bulletin consists of a
text-book for Texas schools, by Professor Frederic Duncalf of the
University of Texas, on the causes and progress of the Great War.
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