The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 90
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the whole valley - almost; but occasionally one encounters,
mingling with the fragrance, a packing house stench of a
thousand acres of cabbages rotting in the fields. In the swift
tempo of the Valley something happened, and the cabbages
were not quite got out in time.
I was also interested to find in the Valley yet another distinc-
tive Texas hotel. The Casa de Palmas in McAllen, with its
thoroughly authentic Spanish architecture and its spacious 111
rooms, belongs in any such category. The Casa de Palmas was
built in 1918 but apparently has been discovered by northern
and eastern tourists more than by Texans. Also the Valley
has a distinctive newspaper - a community sheet more in-
terested in its own locality and what is news there than in
settling Washington's international problems or advancing
a cosmic view for the Tasmanian peoples. This is the Mission
Times, edited by Joe T. Cook, who was about a dozen years ago
editor of The Daily Texan. Last year the paper was awarded the
Dallas News trophy for being "the most excellent weekly news-
paper in Texas."
The record the Valley has recently made and is making today
should be preserved for Texas history while it still has the
pioneer flavor. I earnestly hope that along the Broadway of
America there may be developed the Rio Grande Valley Historical
Society. The lower Valley needs an interpreter who can do for
it what Harvey Fergusson did for the upper reaches in his book,
Rio Grande. The Valley should pause to consider that it is as
essential to preserve the record as it is to make it. Judge Harbert
Davenport of Brownsville would be an ideal person around
whom an interest in the historical past of the Valley might
be institutionalized. The Association would welcome such de-
velopment and would be glad to assist as far as limited facilities
From Pvt. George Crawbuck, Fighter Training Center, 2
Fighter Trading Squadron, A. P. O. No. 762, c/o Postmaster,
New York - now in North Africa-- has come a request for
a listing of all the articles in the Quarterly relating to South-
western Indians and particularly to those of Texas. Thinking
that if the list were wanted in North Africa, it might also
be of interest to numbers of persons in Texas, I am appending
it below. The list is also an excellent testimonial to the wide
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