Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 7
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"One generation passeth another, and another generation cometh, but the earth abideth
forever." -Ecclesiastes 1:4-5
The goal of this project is to preserve for posterity historical data that has been fast
disappearing as more and more oldtime citizens fade from the scenes of Bosque County.
In fact, few remain and much material has been lost forever, being buried with those who
first settled this area of Texas. Along with many others, the Bosque County History Book
Committee has borne a part in the preservation of the county's heritage.
The purpose of this book is to create in the mind of the reader an interest in the past
and a continuing faith in the future. Despite loss because of wars and hardships of the
Great Depression, a reader may sense a feeling of joy in life and an anticipation of
adventures yet to come. Ever-changing environmental conditions are also manifested
During the almost two years in which material for this book was solicited, collected,
written and processed for publication, there has come the realization that to write a history
of one's own people is not easy. It is further recognized that to write a history, writers must
have a profound interest in the subject and a willingness to take part in research.
Work on this project went well with a congenial, cooperative committee; all were
dedicated to the task at hand. Perhaps there were some minor hindrances; however, the
satisfaction of a task completed and the fact that this means much history is preserved
has made it worth every effort expended.
Nell Gilliam Jenson
May 1, 1985
Pictured on the cover is a reproduction of Elizabeth Torrence's painting of the Election Oak as it looked
in 1904. This large oak, one of three sites where ballot boxes were placed in the county's first election on
August 7, 1854, was located in the Bosque River Valley on land which later belonged to Tom M. Pool,
grandfather of Miss Torrence.
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Bosque County History Book Committee. Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas), book, 1985; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91038/m1/7/?q=campbell: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.