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Books About Jones County Texas People and Places
What's Your Favorite Book about a Jones County Texas Person, Place or Event? Here are some of our favorites about Anson, Hamlin, Nugent and Hawley Texas.

Books About Jones County Texas People and Places

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Lucky 7: A Cowman's Autobiography

From the time he made his first cattle drive, he wanted no other life but that of herding longhorns across the free and flat grasslands of the West. His schooling was the trail, the campfire, the saddle. "In 1882 he formed a partnership in Jones County, in northwest central Texas, with William T. Hudson. Carpenter and Hudson claimed to have delivered the first corn-fed steers to be slaughtered in Fort Worth. In the early eighties, Carpenter moved to . . . " Read more Look inside

George Scarborough: The Life and Death of a Lawman on the Closing Frontier

Now, for the first time, Robert K. DeArment has told the full story of George Scarborough’s life, illuminating his activity as a lawman during the final part of the nineteenth century and his controversial killings while wearing the badge-he was tried for murder on three occasions and acquitted each time . . . Read more Look inside

Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier:

Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials

Sagebrush justice relied less on written statutes than on common sense, grass-roots fairness, and vague notions of folk law drawn from the Old South’s Victorian code of chivalry and honor. "The trial venue was then set for Anson in Jones County, and the date was set for September 2, 1889 --almost two years after the shooting. When the case was called for trial, the courtroom was populated by some larger-than--life players . . ." Read more Look inside

The Widow Jane Parker

This is not just a romance novel for women. During the story two families move from Erath County to Jones County, Texas in 1898 to expand one character's ranching operation. They cross the Clear Fork of the Brazos River at Lieb's Crossing near present day Lueders while the river was flooding. This novel is historical, beginning in 1897 and ending in 1910. It chronicles factual places and events . . . Read more Look inside

Bursting with Life: Triumph Through Cerebral Palsy

The autobiography of Robert Reid tells of his struggles through life as he became afflicted with cerebral palsy. Rather than let it defeat him, he rallied and with the support of family and friends graduated high school, college, received a master's degree, spent 35 years as a missionary in Portugal, married, and had a child. Robert's story is an inspiration for anyone suffering through adversity. He is currently a volunteer at the John Middleton State Prison, in Jones County, Texas, where he and his wife Rosa minister to inmates . . . Read more Look inside

Songs of the Cowboys

This was the first cowboy song book published in America, and Thorpís lyrics were the beginning of the popularization of the American cowboy. This book lists 24 songs that can be learned and sung today. "The town was Anson City -- old Jones' County Seat. Where they raised Poled Angus cattle and waving whiskered wheat. Where the air is soft and balmy and dry and full of health. And the prairies is exploding with agricultural wealth . . .  Read more Look inside

Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas

Larry Chittenden

When very young he entered the wholesale dry goods business of his fathather and uncle, and later with Tefft, Weller & Co., in New York, traveled several years in Texas as a salesman for that popular New York house, and in 1886 move to this state and engaged in ranching with his uncle Mr. S. B. Chittenden, of Brooklyn, near Anson in Jones County, where . . .  Read more Look inside

Fort Phantom Hill: The Mysterious Ruins on the Clear Fork of The Brazos River

The history of Fort Phantom Hill is an interesting saga of defense, a story of both political necessity and individual hubris, and a tale of human perseverance and shortsightedness. The story of the “Post on the Brazos River” has all the elements that characterize human activity with its triumphs and tragedies, victories and defeats. As time passed, circumstances dictated changing uses for the structures at Fort Phantom Hill, from military outpost to stage station to hunter’s outpost . . . Read more

Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas

"Dutch LaRue grew up around Hamlin, Texas, and at age nineteen performed at the 1936 Texas centennial in Dallas. Around this same time, LaRue performed over his own radio station in Hamlin: You could broadcast with one watt in those . . . " Read more Look inside

Dancin’ in Anson: A History of the Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball

In the 1880s, there wasn't much in Anson, Texas, in the way of entertainment for the area’s cowhands. But Star Hotel operator M. G. Rhodes changed that when he hosted a Grand Ball the weekend before Christmas. A restless traveling salesman, rancher, and poet from New York named William Lawrence Chittenden, a guest at the Star Hotel, was so impressed with the soiree that he . . . Read more Look inside

Life in the Dweeb Lane - Memoirs of Time Spent on the Dork Side

by D. Earl Kelly

"I was born in Hamlin, Texas almost nine months to the day after my dad got home from the war. My oldest brother said he could remember the night I was conceived so, in keeping with sacred traditions of older brothers everywhere, he told me all about it. I still get cold shivers. After all, my parents were . . . Read more

On My Honor I Will Do My Best:

A Memoir of Making the Most of What Comes Our Way

This book traces the real life experiences and adventures of the author, who was raised in several small communities in West Texas. "Brad was from Hamlin, Texas, and I played against him for two years in high school. He was outstanding then; however, Hamlin did not have many other good players to compliment him and he could not reach his maximum potential at that . . . " Read more Look inside

The Cowboy's Christmas Ball

A poignant story of a rancher's reward to his hardworking hands, and how the excuse of a chance to dance melts the winter blues and the hearts of Texans of all ages! Do-si-do back to 1895 Anson, Texas just a the winter storms “come a-whistlin'” and take a gander at the lively Cowboys' Christmas Ball . . . Read more

Tejano West Texas

Featuring a side of Tejano history too often neglected, author Arnoldo De León shows that people of Spanish-Mexican descent were not passive players in or, worse, absent from West Texas history but instead were active agents at the center of it . . . Read more Look inside

The Goddess of War, A True Story of Passion, Betrayal and Murder in the Old West

John Wesley Hardin is the most famous gunfighter of the American Wild West. The subject of conversations from the Mexican border to the rowdy saloons of Kansas, he was the greatest celebrity of the age. He wrote an autobiography, but he only told what he wanted known, and few have researched beyond that. Today, Hardin is an enigma. Part of the mystery is his disastrous relationship with Helen Beulah Mrose, yet she has not been researched at all. "In Jones County authorities charged him with another theft of cattle in July 1885" . . . Read more Look inside

Spirits of the Border V: The History and Mystery of the Lone Star State

"The story was covered by the television series Unsolved Mysteries several years ago. Many residents from Anson and the nearby town of Abilene have gone to witness these phenomenal Lights. The cemetery is located going towards the country. The lights are viewed by driving down the dirt farm road . . . Read more

Handbook of Texas Music

"The poem was first published in the Anson Texas Western on June 19, 1890, after the Star Hotel had been destroyed by fire earlier in the year, and information about the old hotel was being sought. In 1893 the poem appeared in the first . . ." Read more

Wings, WASP, & Warriors

True stories for aviation history buffs.

"On October 11, 2000, after this article first appeared in the Sweetwater Reporter, the author was contacted by John B. Lewis of Hawley, Texas, who said that he was one of the two cowboys who found Rodgers. Lewis remembered hearing her say repeatedly, "I stayed with it as long as I could!" . . .  Read more Look inside

A History Of Texas And Texans; Volume 5

"Her father landed with his family at Galveston about twenty-four hours before the battle of San Jacinto, and he hurried to the spot, joining Houston's army and took part in the glorious battle which gave Texas its independence. Later he spent his career as a farmer near Hempstead in Waller County. Mr. and Mrs.. Harvey's children were: Mrs. Lottie C. Dabney, who died in San Angelo; Peter Harvey, who died in Nugent Texas; and Mrs. L.B. Creath, who is still living and a resident of Abilene, Texas" . . . . Read more

THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF JONES COUNTY, TEXAS
Jones County Texas Marriages 1881-1892

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