Signed by the AuthorCapt. J. C. Terrell. Reminiscences of the Early Days of Fort Worth. Fort Worth: Texas Printing Company, 1906. First edition. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper: "J. C. Terrell / Fort Worth / Texas". Octavo. 101 pages. 12 illustrations. Publisher's original maroon cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the front board.
In 1856 J. C. Terrell, a young lawyer in his twenties, stepped off a stage in Fort Worth, intending to travel on to California. Instead, he ran into an old classmate, Dabney C. Dade, who convinced him to establish a practice in Fort Worth-a city then in its infancy. In 1849 U.S. dragoons had established a fort on the bluffs above the Trinity River as part of the chain of posts protecting settlers against Indian invasion. Three years later the army abandoned the fort, but determined settlers stayed to build a city. In 1906 Terrell sat down to pen his memories of those early days, recording reminiscences rescued from loss by the Terrell family scrapbook. His choice of subject matter was eclectic. He wrote of important settlers-E. M. Daggett and M. T. Johnson-and killing hogs, patriotism in the schools, and a Confederate reunion. His writing clearly reflects the attributes and mores of the turn-of-the-century in a frontier town. Capt. J. C. Terrell died in 1909.
Condition: About very good. Spotting to boards; abraded corners; contents clean and sound.
Reference: Cowan, page 633; Graff 4103; Howes T105; Kurutz 625.
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