The Promised Land of Brown County

This historical booklet was compiled by James C. White from various sources including Tevis Clyde Smith’s Frontier’s Generation: The Pioneer History of Brown County, with Sidelights on the Surrounding Territory (1931), a 63 page book detailing the early days of Brown County. Of course, Howard had a copy of the book on his bookshelf; beside being written by his friend, Smith’s book also included a chapter on one of Howard’s favorite subjects, John Wesley Hardin.

Published by The Brownwood Banner in 1941, here is a except from the introduction to The Promised Land:

This booklet is not written or published for profit. It is not copyrighted, and quotation from it is not only permitted but invited. It represents the combined efforts of many who have interested themselves in writing the history of the county, including the following, to all of whom our gratitude and obligation is hereby acknowledged: The Rev. F. M Cross, pioneer preacher, from whose book describing pioneer days and conditions we have quoted liberally; Henry Ford, pioneer citizen and banker, whose series of “Calculators” contained much detailed information about the pioneer period; The “History of Brown County” written in 1935 by Professor T. R. Havins of Howard Payne College, after he had spent many months in research work here and in the archives at Austin; Tevis Clyde Smith’s booklet describing many incidents of the pioneer period; personal research work by the late Henry C. Fulleer, once a Brownwood newspaper man who gathered a great deal of information about the early day families of the county; Brooke Smith’s autobiography, published serially in The Brownwood Banner in 1939-40; a voluminous scrapbook kept by Miss Elizabeth Dobbs; miscellaneous clippings from TheBrownwood Daily Bulletin, of articles written while we were editor for that paper; the files of The Brownwood Banner; personal interviews with many pioneers and their descendants; letters and other data offered by scores of citizens; and the records of the Brown County Pioneers Association and many other sources. Clark C. Coursey, editor of The Brownwood Banner, shares with the author whatever credit may be due anyone for compilation of this material.

While Smith’s book is long out of print, you can still find copies of the later editions of the book as Smith published an expanded edition of Frontier Generations in 1980 and in 1982, he reprinted the original 1931 edition with an added index. Of course, many more of his writings can be found in “So Far the Poet…” available from the REH Foundation Press.