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Cemeteries        1883 Wagon Train from Robertson County, TX to Cedar Gap, TX

Abilene, Texas : Reporter-News. 1981. Abilene remembered: our centennial treasury book, 1881-1981 Abilene, Texas :

Abilene Reporter News, 75th anniversary, 1956. Abilene, Texas : Reporter-News

Adams, Walter H. 1981. Serving Abilene and the world for 80 years: a history of the University Church of Christ

Boyd, Jack. 1989. Life as it's lived. Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press. Social life and humor Cedar Gap area

Boyd, Jack, 1990. Boy, Howdy! Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press

Boyd, Jack. 1991. If it ain't broke. Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press

Boyd, Jack. Cedar Gap Homecoming.

Cedar Gap Homecoming is now a musical. Originated in the newspaper columns that later spun off into three books. Y2K Jack Boyd, 67, music professor emeritus at ACU wrote new situations to the old friends he introduced in the late 1980s in his five years’ worth of Reporter-News columns, “Cedar Gap Chronicles.” and Ed George, currently ACU music professor  put music to Boyd’s lyrics.

Burkey, Wayne L.1985. Sketches of history: Methodists in South Taylor County Tuscola, TX. : Tuscola United Methodist Church; Austin, TX. : Nortex Press.

*Casey, Clifford B. 1974. A Baker's Dozen: We were thirteen, the Caseys of Tuscola, Taylor County, Texas. Seagraves, Tex.: Pioneer Book. Early settlers biography.

Biographical sketches found in  A Baker's Dozen
Anderson, John N. Embree, A.E. Knause, T. Frank Roberts Brothers
Baird, A.R. Floyd, Tom Lackey, Wiliam family Rumph, Dr. John M.
Baker, Robert Frank (The Mexican) Landers Family Self, P.G.
Barnard, W.C. Fuller, L.K. Lemons, W.R Standard, J.L.
Blackwood, J.W. Graham, Ben F. .McBee, Jake Stephenson, T.W.
Booker, C.P. Graham, John Lewis McCormick, Thomas W. Swindle, Cason B.
Bowman, J.A. & Sam Groves, L.J. McDavid Family Taylor, A.B.
Brookerson, Fred Hafner, George Miller, Morries Wallace, Dr. Hrrmon .
Brown, Otto G. Hardin, J.B. Moorhead, J.L. Wilkinson, James A.
Burford, T.A. Harkrider, D.T. O'Bar, T.P. Wilkinson, J.B.
Carter, H.Y. Heller, W.D. O'Connell, Dan O. Williams, Nimrod
Carter, S.F. (Sam) Hodge, Frank Parramore, Capt. J. H. Wright, Isham
Cash, Dr. Clarence M. Hurt, P.T. Powell, John R. Wright, Isham
Childress, O.M. Ivey, L.B. Pruitt, Eligah D. Yeates, R.A.
Cox, A.B. Jones, Capt. Ben F. Redell, R.Henderson Casey Family
Cunningham, T.G. Kidd, Thomas W. Rippy, Thomas A.

Clark, P.P Jr., 1987 The Way we were-- in the Clark family: Thomas Wilson Clark, Sarah Amelia Chrane Clark. : remembrances, records, photos, mementos, compiled in 1986-87. Clark family from Abilene.

Cosby, Hugh. 1955. History of Abilene . Abilene, TX. : Cosby.

Duff, Katharyn. 1969. Abilene on Catclaw Creek: A Profile of a West Texas Town.

Duff, Katharyn & Seibt,Betty Kay. c1980 Catclaw country : an informal history of Abilene in West Texas / Burnet, Tex. : Eakin Press 312 pp Index. ISBN 0890152713

Egger, Darris L. 1989. Caps United Methodist Church: a history, 1896-1989

Fanelli, Andrew C. 1998. From roots to wings: a history of the Highland Church of Christ. Abilene, TX: Classic Printing Consultants

First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene, Texas. First Central Presbyterian Church, 1980

Fuller, James David 1993. Gunfire on South Front: history of the Abilene Police Department, 1881-1993. Abilene, Tex.: Chaco Publications. 251 pages. ISBN # 0-9639212 Many period b&w photos of early lawmen old police cars, motorcycles, etc.

Golden anniversary : 50 years, 1905-1955 / University Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas, March 20, 1955. University Baptist Church (Abilene, TX)

Hanes, Lester. 1997. The Abilene & Southern Railway / Railroad Company: the last shortline built by Colonel Morgan Jones in West Texas.

Hammond, Dale.1981. Merkel, Texas: 100 years ... and still kicking Merkel, Tex 30p

History of Abilene : bibliography, fact sheet, and chronology : Abilene, Texas : McMurry College, 1980

Landers, Emmett M. 1929. A Short History of Taylor County. Thesis. Hardin Simmons University, TX.

Lack, Paul D.  The History of Abilene Abilene, Texas: McMurry College, 1981

Etta Pruitt Martin, a fifth generation Texan, was born 1915 in a small town (probably Merkel) near Abilene, Texas. The fourth of seven children. In 1933 she married Lindle Martin and moved to northwest Arkansas. She has put pen to paper numerous times. In 1994 her book MOLLY ANDERSON The saga of a Pioneer Women was published by ARC Press of Cane Hill, AR. The book is based on Mrs Martin’s ancestor. Molly Anderson, born 1801, died at her home on the ‘Anderson Cattle Ranch’ with its double AA brand in Robertson County, Texas on October 10, 1878. She dedicated the book to the memory of O.D. Pruitt whose faith, wisdom and humor guided her through her growing up years and acknowledge Muriel Pruitt who provided her with hours of research material. Her other writing include:
Chronicles from the Past – A history of her family
This and That – A personal biography
Over the Mountains and Through the Woods – An in-depth diary of her years in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico
The Martins and Their Kin – A genealogy written in story form.

"Taylor County where the wind seldom ceases to blow and the feeling of dust in your eyes gives one the courage to fight the elements and learn to enjoy life. A land that soothes your hurts and looking to the hills, I once thought were high mountains, we are assured God is near and will guide us if we follow. " E.P.M.

Merchant, Lawrence. 1975 The San Simon. Cattle trail life.

Merkel. Celebrating fifty years of the golden west: Merkel Golden Cavalcade, Merkel, Texas, June 4-9, 1956. Souvenir program.

Morris, Don Heath. 1953. Like stars shining brightly; the personal story of Abilene Christian College

Neff, Peggy. 1985. The History of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. Abilene, TX. : Pioneer Drive Baptist Church.

*North, Jack Edward, 1978. Pioneers of the Abilene area

*Pickett, Connie. Taylor County, Texas, Marriage Records, 1878-1898 / compiled by Connie Pickett

Roach, James Kenneth. 1995. John Christopher Stevens: a study of his presidential administration at

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. College presidents biography.

*Richardson, Rupert Norval, 1891-  Famous are thy halls : Hardin-Simmons University as I have known it ; with autobiographical sketches.

Robertson, Samuel L. 1973. The life story of William John Bryan 1859-1948 . Abilene (Tex.) Government 1865-1950 West TX.

The Year Book of The Rural Schools of Taylor County, Texas The Buffalo Trail 1922 Published by The Teachers of the County

Spence, Vernon Gladden. c1981. Pioneer Women of Abilene /  Burnet, Tex. : Eakin Press (sold out), 114 p. Includes bibliographical references.
Bryan, Sophia Wyers, 1837-1904
Legett, Lora Bryan, 1867-1923
Jones, Ruth Legett, 1892-1978

Stephenson, J. L. 1901. A census and directory of the city of Abilene, Texas, 1901 Abilene, Texas : Abilene Reporter

Stephenson, John L. 1905. City directory of Abilene, Texas: a census and history. Abilene, Texas : Taylor County News

Taylor County Old Settlers Association. 1923. Taylor County: An Early History of Pioneer Settlers Abilene, TX: Taylor County Times.

*Men and women in the armed forces from Taylor County. 1946  Fighting men of World War II, Taylor County edition 264p.

Texas Historical Commission. 1991. Parramore Historic District

Turner, Festus E. 1951. A History of Buffalo Gap. Thesis. Hardin Simmons University, TX.

Turner, Karen Anderson. 1989. Abilene at the beginning of the twentieth century: an analysis of the United States census (1900)

West Texas Historical Association Yearbook. Varies articles. E.g.
"Border post of Phantom Hill," by Carl C. Rister, 1889-1955. Oct. 1938
"Taylor County and It's Name," by R.M. Wagstaff. 1954
"The Route of the Great Western Cattle Trail," by Jimmy M. Skaggs. Oct. 1965
"West Texas Underground Frontier", 1870-1890 by Ralph A. Smith. v.53 1977

Zachry, Juanita D. 1992. Buffalo Gap Historic Village. Austin, TX : Nortex Press. Chapter 4 Bradshaw Post Office.

Zachry, Juanita D. 1967, 1973 Potosi: the first one hundred years. Abilene, TX. : Zachry Publications

Zachry, Juanita D. 1980, 1995. A History of Rural Taylor County : the settling of a frontier : Burnet, TX : Nortex Press 1980: Austin. TX: Eakin Press 1995. Contains the histories of the county, communities and schools (The Buffalo Trail 1922. The Year Book of The Rural Schools of Taylor Co.) in addition to numerous family histories.

*Zachry, Juanita D. 1986. Abilene, the key city. Northridge, Calif. : Windsor Publications. "Produced in cooperation with the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee for Abilene."

Zachry, Juanita D. 1999 A Living History: Taylor County and the Big Country. Comment: This book is for all the stories I had to leave out of my other books.” 

Juanita Zachry
502 E. North 16th
Abilene, Texas 79601

"History is the fun stuff of footnotes and fodder, blown up Texas-size for our edification and entertainment." Juanita Zachry Oct. 1999.


Songs of Texas

Wagon Wheels	           (1934)	  
Deep in the Heart of Texas (1941)
Tumbling Tumbleweeds	   (1930)
Empty Saddles		   (1936)
The Last Roundup	   (1933)
Back in The Saddle Again	   (1938)


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