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


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Trouping through Texas: Harley Sadler and His Tent Show

The American tent show, which flourished for over four decades, represents a brief but important phase of theatre. Harley Sadler played a significant role in the history of the "rag opries." . . . Found inside: "In 1893, when Harley was a year old, the Sadlers left Arkansas for McLennan County, Texas. Hopefully, a farm near Waco could provide sweeter soi, gentelr climate, and an escape from the malarial chills of the Ozarks  . . . Read more

Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices: Women on Texas Cotton Farms, 1900-1940

A moving account of women's lives on Texas cotton farms during the first half of the 20th-century, this book reveals their substantial contributions to the southern agricultural economy and to family life. Found Inside: "As Bernice Bostick Weir stands on the front porch of her white-painted bungalow in McLennan County, Texas, she gazes northwest to the Stampede Valley ... Recalling her arrival in that place as a bride in 1919, she remembers the landscape differently: "When Pat and I married, fifty acres was a family plot. The Briscoes lived over here and they had six children; the Johnsons lived over , and the Watsons lived right down here " . . . Read more Look inside

Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults

Ralph Fults began his career of crime at the improbable age of fourteen. At nineteen he met Clyde Barrow in a Texas prison, and the two men together founded what would later be known as the Barrow gang. Found inside: "Her undying loyalty was put to the test on March 11, 1930, when she smuggled a loaded revolver to Clyde in the Waco Jail. Afterward Bonnie rejoined her cousin Mary in the foyer of the McLennan County jail. Shaking uncontrollably, the two women returned to Mary's house in Waco and waited for Clyde to make his break  . . . " Read more Look inside

The West of Billy the Kid

Found inside:" Robert Adam Casey married Ellen Eveline Shellenbarger on June 23, 1856 at Waco, in McLennan County, Texas; they had met sometime earlier at Fort McKavett. Casey was fatally wounded by William Wilson in Lincoln on August 1, 1875; he died the following day . . . " Read more Look inside



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