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Titles of Local Interest

* Titles are available at the library.

* Murder at the Corners by G.B. Ray

Details the Lee-Peacock Feud which took place from 1867 to 1871 in the contiguous corners of Fannin, Grayson, Collin, and Hunt counties.

Originally published in 1957, our trade paperback reprint edition is copyright 2002 (2nd edition published 2017).


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* Legends of the Red River Valley by Bright Ray (aka G.B. Ray)

Collection of stories from the early days of the Red River Valley.

Originally published in 1941, our reprint edition is 258 pages, bound with a color photocopy of the original dust jacket.

Clearance Sale! Originally $15, now just $1.00 while supplies last.


* Freebee: The Story of a Good-for-Nothing Horse, Recorded by Lynn S. Renau, Illustrated by Marilyn Todd-Daniels

Taryston, a magnificently bred Arab, was a failure at everything. Even his own mother said so. Sent to Kentucky for a timid teenager, Taryston ends up in the hands of an inept dressage rider instead. Nicknamed Freebee, the gentle gelding makes friends with older, wiser horses who introduce him to the Cosmic force that governs them.

Then fate and a hard fall shatter Freebee's world. He is given away again, this time to Thoroughbred racing's renowned "Buck" Huitt and his wife, Shirley. Ridden by Shirley's granddaughter, Freebee becomes a winner, but not before jealous rivals nearly kill him and extraordinary friendships change the whole meaning of his life.

Note: Freebee is illustrated by Whitewright artist Marilyn Todd-Daniels, founder of the Woodsong Institute of Art.



* Great Drops of Blood Falling Down to the Ground By Joe W. Chumbley

Joe Wilson Chumbley was born and reared at Kentucky Town, mid-way between Tom Bean and Whitewright, Texas. This book's subject is "Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc."



Murder and Mayhem: The War of Reconstruction in Texas by James M. Smallwood , Barry A. Crouch, and Larry Peacock

In the states of the former Confederacy, Reconstruction amounted to a second Civil War, one that white southerners were determined to win. An important chapter in that undeclared conflict played out in northeast Texas, in the Corners region where Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, and Collin Counties converged. Part of that violence came to be called the Lee-Peacock Feud, a struggle in which Unionists led by Lewis Peacock and former Confederates led by Bob Lee sought to even old scores, as well as to set the terms of the new South, especially regarding the status of freed slaves. Until recently, the Lee-Peacock violence has been placed squarely within the Lost Cause mythology. This account sets the record straight. For Bob Lee, a Confederate veteran, the new phase of the war began when he refused to release his slaves. When Federal officials came to his farm in July to enforce emancipation, he fought back and finally fled as a fugitive. In the relatively short time left to his life, he claimed personally to have killed at least forty people—civilian and military, Unionists and freedmen. Peacock, a dedicated leader of the Unionist efforts, became his primary target and chief foe. Both men eventually died at the hands of each other’s supporters. From previously untapped sources in the National Archives and other records, the authors have tracked down the details of the Corners violence and the larger issues it reflected, adding to the reinterpretation of Reconstruction history and rescuing from myth events that shaped the following century of Southern politics.


Aftershock: Beyond The Civil War (DVD)

A inside look about life during the harsh period of Reconstruction after the American Civil War in rural southern states.

NOTE: Includes approximately 10 minutes about the Lee-Peacock Feud.


Treasure Hunt by William Honan

In the last days of World War II, a thousand year-old trove of artworks and manuscripts, worth $200 million, disappeared from a mineshaft in Germany. Among the missing items were the world-famous Samuhel Gospels, a spectacular gold, silver and jewel encrusted ninth-century manuscript given to the Quedlinburg cloister by Germany's first King and hidden away by Heinrich Himmler in the last days of the Reich.

Forty-five years later, in an odyssey that stretched from the insular New York art world, to the quaint medieval town of Quedlinburg in central Germany, to a desolate Texas ghost town, New York Times reporter William Honan uncovered the clues that cracked the biggest and longest unsolved art theft of the century. Now he tells the complete story of how he tracked the thief--a compulsive kleptomaniac American G.I.--along a trail that had grown cold after almost half a century, leading him to the lost art in a small Texas farm town. It is a detective story filled with thrills, chills and laughs; a real-life mystery about the desperate search for the lost treasure, and the scores of art dealers, collectors, lawyers and officials all too easily corrupted by contact with it.


Red Wing (DVD)

Filmed in Whitewright. A young couple takes in a mysterious foster child to raise on their farm. As the boy grows up to be a handsome young man, the husband starts to suspect his wife has feelings for him.