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60 years in the Nueces River Valley
by Roberta Dobie Special to The Progress
Jan 08, 2012 | 1395 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history of Lagarto, Oakville or other surrounding communities?

Now you can find some of the answers at your local library. The book, 60 years in the Nueces River Valley, was recently donated to both branches of the Live Oak County Library, Three Rivers High School library and George West High School library by members of the Collins and Dobie families.

The book, 60 Years in the Nueces River Valley by Mrs. S. G. Miller was originally written and published in 1930. With the permission of C. Gerard Miller, Mr. James H. Collins has sponsored a reprinting of this historical book.

This anthology of stories about life in a remote area during 1870 to 1930 will entertain readers of all ages. Some of the history included in this book discusses why the Live Oak County seat was relocated from Oakville to George West, the fact that Lagarto had the only ferry crossing from Goliad, Victoria and Beeville to Brownsville and many more.

This book also contains an autobiography of Mr. James Potter Collins, a Revolutionary War soldier. His writings give the reader a better appreciation of life as a soldier during Revolutionary times.

Mrs. S.G. Miller was the great grandmother of C. Gerard Miller, James Henderson Collins, Patricia Collins Gendron, Margaret Collins Maguire, Pauline Dobie Word, Sue Dobie and Richard Alton Dobie along with many others not mentioned. James Potter Collins was the great great great grandfather who spent his last years in Red River County, the Republic of Texas. An historical marker honoring him was placed recently at the Texas State Cemetery by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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