Only 40 copies of the first printing of Crossroads Elgin, Transportation History of Elgin, Texas, are available. In 2005, the book and the exhibit which it described, won commendation by the American Society of State and Local History.
Charlene Hanson Jordan was born on a farm in Williamson County, Texas. Her Swedish-immigrant grandparents came there to County Road 464 in 1896. She rode a horse to Woodrow School, went to Coupland and Thrall Schools and earned a BA (English) from the University of Houston. She married Henry Goetz Jordan, an American citizen born in Berlin, Germany, and has two sons and four grandchildren.
Her latest, and fourth, book, ”WHISPERS IN THE CHURCH, Swedish Witch Hunt, 1672” was published in 2012. ”Stuck in the Mud at Post Oak Island” is her third book on Texas and Swedish immigrant history. The preceding books were ”Crossroads Elgin” and ”Twelve Texas Swedish Quarterlies.”
Recognitions include a 2005 commendation from the American Association of State and Local History, the Swedish Council of America’s Award of Merit, Uddevalla’s Order of the Raven (Swedish: Korpagillet), and Post Oak Island Masonic Lodge’s Community Builder of the Year (1997).