Stuck in the Mud at Post Oak Island

Stuck in the Mud at Post Oak IslandStuck in the Mud at Post Oak Island is about the people who settled in an early Texas between the time of the Republic of Texas and World War II.


Post Oak Island was named for an isolated grove of post oak trees on the prairie where the buffalo used to come . . . and where they still graze on the Girling 8-Point Ranch.

This illustrated history is about the people who lived in Type, Siloam, Woodrow, Lawhon Springs, Beaukiss and Lawrence Chapel.

Stories, diaries, court cases, newspaper accounts, and letters describe people’s lives, how they felt, what they did and sometimes why. The book shows daily life in the words of the people who lived it. It portrays their culture, their tragedies and triumphs, where they came from and how they changed as the place changed in approximately 340 pages. Because the book is a history, it is indexed and sources are given.

Ninety-five photographs show people and places. Some of the pictures are rare, such as a car stuck in the mud, a KKK funeral and interior shots of a “modern” Swedish home at Type by Elgin photographer N. P. Smith about ninety years ago.

The book is in three parts with the first section about the early settlers at Post Oak Island toward the wooded sandy land down by the Yegua. It deals with the period from 1837 to about 1880.

The second part is about the Swedes, Danes, and Germans at Type on the dividing line between the sand and the prairie, the churches and the saloon. The Appendix of the book has detailed information about their families and their places of origin in Europe.

The third describes life on the prairie, particularly Robbins Pasture where Charlene’s own Swedish ancestors settled in the 1890’s. The book describes the Burkitt and Burns dispute and the wild rose hedges that marked survey lines. The Mager, Eschberger, Poldrack, Nelson and Prinz families were there, too. These farms were carved out of the huge cattle ranges when barbed wire came into use.