The genealogical gleanings in this volume from the 1917 Rains County Leader present a picture of life in Texas and the United States at the end of the Progressive Era. The decade of 1910-1920 was one of change; major issues were women's suffrage, progressive education, prohibition, and labor conditions. This small weekly newspaper provides the genealogist or historian a window into the past. This window depicts the lifestyles, social habits and political activity of the people. Everything from births, deaths, and marriages to murders are preserved for us in this weekly accounting. The compiler has attempted to record in abstract form any mention of people's names, locations, or relationships in the hopes that this reference will give the genealogist a vital fact relating to an ancestor or add "flesh" to the ancestral skeleton built with vital statistics. Hopefully, some of the recordings herein will even give the researcher a clue that will break down that "brick wall" that has been blocking the research progress on a family line. The information is presented chronologically and a full-name index is included.
Elaine Nall Bay