VAHC | Book Review
By the Banks of Sister Grove: A History of Van Alstyne, Texas by Julie S. Morris
This 2008, 2nd printing of By the Banks of Sister Grove: A History of Van Alstyne, Texas by Julie S. Morris places Van Alstyne within the context of the events that prefaced its birth in 1873 and follows its evolution into the late 20th Century. Clocking-in at only 46 pages of text, this book covers a lot of ground with rich information and is written in a manner that conveys the subject clearly. To date, Ms. Morris’ book is the best narrative of Van Alstyne and should be required reading for everyone who calls Van Alstyne home. With lot and block numbers of property transactions it provides a view of a long-lost timeline of how the downtown area sprang up quickly with professionals taking advantage of the arrival of the railroad. One might recognize the names of people they have known personally from the previous century such as Robert Fielder and Dorothy Fielder, or those who might only be separated from the reader by one degree such as Monty Stratton. One would be remiss to fail to read this book and take advantage of the immense research by historian Julie S. Morris.