This fall, with the approval of the family of Alma Ward Hamrick, the San Saba County Historical Society will publish the first new printing of the “Call of the San Saba,” in 40 years. The new edition will contain the updates appearing in the 1971 edition as well as some of the photographs from the earlier, 1940 edition. The publication will coincide with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the San Saba County Courthouse.
Since 1940, when Alma Ward Hamrick’s “Call of the San Saba, A History of San Saba County,” was first published, the work has been a basic reference for those interested in the County’s history. Mrs. Hamrick gathered material for her book at a time in which she still had access to many of the pioneers of San Saba. She was active with and given an honorary membership in the San Saba County Old Settlers Association and became their historian. She had deep historical interests, access to pioneer families, and an extraordinary talent as a writer of historical narrative. These attributes give her work a unique, irreplaceable role in preserving the story of San Saba County.
A second edition of Hamrick’s book published in 1971, added material to the original work and made her history available to an even wider audience.
Alma Ward Hamrick was not only a prolific writer, but also a teacher and tireless promoter of San Saba County and its history. She was instrumental in the formation of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the San Saba County Garden Club and a charter member of the San Saba County Historical Society. This group was a predecessor to the San Saba County Historical Museum Foundation.
Call David Williams at 325.372.5108 for order forms and additional information.