Runnels County Historical Commission to release new book

Staff Writer
Runnels County Register
The Runnels County Historical Commission will release a Premier Edition of their new book on August 28, 2020.

The Runnels County Historical Commission is releasing Stories from Runnels County Volume IV, the fourth book on the history of Runnels County and the fifth book published by the RCHC in recent years.

Volume IV Stories from Runnels County was compiled from submissions of Commission members and other contributors in Runnels County. The 388-page book is published by Ballinger Printing & Graphics and includes many pictures of local interest. The first printing of the book will be offered as a Premier Edition.

The book is divided into five sections—County History, Communities, County Businesses, General Stories and Early Families. Learn about the saloons, stagecoaches, railroads, and an 1840 Indian fight in Runnels County. The book shares how this county contributed to starting the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Thornton’s Department Store in Abilene. The reader will learn about the towns of Olfen, Norton, and Hatchel. Stories of some early families—Parramore, Spreen, Baron, Teplicek, Andrae, Vogler, Zentner, and others—are told by their descendants. Rabbit drives, mule barns, picnics at China Mott, cattle drives, dancing, and feuds make up some of the stories of Runnels County.

The book shows the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of county residents through inventions and manufacturing in the area. During the early days of Runnels County, it was truly the Wild West!

Stories from Runnels County is available for $48.00, and shipping is an additional $7.00. The book is available at Ballinger Printing & Graphics and JK Hair Salon in Ballinger; the Attic, Bee's Quilting, and Heidenheimer’s in Winters; Horny Toad Brewing, Touch of Class Beauty Shop, and Beverly Teplicek in Rowena; Cherry Luedtke in Miles; Donna’s Beauty Shop in Paint Rock; or from other members of the Runnels County Historical Commission. The book can be ordered from Ballinger Printing & Graphics at,, or by mailing payment to Runnels County Historical Commission, PO Box 211, Winters 79567.

A set of all five Runnels County Historical Commission books is available for $140 plus $15 if shipped. Volume I The Organization of Runnels County is also available for $25.00, Volume II Schools of Runnels County is $30.00, Volume III Historical Markers and Post Offices of Runnels County is $30, and Runnels County A Look Back is $20. (Shipping $7.00 per book)

The Runnels County Historical Commission will begin Volume V The Churches of Runnels County, Past and Present later this year. Submissions of church histories and pictures may be made to any Commission member. Additional information will be released at a later date.

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