Texas Feud University of North Texas Press, $29.95

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The last major Texas feud has been explored in No Hope For Heaven, No Fear of Hell by James C. Kearney, Bill Stein and James Smallwood (University of North Texas Press, $29.95). The sanguinary grudge fest pitted the Townsends and the Staffords—two powerful Columbus, Texas, families who wanted to maintain or expand their influence.

The trouble began with a shootout in 1871, followed 19 years later with the killing of the Stafford brothers. Another eight years went by before Larkin Hope became the feud’s latest victim. The violence did not end until 1911, 40 years after the feud began, with three more shooting deaths.

This book began with research by the late Columbus librarian Bill Stein, followed
by work by Smallwood, who also later
died. Finally, Kearney brought the project to completion with this well-researched, well-written study.

Mike Cox, author of Texas Ranger Tales: Hard Riding Stories from the Lone Star State

No Hope for Heaven, No Fear of Hell details the tragic history of the deadly feuds that plagued Colorado County, Texas, from 1871 to 1911, including the role of Walter Reese (center) and the Texas Rangers. – Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives –
No Hope for Heaven, No Fear of Hell details the tragic history of the deadly feuds that plagued Colorado County, Texas, from 1871 to 1911, including the role of Walter Reese (center) and the Texas Rangers.
– Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives –

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