Newspaper articles about Freestone County, Texas from external sources
By Eric Bonner Wood
This book is composed entirely of newspaper articles published in external newspapers about Freestone County, Texas. The purpose of the book is to be a primary source reference where one can refer to the original article.
Most people, if you were to ask them, have never been to the tourist attractions of their home town. They grew up in their hometown, but never went to them. Maybe my fascination with Freestone County is because I have never lived there.
1) The newspaper titles are in italics.
2) Places in Freestone County or references to Freestone County itself are bolded.
3) The phrase “Special to the [newspaper]” is sometimes left off, since it does nothing to the content of the news and it is so common since the majority of the articles about Freestone County are considered "Special to the News" to the outside news firms.
4) Since the book is not restricted by the columns that newspapers are written in, expect fewer dashes in long words broken up by the end of the line. I have keep the original end of the lines with poetry pieces.
5) Capitalization has been usually keep as the original.
6) My comments are in brackets. For example, [Comment].
Recurring Newspaper Columns
Travel letters were commonly published in the earlier 1840s to 1860s. These provide descriptions of the terrain and buildings. The interest in these would subside when the huge distraction of the Civil War arrives and later when railroads make it easier to travel.
"Mr. Big Hat" and "Cozy Corner" was popular column where kids and teenagers wrote
in from at least 1896 to 1903. The editor, "Mr. Big Hat", was suppose to have Piggy and Peggy (a mule) that would eat articles that
were not up to the column's standards.
Another popular column was the society news. The early versions of this column focused on the tourists, businessmen, and other town visitors when they arrived at the hotel. Later versions, shifted their focus to the high society "Beau Monde" (Fine World) visitors especially on the young unmarried ladies and social events.
"The State Press" was a long-running column that listed the news from the various other newspapers in the state. A similar long-running column was "The Craft" that focused specifically on the other newspapers themselves and their editors.
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for commonly mentioned cities and towns
|Cade||Navarro (near Freestone Co. Line)|
|Eureka||Navarro (near Freestone Co. line)|
|San Angelo||Tom Green|