History of Early Amateur Journalism in Texas


ON DECEMBER 5, 1886, a Texas A.P.A. was formed at San Antonio, with S. M. Crosslahan as President, and W. P. Blake as Official Editor. It met again in San Antonio June 25, 1887, when the name was changed to the Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana A.P.A. Samuel J. Chappel was elected President, Otto Praeger, Treasurer, and W. P. Blake was re-elected Editor. In 1888 it met in Gainesville, and Anna L. Ely was chosen President. A very successful convention was held in Louisiana next year, but the Association ceased to exist soon afterward. A Texas A.P.A. was again formed October 3, 1902, Charles K. Cullom being chosen President and Clarence A. Reed, Editor.


In 1872, in Houston, John T. Dickinson published the Boy's Companion, and in Galveston, Alexander Russell the Sunny South. Ten years later Helen M. Martin, of Dallas, published the Lone Star, and a few years later a number of amateur journals were sent out from Texas. In 1885 William L. Hoeffgen issued the Youth's Pilot from Alamo City, and in Austin, Oscar L. Knapp the Lone Star Sentinel. In San Antonio, Samuel J. Chappel sent out the Eye, and later the Texas Youth. Other San Antonio papers of the period were Columbia, edited by Otto 0. Praeger; the Amateur, Moses Koenigsberg, editor, and the Tablet, edited by James T. Walton. In 1902 Charles K. Cullom issued the Monthly Eagle from Garland, and Clarence A. Read the Rising Son from Dallas. In 1906 in Gauze, John B. Moran published the Lone Star Amateur.



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