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Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Daily Sentinel

The <i>Daily Sentinel</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 10, 2021
1. The Daily Sentinel Marker
Inscription.  The first newspapers in Texas, beginning in 1813, all had direct links to Nacogdoches. The leading family in the newspaper business was that of Col. R.D. Orton and his nephews, Robert W. (R.W.) and Giles Haltom. In 1899, following years of weekly newspapers, R.W., Giles and W.H. Harris established a daily newspaper under the name The Daily Phone. After six months, the paper became the Daily Sentinel. Initially, R.W. edited and managed the Daily Sentinel and Giles operated the presses. In addition to editorials, the Sentinel featured special editions to push for civic improvements, to note community accomplishments or to highlight the amenities of the region. A Weekly Sentinel was founded in 1900 and operated until 1936. When R.W. was elected to the Texas State Legislature in 1904, Giles took over the paper. The change became permanent when R.W. became ill and died in 1907.

In 1918, responding to the clamor for news during World War I, an Associated Press wire service was added which drastically changed the format and content of the paper. Giles Haltom led the Sentinel until 1944 when it was
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sold to a local consortium. After World War II, Victor B. Fain returned to the Sentinel as editor. Fain's editorials, leadership and positive influence guided Nacogdoches through many crises. The paper moved locations in October 1950 to North Fredonia Street and featured modern efficient equipment. In 2007, the Sentinel was honored with the Gov. James M. Cox public service award. Over the last century, the Sentinel emerged from its frontier past to become a record of the movements, history and progress of Nacogdoches.
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17345.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 31° 36.234′ N, 94° 39.243′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is at the intersection of North Fredonia Street and Commerce Street, on the right when traveling south on North Fredonia Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milam Lodge #2, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Texas (a few steps from this marker); Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Storytellers (within shouting
The <i>Daily Sentinel</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 10, 2021
2. The Daily Sentinel Marker
distance of this marker); Original Location of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fredonia Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mayer & Schmidt Building (about 300 feet away); The Roland Jones House (about 300 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
Additional keywords. The Daily Sentinel
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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