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

Huntsville Item

 
 
Huntsville Item Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
1. Huntsville Item Marker
Inscription.  English native George Robinson (1820-1888), formerly of the Galveston News, moved to Huntsville by 1846 and began printing the Huntsville Item on August 20, 1850. He was able to employ an apprentice printer that year. In 1859 Robinson and Dr. H. Morton, a dentist, built a two-story building. Dr. Morton's office was on the first floor, and the second floor housed the Item's printing operation and office. By 1860, Robinson employed a Canadian printer named R.H. Griffin.

George Robinson served six months in the Texas State troops during the Civil War and then returned to Huntsville to continue publishing the Item. His work with the paper was again interrupted during an epidemic of yellow fever and the economic conditions of reconstruction from 1867 to 1869. The newspaper office burned in 1878 and again in 1884. That year, George's youngest son, Fred Robinson, took over publication of the paper. He moved operations into a building on the town square and into another structure in 1885; that building burned in 1892. After another fire in 1902, Fred Robinson sold the paper to J.A. Palmer, who merged it with another
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Huntsville newspaper and renamed it the Huntsville Post-Item. The names, publishers and owners changed several times in the following years, but by 1914 it was the Item again, operated by Ross Woodall. His family continued to operate the paper after his death in 1943.

In 1967 the Woodall family sold the paper to Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc., which owned the Item until 1986. Later owned by several other companies, the Huntsville Item is one of the oldest newspapers in Texas.

2nd Plaque
This marker is dedicated to the memories of Item publisher Patsy Woodall and editor Don Reid, whose names are as intertwined in the newspaper's history as Huntsville itself.

 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11780.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical date for this entry is August 20, 1850.
 
Location. 30° 43.501′ N, 95° 33.269′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of 10th Street and Avenue N, on the left when traveling west on 10th Street. The marker is located in front of the building by the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1409 10th Street, Huntsville TX 77320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
2nd Plaque - Huntsville Item image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
2. 2nd Plaque - Huntsville Item
this marker. Joshua Houston (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wynne House (about 500 feet away); Gibbs-Powell House (about 700 feet away); First Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Huntsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Seven Hills of Huntsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sallie E. Gibbs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rogersville (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Huntsville Item Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
3. Huntsville Item Marker
The view of the Huntsville Item holding and Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
4. The view of the Huntsville Item holding and Marker from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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