Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Two other Abilene papers were started in the 1880s. Part-time preacher W.L. Gibbs began the “Magnetic Quill” in 1882. Three years later Gilbert’s printer, James L. Lowry, began the “Taylor County News.” One of Lowry’s early editions covered a duel between Gilbert and Gibbs, both of whom survived.
Later “Reporter” owners were Dr. Alf H.H. Toler, John Hoeny, Jr., George S. Anderson, and Marshall Bernard Hanks, a former delivery boy for the paper who was publisher from 1906 to 1948. In 1911 the “Reporter” bought the “News,” resulting in the present name. Hanks and Houston Harte of San Angelo formed the Harte-Hanks Organization, now a national
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 72.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1909.
Location. 32° 26.995′ N, 99° 44.047′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cypress Street and N. 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located next to the Cypress Street sidewalk near the main entrance to the newspaper. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Cypress St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hotel Grace (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Texas & Pacific Railway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); The Bankhead Highway (about 400 feet away); Pine Street Shootout (about 400 feet away); Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (about 600 feet away); Hotel Wooten (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Also see . . . Abilene Reporter-News. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on July 20, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.