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 communications firm, which includes the “Reporter-News,” whose motto is: “Without or with offense to friends or foes we sketch your world exactly as it does”--Byron
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. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the Cypress Street sidewalk near the main entrance to the newspaper. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Cypress St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.