The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945

CoHtributors
Paul Adams, "The Unsolved Murder of Ben Thompson,
Pistoleer Extraordinary," who is just now ending a term as
president of the San Antonio Historical Association, has been
a newspaper reporter, a free-lance magazine writer, a radio
book 'eviewer, a real estate broker and appraiser, and an eager
collector of Texana. He began following 0. Henry's trails in
Texas as early as 1916, writing then a special article for the
Bellman magazine. He later wrote biographical articles about
O. Henry, published in Holland's, the Bookman, and other pub-
lications. As a Texana collector, he zealously seeks the little-
known book or pamphlet, sometimes overlooked by the "big"
collectors. Such jewels he sometimes unearths in second-hand
furniture stores, junk shops, dusty attics, and even in book
catalogues. His collection of Texana includes a first edition of
Walton's Life and Adventures of Ben Thompson, the Famous
Texan, presented to him twenty years ago by Charles Merritt
Barnes, one of the San Antonio reporters who "covered" the
killing of Thompson and King Fisher.
T. C. Richardson, "The Sage of Cedar Bayou," is Associate
Editor of the Farmer-Stockman of Oklahoma City, but he is
best known to Texas readers for his twenty years of service
on Farm and Ranch, 1923-1943. Editor Richardson describes
himself as follows:
Born a Texian of ancestry who had been on every frontier from
the Shenandoah Valley during the Revolution to Kentucky, Missouri,
Louisiana, and Texas, and the last frontier of Oklahoma, I absorbed a
love of history from the graybeards who helped make it and whose
memories ran back as far as the Texas Revolution. I got a smattering
of the "Three R's" in the one-teacher schools of the '80's and '90's,
grew up on a ranch forty-five miles from rails and bookstores, shucked
boots, spurs and chaps for toothpick shoes and high "gates-ajar" collars
at nineteen for a couple of part terms in high school, decided to become
a history professor, but missed the University by the arithmetical
difference between $30 a month for school teaching and the cost of the
University course.
Mr. Richardson gravitated into country newspaper work
which he alternated with teaching. He was for a time in the
extension service of Texas A. &. M., leaving that work to go to
Farm and Ranch. He collaborated with the late Dabney White

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146055/. Accessed July 31, 2014.