The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 36
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36 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
crime, that great deformity of the issues of the present day. Un-
der the supervision of Colonel Dancy, who filled the editorial chair
for a year, it was in all respects a success. Having to incur a debt
of $1400 for press and material, at the close of the first year it was
almost liquidated, according to an editorial written by himself be-
fore resigning, and the aim was then to devote the proceeds, be-
yond the expenses, to the building of the monument. It was great-
ly to be regretted that the paper lost the energy and .enthusiasm of'
Colonel Dancy, for in the hands of his successor, Mr. J. H. Kuyken-
dall, who was quite as capable, but in bad health, the paper began
to decline. He had been, in 1840, a representative from one of the
lower counties in the Congress of Texas, and was hailed as a suc-
cessor to Colonel Dancy, but from ill health he soon wearied of it
The next person who took charge of the paper was Dr. Winm. P.
Smith, traveling agent and correspondent for the paper-an old
citizen of the county. I am unable to find files of that paper to give
exact dates, but tradition places him in the editorial chair, not long
perhaps, for near this time (1853) it was ably edited by Mr. Albert
Posey, a young gentleman from Alabama, of fine cast of mind and
cultivation, who left a strong impression on the minds of those
who knew him. He died young.
Dr. Smith took an active part in consolidating the three char-
ters-spoken of elsewhere-which formed the foundation of the
Rutersville Military School.
October 24, 1854, Mr. A. R. Gates became proprietor and editor
of the paper, still called "The Monument." He was a native, I
believe, of Alabama; had not long been in the country; was an edu-
cated, well read, but rather silent man.
In 1855, "The Monument" merged into "The La Grange Pa-
per," edited by Mr. Wm. B. McClellan, who in an editorial in his
first issue said the monumental committee had long since aban-
doned the idea of sustaining the press for the noble purpose for
which it was originally procured. Alas!
As "The La Grange Paper," it lasted but a short time, though the
editor, Mr. McClellan, had a bright style of handling ordinary sub-
jects, a happy faculty for county newspapers. He was a good man,
and was loved best by those who knew him best.
October 6, 1855, the "True Issue" made its appearance; Mr. B.
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