The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 221
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Frontier Journalism in West Texas
the associations had rough sailing. It is doubtful if much
mutual benefit was ever realized. The thing which delayed the
associations in effecting their organization for years, and severely
impeded their usefulness after they were organized, was the ex-
treme individualistic tendencies of the editors. Some of the
editors refused to go into the organization, because they did not
wish to take any chances of having their policies dictated to
them by some overhead organization. The innate love of con-
troversy could not be quelled, and, ere long, a big row was going
on between the independent editors and those in the association.28
When this affair had somewhat died down, the association editors
got to squabbling among themselves. The associations led a
feeble existence for a few years and finally went out of existence.
Perhaps, it would not be proper to close this chapter without
a reference to the educational influence of the early newspapers.
As an educational factor the newspaper was an institution tak-
ing its place beside the almost universal one-teacher school.
There were at the time few books, magazines or state-wide news-
papers in the frontier country. The editor realized the need of
the people for more than mere local news and attempted to
satisfy this need by introducing much syndicated matter on cat-
tie and sheep raising, farming, diversification, bee tending, house-
keeping, and even devoted part of his space to things of a more
cultural nature, such as poetry, essays and stories, especially
those commemorating special holidays. He encouraged all kinds
of local talent. Along with all his boosting tendencies, he never
ceased to agitate for better schools, churches, roads, courthouses,
and other local municipal improvements. The influence of the
local newspapers can not be definitely measured as that of more
formal educational agents. It may, however, be remembered
that the one-teacher school reached a part of the children for
only a few months each year, while the newspaper with its bits
of information and inspiration reached the entire family every
week of the year.
"Ibid., February 6, 1891.
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