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this time as a permanent publication of the Dallas News had it
not been for the outbreak of World War I. The present series
was begun in 1925 by the Dallas News, with annual issues'
through 1929, when the effects of the depression caused a change
to a biennial basis. This schedule has been maintained except
that the Almanac which should have been issued for 1935-1936
was actually issued in 1936 in recognition of Texas's centennial
year. It is now the policy of the Dallas News to issue the Texas
Almanac, permanently on this biennial basis.
The foregoing remarks carry the Almanac forward a good
deal beyond the announced title which stops with 1873, but it
has been thought well to give the entire catalog of issues. In
all, there have been thirty-four editions, exclusive of D. Rich-
ardson's periodicals.
I have never been able to find in the files of the Texas Almanac
or the Galveston News just who was responsible for the first
issue, but it must have been Willard Richardson. David Rich-
ardson was associated with Willard Richardson at the time of
the first issue; and, during the controversy between the two
men in 1862, David Richardson contended that the original idea
was his own and even that he had to persuade Willard Richard-
son to adopt it. But the Texas Almanac was exactly the kind
of thing that Willard Richardson would have done. Certainly,
the early issues were primarily his handiwork, even if the
original idea was not his.
The Galveston News was first issued April 11, 1842, by Sam-
uel Bangs, pioneer Texas printer, with whom George H. French,
his brother-in-law, soon became associated. Two years later,
in 1844, Willard Richardson took over. To this remarkable
man must be given the credit for the Galveston News's survival
of the early period of vicissitudes. Richardson had come to
Texas from South Carolina, though he had been born and spent
the first twelve years of his life in Connecticut. He was a man
of a studious turn of mind who became greatly interested in
the destiny of Texas and consequently in the beginnings of that
destiny, which he recognized in the current history of his day.
The Texas Almanac for 1857 was the full title of the first
edition. It was to be an annual report on the material and
social progress in Texas "from the seaboard to the mountains
and from the Red River to the Rio Grande." As an almanac,
it was to substitute for the almanacs compiled in the northern


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