The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 38
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The present commissioner of insurance, statistics,
and history shall . . . change the seal of his depart-
ment . . . to . . . Department of Agriculture, In-
surance, Statistics, and History of the State of Texas
. . . and shall at once assume in addition to his
present duties those imposed by this act relating to
That the activities thus delegated to one man were beginning
to be recognized as onerous is implied in the Austin Statesman
for January 1, 1907. Under "Summary of News" appears the
statement that Governor-elect Campbell was expected to order
a severance in the department of insurance, statistics, and
Either Milner did not intend to ignore the agricultural side
of his office or his interest in agriculture was urgent, for on
January 7, 1907, he left Henderson in the company of other
agrarian-minded men to attend the annual meeting of the Texas
division of the Southern Cotton Association then in session
at Dallas. His next movements are gleaned from the diary
of Mr. E. W. Winkler, at that time state librarian. On January
15, 1907, Mr. Winkler wrote:
Today Colonel Campbell was inaugurated and I am
yet ignorant of my fate; still hoping to be retained,
without a word from Colonel Milner, however, that
I will be. Colonel Milner has visited our Department
every day for three or four days past.'52
On January 20, the Austin Statesman noted: "Col. Milner,
the new insurance commissioner, makes announcement of his
office force."'53 Although the personnel was not there appended,
it included Mr. Charles Johnson, chief clerk, and Mr. E. W.
Winkler, state librarian.
The keeping of history and statistics was the purpose for
which the State Library was primarily created, and since this
duty was simply a matter of preserving such data as it ap-
peared, whether in book, bulletin, pamphlet, magazine, or news-
paper, there was no report required of the commissioner upon
that phase of his activities. The reports he turned in to the
Governor on insurance and banking, however, are of real in-
terest, for they give us a comprehensive summary of the status
of those businesses at that time.
IslH. P. Gammel, Laws of Texas, IX, 1081-1082.
152E. W. Winkler, Diary, p. 17.
las"Summary of News," Austin Statesman, January 20, 1907.
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