The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 65
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
treat your candidacy with reference to that question
very largely as you have heretofore treated it.220
But Colonel Milner's earlier statement, "I crave no office in
the gift of the people,"22' was still true. His withdrawal from
the presidency of the Agricultural and Mechanical College was
also his withdrawal from any further political activity.
LATER ACTIVITIES AND DEATH: 1913-1923
The home to which Colonel Milner returned in 1913 was
situated in a beautifully wooded section at the entrance to his
400-acre farm, north of the city limits of Henderson. When the
large, two-storied house was built, it was Colonel Milner's fancy
to have each step in the staircase of a different kind of wood
indigenous to East Texas. Something of the same conceit he
endeavored to carry out in the grove of stately elms and sugar
maples which surrounded his home, for there he planted every
native tree he could not find already growing.
In this setting had been born his five children: Tabitha
Ophelia, Shirley, Yancey Arnold, Robert Teague Junior, and
Drinkard Blacknall. From this home he had carried two of
these children, Shirley, who died in infancy, and Yancey Arnold,
who died after a lingering illness in early youth, to the old Court-
house Cemetery. So it was to a scene fraught with memories
that Colonel Milner, already detecting symptoms of the malady
that was to prove fatal to him, returned.
The fact that he had retired from public life did not mean
that Colonel Milner's interest in politics had waned. On the
contrary, it is chiefly through his interest in political affairs
that we are able to follow his thoughts and opinions for the
next several years.
From October 1, 1913, when he left the responsibilities of
guiding A. & M. behind him, until the following spring, he
seems to have been occupied chiefly with his correspondence,
refusing the solicitations of his friends to run for state super-
intendent of public instruction, railroad commissioner, con-
gressman-at-large, or governor of his state. Milner was defi-
220J. W. Bailey to R. T. Milner, September 16, 1913; R. T. Milner Port-
folio, University of Texas Archives.
221"R. T. Milner, in Stirring Words, Out for Ball," Houston Chronicle
for April 29, 1913; R. T. Milner Scrapbook, University of Texas Archives.
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