The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 73
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
was great, and it was sincere. In his attempts to better
the conditions of rural East Texas, he was respected and
listened to because his ideas had good, hard common sense
behind them, and years of reading his paper had convinced
the people in his section that his judgment was sound. Dr.
W. M. Osborn, of the Pinehill community, expressed this feel-
ing of Milner's followers when he said: "I'd have voted for
him for anything, anything, even though I'm a pro and he
was an anti."241
Milner had a talent for public service and he used that talent
to the best of his ability. He had the capacity to strip the
confusion of prejudice, emotion, and faulty thinking from an
issue and to hold it up for consideration on its merits alone.
With this gift, he made the Henderson Times a force to be
felt; it was one of the most quoted newspapers in East Texas.
The importance of the work he did is hard to evaluate; the
extent of his influence as an editor stretches far beyond the
immediate circulation of his paper. Other editors read and
quoted him in their columns. In molding public opinion by
courageously expressing his views before he knew whether they
would prove the popular ones or not, he helped, in a small
way, to preserve for a while longer the independence and indi-
vidualism of a section that resented being governed by laws
designed for the benefit of a part of the country whose inter-
ests were foreign to its own.
No person can measure the influence of this unpretending
man. He possessed a great character, a great brain, and a
great vision. The praise which flooded the newspapers follow-
ing the announcement of his death would have embarrassed
him intensely. Perhaps he would have liked the last sentence
in the Dallas News article which commented upon his passing.
They were: "He, in an unostentatious way, made a greater
impress on the history of Texas during the last fifty years
than have many men who have won a much larger fame than
was given to him. He loved Texas, and his love for it was
fruitful of good."242
241Dr. W. M. Osborn, interview, May 5, 1939.
242"Passing of a Splendid Texan," Dallas Morning News, August 1, 1923,
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