Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 319 of 1,110
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HIST O R Y OF_~ _ D A LA CO U TY 31
Mr. Gilbert was editor and publisher of
the Abilene Reporter at Abilene, Texas, before
he came to Dallas and succeeded in making
that one of the best papers in that section
of the State. These are the only dailies.
This paper was established in 1849. The
press material was brought from a point in
eastern Texas to Dallas in an ox cart, by
Mark Lattimer, a bright young lawyer and a
spicy and pungent writer, as well as a congenial
and universally popular gentleman.
Of this paper he was publisher and editor
for some time. John W. Swindell was his
successor as publisher and editor. J. D.
McCaleb was Swindell's successor, and while
he had control it was converted into a daily.
William L. Holland and J. B. Simpson were
successors as editors and publishers to Caleb.
Subsequently, Adams and Leonard purchased
it, then J. W. Bartow and McNair
became editors and publishers. Afterward,
in 1878, P. S. Pfouts purchased a one-half
interest from Adams and Leonard.
In February, 1879, Colonel John F. Elliott
bought a one-third interest from Adams and
Leonard and P. S. Pfouts. Colonel Elliott
took charge as chief editor, and also managing
editor; and, being a man of superior
talents as a writer, having gained the reputation
as one of the ablest editors in the
South, he soon increased the circulation of
the paper and its size from a seven-column
folio to seven-column quarto, or fifty-six
columns in all.
In the summer of 1879, a consolidation of
the Herald was formed with its strong rival,
the "Daily Morning Commnercial." W. L.
Hall, at this point, took charge as manager
of the business department, and Mr. P. S.
Pfouts the subscription department.
This made a strong team, and the Herald
prospered and grew to be a great favorite
paper all over the State. It continued in its
prosperity until the summer of 1884.
At this time Colonel John F. Elliott was
called toNew Orleans, to take charge as commnissioner
in chief of the World's Exposition
at that place, and remained there one year.
During his absence, terms of negotiation
were effected between the managers of the
Galveston News (Belo
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/319/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.