A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 91
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 91
eight or nine months they spent very nearly $300,000.
Then the backers of the paper became alarmed
and one by one withdrew. Then the crash came
and the paper suspended publication suddenly.
The suspension of the Post left Houston without
a morning paper and to supply the defect Dr.
S. O. Young organized a company composed of
practical printers and newspaper men and began
the publication of a morning paper which was called
The Houston Chronicle. Mr. Baker, who now
owned the Post plant, allowed the company the use
of it and also allowed them to use the large supply
of white paper the Post had on hand when it suspended,
charging only for what was actually used
at cost price. The Chronicle was not a brilliant
sheet, but it was an honest and fairly good paper.
It was run strictly on the pay-as-you-go principle
and at the end of its first year, while it had an
empty treasury, it did not owe a dollar to any one.
After an existence of very nearly eighteen
months Dr. Young, who had secured entire control
of the Chronicle, merged it with the Journal,
an afternoon paper owned by Professor Girardeau
and Mr. J. L. Watson. The Journal ceased publication
and the new morning paper was called the
Houston Daily Post. The first issue of the Post
was on April 5, 1885. Effort was made to publish
a more pretentious paper than the Chronicle had
been, but that increased the expense, so that serious
complications arose. Professor Girardeau became
gisusted and turned his back on journalism
Here’s what’s next.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/104/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .