During the next 12 months, The Bowie News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. There will be many activities throughout the year.
Looking back, will offer up a few of the top news or community briefs from the past 100 years of Bowie News coverage including its predecessor The Bowie Booster.
Dec. 12, 1947, Bowie News
Flowing Wildcat opens pool near Bowie: Benson discovery believed biggest here in five years
What is believed to be the opening of a new conglomerate oil pool, the greatest oil development in the Bowie area since the Hildreth was discovered, has been made by good production found in Continental-Texas Benson No. 1, located in the middle of the Benson Bros. 800 acre ranch, four miles north of Bowie, owned by W.E. and D.B. Benson, prominent lawyers of Bowie.
The well showed much gas in five minutes and oil flowed in 16 minutes after a drill stem test was made in 11 feet of the upper conglomerate, topped at 6220. Bottom hole pressure was 2650 pounds. Extreme care has to be taken and operations slowed down to avoid fire, because of the enormous amount of oil and gas. Oil was flowed into reserve bits.

Dec. 12, 1947 Bowie News
Telegram from Santa Claus
O.B. O’Dell, chamber of commerce manager, Bowie, TX
YOU MAY ADVISE ALL IN YOUR AREA THAT I WILL ARRIVE IN BOWIE ON DENVER ZEPHYR TRAIN 4:31 MONDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 15. TELL KIDDOS I’LL SEE ‘EM AT BOWIE STATION, WILL HAVE MY BIG KNAPSACK FULL.
Santa Claus

Aug. 29, 1947 Bowie News
Wolf trapper starts Sept. 1
An experienced wolf trapper was sent to Montague County this week by the U.S. Government and it is reported he will start work Sept. 1 launching a county-wide program to exterminate wolves and foxes in this section.
This follows repeated petitions and delegations of farmers and livestock men asking the county commissioner’s court to cooperate in bringing a government trapper here to help stop the growing menace of wolves to livestock and poultry.
It is said the trapper will use certain tried and effective methods, including traps and the new chemical guns and lures, said to be unusually effective now in kill wolves.

May 19, 1944 Bowie News
CAA officials aid Bowie on airport planning
Three prominent men in aviation affairs of the Southwest visited Bowie Monday to help this community see the need of an airport and help plan and locate same.
They were Ed Neilson, representing the Beech Aircraft Mfg. Company, Wichita, KA and W.O. Korpinko and H.T. Kimbell, both executives with the Federal Civilian Aeronautics Administration, Fort Worth office.
They were entertained with a luncheon by the chamber of commerce and the Morrow Grill and then spent most of the afternoon inspecting possible sites around town accompanied by Jno. C. McNatt, Paul Boedecker, Prentiss Evans, Olin Watson, W.B. Brice and H.I. Trout.
They said due to improved planed with quicker get-away, not so large acreage is needed possibly as two or three years ago for an airport, unless a town desires to go into the considerable expense of preparing heavy, wide, long runways for the bigger ships that may occasionally want to land. It was pointed out there will certainly be a tremendous growing demand for Bowie to have an airport especially after the war. To this the chamber of commerce directors agreed and at a meeting that night consider the proposition further and a committee was named to continue the work.