By BARBARA GREEN
The Bowie News celebrates a milestone of 100 years in business with an open house on July 15 at the News office at 200 Walnut Street.
The staff and management invite all our readers, friends and customers to stop in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 15 to help us celebrate. There will be cake and punch as we raise a toast to the next 100 years.
Mayor Gaylynn Burris will make a brief presentation of a proclamation at noon. The 2022-2023 Montague County Guide also will be unveiled. And don’t forget to bring your business card to drop in the basket to win a door prize.
Newspapers have a long and rich history in Montague County stretching back to frontier times.
The county history books note the first one published in the county was in June 6, 1876 under the heading “Salutatory.” Its editor was W.L. Lyles and his publishing partner was a man named Ryan. The newspaper business in Bowie has carried many nameplates through the years, but no matter the name it was always the lifeblood of the community.
The Bowie News timeline dates to Feb. 9, 1922 when Robert Murphy published the community newspaper under the title, “The Bowie Booster.” It continued under that name until the late 1930s when it was purchased by local businessman Lum Lovette, who changed it to The Bowie News.
As the Great Depression and World War II arrived there were multiple changes in the newspaper’s ownership. There was a large fire in downtown Bowie in 1951 that almost destroyed the News office. Valuable records were lost, leaving certain details unknown about these transitions.
Coy Perry bought it in 1937 and operated it until Mark Campbell purchased it Sept. 1, 1941. H.I Trout bought the paper on Jan. 1, 1948 and continued until April 3, 1953, when he sold to Harlow E. Tibbetts. The new publisher also bought out the Montague County Times from Tom and Ben Daniels. He combined it with The Bowie News and published a semi-weekly until 1954.
Tibbetts sold out to Emerson Lynn on July 1, 1958. One of the highlights of his tenure was publication of the Montague County Centennial issue, the largest paper to ever be printed in the county at 92 pages. The extensive edition, published on July 24, 1958, covered every aspect of Montague County history and its towns, as well as celebrating the centennial. It is a staple for county history.
In November 1965 ownership of The Bowie News came to James H. Winter. This veteran journalist and advertising man brought a new format to the newspaper and many technological advances in publishing.
In a few short years the newspaper was winning top awards in the Texas Press Association contest for better newspapers, as well as other regional press association. His “Jim’s Gems” column was very popular and was even noted twice with column quotes given in the U.S. Congressional Record.
The Bowie News went from cut and paste newspaper layout, to computerized design. In 1972 the paper obtained a four-unit Harris offset press and completely computerized offset cold type equipment was installed. Partnering with two other newspapers, BNJ Printing was formed printing not only those newspapers from Nocona and Jacksboro, but many from across North Texas.
Following the death of James Winter on Sept. 5, 2003, the newspaper ownership was in flux until December 2011 when his middle son, Michael Winter, purchased the newspaper.
The new publisher brought more than 28 years in the advertising and newspaper business to the hometown where he grew up and graduated high school.
He launched Post Oak Media with The Bowie News at the center of the publishing company. He also added very popular regional magazines North Texas Farm and Ranch, Oklahoma Farm and Ranch and LiveIt, along with many other specialty publications.
The Bowie News has undergone many changes since 2011 moving to a new location at the former Bowie Bank in the center of downtown. The coverage area has expanded to include all of Montague County. The larger building has provided more space for business development.
Technology has continued to move the company forward. The Bowie News operates a popular webpage, plus active social media pages. The News also was one of the first community newspapers to launch an e-subscription to attract those who want their News digitally. The e-sub format continues to grow.
The Bowie News has continued its award winning tradition winning multiple first place TPA awards for news writing, advertising design, sports coverage and photography.
In recent years it has received first place for overall general excellence twice, top sports coverage three times and advertising design twice.
In June 2017, the staff was honored to received the TPA Community Service Award recognizing The Bowie News “Build a Better Bowie” campaign, which explored the strengths and weaknesses of the community following the closure of the local hospital in an effort to foster a positive community outlook.
The Bowie News also was honored this spring with the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Treasure Business Award, which honors its family ownership and local operation for 100 years or more.
The Bowie Chamber of Commerce also presented the Bowie News with its Community Support Award for “Selflessness, commitment and dedication to the community.”
The Bowie News staff is led by Michael Winter as publisher/owner. His family has operated the Bowie News for more than half its life at 57 total years. Before taking over the company he spent more than 25 years in the industry. Winter’s various stops included the Wichita Falls Times Record News, The Abilene Reporter News and The Fort Worth Star- Telegram.
Winter had not planned to make a move to small town newspapers when he and the Star-Telegram parted ways in 2011, he began to see it as an opportunity to create a new publishing hub and to continue the newspaper developed by his father.
“I have enjoyed the last 11 years immensely. That’s not to say it’s been easy. Between huge changes in our local market, technological changes,a 100-year pandemic and now supply chain issues all make each week very challenging,” he explained.
“Our goal is to be the looking glass for our community and to keep doing the good work that we have always done. We could not do it without our dedicated and hard-working team,” he added.
The experienced staff includes Barbara Green, editor and general manager with the News 38 years; Jordan Neal, sports editor for the past five years; Kayla Jean Woolf, production manager with the News 15 years; Kathy Miller, advertising sales representative with the News for 10 years; Brenda Bingham Steen, accounting with the News for 13 years; Sherrie Nelson, advertising representative with the News for three years; Pat Blackburn, circulation with the News four years; Danny Holman, circulation with the News 15 years; Maddie Davis with the News for four months; and Dani Blackburn, former Bowie News staffer and editor of NTFR and LiveIt with the News for seven years.
Look back at 2008-2009 Bowie girls basketball team
During the rest of 2022, The Bowie News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. There will be many activities throughout the year.
Sports Rewind will offer up a few sports headlines from the past 100 years of Bowie News coverage including its predecessor The Bowie Booster.
For the final issue, we are looking back on the 2008-2009 Bowie Lady Rabbit basketball team that got all the way to the state tournament before losing to eventual champions Brock.
Nov. 23, 2008, The Bowie News
Headline: Ladies win home opener
The Lady Rabbits had little trouble dispatching 4A team Saginaw in Bowie’s home opener Tuesday.
After a close 38-46 loss to Springtown in the season opener, Bowie got back on track with a 92-29 win over the Lady Riders. An aggressive offense combined with a high-pressure defense was the perfect recipe for the big win.
The Lady Rabbits took a quick 5-0 lead before Saginaw was able to make its way onto the scoreboard. Bowie continued to pull away throughout the quarter. The Lady Riders quickly began to look frustrated by the team’s potent offense and defense.
A 16-point run to open the second quarter gave Bowie a larger lead. Less than three minutes remained before halftime when the Lady Riders were able to sink a basket.
The Lady Rabbits continued their domination through the second half. The team did have a noticeable let up during the fourth quarter as Saginaw nearly doubled its score from the previous three quarters.
Despite the fourth-quarter drop, the team’s offense remained conisistent throughout the game, scoring 23 points each quarter. Bowie sank 75 percent of its free throws, shot 65 percent inside the arc and nailed a third of its three-point attempts. All five of the Lady Rabbits’ starters finished the night with double-digit points and the entire team scored at least once.
Megan Workman had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. She also had eight assists and four steals. Kayle Reaves scored 20 points along with having four rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Olivia Long also had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Long also added three assists and a team high six and half steals.
Whitney Enis had 15 points, one rebounds, five assists and three steals. Rachel Austin provided 12 points, seven rebounds, an assist and three and half steals. Kendra Dunn had four points, two rebounds and two assists. Shawn Maloney added two points, two rebounds and two assists.
This weekend, the varsity will travel to Forth Worth for the Diamond Hill-Jarvis Tournament. The team failed to place at the event last year and look to have a better showing this year.
Bowie will travel to Breckenridge Tuesday to face the Lady Bucks.
March 1, 2009, The Bowie News
Headline: How sweet it is, Lady Rabbits join final sixteen teams
It took an extra eight minutes of play, but the Lady Rabbits eliminated the reigning 2A state champion from the playoffs and moved one step closer to a trip to Austin.
Bowie faced Jim Ned Tuesday in the regional quarterfinal and defeated the Lady Indians 73-63 in double overtime. The win earned the Lady Rabbits a trip to Midland this weekend for the 2A Region I tournament.
Despite leading the entire game, the win did not come easy for the Lady Rabbits. Just one minute remained in regulation when Jim Ned tied the game, eliminating a 12-point deficit from just 11 minutes earlier.
The Lady Indians controlled the ball in the final seconds of regulation, but were unable to break the tie. Jim Ned took its first lead of the game during overtime and the Lady Rabbits had to fight to knot the score in the final second. Like the end of regulation, Jim Ned stalled for a final-second shot, but the basket was missed and the game was extended once again.
After controlling the tip for the second overtime, Bowie quickly put up four points and put the pressure on Jim Ned. The Lady Rabbits’ defense gave up just one point in the final period, while expanding their lead with free throws in the final minutes.
“I just tried to keep the kids focused and playing the whole time,” Bowie Head Coach Matt Garrett said. “They did just that.”
While the team played an additional quarter’s worth of basketball, Garrett does not feel the additional physical and mental effort given will affect Bowie in the upcoming regional tournament.
“Kids are resilient,” the coach added.
The teams opened the game with very similar play. Four minutes into game, just a Bowie three-pointer separated the teams. As the first quarter ended, the Lady Rabbits began to pull away and led by eight points entering the second.
Bowie had two three-pointers waved off during the first half, one due to a traveling violation and another due to an offensive foul. The team also was troubled early by a number of turnovers. Jim Ned received a number of offensive opportunities and cut Bowie’s lead to five points at halftime.
Whitney Enis opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers and the Lady Rabbits soon held their largest lead of the game. At that point, Jim Ned’s offense caught fire and cut Bowie’s lead back to eight entering the fourth quarter.
The final quarter of regulation resembled a three-point contest for the Lady Indians. Jim Ned sank six long-distrance shots to send the game into its dramatic finish.
Megan Workman led the team with 19 points. Rachel Austin contributed 16 points and Kayle Reaves scored 14. Kendra Dunn, Olivia Long and Enis each had eight points.
Bowie sank a total of nine three pointers against the Lady Indians. The team shot a meager 42 percent from two-point range, but sank 20 of 23 free-throw attempts. The Lady Rabbits’ record improved to 36-2 with the win.
Heading into the regional tournament, Garrett said the team will continue to do what is has done all season without major changes, but added there are things the team needs to do better.
“It will just be another day of practice. Every day we practice is a good day,” the coach said.
Bowie faced Abernathy Friday in the regional semifinal. A win against the Lady Lopes, as well as a victory in the regional final, would send the Lady Rabbits to the state tournament for the first time since 1995, when the team won the state championship.
March 5, 2009, The Bowie News
Headline: State bound, Bowie heads to Austin after claiming Region I-2A title
Of the 52 teams in Region I, none is better than the Lady Rabbits.
Bowie claimed the 1-2A championship Saturday after facing two of the region’s and state’s best teams. All four of the teams at the regional tournament were ranked in the top 10.
Only four 2A girls’ basketball teams remain of the state’s 224 teams and this Saturday one will be crowned state champion. The Lady Rabbits set themselves among the elite with a 53-41 win over Abernathy and an 83-68 victory against Shallowater.
Abernathy’s Lady Lopes were Bowie’s first obstacle. The Lady Rabbits played a very solid defense throughout the game. Abernathy countered Bowie’s solid inside defense by shooting number three-pointers. Twelve of the Lady Lopes’ first 14 points were from threes.
Bowie had a stout offensive burst midway through the second quarter and pulled away with a 10-0 run before Abernathy scored twice in the final 30 seconds. Turnovers troubled the Lady Rabbits throughout the game. The team ended the game with 10 more turnovers than steals.
The third quarter did not start well for the Lady Rabbits. A little more than three minutes into the half, the Lady Lopes had eliminated Bowie’s lead and tied the game. The team regrouped and finished the quarter well.
Bowie’s offense took off in the fourth quarter and the defense matched that intensity. After the Lady Rabbits’ first basket of the quarter, the team led by double-digits the entire time to coast to the regional finals.
Olivia Long led Bowie against the Lady Lopes with 15 points. Kayle Reaves scored 11 points. Megan Workman had nine points, Kendra Dunn and Rachel Austin each added seven points. Whitney Enis scored four points.
Shallowater surprised many basketball fans with its big win over Wall in the semifinal, but the Fillies found themselves on the opposite side of a run-away game in the finals against Bowie. The Lady Rabbits played a near perfect quarter of basketball and led the Fillies 23-4 after eight minutes.
“We just tried to play as focused as we could,” Coach Matt Garrett said. “Shallowater just had some bad breaks early on. They are a great team and played well the rest of the game.”
The Lady Rabbits continued to play extremely well on both ends. Shallowater was able to hit some three-pointers, but Bowie was still able to carry a 23-point lead into halftime.
The Fillies played much better basketball in the second half. Shallowater cut into Bowie’s lead throughout the half, but the lead the lead built by the Lady rabbits in the first half was too much for the Fillies to overcome.
“I didn’t want our players to get worried by what Shallowater was doing in the second half,” Garrett said. “Our plan was to just keep doing what we do.”
In the regional final, Workman scored 20 points. Long added 17 points. Dunn and Reaves each scored 14. Enis and Austin both had nine points.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Bowie players and fans rose to their feet and began to cheer. Those cheers intensified as the final buzzer rang, signaling Bowie’s advancement to the state tournament for the first time since 1995.
As exciting as a final four appearance is, the timing holds special value for Garrett and four of his seniors. Workman, Long, Reaves and Dunn were freshman when Garrett arrived in Bowie. Four years later, the coach has the privilege of taking them to the state tournament.
Garrett has been very pleased with the effort and support provided by the entire team as well as their families.
“I have sure been blessed by God to have these girls and their parents this year. Hard work and support sure do go a long ways,” the coach said.
Bowie will face Region II champion, Brock, in the state semifinal at 10 a.m. at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center. The winner will face the winner of the Woodville-Salado game for the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.
March 12, 2009, The Bowie News
Headline: Bowie ends year with final four
The Lady Rabbits’ outstanding 2008-2009 season came to a hearbreaking end Friday. Bowie was defeated by Brock 42-46 in the state semifinal.
Bowie finished the season with a 36-3 record, the third best record in the state in any class. The team went into the semifinal game on a 26-game win streak.
Brock went on to win the state championship, marking the second year in a row Bowie has been knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual state champion. It was the Lady Eagles’ fourth championship since 2002.
“As far as I’m concerned that was the state championship. We were the best two teams and just happened to meet in the semifinals,” Bowie Coach Matt Garrett said after the game.
While the finish, two wins short of the state championship, was not what the team had hoped for, the players are proud of what they have accomplished.
“We had a good season and built on last year,” Kayle Reaves said. “We have built a lot of bonds that will carry on for all our lives.”
When Garrett came to Bowie four years ago, he and his players set a goal to play in Austin. Four of those players, Reaves, Megan Workman, Kendra Dunn and Olivia Long, got to see that goal fulfilled in their senior year, along with fellow seniors, Whitney Enis and Shawna Maloney.
“I am extremely happy for the seniors. We have gotten to live our dreams together, invest in each other and now it is time for them to graduate,” the coach said. “The senior girls are truly a blessed group and I thank God for each and ever one of them. They have blessed my life and I pray that God blesses each one of them in their future. I hope in these past four years that these seniors have learned that if you dream big and work hard, great things will happen.”
The Lady Rabbits got off to an uncharacteristically bad start. Brock scored the first points of the game, but Bowie answered with a three-pointer from Long. The basket marked the only time the Lady Rabbits would lead during the game and proved to Bowie’s only points in the first quarter.
After the first eight minutes, the Lady Rabbits trailed by 10 points and the team found itself in a position it was unfamiliar with. Bowie’s cold shooting began to warm up and the team was able to recover a solid chunk of ground in the second quarter with an aggressive defense.
Bowie began playing much better in the second half, but quickly found itself in foul trouble. Despite foul issues, the team began to cut into Brock’s lead little by little.
“We weren’t scoreboard watching or anything, but we could feel we were behind,” Workman said. “We realized we had to show up and play our best.”
The Lady Rabbits trailed by just three points entering the fourth quarter. Brock spent much of the final quarter protecting and expanding its lead. With 22 seconds remaining, Workman sank a three-pointer to put Bowie within two points. Two points would be as close as the Lady Rabbits would come as the teams traded free throws in the final seconds.
Workman finished the game with 21 points. Reaves had eight points. Enis scored six, Long had five and Rachel Austin added two points.
As the game ended, the tearful team lined up to receive its semifinalist medals from the Texas First Lady Anitia Perry. The disappointment was apparent on each face. Cheers fro the team’s outstanding season from Lady Rabbits fans provided some comfort and were greatly appreciated.
“Thank you so much for all the support,” Reaves said on behalf of the team. “We couldn’t have made it without you.”
During the season, the Lady Rabbits were undefeated district 5-2A champions and the region I-2A champions. The team won the Diamon Hill-Jarvis Tournament and Bowie’s Hwy. 287 Tournament. Of Bowie’s two regular season losses, both came by teams the Lady Rabbits also had a win against.
“What a great year for the girls. They have accomplished so much,” Garrett added. “I am extremely proud of them, they have done things this year that less than one percent of all girls that play basketball get to do: Play in the final four.”
Looking back at pre-season expectations for 2017-2018 Bowie boys basketball
During the rest of 2022, The Bowie News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. There will be many activities throughout the year.
Sports Rewind will offer up a few sports headlines from the past 100 years of Bowie News coverage including its predecessor The Bowie Booster.
This month, with basketball season in full swing, I decided to look back at the beginning of the season of the most recent state champion basketball team.
The 2017-2018 Bowie Jackrabbits team is now five years ago so it’s long enough to now look back with nostalgia even though for many it feels like yesterday.
Oct. 21, 2017, the Bowie News
Headline: Bowie reigns supreme (Jackrabbits top TABC Class 3A poll)
The Bowie High School boy’s basketball team is gearing up for the upcoming season, which they will enter as the top-ranked Class 3A team according to the preseason polls released Monday by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
High expectations don’t seem to phase Bowie Head Basketball Coach Doug Boxell, who is instead focused on the hard work and dedication being put forth by his team.
“Expectations are high, a lot of our starters are returning from last year, but it basically comes down to the kids learning to play together and play hard,” explained the coach. “If we do those things, we have a chance to have a pretty good year.”
The Jackrabbit team returns multiple players from the 2016 Jackrabbit squad that advanced to the quarterfinals, who spent the off-season working together and playing in shoot-out tournaments around the state, from San Antonio to hosting their own tournament earlier this fall.
The Jackrabbits also brought home the first place trophy from the Texas Basketball Championships Summer State Tournament, Conference 3A-4A, after defeating Holliday in the champion game.
However, the coach continues to push his players in hopes of making the ultimate goal a reality- winning a state championship.
“You can always work harder. Never be content. The team is close but small town kids are around each other all the time, from a coaches standpoint you can never be satisfied, you can always get better and the bond can always be stronger,” said Boxell.
The Jackrabbits will be taking on a competitive non-district schedule in hopes of being fully prepared when it truly counts.
“We have a tough non-district schedule. What we want to do is try to get better every day and be prepared to make a run in the playoffs,” explained Boxell.
The Jackrabbits will compete in two scrimmages, one against Aubrey and Ponder on Nov. 4, and against Rider on Nov. 11 before opening the season at the Slidell tournament from Nov. 16-18.
The team will continue the tradition of competing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Nov. 25, and will face Hirschi, Burkburnett and Saint Joseph Academy in the pre-district season.
The game at the American Airlines Center is expected to sell out, but Bowie basketball coaches still have a couple tickets for sale.
Please contact Boxell at [email protected] if interested in attending.
Multiple tournaments are also on the books for 2017, including a tournament in Decatur and one on their home court.
The Jackrabbits open the district slate on the road against top-ranked Nocona on Dec. 19.
The team will take part in the Whataburger Tournament from Dec. 28-30 before returning to district action at home against Jacksboro on Jan. 2.
The team will face one of the more difficult district slates in the state, which includes Nocona, Jacksboro, Holliday, Henrietta, Boyd and Paradise.
“Everybody is tough in our district. All the coaches are doing a good job. Based on last year, Nocona did the best in our district after making it to the regional tournament. Holliday has a great squad back so we’ve got some of the toughest teams in the region in our district. It’s going to be really tough but it’ll get us prepared for playoffs. Our district is as tough as anybody’s,” predicted Boxell.
However, the team will remain focused on making it past the district season when facing those tough opponents.
“Our goal is to win district and make a run in the playoffs. The ultimate goal is to win a state championship,” said Boxell.
The first official day of practice will be Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Nov. 25, 2017, The Bowie News
Headline: Bowie dominates Krum (Jackrabbits defeat Bobcats 63-52 in season opener)
The season-opener for the Bowie Jackrabbits did not disappoint as the top-ranked team came away with a 63-52 win against Krum Tuesday.
Four Jackrabbits put at least five points on the scoreboard during the win.
The Mosley brothers powered the offense, with Gary leading the scoring with 20 points and Daniel right behind with 19.
Kason Spikes put in another 11 points while Justin Franklin had five, leaving fifth-year Head Bowie Basketball Coach Doug Boxell cautiously optimistic on the season outlook.
“It was our first game and Krum’s third, so it felt a little rusty,” said Boxell. “We are just starting the season out and I am encouraged about some things but there are still a lot of things to work on.”
The Krum Bobcats trailed Bowie by just one point at the end of the first quarter and matched the Jackrabbits point-for-point in the fourth.
However, Bowie still pulled out an 11-point win, but will spend time on defense as they continue to improve in preparation for district.
“We will work on blocking out and talking on defense,” explained Boxell. “There are things we need to stress this year to separate us and make us the team we want to be.”
Gary Mosley grabbed five defensive rebounds, while Daniel Mosley grabbed three on offense and three on defense.
Keck Jones provided six assists for the Bowie Jackrabbits.
While Krum trailed Bowie by only one point at the end of the first, the Jackrabbits topped the Bobcats 14-9 in the second.
Bowie out scored Krum 17-12 in the third and tied in points 16-16 in the fourth.
The Jackrabbits also defeated Krum in 2016 at the American Airlines Center.
Bowie will be in action there today against Springtown.
The game is made possible as part of the Dallas Maverick’s Court of Dreams program. The game has become an annual event for the Bowie Jackrabbits.
Looking back at the 1958 Centennial edition of The Bowie News
By BARBARA GREEN
During 2022, The Bowie News is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Throughout this year we will offer glimpses back into old editions of The Bowie News to see the top news or community items from the past 100 years of our newspaper.
This month I look back at the Centennial edition of the Bowie News published July 24, 1958. This was a celebration of Montague County’s Centennial and encompassed 92 pages, a massive undertaken for the small staff. The actual birthday for the county was Aug. 2, 1958.
This commemorative edition was prepared during the transition of Mr. and Mrs. Harlow E. Tibbetts buying the newspaper from H.I. Trout in April 1953. The Tibbetts began working on the project in January researching receiving, writing and editing a compilation of county history.
Each of the 12 sections offers a window into each community of Montague County. Their unique history, founding pioneers and businesses.
The sections were printed from April 7 to May 5, with the front page showcasing the complete centennial program that featured programs in Ringgold, Spanish Fort, Saint Jo, Forestburg, Bowie, Nocona, Montague, a county-wide program at the courthouse and a bonfire ceremony that was the climax of activities that ran July 27-Aug. 2.
Community programs included parades historical reviews, music, lunch, a queen coronation for Sylvia Hamilton the 1958 Centennial Queen, an old style “revue,” marker dedication, fiddler’s contest and several street dances. It was noted that Mrs. Mose Johnson was the 1858 Queen of Bowie.
The bonfire ceremony that wrapped up the week sounds fantastic. On Aug. 2 at 9:30 p.m. bonfires were lighted simultaneously on four high points in the county and one place in Oklahoma.
It was expected they could be seen from most places in the county. Bonfires were set at Queen’s Peak near Bowie, Jim Ned Lookout between Montague and Forestburg, Gordon’s Mountain near Saint Jo, Blue Mound near Nocona and Ketchum’s Bluff due north of Nocona in Oklahoma.
The bonfires were under the auspices of the Boy Scouts, assisted by the Forestburg 4-H Club. It was sponsored by Historical Committee chaired by Glenn Wilson.
If anyone reading this has recollections of this event, I would love to hear about it. Email [email protected] or call 872-2247.
While the edition was filled with centennial items, it also had some news of the day. Here are some of the highlights.
Page one, section two
State Park At Lake Amon Carter Urged by Rep. Tony Fenoglio
Three improvements to Lake Amon Carter are suggested by Rep. Tony Fenoglio, he told the News this week.
“To build the lake as an attraction to tourists and to make it more useful for Montague County citizens, I will work for a paved farm-to-market road around the lake; the creation of a state park at the lake and the completion of the farm-to-market road south to Crafton,” he said.
Rep. Fenoglio said he felt a state park was badly needed in this area and that Lake Amon Carter was a logical spot for it to be located.
“I am going to work for all three projects,” he emphasized but added that it would be easier to get the paved road around the lake if it were to be declared a state park area.
Noting that the location of a state park her would “build Bowie tremendously,” Fenoglio urged support for the proposition from all county citizens.
Fenoglio is seeking re-election from the 71st legislative district this year.
Page one, section five
Late Lee Bailey Had Framed Copy Of First Paper Published In County
The late Lee Bailey furnished The Bowie News a framed copy of the first newspaper published in Montague County – The Frontier News. it is believed tht the Frontier News as the first paper in the county as its states in its first issue of June 6, 1876 under the head “Salutatory.” “The publication of a paper in this county is an untried experiment.”
W.L. Lyles was listed as editor of the paper and Lyles & Ryan as publishers.
Lee Bailey came into possession of the first copy as his sister, Ellen Bailey, Later Mrs. R.D. Rugeley, was “keeping company” with W.L. Lyles. Lee was told that Lyles kept the first copy of the paper off the press and when he called upon Miss Ellen Bailey that night he handed her the first copy of the paper off the press.
Price of this county’s first newspaper was $2 per year. The paper has three columns on each page and was 9 inches X 12 inches. The following advertisements of Montague firms appeared in the first issue of The Frontier News.
J.B. Ryan & Co., dealers in dry goods.
R.J. Furgeson, attorney at law.
Stephen and Matlock, attorneys at law.
A.J. Talley, drug goods.
J.M. Loving, livery stable.
Montague Hotel, W.J. Brown, prop.
The newspaper had the following articles head “Rail Road:”
Just now, no people should be more interested in a railroad than the inhabitants of Montague and immediate vicinity.
The Dallas and Wichita railroad promised the people of Montague town, that if they will give one-half of their town property, that the road shall be built within a quarter of the public square; should they do this, let us inquire from a financial standpoint. This road is the only one pointing west of here that has offered us anything. It is the only road that can be induced to come to us; for the Sherman, Wichita and Panhandle Road will run up Red River, north of us 17 miles.
The Rail Road which is in prospect from Coffeyville, Kansas will run west of 20 miles, so we can expect nothing from either of them. Then let us stubbornly refuse the offer of the Dallas and Wichita Road and our town is ruined for unless we do give the Dallas and Wichita Road what they ask, the road will be built up Denton Creek and a depot will be built ten miles south of us and our improvements lost, which are today worth $500 will be worth $100. But should we give half of the lot that is today worth $500 will then be worth $15,000 so you see the gain.
Section 8, page one
First Chamber of Commerce Was Probably Organized Here In 1893
The first record that can be found of the organization of a chamber of commerce is Bowie is one that gives Jan. 21, 1893 as the date of the meeting at which the chamber was organized.
D. Davis acted as secretary of that meeting and his minutes are in possession of the local chamber of commerce. The Mayor, J.H. Matthews was elected chairman of the meeting and later president of the organization…
The name of “Bowie Chamber of Commerce” was adopted. The only project mentioned in the minutes was the following: “Wade Atkins made reference to the meeting of the Bob Stone Camp of Ex-Confederate Veterans of Montague County, which will meet in our city the first Monday in February and recommended that some public action be taken looking toward their entertainment by our citizens.
The Bowie chamber has had much to do with the growth of Bowie. One of its most recent projects was the building of the garment factory for the company which employs more than fifty women.
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