Clipped From The Paris News
1898 Rosalie paper tells of war ByEDBRYSON BOGATA — "President McKinley has signed a call for 125,000 volunteers." "There is much excitement in Porto Rico." "Australia wants to fight Spain." What is all this, anyway? This is a sample of news items on page one of the Rosalie Courier, Friday, April 29,1898edition. The time-worn copy of the tabloid, edited by W. A. Crooks at Rosalie in Red River County, is the cherished property of Miss Edna Howison and has a prized place among her souvenirs in her home here. It is obvious that the news items concerned the Spanish American War and were gleaned largely from other publications. ANOTHER item stated that "Lots of married men are more afraid of yellow fever and smallpox than they are of Spanish soldiers." And still another reported that "An extra guard has been placed at the White House to protect President McKinley." But even though war news dominated page one, Editor Crooks found room for such items as: "Plug tobacco prices are advancing." "Brewers are raising a roar over the proposed $2 per barrel tax on beer." OTHER page one eye- catchers were professional cards. These included: H. L. Howison, practicing physician, Bogata. W. J. Evans, physician and surgeon, Bogata. Dr. J. P. Martin, Rosalie. Robert Jones, physician and surgeon, Rosalie. Dr. J. C. Foster, Clarksville. Inside, in the editorial column, Editor Crooks had supported Jos. D. Sayers for governor. He also let readers know they could subscribe for the Rosalie Courier published each Friday, for 50 cents a year cash in advance, or $1 on the first of October. A LATER copy of the newspaper is owned by Bogata Mayor W. C. Barnard. Published December 20, 1901, the edition reflects the return to page one advertising after the war. The page is nearly all ads, including Lassiter & Dickson, Bogata dealers in drugs, chemicals, patented and proprietary medicines, house paints and also staple and fancy groceries, plus hardware, horse collars and whang leather. Other advertisers included the Marable Hardware in Clarksville, the W. B. Speir Blacksmith and Woodshop, Rosalie, McCall's Magazine, Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic, and so on. News items reported that Italy Precinct in Ellis County had gone prohibition and Rosalie Hebert had stepped on a live wire in Lake Charles, La., and was killed. INSIDE ads included a restaurant on Depot Street, Clarksville, with meals on short notice at 25 cents and Sam Burrus as proprietor. Bogata Racket Store was offering "the things the people need," such as dry goods, shoes, pants, groceries and tinware. The ad stated that "The goods you will get will be as cheap as the cheapest and the money we get for them will help your humble servant, J. E. Horner, agent." Miss Howison also has a copy of the Bogata Democrat, published Jan. 11, 1907. T. Theo Thompson was editor and W. R. Baxter was manager. The five-column paper was priced at 50 cents a year, presumably cash in advance. News items included a dog killing at Johntown following a report that a mad dog had gone through and bitten several local dogs. Page one display ads included F. F. Marable and Bro. at Clarksville, and S.H. Bell of Deport. APPARENTLY assuming that everyone already knew most of the local news, the newspapers concentrated on state, national and foreign reports. After all, that was before the day of radio, and during the heyday of small telephone exchanges when local news was broadcast to listening-in-ears. One more item from 1898 Rosalie Courier: the "We are blessed with musicians in the city. Mr. Marks has the autoharp, Mr. Bob Sloan the violin, L. W. Lassiter the mandoline, C. M. Patton the jews harp." What a treat it must have been to hear L. W. Lassiter come down on that MANDOLINE.