Thomas H R Poteet, Paris Texas

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Thomas H R Poteet, Paris Texas - Wednesday. Liberation of Paris, France...
Wednesday. Liberation of Paris, France Announced Day Before Paris, Texas Notes 100th Anniversary Liberation of Paris, France from German occupation, by the Allied Armies and the French patriots, was made known to Paris, Texas, just one day before the one hundredth anniversary 01 Paris as the county seat of Lamar County by the gift of George W Wright of 50 acres of land or which to build a court house and a toxvn. August 24, 1844, George Wright executed a bond of $10,000 payable to George W. Stell, Clai- aorne Chisum and John Emberson Emberson (the elder), conditioned that he would make them a deed as commissioners appointed by Chief Justice John A. Rutherford to locate locate the county seat, as soon as he could get his deed from Larkin Rattan, from whom he had bought 1,000 acres. Piris Chosen By Vote Paris had been chosen by vote of the people in February, 1844, as the place for the county seat, receiving 267 votes, with 129 votes for Mount Vernon where the county seat then was located, and 21 votes for Somerville. Court had been held in April in Wright's store, where now is the west side of the Plaza, but Lamar Count} did not own the site until th making of Wright's bond, George Wright had bought his land in 1839 and built a store anc a home, and called the settlemen' Paris. The name was suggested by Thomas H. R. Ppteet, who was employed in Wright's store, anc who admired the French city said to be the most beautiful city in the world. He and Wright believed believed their Paris could be made the most beautiful town in Texas, if not in the entire world. Poteet was not a Frenchman. He had aeen a merchant in Tennessee until until his partner swindled him and ic came to Texas to recoup his fortune if possible. His grandson, .he late Gibbons Poteet, said that the family name derived from the presence in France of a body of scots who had gone over there to help the French king fight his enemies. enemies. They were big men and the Drench people called them affec- ionately "Petite" (little fellows) nd th&t became their name. Lat» r some of them came to America nd brought the nam* with them, but spelled, it differently. If that tradition be. true, there was .really some connection between the two places named Paris. Rejoice With Oririnal Paris So Paris today rejoices with all the Allies that the original Paris is freed of the invaders. George Wright and Thomas H. R.'Poteet are long ago gone to their eternal rest, as have all the other men and women who saw the birth of Paris, Texas. Could they see the Paris of today they would know that their hope had become a reality—for reality—for Paris is a bea'utiful city and one of which its citizens may well be proud, as It enters iti second century of existence. There are other towns and cities cities named Paris. They are in Arkansas, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi, Missouri New York. Ohio Tennessee and Virginia, and a Paris crossing in Indiana, with x>pulations ranging from :han one hundred to about 1 OVERSEAS GITTS—KlStO etectMn «v*ne** ftft* ped, masted, injured free. Ope* nines. Xtoh I

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 23 Aug 1944, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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