Chronicles of Smith County, Texas Volume 50, 2020


Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Volume 50, 2020


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Chronicles of Smith County, Texas has been published by the Smith County Historical Society since 1962. The articles are always informative about the county’s history and often include photographs, maps and tables.

All issues have been published in an 8.5 inch X 11 inch, soft cover format. With the large number of topics already covered since its beginning, past issues of Chronicles are important resources for any person researching our history!

Indexes, each covering a 10-year span of Chronicles, are also available and provide the invaluable keys to this saved history.



Table of Contents:

  • Front Cover: Art Work by Sylvia Ford.

  • Inside Front Cover: Memorials to James Wilkins (1931-2020) and Andrew L. Leath (1954-2021) and a listing of the staff of the Chronicles.

  • Garden Valley, by Andrew L. Leath, pages 2-27.

  • A Photo From Our Past: Walters Bluff Bridge,  page 27.

  • Carnegie Hero Fund Awardees:  Smith County, Texas, by Carol Kehl, pages 28-38.

  • Benjamin Goss and Universe Community, by Vicki Betts, pages 39-41.

  • Universe Cemetery, by Vicki Betts, pages 42- 43.

  • 1860 Minutes of the Commissioners Court, abstracted by Andrew L. Leath, pages 44-58.

  • The Murder of Frank Griffin, Deputy United States Marshal, by Mark Thacker, pages 59-63.

  • An Honest Man;” Mc D Lorance, 1823-1884, pages 64-67.

  • Smith County Colored Teachers’ Institute, 1920, by Vicki Betts, pages 68-79.

  • A Photo from Our Past: 1937 Beckham Street Overpass (The Viaduct), page 79.

  • Macedonia Community, by Vicki Betts, pages 80-84.

  • A Photo from Our Past: Pounds Field Tower, page 84.

  • Smith County Tax Rolls, 1849, Part 1, by Andrew L. Leath, pages 85-99.

  • Officers of Society and Memberships (Extraordinary Supporters), page 100.

  • Insides Back Cover: Contributors.

  • Back Cover: Images of Weldon M. Praytor’s Carnegie.

Check out our Chronicles Index – a compilation of our four published books of indexes and the unpublished volumes of indexes. Note: this does not include this issue as yet but it will shortly. 


Additional information

Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 0.5 in


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