Chronicles of Smith County, Texas Volume 51, 2021


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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: Photograph by Vicki Betts.

  • Inside Front Cover: listing of the staff of the Chronicles.

  • For the Citizens of East Texas: The Desegregation of Tyler State Park, By Vicki Betts, pages 2-9.

  • Bootleggers in Smith County: History and Reminiscences, Randal B. Gilbert  pages 10-20.

  • “Lifting as We Climb”:  A History of the Utopia Club by Carol Kehl, pages 21-25.

  • A Caddo Occupation, by Mark Thacker, pages 26-28.

  • Personal Experiences of Lindsey Zollars During the Civil War, edited by  Vicki Betts & Randal B. Gilbert, pages 29-38.

  • Photos From our Past:  Ice Cream School page 39.

  • Programme of the Second Annual Commencement, Tyler Colored High School, Tyler, Texas, May 31, 1895, page 40.

  • 100 Years Ago at Texas College, page 41.

  • Six Smith County Baptist Churches:  Histories from the Tyler Newspaper, pages 42-49.

  • 1861 Minutes of the Commissioners Court, abstracted by Vicki Betts, pages 50-65.

  • Photos from Our Past:  James R. Adams, page 66.

  • Smith County Tax Rolls 1849 part 2, by Andrew L. Leath, page67-85.

  • 100 Years  Ago in Tyler Daily Courier-Times, compiled by Vicki Betts, pages 86-88.

  • Inside Back Cover: Contributors to this Issue and Special levels of Membership to the Society.

  • Back Cover: artwork by Dana Adams.

Check out our Chronicles Index – a compilation of our four published books of indexes and the unpublished volumes of indexes.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. 


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Dimensions 12 × 9 × 0.5 in


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