Chronicles of Smith County, Texas Volume 53, 2023


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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: Tyler Daily Courier-Times, April 27, 1957

  • Inside Front Cover: listing of the staff of the Chronicles, Board Members

  • Twister! The Tyler Tornado, April 27, 1957, by Vicki Betts, pages 2-17

  • From Tyler to Hollywood:  Ralph Jester’s Journey, by Carol Kehl, pages 18-25

  • Early Trails and Roads of Smith County, by Randal Gilbert, pages 26-35

  • Reorienting Richard B. Hubbard’s Role in the Far East, by Melody Mott, pages 36-43

  • Freeman Miller, “Giant Oak of His Race,” Passes; Pronounced One of God’s Nobleman, by Sledge Smith, Tyler Journal, April 26, 1935, edited by Vicki Betts, pages 44-47

  • The History of Bethlehem (First) Baptist Church, Ross at Lollar, Tyler, Texas, edited by Vicki Betts, pages 48-59

  • Baptist Hill Neighborhood and the Blakemore Family, by Vicki Betts and Brenda Choy, pages 60-61

  • Presidents of the Smith County Historical Society, 1959-2023, pages 62-63

  • Stories from Our Past: 100 Years Ago in the Tyler Daily Courier-Times, page 64

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

  • Back Cover: Ralph Jester’s Costume Design for “Omar Khayyam,” 1957

Check out our Chronicles Index – a compilation of our four published books of indexes and the unpublished volumes of indexes.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 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 0.5 in


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