The Paradise of Texas, volume 1: Clarksville and Red River County, 1846-1860


The material set forth in this two-volume series is from The Northern Standard, a weekly newspaper published in Clarksville, a small town in the northeastern corner of Texas. Founded in 1842 by Charles DeMorse, a New York lawyer and veteran of the Texas Revolution, the paper was published under his editorship for forty-six years. The paper grew to become the second largest in circulation in Texas and DeMorse himself was hailed as the Father of Texas Journalism. Clarksville had been settled only a decade before the newspaper but it was prospering. DeMorse reported first-hand on the town’s activities, the marriages and deaths of its citizens, the celebration of its holy days and holidays, the progress of the crops, the moods of the weather, what the merchants had to sell, and on a hundred other threads that, woven together, present us with a tapestry of the day to day life of the Texas settler/pioneer in 1846. The Standard provided its readers with a full offering of what was happening in Clarksville, Northern Texas (as well as the rest of Texas), the nation, and even the world of the mid-1800s. This rich source of names, dates and other genealogical tidbits is enhanced by indices.

Richard B. Marrin and Lorna Geer Sheppard

2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 322 pp.

ISBN: 9780788442414