Abstracts from the Northern Standard and the Red River District [Texas]: August 26, 1848-December 20, 1851


The Northern Standard was a weekly newspaper first published in 1842 by Charles DeMorse in Clarksville, a small town in the northeastern corner of the Republic of Texas. The paper grew to become the second largest in circulation in Texas and DeMorse was hailed as the "Father of Texas Journalism". The wealth of information published in the Standard was important, both to the settlers in the mid-1800s and present-day researchers. Thousands of surnames of settlers can be found in the paper and there are details aplenty about small town daily life more than a hundred and fifty years ago. What was happening around town? What had come in from “back east” via the Red River steamers, and was now for sale in one of the stores on the Public Square? Who had lost his horse of found another’s? Who got married? Who died and from what? How was the Fourth of July or Christmas celebrated? How were the crops doing and what were the moods of the river and the weather? Throughout almost half a century of publishing, the Standard captured, in contemporaneous accounts, pictures of an emerging Texas. National and international news were also touched on. Both the genealogist and the student of Texas history will prize this work. For the genealogist, there is wealth of names of Americans heading west-nearly 4,500 surnames. For historians, this volume offers a taste of the people, events and attitudes in motion which were to shape Texas and the Unites States. An every name index enhances the text.

Richard B. Marrin and Lorna Geer Sheppard

2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 428 pp.

ISBN: 9780788444548