On my desk sits a copy of the Oct. 4, 1930, edition of the Henderson Daily News, not a copy of the paper but a printed out version of the original.
I daresay an original paper would be far too delicate to handle being shuffled around my desk.
The Oct. 4, 1930, edition represents “Volume 1, Number 1” of our long run as the official paper of record for the city of Henderson and, by extension, the people of Rusk County.
Emblazoned across the top in large “second coming” type, the paper reads: “Joiner’s Wildcat a Gusher!”
“Located on Miller Farm, seven miles west of Henderson, announced as Rusk County’s first producing oil well — estimated at 5,000 barrels,” the story continues.
The reporter, who is not named in a byline, writes that overnight the “staid old town of Henderson” (his words, not mine!) had become a fast-growing seat of the state’s newest oil field. My own hometown of Overton went from 400 or so farmers and ranchers spread out around the railroad to nearly 4,000 roughnecks and merchants.
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