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Huston - Thomas E.

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana.  Indianapolis, IN: AW   Bowen, 1913, Pg. 1090

One of the molders of public opinion in Montgomery County and   one of the most public-spirited and influential as well as   representative citizen sof the same is Thomas E. HUSTON, the able   and popular editor and publisher of the Waveland Independent and   he has shown himself to be a man of fine mentality and enterprise   and at the same time is a straightforward and unassuming   gentleman whom to know is to esteem and accord every respect. he   has shown himself at all times to be in hearty sympathy with the   development of this locality and willing to do all in his power   to encourage the same. Mr. Huston was born Feb 12, 1863 at   Lafonte, Madison Co Indiana and he is a son of Thomas Scott   Huston and Olive I. GIbson, both natives of Indiana. The father   was a carpenter by trade, which he followed successfully all his   life. He was a soldier for the union during the Civil War,   serving in Co. K, 12th Indiana Vol. Infantry, Army of the   Cumberland. His death occurred at Grand Junction, Tenn.

His   family consisted of two children, Ora L, deceased and Thomas E of   this sketch. Mr. Huston, our subject, was educated in the common   schools of Madison County, then entered a Normal School at   Danville, Indiana where he studied for a period of three years,   then became deputy surveyor of Delawre County, which position he   occupied with credit for a period of four years after which he   took up photography at Cannelton, Indiana which he followed with   success for a period of 7 years, then turned his attention to the   newspaper field and purchased the Waveland Independent, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, and is   still actively engaged in the publication of the same, having   removed to Waveland and here he has become one of our leading   citizens. He has made a great success and has improved the paper   in every way, editorially and from a mechanical standpoint and it   has proven to be a valuable medium for advertisers. While taking   much itnerest in public affairs of his county, Mr. Huston is not   active politically. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of   Pythias, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen.   Religiously, he is a member of the Christia Church, Disciple. Mr.   Huston is a pleasing gentleman to meet and is deservedly popular   with the people of his locality. - typed by kbz

Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, Nov 29, 1945

Thomas Edward HUSTON, former editor of the Independent died at his home Monday afternoon following an illness of one day. The Journal Review has this to say about Mr. Huston: Mr. Huston purchased the Independent in 1900 and published it until he was forced by ill health to retire in 1940. During that time, he established the publication as one of the outstanding weekly papers in this part of the state. His columns each week were replete with pungent humorous comments on the news of the day. Mr. Huston never lost interest in the paper where he spent most of his life. As long as he lived he wrote the column, "Lest We Forget" which was an item many readers looked forward to seeing. Before coming to Waveland, he had published at Cannelton, Indiana Enquirer. Mr. Huston was born at Alfonte, Indiana, Feb 22, 1863, the son of John B. and Louise Gibson Huston. His first marriage was to Clara LARGENT who died in 1894. He was united in marriage to Lou HOPKINS April 15, 1896 at Troy, Indiana. He was a graduate of Central Normal College with the degree of Bachelor of Science and was a devoted and active member of the Waveland Christian Church. There survive the wife; a daughter, Mrs. Nela Huston Lamb of Poplar Bluff, Mo; a son, James Clark Huston, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Another son, Albert preceded him in death. The funeral was preached at the home Thursday afternoon by an old friend and companion in the printing trade, the Rev. Ora McDaniels of Advance. Burial took place at Troy, Indiana on Friday.

Note from kbz:  Thomas E. Huston probably did more in the little community of Waveland than anyone else in our history.  Being a newspaper editor, he obviously talked the talk, but more importantly, he walked the walk.  If he said we needed a new library, it was done; if he noted the school needed a new roof, he found the power and the money to git 'r' dun, too.  Amazing man, as was his second wife, Louise Hopkins, who began several ladies' groups whereas before there was only the home for the gals.  His daughter by first wife, Clara Largent (died in 1894), was Ellen Tabitha, the first librarian of Waveland Public Library.  The whole family worked on getting the library and donated many books of their own to its beginning as well as promoting clubs to do the same.  Still a nifty library!

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