A Guide to the Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953
Born in 1878, Virgil N. Lott worked as both a journalist and writer, covering the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. In 1909, he quit his job with the Galveton Daily News and established The Monte Christo Hustler, an early English language newspaper in south Texas. Six months later, Lott moved to Mission and founded the Mission Times in 1911. He then moved to Roma and worked for the U. S. Immigration Service and the U. S. Customs Service. After retiring in 1949, Lott wrote several historical narratives such as The Kingdom of Zapata, People and Plots on the Rio Grande, and "The Rio Grande Valley." He died in 1960.
Longoria, Arturo. "Virgil Lott, Journalist."Texas Highways, January 1998. Accessed July 8, 2011.
Composed of an unpublished original manuscript of “The Rio Grand Valley”, the Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953, chronicles the history and culture of the Rio Grande Valley. Topics include the Mexican War, peyote, bull fighting, agriculture, commerce, education, religion, military affairs, and politics in the Valley. Additionally, the narrative mentions such notable individuals as Robert E. Lee, George Meade, Antonio de Lopez de Santa Anna, and Zachary Taylor.
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Virgil N. Lott Narrative, 1953, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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