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BEAUMIER, WALTER RAYMOND

BEAUMIER, WALTER RAYMOND (1906–1965). Walter Raymond (Beau) Beaumier, newspaper publisher and civic leader, was born on October 7, 1906, in Hallettsville, Texas, the son of Walter R. Beaumier, Sr. He went to school in Bartlett, Schwertner, Salado, and Belton. He became a reporter as a young man and was, in succession, a reporter and city editor for the San Antonio Express (see SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS), city editor of the Galveston News, and city editor of the Beaumont Enterprise-Journal (see BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE). At age nineteen, in Galveston, he became the youngest news editor of a metropolitan newspaper in the United States. Beaumier left the newspaper field in 1938 to work as a chamber of commerce executive in Beaumont. In 1941 he moved to Lufkin to manage the chamber of commerce there. In April 1943 he became vice president and general manager of the Lufkin News.

He served as president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, the Texas Press Association, the North and East Texas Press Association, the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association, and the UPI Editors' Association. He also served on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas School of Journalism. He was a director of the Texas Forestry Association and of FACTS for East Texas, an information group on forestry problems. He was also regional vice president of the Texas Manufacturers Associationqv. Beaumier worked with numerous civic organizations and belonged to both the Lufkin Rotary Club and the Lufkin Elks Lodge. He was also a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church. In August 1965 he resigned from the Texas Historical Survey Commission to accept appointment from Governor John Connally to the Texas Commission for Indian Affairs (see TEXAS INDIAN COMMISSION).

For many years Beaumier's daily column, "I Could Be Wrong," appeared on the editorial page of the Lufkin Daily Newsqv. Although he was a Republican in fiercely Democratic Angelina County, Beaumier remained a popular editor. During his tenure the News won more excellence awards than any paper its size in the South. Twice during a three-year period, Beaumier was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedom Foundation. In 1929 he married a woman named Mary, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, in Pearsall, Texas; they had one daughter. Beaumier died on September 1, 1965, and was buried in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Houston Chronicle, April 4, 1954. Lufkin Daily News, September 25, 1965. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Megan Biesele

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Megan Biesele, "BEAUMIER, WALTER RAYMOND," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbe12), accessed October 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.