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DANIELS, VICTOR VALE

DANIELS, VICTOR VALE (1869–1948). Victor Vale Daniels, journalist, was born on July 2, 1869, at Columbus, Texas, the son of J. M. Daniels, publisher of the Colorado Citizen (see COLORADO COUNTY CITIZEN). After learning journalism from his father and by working on the Citizen, he worked for newspapers in Bryan, Temple, and Austin. He published the Angelina County Press, but, on the basis of an attractive partnership offer from William Sydney Porter, sold out and moved to Austin. With Porter (better known as O. Henry) and Dr. Dixie Daniels, he published Rolling Stone, a weekly humor paper in Austin. Porter had obtained the printing plant from W. C. Brann's Iconoclast in Waco, and together he and Daniels wrote many essays and short stories.

Daniels moved to Corpus Christi in 1922 as managing editor of the Corpus Christi Times (see CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES), where he published a serial history of Corpus Christi in May-July 1922. Under the close direction of W. E. Pope, the attorney who owned the Times, Daniels made sure that the paper followed the trial of Nueces county sheriff Frank Robinson for the murder of Fred Roberts, secretary of the local Ku Klux Klan. The trial, before Judge Mullally at Laredo in January 1923, was only perfunctorily covered by competitive news services. When the jury acquitted Sheriff Robinson at about 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 14, a competing paper was able to insert the story in its Sunday edition. Because the Times did not issue on Sundays, Daniels put a small card on his desk inscribed "Farewell Victory," which he considered the approximate English version of the name Victor Vale, and concerned himself with other news items. When the Times was sold to Houston Harte and Bernard Hanks, Daniels was permitted to remain in its employ until his retirement in 1935. He then worked as a pumper in nearby oilfields and operated a restaurant and bar. He died in Corpus Christi on March 14, 1948.

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Corpus Christi Times, March 27, 1936, March 15, 1948.

Frank Wagner

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

Frank Wagner, "DANIELS, VICTOR VALE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fda81), accessed September 18, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.