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HART, JUAN SIQUEIROS

HART, JUAN SIQUEIROS (1856–1918). Juan S. Hart, publisher, editor, engineer, and sportsman, the son of Jesusita (Siqueiros) and Simeon Hart, was born on June 24, 1856, at Hart's Mill, at the falls on the Rio Grande, now within the city of El Paso. The community was founded by his father in 1849. Hart was educated at Christian Brothers College in St. Louis, where he received a degree in engineering. After his graduation he returned to El Paso to supervise his father's business. In 1881 he served as El Paso city engineer. He played first and second base on the city's first baseball team. In 1882 he became a partner and editor of the El Paso Link, which was soon purchased by the El Paso Times; in November 1884 Hart and J. H. Bate purchased the Times. Hart was editor until 1900, when he tried unsuccessfully to retire, and from 1903 until the sale of the Times in 1910. During his tenure the Times launched a campaign for more irrigation water and then for more dependable domestic water. It fought for the removal of gambling houses and red-light districts and helped to expose civic corruption. Hart retired to his summer home at Mountain Park, New Mexico, where he died on July 15, 1918. He was buried in the family vault at Hart's Mill.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

John Middagh, Frontier Newspaper: The El Paso Times (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1985). Vertical File, Southwest Collection, El Paso Public Library.

Conrey Bryson

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Conrey Bryson, "HART, JUAN SIQUEIROS," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhafg), accessed October 23, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.