Barrett, P. Montgomery (1897–1949)

By: Dorman H. Winfrey

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

P. Montgomery (Monte) Barrett, cartoonist and author, the son of Edward Wesley and Clara May (Prow) Barrett, was born in Mitchell, Indiana, on June 19, 1897. He attended the University of California and DePauw University but left college in his senior year, 1917, to join the navy for service during World War I. He was foreign correspondent during the Villareal revolution in Mexico. Barrett came to Texas for a short time in 1920 but soon went to Chicago as feature editor of the Chicago Herald and Examiner. He returned to Texas in 1922 and worked on newspapers in several Texas cities until his retirement from active newspaper work in May 1928. In 1927 he began the "Jane Arden" comic strip, which was syndicated. Barrett made his home in San Antonio and wrote various magazine articles and historical novels. Three of his books with Texas backgrounds were Sun in Their Eyes (1944), Tempered Blade (1946), and Smoke up the Valley (1949). He died in New York on October 8, 1949, and was buried in San José Cemetery in San Antonio. He was survived by his wife, Mary Helen (Caruth).

Florence Elberta Barns, Texas Writers of Today (Dallas: Tardy, 1935). San Antonio Express, October 9, 10, 1949.
  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Literature
  • Dramatists and Novelists
  • Fiction
  • Visual Arts
  • Cartooning

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

Dorman H. Winfrey, “Barrett, P. Montgomery,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994