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San Antonio Surprise

Frances Donecker General

The San Antonio Surprise, a weekly newspaper, was started under the combined efforts of James P. Newcomb and A. W. Gifford. The paper was published from June 26, 1879, until as late as 1894. The Surprise is considered to be a forerunner of the San Antonio Light.

San Antonio Light, February 5, 1932.


  • Journalism
  • Newspapers

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

Frances Donecker, “San Antonio Surprise,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 29, 2020,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.