Vol 8, No 176
June 24, 1880
Author of State Song, John Marsh born in 1880
William John Marsh born
LONDON, ENG (1880)
On this date in 1880 William John March, composer of the State Song of Texas, "Texas Our Texas" was born in England.
March migrated to Fort Worth in 1907, where he later became a professor at Texas Christian University. He wrote "Texas Our Texas in 1924. In 1929, the Texas Legislature officially adopted the songs as the official State Song.
John Phillip Sousa described the song as the finest state song he had ever heard.
Paris Junior College Established
On this date in 1924, Paris Junior College was established.