William S. Adair,
Reporter on News,
Studied Law, Edited
Own Weekly a While,
Known for Texas Lore
Sterett Adair, 78, member of the editorial staff of The
Dallas News for thirty-one years and widely known for his authorship
of weekly historical sketches of pioneers who built Texas, died
at 11:45 p.m. Monday at his home, 4133 Cole avenue. Though
he had been ill more than a week, his death was unexpected and
came as a shock to his associates.
Mr. Adair was born at Hawesville,
Ky., and educated at Lexington for the practice of law, but after
coming to Texas in 1876, soon after forsook the bar to follow
Once Edited Own Weekly.
He followed varied pursuits, chiefly
connected with the publishing industry, before joining the staff
of The News. For a time, he was connected with the State Fair
of Texas Association, and once he published a weekly paper in
At one period, he took up the practice
of law, and for a time, was in a partnership with Barry Miller,
former Lieutenant Governor of Texas. Also, he worked on
a San Antonio newspaper for a time.
Nephew of Colonel Sterett.
He was a nephew of the late Col.
William Greene Sterett, widely known political and editorial
writer for The News, and bore his family name.
In the last few years, Mr. Adair
frequently commented on the changes that have taken place in
Texas journalism since 1876.
Reluctant to Drop Pencil.
- February 14, 1933,
The Dallas Morning News, p. 13, col. 4.
The change from the pencil to the
typewriter in the city newsroom was one that Mr. Adair noticed
most. He had given long years of service in which reporters
wrote all their stories by hand, and he abstained from using
a typewriter for some time after they had come into general use.
For the last several years, he
had been on special assignment, the best known of which, were
his weekly stories of early-day Texas, and in which he developed
a historical accuracy that made them of great value to research
Mr. Adair is survived by his wife,
two sons, John R. Adair of Dallas and E. L. Adair, Opelousas,
La.; a brother, John Adair, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Johnson
and Miss Eliza Adair, all of Hawesville, Ky., and four grandchildren.
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