1939-40 W.E. Buckner San Marcos Record



The Buckner brothers, Addison and Walter, and their father, T.A., purchased the San Marcos Record in 1921.

Walter Buckner, 62nd president, was in charge of editorial and his brother supervised the back shop.

He was born Sept. 21, 1895, in Bandera where his father owned the Bandera Enterprise. At age 8 he started “sticking” type after school and on Saturdays. He spent summer vacations working for the Center Point News and Kerrville Advance.

In 1913 Buckner attended the University of Texas for two years, but ran short of money so he leased the Center Point News. At the end of a year, he was still short of funds, so he borrowed enough to return for another year’s college work.

In spring 1917 he enlisted in the Engineer Reserve Corps, but soon took an examination for a commission in the cavalry. He spent two and a half years as a lieutenant in the cavalry.

His wife was Edith Beasley and they had a daughter.

He was president of South Texas Press Association in 1929-30.