Department

History

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

In 2015, the Clark County Historical Association published “This ‘N That by Hal: A Collection of W. H. Halliburton’s News Features, 1909-1976.” As its title suggests, the book contains a variety of articles from a variety of newspapers from over six decades. Halliburton’s daughter, Caryl Halliburton Linton, lives in Arkadelphia and wrote the introduction for the collection of articles.

W. H. “Hal” Halliburton spent his entire career as a journalist. Born in 1887 in Reydel, he attended Ouachita College. His byline first appeared in 1909 when he began writing for the school’s literary magazine, “Ripples.” By 1920, Halliburton was hired as the city editor of the “Daily Siftings Herald.” During this time he also served as a “stringer” for the “Arkansas Gazette,” “Texarkana Gazette,” “Memphis Commercial Appeal,” and other area papers. He wrote feature articles for the “Arkansas Democrat” Sunday magazine section. In 1943, Halliburton left the “Daily Siftings Herald” to edit the weekly “Southern Standard,” where he remained until his retirement.

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