Jesse Edward Grinstead (1866-1948)

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Jesse Edward Grinstead

Birthplace: Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 08, 1948 (81)
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Whitesboro, Grayson County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Travis Grinstead and Miranda Elizabeth Grinstead
Husband of Gertrude Wright Grinstead and Sarah Frances Grinstead
Brother of Varina Davis Taylor (Grinstead) (1861-1953); Bessie Eugenia Bounds; Hugh Fox Grinstead; Pam Grinstead; Mrs. W. C. Gillespie and 1 other

Occupation: author
Managed by: William Martin Schneider
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About Jesse Edward Grinstead (1866-1948)

Jesse Edward Grinstead was a publisher, editor, poet, and politician who in later life wrote Western fiction. He wrote over 30 novels and short stories. At least two of his stories, The Scourge of the Little C and Sunset of Power became Hollywood films. By 1860 Grinstead's parents who were living near Long Prairie in Mississippi County, MO returned to Grinstead's birthplace, Owensboro, KY.

By 1868 Grinstead's family returned to MO to a farm in Pettis County, not far from where his grandfather, Jesse Grinstead, had farmed since before the 1840s. In 1884 the family left MO to settle in Indian Territory near the town of Oakland where William Grinstead would serve as their first postmaster. A few years later when Grinstead's family moved to Whitesboro, TX, Jesse Edward chose to remain behind. He supported himself with odd jobs until he became a printer with the Ardmore Weekly Courier. In 1893 he founded the "Oakland Indian Territory News", the town's first newspaper. Six years later he moved to Kerrville in hope that the move would alleviate his wife's lung condition.

He then purchased the "Kerrville News" and renamed it "The Kerrville Mountain Sun." In 1903 he was elected mayor of Kerrville and in 1906 he was elected to the state legislature. He served on the Kerrville school board.

He sold his interest in the "Mountain Sun" to Terrell Publishing and devoted his time to writing. He published 30 novels and short stories and from 1921-1925, he published a magazine of poems and short stories promoting the area called "Grinstead's Graphic." When he died he had 100 works that were unpublished.

Source: Wikipedia 1/8/2016

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Jesse Edward Grinstead (1866-1948)'s Timeline

October 16, 1866
Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, United States
March 8, 1948
Age 81
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, United States
Whitesboro, Grayson County, Texas, United States