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A hill far away


One of the local historical figures portrayed by actors at the Myrtle Meander Halloween tour yesterday was WWII hero Lt. Jack Lummus, an Ennis native who played football for the New York Giants before losing his life at Iwo Jima in 1945. But he wasn’t the only local man to serve in that legendary battle. […]

Estate sale rekindles memories of woman who helped build Telico


An estate sale next week in Telico will make more available than jewelry, old furnishings, classic pop bottles and power tools. Find this story and much more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Local woman created first Ennis tourism slogan in 1930


“Where railroads and cotton fields meet.” Synonymous with Ennis for nearly 40 years, the motto is remembered today only by older residents. Find this story and more in Sunday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Legendary EDN editors remembered

Fay Casebolt (seated, in blue),  was society editor for  the EDN from 1948 until 1993. She's seen here with fellow  members of the Twenieth Century Club.

As 2016 marks The Ennis Daily News 125th birthday, a milestone that will be celebrated in the upcoming September-October issue of Hometown Living, locals are sharing memories of one of the greatest journalism teams to head up the newspaper since it was founded in 1891. Get this story and more in the Sunday edition of […]

A long forgotten grave at Myrtle Cemetery

General Sam Houston's secretary and legal advisor, James  Carroll Smith, is buried at Myrtle Cemetery.

Although his name isn’t included on the marker erected at Myrtle Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission in 1980, a well-known player in our state’s history is among distinguished citizens interred there. For more on this bit of history, pick up a copy of The Ennis Daily News Sunday edition.

New way to tour your city

070914 Emporium tease

Ennis’ Historical Society will unveil a new way for Ennis residents and tourists to learn about the history of the nearly 143-year-old city.

History of Ennis, Texas

In 1871, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC) purchased 647 acres of land in Ellis County at a price of $5.00 per acre, establishing the line’s northern terminus. On June 8, 1872 this site was established as the City of Ennis. The namesake of the town was Cornelius Ennis, an early official of the […]

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