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Katie Daffan was also famous local figure


She might not have been world celebrated but one Ennis resident was famous in Texas and throughout the South, and might well have been included in the article that accompanies today’s column. Katie Daffan is a name that’s known to my readers, as I have often included her on this page. Also, some years ago (in 2006, I believe), I wrote an in-depth biographical series on Katie for the Ennis Daily News. More recently, I mentioned her in an article I did for Ennis Now Magazine back when I was editor there. Without question, Katie Daffan, who lived her final years in Ennis, was the most distinguished public figure to call the Bluebonnet City home. She first rose to prominence as a journalist and social activist in the early 1900s, interested mainly in education and women’s rights. The author of eight books, “Miss Katie,” as she was popularly known, later became literary editor of the Houston Chronicle and president of the Texas Women’s Press Association. In 1911 she was also the first female elected to head a state agency, the Confederate Woman’s Home in Austin. Miss Katie even campaigned for governor in 1930, but withdrew from the race when her candidacy threatened to split the Democratic vote. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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