In recording events, careful attention must be given to relative importance, their mutual relations, their causes and other consequences.
Without this consideration of the causes and their consequences of past events, history lacks its chief scientific and philosophic elements, and contributes little to one’s understanding of his own age or of the way in which he can best service his fellow man. (A quote from Dorothy Ruth Miller).
The J. Frank Norris Historical Society subscribes to this rule of historical research.
1. “J Frank Norris was no more racist
than everyone else in his lifetime.”
(reference - Barry Hankins)
2. “J Frank Norris was not cozy with the Klan.”
(reference - Texas Methodist Historical Society)
3. “J Frank Norris did not murder an unarmed man.”
(refer to the testimony from - Jane Hartwell)
4. “J Frank Norris never stood by and watched a lynching.”
(reference - The Waco Horror)
5. “J Frank Norris' heart was in the right place.”
(reference - H. L. Mencken)
6. "John Birch did more than any one man
to end the war in the Pacific."
(This is a quote from General Claire Chennault
according to Dr. John Rawlings and published in the
Biblical Evangelist, January 8, 2011)
7. "J Frank Norris was among the first
who denounced the fraudulent document,
"The Protocols of Zion." Many clergymen
assumed an ambivalent attitude toward
(Read the history of the Baptist Union)
8. "J Frank Norris, whatever the controversies,
deep in his character was the "spirit of
the builder". He built in beliefs, in
numbers and in stone. These monuments
(Amon G. Carter, Sr. editorial 1952)
9. J Frank Norris loved the Jews, as God's
chosen, because they produced the greatest
prophets and preachers of all time.
10. J Frank Norris was not a "shooting salvationist";
he was a defender of his life against the threat
of a would-be assassin.
(reference: The jury has spoken)
11. J Frank Norris, in rare fashion, proclaimed
12. J Frank Norris was not pretentious.
The Webster dictionary associates religiosity with
What you saw was what you got.
(reference: All of his admirers would agree ... H. L. Mencken as well.)
13. J Frank Norris had a grasp of world history.
He was at ease with potentates as well as the common man.
(reference: The record speaks for itself.)
14. J Frank Norris is quoted as saying the following:
15. J Frank Norris was not anti-Catholic. Such accusations
16. J Frank Norris was one of the most complex characters
17. J Frank Norris is a tonic for jaded spirits.
18. “J Frank Norris was not a “rabble rouser.”
19. "J Frank Norris could do anything with a crowd.
He could have them weeping,
he could have them laughing,
he could have them do anything,
and when you listened to him
you just were moved by him,
and you felt that way."
(W. A. Criswell, pastor First Baptist, Dallas Tx.)
20. J Frank Norris could make the plan of salvation
plain and simple. This art is missing today.
21. "J Frank Norris was the most honorable man I ever knew."
(Brooks Morris, founder of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, told me this in an interview in 1975.)
22. "When I get to heaven I want to look up that
gracious black man who carried me up the muddy banks
of the mighty Mississippi River. I was less than
6 yrs. of age and on my way to Texas.
My shiny red boots are still buried in that river."
~ J. Frank Norris
23. J Frank Norris was a “one man” crusader for reform, which is a characteristic of all reformers. Mobocracy is a poor alternative, religion notwithstanding.
24. The life J Frank Norris cannot be assessed by Wikipedia research methods.
25. The art of dialectics is like the pursuit
in the ear of an unsuspecting maid.
26. J Frank Norris was a proponent of free speech ...
if you doubt it, there's more to come.
27. The J. Frank Norris that I knew never worried,