Home of Whitney Montgomery - Poet
Historical Marker
Eureka, Navarro County, Texas


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Location: Eureka: US 287, 1/2 mile west of Eureka, Texas

Home of Whitney Montgomery, 
Poet (1877-1966)

Born in Navarro County in white-columned house across pasture south of this site. Began to write poetry when he was 15 years old. Author of more than 500 published poems which appeared in many major magazines; won numerous poetry prizes. Moved to Dallas, 1927. Was editor and publisher of "Kaleidograph" magazine and press. Helped to organize and was vice president of the poetry society of Texas. His home was honored in this poem:

I Own a Home
I can not boast of a broad estate,
But I own a home with a rose at the gate.

I Hold the title, and I keep the keys,
And in and out I can go as I please.

My home is not grand, but I live content,
For no man sends me a bill for rent.

And no man comes with a brush and a pail
To paint a sign on my door, "FOR SALE."

I can not boast of a broad estate,
But I own a home with a rose at the gate.

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