T. H. “Hal” Cunningham, 105th president, was born in Henrietta and worked as a printer’s devil for the Henrietta Independent and Henrietta Peoples Review in high school.
After graduation, he worked for The Electra Star before entering the University of Texas where he worked his way through as a Linotype operator at the University Press.
He served as reporter and night editor on The Daily Texan and was a member of The Cactus yearbook staff. He graduated in 1931 with a bachelor of journalism degree, but when he realized he was making the union scale of $39 a week as a Linotype operator, he re-entered the university and obtained a master of journalism in 1934.
World War II came and he went into the Army and eventually managed to get transferred to the Air Force, where he worked as laboratory chief of Eighth Air Force base laboratories in England and Belgium and rose to the rank of master sergeant.
He married Hazel May. In March 1959 the couple bought The Llano News.