W.T. Block: Southeast Texas loses a 'dedicated' historian

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Southeast Texas' most faithful chronicler has entered the history he long made a passion of recording.

W.T. Block, dubbed by a colleague "the dean of Southeast Texas history," died Saturday. He was 87.

Block dedicated his life to researching and recording the region's history, said Robert Schaadt, director/archivist of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty.

"Mr. Block, he wrote more Southeast Texas history than anybody, beginning to end," Schaadt said. "His record will probably never be surpassed."

Author of many books, some published and some not, Block will long be remembered for three in particular, Schaadt said: "A History of Jefferson County, Texas From Wilderness to Reconstruction," "East Texas Mill Towns and Ghost Towns" and "Sour Lake, Texas: From Mud Baths to Millionaires."

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