Before Facebook and Twitter, Ima Hogg’s name went viral--via newspapers in 1890s:
* Texas ought to be proud of its governor, Hogg, whose two girls and boy have been named by himself, “Ima Hogg, Ura Hogg and Moore Hogg.”
--The Atchison Champion [Atchison, Kansas], April 25, 1891.
* Governor Hogg of Texas named one of his daughters Ima Hogg. Her reproach to her father must be, “you’re another.”
--The Daily Evening Bulletin [San Francisco, California] May 2, 1891.
* The enemies of Gov. Hogg of Texas accuse him of naming his three children respectively Ima Hogg, Ura Hogg, and Moore Hogg. The Texas campaign promises to be one of the most unique on record, and the fear is expressed that it may become personal.
--St. Paul Daily News [Minneapolis, Minnesota], September 3, 1892.
* Gov. Hogg of Texas, who is visiting New York, is a man with a large sense of humor. He has two daughters, one of whom he named Ima Hogg and the other Ura Hogg. He wanted to name his son Bea Hogg, but his wife put a stop to that.
--The Penny Press [Minneapolis, Minnesota], July 7, 1894
* Ex-Governor Hogg of Texas takes the trouble to write to a Chicago paper that he has no children named Ura, Hesa, and Sheesa, but admits that he has a daughter named Ima. This seems to give his whole case away, says the Atlanta Constitution.
-- Fayetteville [North Carolina] Observer, December 5, 1896
* Ex-Governor Hogg of Texas, now at the Hawaiian Hotel, besides being a man of force and strong convictions, has a vein of humor which finds all sorts of channels. His two daughters are named Ima and Ura, and a son is named Moore. These three names, in fact, introduced in succession, invariably have the effect originally conceived of. Miss Ima Hogg is with her father here.
--The Hawaiian Gazette, September 6, 1898
* Ima Hogg is the startling and decidedly non-euphonic name of the fair, winsome and pretty, curly-haired daughter of Governor James S. Hogg, of Texas, who at the Fourth of July dinner at Tammany Hall set the braves wild by a rattling Bryan and silver speech. Regarding the peculiar name of his daughter, the Governor says: “I suppose you have heard the ridiculous stories about the way my children are named. Now, the truth of the matter is, that my girl’s name is Ima Hogg. She was named by her mother. Her mother was reading a book somewhere in which one of the characters which interested her exceptionally was named Ima. About that time the little girl came along, and she was named Ima. We never noticed the play of her name until it was called to our attention. The boys all have rational names. They are Tom, Mike, and Will.”
--The North American [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], July 13, 1899.
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