From the introduction from the roll of microfilm
from the Alabama Department of Archives and History:
The Hamilton Free Press and The Hamilton News
Press - These two weeklies are part of an intersting, if
confusing, chapter in Marion County's publication history.
The Hamilton Free Press was founded on October 11, 1893, with J.
S. CLEMENTS as editor and proprietor. R. N. TERRILL, who had
started The Marion County News in July 1894, purchased The Free
Press at the end of that year. For most of its brief tenure,
The Hamilton News-Press was thus "the only newspaper publislhed in
Marion County, Alabama.: It first appeared on January 2,
CLEMENTS had remained as editor of the united
News-Press, but was replaced in June by S. E. WILSON. On
August 1, TERRILL sold the paper to R. F. CARNES, who sold it in
turn to his editor and G. J. WILSON on November 27. What was
presumably the last issue of the News-Press appeared on December
26. On January 2, 1896, The Marion County News returned to
publication, with the WILSONS listed as editors and owners.
It continued under that title until 1959.
From 1st issue of the Hamilton
News Press: - January 2, 1895
TO THE PUBLIC
We have purchased the Free Press outfit and with
this issue we combine the Marion County News and The Free
Press. The two papers will now be The Hamilton
News-Press. The paper will continue to give the general
state and county news, and the combination does not erase the
former principle which the papers both carried, viz: Democratic
principles. We, as always, hope for a liberal support of all
our county people, and will do our best to give you the worth of
your money. We solicit patronage with view of giving value
received for all we get.
R. N. TERRELL