Marion County, Alabama
Marion County Democrat
1900 - 1904
From the introduction from the roll of microfilm from the Alabama Department of Archives and History:
In January 1900, J. M. YOUNG moved his newspaper [Winfield Enterprise] from Winfield to Hamilton, retitling it The Marion County Democrat. The new version's first issue (January 26) promised that Young would "continue a vigorous fight for the principles of Democracy.
After five years, its editor frankly admitted that the Democrat had "not reaped a bountiful financial harvest" and abandoned it as of May 5, 1904. His future endeavors were centered on The Carbon Hill Enterprise.
Note: Some of the issues contain colored ink and are less legible than other issues - microfilm reader doesn't do as well with color.
The Editor of the Democrat has purchased the Carbon Hill Enterprise and will continue the publication of that paper. We are not trying to play W. R. HEARST and corner on all the newspapers of this section, but we are trying to work to our best interest and believe we have made a good investment. Carbon Hill is a thriving wide awake town and gives evidence of having a great future. (Marion County Democrat, April 21, 1904)
The undersigned having purchased the Carbon Hill Enterprise and not wishing to have the responsibility of publishing two papers will discontinue the publication of The Marion County Democrat with this issue and will transfer all the business of the paper to the books of the Carbon Hill Enterprise. All contracts for advertising or subscription will be completed at Carbon Hill. If you have paid your subscription in advance you will receive the Enterprise the full time for which you have paid, and if you are in arrears the Enterprise will also come to your address until a satisfactory adjustment can be made of said arrears. If you desire to have the paper discontinued come at once and settle.
In making this change we do it not "because we love the people of Winfield less, but love the people of Carbon Hill more." For if there is a place on God's green earth that will ever have a green spot in our memory it is Winfield. If we had Rockefeller's wealth and were looking for a place in which to settle down and spend the rest of our days in perfect happiness and quietude we would say, "put us off at Winfield." But as we are looking for a place to get rocks and not to spend them we are fully convinced that the change we are about to make is for our best interest.
It is with a feeling of deep sorry what we leave dear old Marion, for, although we have not reaped a bountiful financial harvest we feel that our experience will prove as a great capital stock in the life work that is before us.
We have endeavored to do all the good we could and as little harm as possible. How well we have succeeded we cannot say, though we hope our efforts have not been in vain. We have not intentionally wounded the feelings of anyone, though we have perhaps done so. No newspaper will do its duty unless it tramples on the feelings of some one. We hold nothing against anyone and wish for all and more especially our patrons, a full share of health, happiness, and prosperity.
We now make our bow and bid you good by but not farewell.
J. W. YOUNG
(Marion County Democrat, May 5, 1904)
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