Marion County, Alabama
Winfield Enterprise - 1899 - 1900
1899 - 1900
From the microfilm from the Alabama Department of Archives and History:
Since the January 12, 1899 issue of the weekly Winfield Enterprise is labeled "Vol 1, No 9" the paper apparently was founded in December 1898. Its original proprietor and editor, R. F. CARNES, had briefly owned The Hamilton News-Press in 1895. CARNES sold the Enterprise in June 1899. Its new editor, J. M. YOUNG, moved the paper to Hamilton in January 1900 and renamed it The Marion County Democrat. Future issues were numbered consecutively with the predecessor titles.
WINFIELD ENTERPRISE 1900
January 26, 1900, The Winfield Enterprise moved to Hamilton and changed its name to the Marion County Democrat.
The Winfield Enterprise began its residence in Winfield in January 1899 with R. F. CARNES as the editor. The June 8, 1899 issue lists FRED LAWRENCE as the new editor with the following entries:
With this issue of the Enterprise, the undersigned firm takes charge and hereafter will edit and publish it. As heretofore, it will be published in the interest of Winfield and vicinity. The paper will not be as large as before having abolished the ready print, but what is more desirable, will be all home print. All we ask of the public is a liberal support and will endeavor to give them a paper second to no country paper in North Alabama. VICKERY & ASTON - (Winfield Enterprise, June 8, 1899)
We see from the Winfield enterprise that Mr. CARNES has severe his connection with the journal and that Messrs VICERY & ASTON will continue its publication. We wish Mr. CARNES much success in whatever business he may engage. To the management we extend our hand. May they make the Enterprise a success - [Marion Co News] (Winfield Enterprise, June 8, 1899)
TO THE PUBLIC
In taking charge of the Enterprise with this issue, I do so hoping to have the good will of every persons. I will endeavor to give you a nice, clean, newsy sheet, and shall expect a liberal patronage from the public in return. As to politics, the Enterprise will remain Democratic - advocating principles it thinks is right. But will devote its columns largely to other matter than politics. I promise to use every effort to improve the Enterprise and make it one of the leading weeklies.
FRED LAWRENCE (Winfield Enterprise, June 8, 1899)
TO THE PUBLIC
I wish to say that I thank the people who have been helping to push The Enterprise along, and especially praise the good people of Winfield for the kindness shown The Enterprise and myself.
Mr. J. W. YOUNG, having purchased an interest in the paper will edit it in future and I will no longer be connected with it.
While everything else in Winfield is growing, I hope the Enterprise will not be neglected, but will become a weekly second to none in the state.
Hoping the publishers will be crowned with unlimited success, I beg to remain.
Very truly yours
With this issue of The Enterprise the undersigned assumed the editorial responsibility of this paper, having purchased an interest in the plant, and will with Messrs ELISHA VICKERY and W M ASTON continue its publication. The paper will of course remain Democratic, and on the live issues of the day we will advocate such as are equitable and right and to the best interest of the people of our town and county. Having come among you with the intention of making this my future home I shall have no other desire but to see Winfield continue to grow until it is the leading town of West Alabama and The Enterprise will promote every effort possible to maintain this end.
I hope I will make no enemy of a subscriber or anyone else but secure and retain the friendship of all and be successful in building up the best weekly paper in this part of the state. To this end I ask your liberal patronage.
Yours very truly
J. W. YOUNG (Winfield Enterprise, July 13, 1899)
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