THE REFLECTOR, which is edited and published by C.M. Harger, was established in Abilene in 1883. In May, 1887, a daily edition was added, which has had a continuous and successful existence since. The weekly Reflector is an eight-page, seven-column paper, all home print, and the daily, published every evening except Sunday, is a four-page, six column sheet with afternoon dispatches. The papers are published by the Reflector Publishing Company, an organization including a score of the leading business men of Abilene. This company has a capital stock of $20,000, and ranks among the stongest institutions in the city. The President of the company is John J. Cooper, ex-County Treasurer and one of Dickinson County's first settlers. The Vice-president is O.L. Moore, of the law firm of Burton & Moore, and one of the leading attorneys of the city. Mr. Moore came to this county from West Virginia and taught school in Enterprise and Solomon City, after which he filled the office of County Attorney. He is a prominent Grand Army man and Mason, a fluent speaker and a power in Republican politics. The Secretary and Business Manger, Richard Warring, is another early settler. After coming to Dickinson County, he first resided in Ridge Township. In 1882, he was elected County Clerk and re-elected in 1884 and 1886. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and is a Knight Templar.
The Managing Editor, Charles M. Harger, was born in Phelps, N.Y., in 1863, and came to Dickinson County in 1880. He has done considerable literary work outside of his paper, and his name appears in the columns of Scribner's Magazine, The Independent, Youth's Companion, Frank Leslie's, etc. He also pleads guilty to having written verses which have appeared in equally good publications, but he now claims to have reformed. He was married in 1889 to Miss Blanche Bradshaw, of Hope, Kan. They have one child, a daughter.
The Board of Directors includes beside the above Homer W. Wilson, a son of Hon. V.P. Wilson, who is foreman of the composing room, and A.W. Rice, one of Abilene's leading capitalists and President of the Citizens' Bank. The Reflector is the official paper of the county and does a large book-binding and job-printing business. It is uncompromisingly Republican in its politics, and is the party organ in Dickinson County.
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