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History of Daviess and Gentry Counties Missouri – (Daviess County portion by John C. Leonard and Buel Leonard – Printed by Historical Publishing Company, 1922 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
It was not until 1853 that a newspaper was published within the county. At that time the Missouri Sun was established by Stearns and McKean. It was Democratic in politics.
James Graham, who purchased the Western Register from E. S. Darlington in 1862, changed the name of the paper to the Peoples Press. Although Mr. Graham was a Democrat, he made it a local rather than a party organ. In spite of its conservativeness, the editor incurred the wrath of the militia, and in 1864 the paper was suspended.
The establishment of the North Missourian is told by Mr. Kost, one of its first editors, in the Dec. 29, 1905, issue of that paper. He tells of coming to Gallatin in Aug., 1864, and of meeting B. J. Waters, a young lawyer, who suggested that they buy out Mr. Graham.
Harley Brundidge then became one of the editors. He retired after two years. Mr. Brundidge has since attained considerable fame as an editor, becoming chief director of the Los Angelos Express and Tribune. He was a member of the board that framed the charter for Los Angeles. At present he is President of the Railroad Commission of the state of California.
Ed. Howe, later editor of the Atchison Globe, was once an employee of the North Missourian. An interesting account of his life in Gallatin, is written by Judge McDougal.
Although not mentioned in any history of the county, the Columbia Statesman makes mention of a Democratic paper published in Gallatin from January, 1854, through 1858. The paper was published by G. W. Gardner and L. R. Stephens, and was known as the Gallatin Spectator.
The Democratic paper which had been published prior to and during the war had in the latter part of the war incurred the enmity of the militia and had been suppressed. The party now demanded an organ of expression, and the Torchlight was established in the summer of 1866, by James M. Gallimore and William H. Schrader. In October of the same year, Mr. Schrader sold his interest to his partner and went to Maryville, where in 1869 he acquired an interest in the Maryville Register, later the DeKalb County Herald. On Jan. 30, 1869, Mr. Gallimore sold the paper to Thomas and George Frame, and the paper was edited by Thomas Frame. In July, 1869, D. Harfield Davis took charge of the paper and from that time on the succcess of the paper was assured. The name was soon changed to Democrat.
The Daviess County Republican, a short-lived paper, was published in Gallatin. The last issue was in February, 1902. In the Gallatin Democrat of the following week, C. M. C. Showalter, the editor, made the following statement: "Not having been notified that last week's Daviess County Republican would be my last issue before the paper was out, I did not make my bow to the patrons of the paper as I should have, which I very much regret. I have no apologies to make ; I have done my best under the unfavorable circumstances that I have contended with." H. L. Eads, W. T. Paugh and others owned the plant.
The New Era was started in December, 1880, by E. A. Martin, now of the Pattonsburg Call. After nine months, the paper was suspended.
The next newspaper met with somewhat better success. The Winston Independent was founded in 1883 by Harvey L. Cross and was continued until about 1887. Mr. Cross is now editor of the Bentonville (Ark.) Sun.
The Winston Star, edited by H. J. Hollis, was established May 3, 1888, and published by him until July 1, 1901, when the plant was sold to James H. Wise.
About 1891, the Winston Mirror was founded by W. W. Arnold. Within the next two years the paper became the property of Edward A. Truitt. It suspended about 1894,
The Coffeyburg Life was established in 1897 by I. J. Vogelgesang. It was published for only a short time. The next paper was the Sun, owned and edited by Allen F. Wade, present editor of the Jameson Gem. It was established in 1899 and published until about 1901. A paper was also established by Rupe & Son, known as the Headlight, which was short-lived.
In April, 1904, Ben Sailor, who had been editing the Altamont Index, moved the Index plant to Coffey, and the first issue of the Enterprise appeared in May of that year. Mr. Sailor was succeeded a few years later by W. F. Rice. A short time later Thomas Cunningham became editor. W. T. Pugh became the owner in 1910 or 1911.
The first editor of the Lock Springs Herald was T, E. Piatt, who started the paper about 1900. It was independent in politics. He sold his interest to J. B. Ferguson in 1907 or 1908, who continued to edit the paper until his death in May, 1917. Charles R. Clark then took charge of the paper, but in May, 1918, he sold it to Charles E. Cook, In July, 1918, the writer of the Lock Springs items in the Gallatin Democrat complains that the "Lock Springs Herald closed its doors some two months ago and quit business. We suppose the owner went to seek greener fields."
The Jameson Reporter was established in 1884. On Jan. 1, 1885, M. F. Stripes took charge, but nine months later gave it up, having purchased the Jamesport Gazette which he published for so many years.
In 1891, E. A. Martin, editor of the Pattonsburg Call, began the publication of the Larconic, which was printed in the Call office. This paper continued quite successfully until 1897, when the Call office burned. There was no insurance on the plant. The Larconic was then discontinued.
For a short time Jameson was without a newspaper. In 1899 or 1900 the Journal was established by C. C. Bartruff. This paper was continued until 1903. It was independent in politics.
Allen F. Wade became the next Jameson editor. The Gem was established about 1913. It was an independent weekly.
The first newspaper was established in Altamont in 1894 or 1895, under the name of the Index. Joe H. Hess was its editor in 1899-1900, and he was succeeded by George W. Crenshaw, In 1902 Ben F. Sailor bought the paper. Two years later, in April, 1904, it suspended publication and Mr. Sailor moved the plant to Coffey. About a month later the Index reappeared, edited by Al Snow. Its next editor was D. M. Fisher. The paper was discontinued.
The Live Wire was a short-lived publication. It was established about the same time as the Index.
The Altamont Times was started by Leo Sharp in 1908. Some two years later Barrett & Clark became its editors. They were succeeded by George G. Tedrick, the present owner. The paper had always been listed as independent in politics until the last few years when it has carried the Republican label.
Jamesport has had a number of newspapers, but its first one, the Gazette, has outlived all of them, and is today the only paper in the town. The first number of the Gazette was issued March 8, 1877. Its editors were M. O. Cloudas and Joe Wright, son of Elder D. T. Wright, editor of the Christian Pioneer. This number announced that the paper would be issued "every Thursday from the corner of Main and East Streets, Jamesport, Missouri. Our politics and religion & got none. Our rates are the same to everybody, $1.50 per year in advance." On Sept. 1, 1886, M. F. Stipes became the editor of the paper. For some time it was published semi-weekly. The paper was alternately Democratic and independent in its politics, being listed in the 1889-1890 and 1891-1892 state manuals as an independent paper, while from 1893 to 1904 it was classed as Democratic, and after that it was again ranked as independent. Mr. Stipes was a historian of considerable ability, being the author of "Gleanings in Missouri History," and various historical articles. Mr. Stipes disposed of the newspaper about 1913, and died in Jamesport, Oct. 14, 1916.
The Gallatin Democrat of March 17, 1883, contains the following item: "The Jamesport Observer has suspended. Our young friend, Sam Buzzard, has too good a financial head to waste money on so precarious an enterprise." Just when this paper was started has not been ascertained, but it evidently was short lived.
The Jamesport Herald was established about 1889. Robert M. Harrah was editor of the paper until 1893 or 1894, when he became editor of the Gallatin North Missourian. The paper was not affiliated with an political party, but since its editor later became the editor of the Republican North Missourian, it is probable that he had strong tendencies toward that party.
In 1899 or 1900, Ed A. Sproul started an independent paper known as the Jamesport Natural Gas. It was published only a short time. The editor went west and has since been connected with various papers.
The first paper published in Pattonsburg was the Call, the first issue of which appeared in September, 1881. Since its establishment, the paper has been edited by Eugene A. Martin. Mr. Martin is a native of Iowa, but the family removed to Hamilton, Mo., while he was still a small boy. Here he learned the printer's trade and worked at Brookfield, Laclede, Kingston, and Linneus, and assisted in establishing the Hamiltonian. In December, 1880, he came to Daviess County and founded the Winston New Era. The paper was published only nine months. He then established the Call. During 1889 and 1890 the paper was semi-weekly and again in 1911 it was published twice a week. It is independent in its political policy. Mr. Martin also published for a time the Jameson Larconic. No other editor has seen so many years of service in the county.
Missouri Veteran was established at Pattonsburg in 1884 by Col. W. B. Watts, a veteran printer. After about a year he disposed of the paper to Charles E. Hill, a real estate man. A short time afterwards the paper was suspended.
Dr. William Neil established the Star in the early nineties. About 1895, Charles P. Warner took over the paper and changed its name to the Star-Press. He soon gave it up, and W. S. Daniels became its editor. About 1898, Mr. Daniels disposed of the paper to E. A. McCollom. It was suspended about 1900. Under Mr. Daniels the paper was listed as Republican in politics, but under Mr. McCollum as Democratic.
During the summer and fall of 1894, a paper was edited by Anthony Dahl.
At one time Pattonsburg had three newspapers, the Call (independent) the Star-Press (Democratic,) and the Life (Republican.) This latter paper was edited a short time by W. T. Paugh, who about 1898, moved the plant of the Coffey Life to Pattonsburg. The paper was published for a year or two and the plant was again moved to Coffey. In 1901, it was purchased by John Adams, a school teacher, who again brought it to Pattonsburg, where he established the Courier. Joe Wright was also connected with the paper. It lasted only a short time, not long enough to be listed in the state manuals. The plant finally landed in Gallatin where it became the Daviess County Republican, which had a brief and troubled existence.
Still later a man from Camden Point started a paper which lasted only a few months. This was the Call's last competitor, and from the length of time it was published, it did not cause much competition.
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