Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


May 24, 2007

Local newspapers in the early days


The first effort to establish a Democratic paper was by John Gharkey, who came to Centerville in the spring of 1865 with the material of the Fayette County Pioneer, a paper he had established there. His paper in Centerville was called the South Iowa Times, which lasted only a year before he moved to Memphis, Mo.

In 1870, the Centerville Clipper was established by the Hickman Brothers who continued his publication for about a year and then sold it to a Mr. Holcomb, in whose hands it was suspended toward the end of 1872. In 1874 H.S. Ehrman restored the paper to life and continued successfully until 1877, when he sold to S.L. Harvey who changed the name to The Journal, which continued with some longevity.

So between 1856 and the 1870’s, with countless papers and publishers, two papers emerged from the field, the Citizen and the Journal. I will continue next week with the progress of journalism in the Centerville.

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