Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


June 14, 2007

Newspaper history

For the last several weeks I have been relating the history the newspapers that disseminated the news of the day to the residents of Centerville through the years. Several of the outlying towns also had prominent newspapers, also with their own ups and downs, particularly Moravia, Moulton, Cincinnati, Exline and Mystic.

Apparentlly there were two newspapers started in Moravia in 1870. One was the Weekly Messenger, started by Ephraim Cummins, a son-in law of Joseph Stauber who had led four families of the Moravian Church to come to Centerville to found the town in 1849. Cummins had been Captain of the 8th Iowa Cavalry in the Civil War and was also postmaster and the operator of a dry goods store in Moravia. Cummins was publisher of the Messenger through 1873. Henry Savacool started the Vedette in 1870 and it operated through 1871.

The Moravia Union was started by John H. Allred in 1900 with a heading of “Moravia First – World Afterward”. A partner was taken in 1902, and then Allred split and operated the Moravia Reporter for a short time, H.K. and Wilford Smith took over on the Moravia Union in 1928 and H.K. Smith continued until 1940. Smith took a rural letter carrier position and hired Finley McGrew to operate the Union. In 1945, Smith sold out to Janice Bisby. The Bisbys sold the Union to Raymond and Katherine Dhority in 1949. The Dhoritys operated the Moravia Union from 1949 to 1977 when it was sold to Dinsmore Publications who owned about 15 weekly publications throughout the area. Keith Dinsmore hired Jim Houser and then Doug Dolittle to run the newspaper. In 1978 it was sold to John Brunow and to Vicky Baty in 1983. The Moravia Union became a combined operation with the Moulton Tribune with the printing done at Albia.

The Moulton Independent was founded in 1869 by J.B. King. In about three years he sold to Edwards and Porter and it was known as the Recorder. After many years it was transferred to C.W. Bolster and then to Dr. Atkinson. He moved to Kansas City in 1877 and Moulton was left without a newspaper. A year later Samuel Eby, a lay minister of the Christian Church, and J. Wood started a paper called The Ensign.

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