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Franklin county Newspapers & Publications

compiled by S. Ferrall

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Franklin Record

Like many another pioneer paper, the Franklin Record began as a medium for publishing the county tax list. Stephen M. Jones and M.S. Bowman were persuaded to leave a Vinton newspaper office, buy the material of the old Vinton Eagle, and try their fortunes in Hampton. On March 28, 1859, they issued the first number of the Record, a six-column folio, all home print, Independent in politics, and containing a goodly amount of local news. Publication ceased in 1863, and a few years later J. Cheston Whitney bought the plant for $350, in order to issue the first number of the Franklin Reporter.

Franklin Reporter

J. Cheston Whitney bought the Franklin Record plant for $350, in order to issue the first number of the Franklin Reporter, May 1, 1866. It continued through 1870 as a six-column outspoken Republican sheet. L.B. Raymond was in editorial charge of the educational department until April 4, 1867, when he was succeeded by N.B. Chapman. The following month, the paper was enlarged to seven columns and generally improved.

Hampton Free Press

The Hampton Free Press was continued from the day of its founding, October 1, 1869, through 1870 by L.B. Raymond.

Real Estate Journal & the Freeholder

Real Estate Journal, a monthly devoted chiefly to advertising, lasted during 1870 in Hampton with James Thompson as editor. He sold soon to Davidson and Company, who continued it as the Freeholder only a few months longer.

Franklin County Recorder

Originally established as the Franklin Record in 1859, then published as the Franklin Reporter, by 1885 the paper was named the Franklin County Recorder. Located in Hampton, it was a weekly devoted to news & politics with a Republican character. Publisher was I.L. Stuart. (1911, 1916, 1920)

The Magnet

Established in Hampton, 1871 by W.C. Eaton. TheMagnet ceased to exist when he sold it in 1876 to J.C. Whitney.

Hampton Chronicle

Originally the Magnet, the paper was purchased by J.C. Whitney who named it the Hampton Chronicle. C.S. Gilford owned the paper from 1884 to 1890; S.H. Shoemaker from 1894 to Dec. 1, 1897, when theChronicle was purchased by T.W. Purcell. The paper was a weekly, published on Thursday, devoted to news & politics with a Republican slant.

Sheffield Press

Established in 1880 as a weekly, devoted to news & politics. John R. Bell was editor/publisher in 1911. By 1915/16 the publisher was Chester Yelland.

Globe

The Globe was a weekly, published on Thursdays in Hampton. Politically the newspaper had a Democratic character. In 1911 M. Bilderback was the editor/publisher. The paper no longer appears on the official list of Iowa publications in 1915/16.

Odd Stories

Published for an unknown period of time, Odd Stories was a monthly magazine published in Latimer. In 1911 A.H. Hanson was the publisher.

Latimer Star

The Star was a weekly Independant newspaper published on Friday. A.H. Hanson was publisher/editor (1911, 1916). The paper no longer appears on the official list of Iowa publications in 1919/20.

Dows Advocate

The Advocate was a weekly Republican newspaper published on Friday. Publishers: 1911 J.G. Zimmerman, 1916 F.D. Fillmore & 1920 Albert Johnson.

Geneva Enterprise

The Enterprise was a weekly Independant newspaper published on Thursday. L.L. Dolson was publisher/editor (1911, 1916). The paper no longer appears on the official list of Iowa publications in 1919/20.

Dows Independent

The Independent was a weekly, published on Wednesdays. Despite the name of the paper, it was Republican in character. J.C. Byrnes was publisher in 1919/20.

Sources used:
1) Notes on the History of Iowa Newspapers, 1836-1870; published by the University, Iowa City, Iowa; 1917; pg 47
2)The Iowa State Almanac and Statistical Register; 1860
3) "The Iowa Official Register for the Years 1911-1912", Twenty-Fourth Number; compiled under the supervision of William C. Hayward, Secretary of State and John M. Jamieson, deputy, by Guy S. Bewer; Des Moines, Emory H. English, State Printer, E.D. Chassell, State Binder; 1911
4) "The Iowa Official Register for the Years 1915-1916", Twenty-Sixth Number; compiled under the supervision of William S. Allen, Secretary of State by Henry C. Baumgartner; Des Moines, Robert Henderson, State Printer, J.M. Jamieson, State Binder; 1915
5) "The Iowa Official Register for the Years 1919-1920", Twenty-Eighth Number; compiled under the supervision of W.C. Ramsay, Secretary of State by Harold E. Klise; published by The State of Iowa, Des Moines; 1919


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