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Oldest Newspaper in Shelby (July, 1858)
courtesy of the Shelby Museum
on the "west side of Gamble street"
Shelby Pioneer monthly newspaper was formed by C. R. Brown in
March of 1858. Mr. Brown was an
and advertised that business in an early edition of the newspaper
AT LAW, Insurance
and General Collectors; will
promptly to all business in their
in Richland and adjoining
B. Matson was: Lyman B.
born c 1831, died August 23, 1876. Mr. Matson born c. 1832, married
in Richland County 1858 and they made their home in the 1st Ward
in Mansfield, Ohio.
is somewhat of an enigma since he was the advertised editor of
the "Shelby Pioneer" but has to
point not been located in any of the 1850, 1860, or 1870 censuses.
The 1860 census of Shelby, Sharon and
Townships turned up no Browns who were printers. The only
printer listed was a John
- Brown families
listed in Sharon and Jackson Townships, however they were all
living on farms. There are two Brown
listed living in Shelby in 1860: George C. Brown who was
a carpenter and John
who was a cooper.
possible reason for the difficulty in finding census information
R. Brown is
that the "Shelby Pioneer"
started in July of 1858 and there is record of papers being published
as late as May, 1859 (see above) with
paid for (by the year) until August 2, 1859, however no issue
of the "Shelby Pioneer" has been
a publication date after the May, 1859 issue. partially shown
in Raymond Wilkinson's book. (1)
is also noted that "The Shelby Pioneer" was a monthly
publication. Volume 1, No. 5 was the November, 1858
Volume 1, No. 9 (partially shown in Raymond Wilkinson's book.
(1)) was April,
1859 instead of March as it
have been had it been published each month. Volume 1. No. 11,
May 1859 is an issue held at the Shelby
It appears that either there was a numbering error on the April
issue or an issue was skipped.
it appeares that Mr. Brown moved into
the area and started his newspaper "published for the business
of Shelby" and after a year or so, folded and moved on to
do know that C.
was living in Jackson Township, probably Crestline, in the 1860
census. He listed
occupation as: printer. In mid-April of 1862, Mr. Kenton started
Shelby's second newspaper "The Shelby Express".
was to be a weekly newspaper and it only ran a couple years before
Mr. Kenton moved on
possible clue to Mr. Brown's future may be read into an advertisement
he ran in his "Shelby Pioneer" newspaper:
& Real Estate Agent,
to sell, or exchange for Real
other good property,
excellent Missouri land. These lands
be sold in lots to suit purchasers,
at reasonable rates.
- West side Gamble Street,
- If you have information
about or copies of the "Shelby Pioneer" newspaper or
perhaps additional material on C. R. Brown
- and his whereabouts
after leaving Shelby, we would be very interested!
- (1) The Story
of Early Shelby, Raymond Moore Wilkinson. Published 1962
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