About Townsend Star (Townsend, Mont.) 1897-current
- Dates available on this site:
- April 24, 1897-Dec. 26, 1929
- Dates published:
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- Contributing institution:
- Broadwater County Museum, Townsend, Montana
Morton W. Hatch published the first issue of the Townsend Star on April 24, 1897. On Sept 12, 1898, he sold the newspaper to T.N. Averill, former mayor of Townsend. Both Hatch and Averill declared that the Star would be Democratic in politics, especially in the support of free silver. The Townsend Messenger, founded in 1890, was quick to criticize and start feuding with the new publication. While many editors over the years would attempt to challenge the Townsend Star, Averill’s newspaper would outlast all competitors and ultimately buy many of them, including The Messenger. When Averill died in 1921, his wife and daughters continued to run the paper until they sold to the Brammer and Jepson family in 1957.
- Copyright Information:
- All content published 1923 and earlier is in the public domain. Issues published 1924-1963 are in the public domain but may have material that was copyrighted separately. This material will have a © or say copyright with year and is still protected.
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