This year marks the 90th anniversary of The Morgan County News. Edna and Clement Wallace began publishing The Morgan County News in October of 1923. Over the past 90 years, the newspaper has been owned by less than 10 publishers and has published continuously since its beginning.
The Morgan County News has both been shaped by the community and has become a part of the fabric of Morgan. The newspaper over the years has brought news both serious and satirical, fantastic and funny, heart warming and heart breaking.
It is my privilege to be a part of this Morgan institution. Each of our staff feels the same way.
Throughout this year we will take a look back over the past 90 years in Morgan. Each week we will publish a page from newspapers of the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the earliest newspapers are lost, but a few remain from the 1920s and starting in 1930 most of the newspapers exist up until the 1970s.
The newspaper has changed over the years. In the beginning, coverage in the paper included national news. As time marched on, and as radio and television took hold as sources of national news, the paper increasingly focused on local news. Local news has become the entire focus of the newspaper today.
The Morgan County News tells the story of the Morgan community as it has grown, triumphed and struggled. On front the page the Jan. 2, 1930, edition we have published this week you will see that natural gas was just coming to Morgan. You will also see in the Community Happening section some of the life of those that lived in Morgan at the time. Many are ancestors of those who live here now.
Thank you for inviting us into your homes for the past 90 years. We appreciate the support of our readers and our advertisers. The history of Morgan continues to be reported each week in the pages of the Morgan County News and we hope this will be so for many years to come.
We hope that you enjoy a little walk down memory lane with us this year as we celebrate our anniversary and the history of the community in which we all live.