Subject: Re: [IA-CIVIL-WAR] Vinton Eagle, Feb. 26, 1884, Winter Evenings in
Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 11:50:22 EDT
The current Newton Daily News began operations in 1902. I talked with the
editor of the publication but he didn't know whether there was a newspaper
Newton during the mid-1860s, the "war years," but I did find references to
Newton Express newspaper founded in 1856; and a daily that was in operation
just 7 months (beginning in 1861) before the two young men managing it
one in the 40th Iowa Infantry (Frank T. Campbell). The other young man was
killed at Vicksburg. Campbell also ran a newspaper in Newton called the
Press during the time before his enlistment. After his discharge (he
Aug. 14, 1862, to Jan. 13, 1865, when he resigned), he returned to Newton
operate the Free Press until sometime in 1867. Nothing more definite than
that but you can call the University of Iowa Library tomorrow after 9:00
ask for the Reference Library, I believe, and they can tell you
what the newspaper was named, if Newton had one during those few years that
Campbell was serving with his regiment. The library there has a listing of
newspapers on microfilm, if you're interested. Their phone number is:
The Newton information I provided above can be found at:
I recall seeing a listing somewhere of all the newspapers in Iowa during
war years, but I don't have a copy of it. Sorry.
Roster Source: "Roster and Records of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion, Vols.
1-6." Civil War and Iowa: Greyhounds and Hawkeyes. CD-ROM. Creston, IA: O.
Do you know if the Newton Daily News was in operation during the Civil War?
And if not, was there another paper covering Newton and Jasper County, Iowa
at the time?
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