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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"

Chapter  37 - The Newspapers of the County

The Eau Claire News

(-as transcribed from page 501)

The publication of the News Democratic in politics, was begun in 1869 by Flavius Mills and H. C. VanHovenberg.  The latter sold a year later to W. F. Bailey, and Mills and Bailey sold to R. H. Copeland in 1874, and Copeland sold to G. O. Mills and S. S. Kepler in 1876.  Mr. Mills died a few years later and his interests passed to W. S. Cobban.  Kepler and Cobban sold two-thirds of the proposition to Fred W. A. and M. A. Pauley in 1887, and the other third a year later; and after Cleveland's second election, in 1892, they discontinued the paper that they might give their entire attention to the large job printing business they had developed.  Fred W. A. Pauley bought his brother's interest in the job plant ten years ago and is carrying on the business.  M. A. Pauley went to California and has large interests in mining prospects in lower California.  The News was ever a faithful exponent of the democracy of its time, and especially able under the editorship of Mr. Keppler, who was a trenchant writer, and one of Eau Claire's most worthy citizens.  Judge Bailey's connection with th epaper was merely an incident, as he has been one of Eau Claire's foremost lawyers and was circuit judge six years in the nineties.  Mr. VanHovenberg, by industry and business acumen, amassed a comfortable property and passed away four years ago.  He was an active churchman and a zealous prohibitionist.

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