History of the Newspapers of Beaver County, Pennsylvania


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ravages of time, the first of the papers yet in existence
being in a good state of preservation.
The papers of this period are believed to be the same
in mechanical equipment, and each the regular successor
of the preceding one; being the same in size and general
make up, type the same generally, but changed in name
of paper and editor, combining in the course of eleven
years in making the “Western Argus.” The latter is the
legitimate successor of the “Minerva” through the ups
and downs of the enterprising gentlemen who attempted
to fill the journalistic want of the day, and all failed
except the Logans, who passed the “Argus” on its way to
the Henrys, who kept the name given the paper in 1818.
Mr. Berry named his paper the “Minerva;” Mr. White
who followed him changed it to the “Western Cabinet:”
and when he laid down the burden, the Logans took it up
but dropped the name and called it the “Crisis;” and
after five years of hard work, disappointment and partial
success only, they changed the name to the “Western
Argus,” the name never lost except for a few weeks, in
the eighty-seven years that have followed; and when they
tired of the responsibility, James Logan in 1825 trans-
ferred the paper to Thomas Henry, who kept the name
The modern journalist would hardy submit to such
conditions, and none but the newspaper pioneers of the
ever receding west, during the century that has just
closed, have known the real hardships, genuine priva-
tions, and depths of discouragement, that the early news-
paper men of the county experienced. And these men
who started papers were not ignorant upstarts, who led
by the hope of political reward ventured beyond their
literary depths, but in every case were men of intellectual
strength and culture, whose virile writings compare
favorably with the best of the present day, with all our

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