The History of Taylor County Chapter Three Hundred-Four

The Newspapers (continued)

In 1921, C.L. Weymouth and Son came to Grafton and purchased the equipment of the defunct Grafton Leader and moved the machinery to 120 Latrobe Street, and established the Taylor County News, a weekly paper in the interest of the Democratic party.

The Taylor County Democrat was published about six months, just long enough to print the financial statement of Taylor County that brought proprietors a goodly sum of money from the court. Many of its Democratic supporters, when it became known the Taylor County democrat was printed on the Republican Sentinel press, withdrew their subscriptions and the paper suspended and the proprietors returned from whence they came.

In March, 1927, Robert Prichard, Andrew Edminston, of Weston and Roscoe Reed of Buckhannon, came to Grafton to look over the situation in regard to establishing a Democratic weekly newspaper. They seemed to find the situation promising and laid their plans for the publication of a newspaper in the interests of the Democratic party of Taylor County. The fist issue came from the press on Saturday, May 22, 1927, and presented a far different appearance from the usual run of weekly papers. Smaller in dimension and in the style known as the “tabloid,” tastefully illustrated through its 16 pages and carrying a fine line of display advertisements and items of local interest, it met with the approval of the county folks and reflected much credit on Roscoe Reed, the editor in charge.

From time to time the Grafton Press contained many historical articles pertaining to the history of Taylor County and its people from the pen of N.F. Kendall, that gave people an insight as to the happenings and events in the formative period of Taylor County. Other writers. Contributed many articles concerning the political and religious history from their beginning in the county and the people directly.  Concerned in bringing them about. This was a splendid feature attempted by this paper and doubtless was most valuable to the students history. Most counties in West Virginia are without a history and in this particular instance it was the means brining out facts concerning the early settlers few were aware of. A most complete history of the beginning of the Civil War in and about Grafton and Fetterman was printed in the issue of Thursday, May 30,1928, and shed great light on happenings that took place in this greatest crisis in American History.

Robert H. Kidd, of Burnsville, West Virginia, came to Grafton to assume the post of editor of the Grafton Press in 1928. An able newspaper man, fluent writer and splendid speaker, his services were much in demand among the civic clubs and Democratic political rallies held in the town, On June 9, 1930, Mr. Kidd was chosen editor of the new Democratic daily, The Grafton Evening Press, under the Heading : “The Evening Press Greets Grafton.”

Mr. Kidd wrote:

“The Grafton Evening Press is presented to the people of Grafton with the settled conviction that the time has arrived when the city needs a daily newspaper aggressively  and assiduously devoted to the interests of the community as a whole. The basic policy of this newspaper will be civic loyalty and enterprise and no worth-while community will ever lack support in its columns. The Evening Press believes in Grafton and is convinced that the right kind of a newspaper will be a powerful influence in the steady growth and development of the city along all lines, In tone, the Evening Grafton Press  will be all that is intended to go into the homes and be read by young and old. An especial effort has been made to select features which will interest people of all ages and in collection of local news, the churches and schools will not be neglected. This first issue, coming as it does from an entirely new plant, outfitted for the most part with machinery never before used, is by no means an example of what it is hoped in time to make the new newspaper. Newspapers,  like every other living thing, develop as they go along, but every possible effort will be made to hasten the time when the Evening Press will be a credit to the community and the pride of every resident of Grafton and the surrounding territory.”


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