History of Early Amateur Journalism in West Virginia


AMATEUR JOURNALISM got a start in West Virginia in 1876 when Cox, Dudley and Co., of Charleston, issued the Kanawha Visitor. In 1879 G. A. Laughlin, of Wheeling, published the Echo, and John L. Roemer the Journal. About the same time the Cadet was issued in Charleston. After that there was a long period of inactivity. In 1888 Everard J. Appleton, a very talented author, entered amateur journalism by publishing Lightning from Salt Sulphur Springs. The West Virginian was issued by Charles H. Kline from Hinton in 1901, and in 1907 Clinton Pryor, of Wheeling, published the Dryad.



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