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On September 15, 1894, Marby England and a Mr. Wright published the first edition of the Dupuyer, Montana, newspaper the Acantha--the name representing a kind of thorn bush found in the Greek countryside.   The first issue of the five-column, four-page weekly stated that the independent newspaper existed to promote the town of Dupuyer, derived from a French word (depouille) for bison back fat, as the seat of the newly formed Teton County.  The publishers of the Acantha also made clear their choice for state capital:  Helena.  With an election not far off, the newspaper provided a relatively negative critique of the slate of candidates for the People’s Party or Populists. The Dupuyer Acantha ran regular syndicated columns including “Scientific Matters,” “For the Fair Sex,” and “For the Farmers.”   

Provided by: Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT