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The citizen. [volume] : (Cumberland, Md.) 1961-1983
Place of publication:
Cumberland, Md.
Geographic coverage:
  • Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
  • Frostburg, Allegany, Maryland  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
  • Oakland, Garrett, Maryland  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Rosenbaum Enterprises, Inc.
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 124 (Nov. 14, 1961)-v. 23, no. 41 (Oct. 27, 1983).
  • English
  • Published for Frostburg and Oakland, Md.
sn 83003226
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M. Virginia Rosenbaum (1921-2005) purchased the Allegany Citizen in 1961 and began publishing the renamed Allegany Garrett Citizen newspaper as a weekly in Frostburg on August 4, 1961. The title became the Citizen later that same year, although the paper continues to have editions published in Oakland and Cumberland, as well as Frostburg. Rosenbaum was noteworthy for being the first woman to serve as a county surveyor in Maryland. Besides being a professional surveyor, she was a real estate broker, advertising account executive, radio station manager, and journalist. The final issue of the Citizen was published on October 27, 1983.

Rosenbaum's Citizen provided an independent voice in western Maryland as it covered a period of economic upheaval. Coal mining had largely disappeared as a major employer during the Depression years, although the legacy of the coal industry remained part of Frostburg's identity. In its place, major corporations in nearby Cumberland, such as tire manufacturer Kelly-Springfield and American Celanese, which made artificial yarn products, dominated the local economy. The Citizen chronicled the decline and eventual demise of both firms in the 1980s. Rosenbaum's newspaper also gained notoriety for leading the opposition to add fluoride to the local water supply to reduce the incidence of tooth decay.

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