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The Mount Holly news. [volume] : (Mount Holly, Burlington Co., N.J.) 1891-1942
Place of publication:
Mount Holly, Burlington Co., N.J.
Geographic coverage:
  • Mount Holly, Burlington, New Jersey  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Walters, Hand & Kingdon
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1891? Ceased in Feb. 1942.
  • English
  • Description based on: Vol. 17, no. 20 (May 19, 1896).
sn 85035801
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The Mount Holly News

Harry L. Walters and George W. Hand became proprietors of The News in 1889 when they purchased the paper from J. Howard Clothier, and it then became The Mount Holly News. They were joined in 1892 by Joseph C. Kingdon, who became both editor and proprietor. Kingdon was an experienced newspaper publisher having retired from the New Jersey Mirror of Mt. Holly in 1892 after 29 years with the paper. The Mirror was a prosperous Republican newspaper, the largest weekly in New Jersey, and run by Charles H. Folwell until his death in 1884. Kingdon had started work as a paper carrier, becoming business manager and then editor after Folwell's death. It was Folwell's wish that Kingdon control the newspaper until Charles H. Folwell, Jr., a minor at the time of his father's death, was old enough to become publisher and editor.

Kingdon's retirement from the Mirror and subsequent employment at the News set up a bitter rivalry. The Mirror and the News were both Republican papers, vying for the same market and advertising dollars. County printing and sheriff's sales were foundational to a newspaper's financial success, and the rival newspaper fought over them. Lively and barbed editorial commentary by Folwell at the Mirror and Kingdon at the News was a staple feature of the papers,especially during contested primaries.

Beyond political and local news, the News included society listings, church news, and advertisements for insurance, real estate, groceries, and dry goods. Readers engaged with the many entertaining parts of the News, including its poetry, practical household tips, recipes, lessons on history, and instructions for small projects.

Walters, Hand & Kingdon jointly published The Mount Holly News until Hand's death in February of 1914. Walters and Kingdon sold the paper to Charles La Tour in 1922, and Kingdon went on to have a further career as a police recorder and justice of the peace.  Charles La Tour, previously of the Mount Holly Herald, bought The Mount Holly News in 1922 and edited it until his death in 1939. His son, Walter K. La Tour, took over the publication but suspended it in January of 1942 citing the uncertainties of business conditions.

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