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The Huntington argus. [volume] : (Huntington, W. Va.) 1872-1905
Place of publication:
Huntington, W. Va.
Geographic coverage:
  • Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
William F. Wallace & Co.
Dates of publication:
  • Began May 25, 1872 issue.
  • Ceased in 1905?
  • English
  • Huntington (W. Va.)--Newspapers.
  • West Virginia--Huntington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01202938
  • "Independent." Cf. Ayer, 1905.
  • Also available online.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm from U.M.I.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 1, 1872).
  • Editor: Samuel Pike.
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The Huntington Argus

Incorporated in 1871, the city of Huntington arose from the industrial boom of the late 19th century. Situated along the Ohio River and serving as the western terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, Huntington blossomed as an industrial town and port in West Virginia. As the town flourished, the population rose dramatically over the next few decades. Seeking to capitalize upon and promote the region's prosperity, a number of local newspapers were established including the Huntington Argus. Beginning publication in 1872, the Argus provided Huntington citizens with news and opinions for over three decades.

William Frederick Wallace established and published the Argus for most of its existence. A United States Civil War veteran from Ohio, Wallace moved to Huntington in late 1871 and worked briefly for the Huntington Independent before launching the Argus in June 1872. An eight-page weekly, the Argus offered readers an annual subscription for $2.00. Within a few years, it had several hundred readers, and by the early 1900s enjoyed a circulation of 800.

Samuel Pike served as the paper's first editor, though his tenure proved turbulent. An ardent Southern Democrat, Pike penned sharp polemics against the "radicalism" of Republicans and Reconstruction. He feuded bitterly with the rival Republican Independent. Several break-ins of the Independent's offices (possibly linked to Pike) worsened matters, and by the end of 1872, Pike was replaced briefly by John Jay Gilbert. In 1873, however, Wallace simply assumed editorial duties himself, and he proved a calmer, more independently-minded political voice.

Aside from politics, the Argus provided readers the usual bevy of local news, national affairs, and a healthy array of advertisements. A regular correspondent in Washington, D.C. kept readers abreast of the latest from the nation's capital. Poetry, short stories, and anecdotes offered entertainment.

As William Wallace grew older, his son George Wallace took over his father's paper. George also published the local The Daily Times. In 1906, George Wallace died prematurely, and his passing marked an end to the Huntington Argus. William Wallace died a year later in 1907.

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