Fresh from his turn as the Franklin County Democrat editor, John J. Shelton came to Pacific, Missouri in 1882 to start his own Republican publication, the Our County Paper. Reporting on everything from national to local news, politics, and farming advice, Shelton’s paper was a success; however, feuds among editors in Pacific made it in the editorials of the local papers including the Our County Paper. With the coming of the railroad in 1887, Shelton moved the paper to Union foreseeing a boom in the town and industry. He sold his paper shortly after to Clark Brown who renamed it The Tribune.
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