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The Gayoso Democrat was founded in 1868 by W. Sam Carleton and published every Friday’s in Gayoso, the county seat of Pemiscot County. In December of 1891 the Democrat Publishing Company changed the name to The Democrat and in February of 1892 the editor, W. D. Schult, moved the paper to Caruthersville as Gayoso was in danger of falling into the Mississippi River and by 1901 the river had taken the town.   With the January 26, 1900 issue the name was changed to the Twice-a-week Democrat and was published on Tuesday’s and Friday’s by J. H. Longgrear and C. E. Gale.  In the fall of 1900 the paper was purchased by W. R. Lacey who continued as editor until his death January 28, 1916. In June 1916 Oliver W. Chilton became owner of the paper and continued as publisher and editor until November 1921 when he and Simon E. Juden became partners and merged the Twice-a-week Democrat and The Pemiscot Argus.  The merged papers became to the Democrat-Argus with its first issue December 6, 1921.  Chilton became sole owner of the paper in 1931 and continued as such until July of 1960 when his daughter Mrs. Janet Cain became a partner.  Oliver Chilton died March 28, 1964 and in the August 28 edition announced its sale to James Cortese and Ward Archer of Memphis, Tennessee. The paper is still published every week.

 

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