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The Cassville Republican was founded by George E. Harris in 1872. In 1900 Harris sold The Republican to John M. Grimes, who promised a paper devoted to local interest first and Republican politics second: “In politics Republican principles will be advanced…The columns of the paper will be devoted to the interests of the county. If we cannot agree in politics we can at least find common ground on which to stand and fight together in the interests of the people, of the county and of the Sunny Southwest.” Grimes would go on to serve in the Missouri State Senate and be elected Treasurer of the State of Iowa. In 1908 Grimes sold the paper to Eli N. Meador. In 1949, after serving more than forty years as publisher and editor, Meador sold The Republican to Emory L. Melton and Wayne B. Ennis.  After Ennis’s death in 1963, his wife Lillian Ennis took over as co-owner. In 1964, Emory Melton sold his share of The Republican to Lillian Ennis and her brother-in-law, J.W. “Stogy” Ennis. Lillian Ennis sold the paper in 1976 to Bill and Hildy Meier. After its 1976 sale the paper went through numerous owners until its demise in 1984..

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