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St Joseph Observer

 

 

The St. Joseph Observer began publication in 1906 under the ownership of Charles Fremont Cochran and Frank Freytag. Later that same year, Cochran died and Freytag assumed control of the paper. The eight-page paper was Democratic in politics and covered developments in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, and Kansas City, as well as major state news items and national politics. One frequently published column, “News from all over Imperial Missouri,” was described as “Interesting happenings which have taken place in the greatest state of the union; the product of the scissors, the pen and a little actual labor.” The paper also frequently devoted attention to local area markets and “doings in society” and printed serialized literature and excerpts from other Missouri papers and national publications such as the Christian Science Monitor.

Faced with stiff competition from rising local papers and the increasing circulation of Kansas City papers in St. Joseph, the Observer ceased publication in 1932.

 

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