The Bland Courier started its long history on May 6, 1904 with W. F. Phelps as its editor and proprietor. The paper is still currently being published. The Courier was the first paper in Bland and Phelps talked with every business owner when deciding whether to start a paper there. “During the past two years the town has grown in population, in investment and importance, and the Rock Island railroad has so added to our interests that it became necessary to have a medium for discussing not only the local happenings, but to tell of the reason why Bland should continue to grow and prosper, and why the country tributary to Bland should receive the attention and attract hundreds of other families. This is a work in which the editor will labor with the assurance that the results will be satisfactory to a great degree, not forgetting the fact that each citizen will always be diligent in promoting the best interests of the community.” Phelps wanted to ensure that The Bland Courier presented something for everyone. He included both national and local news; he published columns on agricultural and politics. The paper was republican as was most of the town. The paper also printed fiction stories and comics.
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