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Like many of its contemporaries, the Boonville Weekly Observer was driven by its party and its editor, but on March 25, 1854, the newspaper had to apologize for the editor’s absence, acknowledging that the “elections spring upon us new candidates, communications seek publication, all showing us conclusively, by the most unpleasant experience, that whilst the Editor is absent—we have no commander.” However, the paper assured its readers that the “editor has started home” and there was “no doubt of his arrival here in a few days.”

The indispensable editor in question was A.W. Simpson who directed the paper until the Observer ceased publication in 1861, ending its run due to the Civil War.

 

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