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At the end of June 1865, Charles W. Bowman published the first issue of The Holt County Sentinel in the town of Oregon. Although there was an attempt in the inaugural issue to portray the paper as independent in politics, its radical Republican leanings were evident with the paper announcing that “It is a mistaken idea to recognize rebels, traitors to our country, as mere party political opponents.” The paper changed hands several times until, in 1881 under the proprietorship of W. W. Davenport and D. P. Dobyns, the name was changed to The County Paper with the explanation that “We think the new name more appropriate, as it modestly expresses what it is intended to be.” On August 17, 1883, Dobyns and new partner Thomas Curry changed the paper’s name back to The Holt County Sentinel. The paper continued under their direction until after 1920 and maintained its presence in Oregon until 1980.

 

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