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Newspapers and Name of City
Another institution which has had a great deal to do with
the progress of the community, as is always the case, is the news-
paper established early in Winnsboro history and since carried
on. It seems the first paper established in Winnsboro was known
as the Winnsboro Sentinel and it was edited by a man by the
name of Hays. However, none of the old papers can be found
and this is given from the memory of people who lived in the
town at that time.
As we have stated before, the original name of the town was
W-i-n-n-s-b-o-r-o-u-g-h, and it is said that Mr. Hays had no type
except big wooden type for setting up the head on his paper and
that the letters were so large he could not put the name spelled
out in full at the head of the paper, or he did not have enough
type to do so. He therefore reduced the name, leaving out one
"n," and off the "ugh," spelling the name Winsboro. This seems
to account for the change of the name from its original name to
the present name. We do not have any record of how the two
"ns" were afterwards used in spelling Winnsboro, but we are sure
that the reason for the two "ns" is that Mr. Winn's name was
spelled with the "ns." People have always said the town was named
in his honor and therefore they used the two "ns" in spelling the
It seems that the old files of the Winnsboro papers have :ee
lost and we do not have much history of the paper as published
in early Winnsboro. Along in the 1890s a man by the name ol
Sewell was editor of the Winnsboro paper and as the contest
between the wets and the drys increased, two papers were estalb-
lished, one wet and the other dry. For a few years the two paper
were kept in operation, but the people found that the conulnitnit'
would not support the two papers adequately and something had
to be done to combine them.
The writer bought the two papers in existence in the spt in
of 1908, the Winnsboro News and the Winnsboro Miessentgei. Ia!
combined them. Since that time the paper has been known a,
the Winnsboro News. The writer sold the pap er somle- month hs
after buying it to Judge R. M. Smith, who later sold it to Shaw I).
Ray, who conveyed it to Homer \Weir, who. at his deatl h, wa,
succeeded by his wife, Mrs. Mac O. VWeir, as edlit or. She sold! t
the present publisher, Gray.ford M. Jones.
One thing that can be said about the various (ttitort of thl.e
Winnshor(o papers is thatat all times they hae v or lkedl flfr tihe
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