The Greenville Journal, in circulation from 1907-18, is among 17 historic Ohio newspapers that have been digitized and uploaded to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
It was all made possible by a $248,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, it was announced recently by the Ohio History Connection.
The National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio, part of the National Digital Newspaper Program developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, enables the Ohio History Connection to digitize 100,000 additional Ohio newspaper pages published from 1836 to 1921 by August this year.
These pages will join the other 40 papers – more than 200,000 Ohio newspaper pages published between 1845 and 1922 – that are already available on Chronicling America through the projects first and second of three phases.
It was learned that The Greenville Journal, located in Greenville, the seat of Darke County in northwest Ohio, was the county’s most storied newspaper, according to one website. The Journal was established as the Greenville Patriot in the 1830s, but struggled to gain a base of subscribers in its infancy. Sold numerous times to different owners for the first several years, the name was eventually changed to the Greenville Journal. It was not until 1850, when it was purchased by E.B. Taylor and J.G. Reese, that the paper had begun to hit its stride.
The Journal, published weekly, strongly supported the Whig Party’s political views. The paper took its motto “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable” from a speech made by Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a prominent member of the Whig Party. While supporting the Whigs, much of the paper was devoted to publishing Ohio’s laws. With the passing of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850, the Whigs stated that they were “willing to stand by the compromise measure, but no steps further.” The Journal wanted to ensure that citizens were obeying the law, no matter how unjust it was.