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Cabool Enterprise enters 135th year of publication


The October 18, 2018 issue of the Cabool Enterprise marks the beginning of its 135th years of recording and reporting the happenings of the Cabool community. The newspaper is the oldest business in Cabool.

The Cabool Enterprise began publication in 1884 when the City of Cabool was barely two years old.

The pioneer paper of Cabool was the Cabool Weekly Record, founded September 23, 1884 by Thomas Lorenzo Moore and Ledge Comstock. Moore was a city alderman in 1886 and later city clerk; he was postmaster from June 1883-1887. The paper’s circulation was about 600.

It is believed that D.L. Watson purchased the Record in 1896, changing its name to The Cabool Enterprise. Little is known of those early publications, as a fire on October 23, 1911 destroyed the newspaper office and a large part of the business district, taking those early files with it. Ben Mires was editor in January 1911, and Dr. J.W. Mires headed the publication from April until December 1914.

George Duncan purchased the paper in January of 1916, also buying out a competing publication, The Cabool Press, from Walter Warden Durnell. He called the new, combined paper the Cabool Enterprise-Press.

The paper was sold to D.L. Watson in March 1921 His father had published the Enterprise 25 years earlier. In the mid-1920s, F.L. Gillespie acquired the paper and it was sold on March 19, 1925 to J.W. White, who shortened its name to The Cabool Enterprise.

Eight years later, Adolph A. and Florence Herzberg bought the Enterprise, running it for 2½ years before it was purchased by Joseph A. Hanebrink, who kept the business for 16 years.

Hanebrink sold the paper to D.D. Lewis in October 1951. Two years later in November 1953, it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Noel of Shelbina. Ivan D. O’Daniell and son purchased the newspaper in the late 1950s.

Wayne and Irene Turner bought the paper on August 1, 1960 and there were two important changes made during their 14 years of operation. First the paper office moved from 508 Spruce to 525 Main, bringing its 20,000-pound press with it. Then in June of 1970 the paper converted from hot metal composition to photographic or offset method.

The Turners sold the paper to Stephen Bennett and Lafe Plumb in June of 1974.

In August 1975, c. Russell and Joanne Wood became the new owners of the Enterprise. They sold the business to Lester Moyer in July 1980. The Woods resumed ownership of the paper in March of 1982. Dala Whittaker was named editor.

On April 1, 1998, Dala and Tom Whittaker purchased the Enterprise.

The newspaper office has been at 525 Main since its move in the 1960s. At present, the Thursday weekly and its companion Wednesday shopper, the Pennysaver, are printed at Nowata Printing Company in Springfield.

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