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Celebrating 200 years: Special section

1819-1858 | 1859-1898 | 1899-1938 | 1939-1978 | 1979-PRESENT

200 years — from frontier days to present day

The Arkansas Gazette, born in a log cabin near Arkansas Post, endures two centuries of news, duels, revolving owners and name changes.

The Arkansas Gazette was born in 1819, a few months after the Arkansas Territory was established and 17 years before Arkan- sas became a state.

It was Arkansas’ first newspaper and long known as the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River.


Newspaper charting new path in digital age

Democrat-Gazette’s ongoing digital conversion is, perhaps, biggest change in newspaper’s history

In February 2018, WEHCO Media, Inc. embarked on the first stages of Huss- man’s iPad initiative — a program aimed at getting subscribers to read the paper, in its traditional layout, on Apple iPads.


Life of publisher’s son cut short in 1943

Condolences came from U.S. senators, congressmen, governors, mayors and hundreds of friends and acquaintances.

On Feb. 22, 1949, four years after the end of World War II, more than 5,134 sets of remains of American servicemen who had been buried in cemeteries in the Pacific Islands were returned to the United States, including those of 79 Arkansans.

Over the ensuing weeks, thousands of grieving Americans had the grim comfort of burying those loved ones. Among them were the family and friends of Carrick White Heiskell.


Newspaper wars of past packed punches

“Respectable men were expected to defend their reputations to the death in the 19th century ...”

The 1878 street duel between J.N. Smithee and John Adams, editors of the Arkansas Democrat and Daily Arkansas Gazette, is a notorious instance of life imitating metaphor, but it’s not the only “newspaper war” that led to literal combat. Nor was the 1828 attempted assassination of Chester Ashley in William Woodruff’s print shop the only time that an editor grappled a would-be assassin.