For many years the Knoxville Express has been a factor in the formation of public opinion in Marion county and
has given to its readers a clear and, as far as possible, accurate account of the happenings first in the county
and second in the world at large. It was established under its present name in 1878 by Drewry Overton, who purchased
the Marion County Democrat from J. L. McCormack and continued to publish it as the Knoxville Express. The Democrat
was first issued September 5, 1865. The office and printing plant then occupied a frame building which stood south
of the present site of the city hall, but the paper was later published on West Main street, after which removal
was made to the east side of the square, over the store owned by Dickerson Brothers. In 1905 the owners of the
paper erected a building a half block south of the Citizens National Bank and the paper has been published there
ever since. The equipment is thoroughly up to date and the paper is typographically excellent as well as an interesting
and reliable news sheet. It has a large advertising and subscription patronage and is one of the best and most
prosperous weekly journals of this part of the state. The paper is democratic politically and stanchly advocates
the principles of that organization.
Mr. Overton, who purchased it in 1878 and who gave it its present name, conducted it for but a week and then leased
it to Miller & Gamble and others until December, 1884, when Casey & Steunenberg leased it and published
it until New Year's day, 1887. Mr. Steunenberg then severed his connection with it and Mr. Casey conducted it until
April, 1888. W. P. Gibson then became associated with Mr. Casey in its publication until New Year's day, 1891,
when J. O. Reaver bought out Mr. Gibson and was connected with Mr. Casey until January 1, 1900. At that time he
sold out to C. W. Belville, who was Mr. Casey's partner until the 1st of March, 1914, when A. L. Sherman bought
an interest in the publication. Mr. Sherman and Mr. Casey are the present owners of the paper. For more than thirty
years the latter has been associated with the Express and its continued prosperity and consistent policy is due
in great measure to his long connection with the paper and his ability and experience. Upon leaving Knoxville Mr.
Steunenberg went to Idaho and there published the Caldwell Tribune. He was later a member of the constitutional
convention, a member of the state legislature and governor of Idaho. His life came to an abrupt close as he was
assassinated on the 30th of December, 1905.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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