Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina)

The Caswell Messenger

Reverend W. Cecil Jones established The Caswell Messenger newspaper in Yanceyville, North Carolina, in 1926. He sold the newspaper to Erwin D. Stephens in 1933. The paper was purchased from Stephens by Charles A. Womack in 1967. The following year, Harold McCain bought an interest, and later Sam Cooper purchased an interest, with Charles W. Womack, Jr., taking over his father's share.

At some point Womack Publishing Company assumed sole ownership. Headquartered in Chatham, Virginia, Womack Publishing is a privately held, family-owned, media company of newspapers, telephone directories, specialty publications, and Internet-based businesses. Womack Publishing operates fifteen newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia.

Circulation 2012: 4,800

 "We used to race to the mailbox on the County Home Road to get the Messenger on Thursdays. I especially liked the "Social News" section. It was filled with the goings on of towns people--those who "motored" to the beach or mountains, and who had friends visiting from out of town. There were accounts of meetings in homes where refreshments were served, and showers for prospective brides and every little detail down to the nut cups was reported--also the honoree's outfit described with flowery words. The newspaper was once printed in the old building that was at one time "Brown's" restaurant and now opened up again by the same folks. My brother recalls when he was small, Papa took him in to visit with the then editor, who was a family friend. Bro remembers Papa sat him on a tall stool and he and his friend enjoyed passing the time of day while drinking "something" out of coffee cups behind the counter. That was before my time...."

Source: Helen Jean Farthing Ledford 4 February 2014 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.