KPA seeking descendants of organization’s founders; other newspapers at first meeting

The following release has been sent to KPA member newspapers. We would appreciate it being used at least a couple of times as we attempt to locate any descendants of the founders of the organization.

In January, 2019, the Kentucky Press Association will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary. KPA is the nation’s 10th oldest state press association and represents all newspapers published in the Commonwealth.

On Wednesday, January 13, 1869, a group of newspaper editors gathered in downtown Frankfort to organize a society for newspapers.

According to the ‘Early History of the Kentucky Press Association,’ by Dr. Perry J. Ashley, “Newspapers began to recognize common bonds, and there emerged a belief that Kentucky editors should take a leading role in state’s consolidation by coming together themselves.”

While the association does not have a list of who attended the organizational meeting, it does have a list of officers elected to organize the association and to serve as officers the following year.

Those men and their newspaper affiliation were George D. Prentice, The Courier-Journal; A.B. Hodges, Frankfort Commonwealth; W.H. Perrin, Louisville Democrat; J.R. Marrs, Danville Advocate; S.I.M. Majors, Frankfort Yeoman; Thomas S. Pettit, Owensboro Monitor; J.G. Craddock, Paris True Kentuckian; J. Stoddard Johnson, Frankfort Yeoman; and, H.T. Stanton, Maysville Bulletin.

The Kentucky Press Association is searching for descendants of these individuals who helped organize the association. If you are a descendant of one of the individuals named, or know a descendant of these gentlemen, please contact David T. Thompson, Kentucky Press Association, 101 Consumer Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601, or by phone at (502) 223-8821 or by email at

Other newspapers at the organizational meeting named without names of editor or publisher attending

While we have the names of those individuals who were elected officers at the initial meeting, to serve either that year or the year following, there is a list of other newspapers represented without the names of the individuals representing those newspapers.

According to an account later discovered by Woodford Sun Editor Orval Baylor in the archives at the Louisville Public Library, in addition to the two Frankfort publications — Frankfort Commonwealth and Frankfort Yeoman — the following newspapers were represented at that meeting: Harrison Democrat, Paris Citizen, Owensboro Monitor, Georgetown News, Lexington Observer & Reporter, Mt. Sterling Sentinel, Cynthiana News, Clark County Democrat, Lexington Gazette, Paris True Kentuckian, The Kentucky Free Mason, Farmers Home Journal, Stanford Banner, Lebanon Clarion, Louisville Daily Democrat, Kentucky Intelligencer, Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Maysville Eagle.

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