Amherstburg Echo

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Amherstburg Echo
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Quebecor Inc./Sun Media
Editor Ron Giofu
Founded 1874
Language English
Ceased publication 2012
Headquarters 238 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, Ontario, N9V 1W4
Website [1]

The Amherstburg Echo was a newspaper which served Amherstburg, Ontario from 1874 to 2012.

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The Amherstburg Echo was founded in November 1874 by William D. Balfour and John A. Auld. Upon Balfour's death in 1896, Arthur W. Marsh came to Amherstburg and joined Auld at the Echo. Shortly after arriving here Arthur married Bessie Hicks and they raised a son and a daughter, John and Helen.

When Auld died in 1924, John Marsh had just graduated from McGill University and joined his father at the paper. Helen was teaching at Amherstburg Public School. After Arthur Marsh was killed in a car accident in 1940, Helen joined her brother John at the Echo and the two operated the weekly newspaper until 1980, when Helen retired following a bout with poor health.

In 1981 John, then 80 years old, sold The Amherstburg Echo to John and Linda James. Both John and Helen continued to write a column for a few years after the sale before settling into retirement. John and Helen Marsh helped found the Marsh Collection Society, a local history centre where many have come and continue to come to research the history of the area.

James owned the Echo until the early 1990s when he sold the Echo and its historic location at 238 Dalhousie St. to Bowes Publishers Limited, which eventually became part of Sun Media.

In October 2012, the Echo was closed by Sun Media,[1] who announced it would increase Amherstburg coverage in its recently launched Windsor This Week paper. In December 2012, Sun Media closed Windsor This Week.[2]

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