Amherstburg Echo

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Amherstburg Echo
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Quebecor Inc./Sun Media
EditorRon Giofu
Ceased publication2012
Headquarters238 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, Ontario, N9V 1W4

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


The Amherstburg Echo was founded in November 1874 by William D. Balfour and John A. Auld. The first home of the Amherstburg Echo was in a building on the west side of Ramsay Street. Balfour was elected Speaker of the Legislature in 1894 and Provincial Secretary two years later. He passed away on August 19, 1896 just two weeks after assuming his duties there. Shortly thereafter, Arthur Marsh of the Essex Free Press joined the Amherstburg Echo as John Auld’s partner.[1]. Thus began the involvement of the Marsh family, which lasted for 85 years. As the paper grew in size and stature, a more modern facility was required. Shortly after arriving here Arthur married Bessie Hicks and they raised a son and a daughter, John and Helen.

Prominent architect J.C. Pennington was hired to draw up plans and in 1915 the Echo moved into its new building on the west side of Dalhousie Street. When John Auld died in 1924, Arthur Marsh’s twenty-three-year- old son John, a recent graduate of McGill University, joined his father at the paper. Arthur and John Marsh, along with a dedicated staff, produced one of the finest weeklies not only in the Province, but in Canada as well. Being the recipient of many awards for excellence throughout the years proved its stature, as did letters of admiration from other weeklies.

When Arthur Marsh was fatally injured in an automobile accident in 1940, his daughter Helen left her teaching career behind and joined her brother John Marsh at the paper. John Marsh had just graduated from McGill University and joined his father at the paper. Helen was teaching at Amherstburg Public School. Helen contributed new and innovative ideas and features to the weekly, including her widely read “Conversation Pieces” column which is significant as a social history of Amherstburg from 1940 to 1980. (The first 25 years of “Conversation Pieces” are available in booklet form at the Marsh Collection.) Through its 138 years, the Echo kept us informed as to who was born, married and died in the county. It began with the old Washington hand press and took us through to the computer age. Through wars (Boer, WWI & WWII, Korea) it published the devastating reports of our boys who sacrificed their lives for us during those horrific times. It kept us in touch with our native sons and daughters who served overseas, ensuring our freedom to read the hometown newspaper. It recorded the Great Depression, the establishment of industries - Brunner Mond, Canadian Canners, Calverts, Marra’s Bread, SKD, to name just a few - and the demise of many. Elections, politics and celebrations found space in the pages of the Echo, including stories of local shenanigans and unsavoury activities.

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.[2]. In October 2012, the Echo was closed by Sun Media,[3] who announced it would increase Amherstburg coverage in its recently launched Windsor This Week paper. In December 2012, Sun Media closed Windsor This Week.[4]

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  1. ^ "Amherstburg Echo". Our Digital World. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  2. ^ "Amherstburg Echo". Our Digital World. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
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