For the former Canadian newspaper, the Ottawa Sunday Herald, see Ottawa Sun
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Ottawa, Kansas 66067
In 1896, Joseph L. Bristow, who later was elected U.S. senator, and Henry J. Allen, who later became an editor at the Wichita Beacon, Kansas governor, and U.S. senator decided to buy the weekly Evening Ottawa and turn it into a daily newspaper. The Evening Ottawa was free at first, distributed to nearly all of Ottawa, north and south of the Marais des Cygnes River. This was to give the residents of Ottawa a feel for the new newspaper. Then it was made into a subscription for ten cents a week. The newspaper was four pages in a six-column format.
When Bristow and Allen broke up their partnership in 1907, Allen sold it to Ralph A. Harris. Harris was a farmer, banker and assistant postmaster in Franklin County. When he died in 1930, one of his sons, Sidney F. Harris, took over The Herald. Harris' other son, John P. Harris, was an editor at the Chanute Tribune. Members of the Harris family continue in the newspaper business to this day. The Harris Enterprises Inc. is a majority stockholder of the Ottawa Herald, other local newspapers, and small advertising agencies.
The Ottawa Herald was not the first daily newspaper to be published in Ottawa, Kansas. That honor belongs to The Republican, which was created in 1879, which competed with The Herald until Ralph A. Harris bought and consolidated The Republican into The Herald in 1915.
Jeanny Sharp is the current editor/publisher of the Ottawa Herald.
As of March 2006, Cyrus Oliver II's comic strip Funny Bunnies has been published in The Ottawa Herald. Since November 2006, the comic has been uploaded online as well.
- "Ottawa Herald". Kansas Press Association. Retrieved 1 November 2010.