J. N. Rogers, the publisher of the Rural Citizen, joined the Farmers' Alliance soon after it spread to Jack County, Texas. He started using the newspaper to promote the order in March 1881, and in February 1882 the Alliance named the Rural Citizen its official newspaper. Rogers changed the newspaper's name to the Jacksboro Gazette and distanced himself and the publication from the order shortly before the Alliance's August 1886 adoption of political demands at Cleburne. Photo courtesy of Linda Czarny. Article By Jeff Wells* n 1873, Joseph Noah Rogers, a farmer and a Confederate veteran, moved from Tarrant County, Texas, to Jack County and settled on a farm near Keechi Creek. His first publishing venture was the Sunday Wreath, a religious publication that reflected his Baptist faith. On June 4, 1880, while still printing at his farm, Rogers founded the Rural Citizen. He started the newspaper because Jack County and Jacksboro, the county seat, needed a reliable publisher. Transient editors frequently came to the region, secured bonuses offered by boosters for starting newspapers, printed a few issues, and then departed. A few months after Rogers started the Rural Citizen, the businessmen of Jacksboro offered to place additional
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 12, 2017
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