James E. Whipple and Ellen Thompson are Blaine’s grandparents.
Launches The Journal in Cayuga, Indiana
Sometime prior to 1887 Jim worked for the Clinton Argus writing Eugene news and a column entitled “The Old JEW” (James E. Whipple). When the Clinton Siftings ceased publication in May 1887 Jim purchased its equipment and type and founded the Cayuga Journal in Cayuga, Indiana on May 14, 1887 with John Wigley as typesetter and financial help from H.O. Peters, his former employer.
The Cayuga Journal was a six column paper with pages one and four boilerplate and pages two and three hand set type of local news items and advertising. It was published on Saturdays. As editor-publisher, Jim said the paper would be “independent in all things and neutral in nothing.” He included a number of opinion columns in the initial issue including:
“We expect to make the Cayuga Journal a purely
local paper devoted to the interests of Cayuga, Eu-
gene, and the surrounding country. Partisan opinions
will not be allowed to enter its columns, although the
editor’s devotion to his Party is as firm as ever, and
personally he will work for the success of that Party.
We invite short, spicy locals from contributors, but
long-winded articles from verbose contributors to
be assigned to the privacy of the waste basket. In
short, we intend to make a first class local paper.
We will be greatly pleased to receive the approba-
tion of the public, and if you can give us a certifi-
cate of approbation in the shape of a one dollar bill
we will be still greater pleased and will also send
you the Journal for one year. (more…)