Knox College’s impact on local journalism

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

Area newspapers in print during [1800s] included the Knox Republican, which was first published in 1856 and was credited with one of the best written stories covering the famed Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Galesburg… The Galesburg Free Press began publishing in the 1850s and also covered the Lincoln-Douglas Debate on the Knox College campus

On Sept. 24, 1935, one of longest serving newspaper editors in Illinois was at his Register-Mail desk before 7 a.m. [Even though it was the day before his 81st birthday,] that was not unusual for Fred R. Jelliff, who used the exact routine for more than 50 consecutive years… During Jelliff’s half century at the helm of local newspapers he produced thousands of editorials pertaining to area town topics. Besides his endless newspaper duties [the 1878 Knox College graduate and honorary degree recipient] miraculously made time to participate in practically every worthwhile civic affair in the city… Read more…