External Link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn95047227/issues/first_pages/
 Material Information
Title: The champion
Uniform Title: Champion (Bowling Green, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: T. E. & Royal B. Child
Place of Publication: Arcadia, Fla
Arcadia, Fla
Publication Date: 1906-1908
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Bowling Green (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Arcadia (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- De Soto County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- De Soto -- Arcadia
United States -- Florida -- De Soto -- Bowling Green
Review: Published weekly by T.E. and Royal B. Child, the Champion LCCN: sn95047227 originally published in Bowling Green, Florida, starting in 1894 by Mrs. Neva Chase Child. In 1895, however, the newspaper offices were moved to Arcadia, Florida. During the economic panic of 1892, Mrs. Child (1850- ), an Illinois native, moved to Florida from Colorado with her husband, a rancher. Mrs. Child had previously published newspapers in Colorado. In its October 18, 1896 issue, the Florida Times Union (Jacksonville, FL) LCCN 95026757 reported "There are not many women editors in Florida, but Mrs. Childs (sic) ranks with the best weekly paper publishers in the state of either sex. She is a thorough business woman and an able writer. The paper is independent in politics, four page, six column, weekly issued every Thursday, $1 a year." The Champion was one of several early newspapers in DeSoto County, Florida. In 1887, this large inland county in southern Florida was partitioned from Manatee County (FL) and then covered 3,750 square miles, an area the size of the state of Rhode Island. DeSoto County was further partitioned into five separate counties in 1921. Arcadia was and still is the seat of DeSoto County. Bowling Green is now in Hardee County. The Champion, which documents early life in inland southern Florida, ceased publication in 1911. The Tampa (FL) Morning Tribune LCCN sn95047477, writing in tribute to the Champion in its January 10, 1909 article "Arcadia Champion, Popular Paper", implied the causes for its demise. "Through the efforts of the Champion," it reported, "... the Tribune was able to make the success of this edition of the Tribune's DeSoto edition which it has." The Tribune survives as one of Florida's most widely read newspapers. Then, as now, Arcadia's local economy and much of the Champion's reporting was on agriculture. Land use, at the time, had been opened up by the expansion of the railroads and by environmental controls designed to make Florida useful agriculturally productive to feed the nation and especially a growing tourism industry along Florida's Atlantic coast, also spurred on by the deep reach of the railroads into Florida. The Champion was continued by the Enterprise LCCN: sn95047228, published weekly in Arcadia by T. B. Hartig. In turn, the Enterprise was continued by the Arcadia Enterprise LCCN: sn95047229. --E. Kesse, University of Florida Digital Library Center.
Additional Physical Form: Archived issues are available as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1895; ceased in Dec. 1911.
General Note: Published at: Bowling Green, Fla. <1895>; and at: Arcadia, Fla., <1906-1908>
General Note: Editor: Mrs. Neva C. Child, <1906-1908>
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 12, no. 1 (Jan. 4, 1906).
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 14, no. 52 (Dec. 31, 1908).
 Record Information
Source Institution: Historical Newspaper Catalog
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 33424599
lccn - sn 95047227
issn - 1940-9745
System ID: HNC0000029:00001
 Related Items
Succeeded by: Enterprise (Arcadia, Fla.)