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Belleville Sun History

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In 1851, Edward H. Fleming returned to Belleville from California and started the Belleville Sun. Thirty-six numbers were issued before it was consolidated with the Advocate, with a partnership formed under the name of Fleming and Niles, with Judge Nathaniel Niles as editor and Fleming as foreman.

(From the History of St. Clair County, Illinois by Brink, McDonough & Co. 1881).