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St. Louis Evening Post History

The St. Louis Evening Post

Joseph A. Dacus and James William Buel

The youngest, and at the same time the most vivacious, brightest and interesting of St. Louis newspapers, is the Evening Post. The first number of this paper was issued January 10, 1878, by John A. Dillon, Esq., formerly editor of the Globe, and then on the staff of the Globe-Democrat until within a few days of that time. The character of the paper was clearly foreshadowed by the first number. It was to be newsy, to give prominence to all local incidents worthy of being noted, to be independent in all things, and neutral in no contingency; it was to be literary in character and tone, removed from prosy dullness, and yet from poetical extravagance. Its first promise has been kept. The Post has improved with its weeks and months of existence. The Saturday evening edition of the Post is a full-sized octavo journal, not surpassed in excellence by any Western journal. From the very beginning of its journal-life, the Post has commended itself to the public, and its merits have won for it success by securing for it a large patronage. The paper is published by a company duly incorporated, but, as yet, Messrs. Dillon and Cunningham have borne the burden, and retain the stock.
The Evening Post is a member of the National Associated Press and receives a great portion of its news over the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph lines. Much of its news is obtained in the way of special dispatches however, and the paper has shown a commendable enterprise in laying out large sums of money on this department.
(From A Tour of St. Louis, Or The Inside Life of A Great City, 1878).

1878  “The St. Louis Evening Post has been received with a degree of favor never before accorded to a new paper. It will be the aim of the proprietors to make it in every respect worthy of patronage; and while no pains nor expense will be spared to give a full and trustworthy record of the news of the day, no improper matter of any kind will be allowed in its columns.” 

Merged with St. Louis Dispatch in December of 1878. Var.: Evening Post.