Years in print:
The Weekly Fountain, edited by Benjamin Hayes and H.I. Vance, appeared in 1849. It measured 18 x 23 1/2 inches and contained a total of twenty-eight columns. It was published every Saturday; it was devoted to temperance, morals, literature, commerce, agriculture, manufactures, general news, mechanics, and the arts. It survived long enough to cross the middle of the century.
(From Early St. Louis Newspapers, 1808-1850, a Washington University disserrtation by Dorothy Grace Brown, 1931.)
Became a daily.