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Newspapers: Newspaper Timelines--Eastern Panhandle

What Timeline?

Newspapers tend to change names, publishers, stop publishing, or merge over time. It is difficult to navigate through references, trying to locate the name or year of a newspaper required for research. This page attempts to lay out the newspaper "families" as a help to researchers.

Changes in the titles of these newspaper do not always correspond to locations either on a reel, in the library, or an alternate format; please consult the master list  for notes on locations or formats available.

This page covers Eastern Panhandle-published newspapers that Shepherd University owns. 


The Journal (Martinsburg WV)

Evening Journal (Martinsburg—Berkeley Co.) 

May-Oct. 1912

Martinsburg W Va Evening Journal (Martinsburg--Berkeley Co.)  Feb.1916-April 1920

Martinsburg Journal (Martinsburg--Berkeley Co.)

1921-1929; 1932-1977

Evening Journal (Martinsburg--Berkeley Co.) 

1978-Aug. 3, 1990

Morning Journal (Martinsburg--Berkeley Co.) 

Aug. 4, 1990-Jan. 1, 1993

Journal (Martinsburg--Berkeley Co.)

Jan. 2, 1993-CURRENT

Martinsburg Gazette

Martinsburgh Gazette (Berkeley Co.)

1810-1822 (holdings incomplete); 1823-1825

Martinsburg Gazette and Public Advertiser

Jan 1826-Oct 10, 1833

Martinsburg Gazette (Berkeley Co.)

Oct 17, 1833-March 7, 1855 (holdings incomplete)

Morgan County Newspapers

Morgan Mercury (Berkeley Springs—Morgan Co.) See also: Morgan Messenger

1882-1893 (holdings incomplete)

Morgan Messenger (Berkeley Springs—Morgan Co.) See also: Morgan Mercury

1893-1975 (holdings incomplete); Current month (Reading Room)

Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town WV)

Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town—Jefferson Co.)

1852-1948 (except Sept 12-to Dec 26, 1871)

Farmers Advocate (Charles Town—Jefferson Co.)

1897-1930; Oct 25, 1935-1943; 1945-Oct 3, 1947

Merged newspaper

Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate (Charles Town—Jefferson Co.)

March 1948-June 1984; 1985-2003; Current year (Reading Room)

Other Martinsburg Newspapers

Martinsburg Independent

Berkeley Union (Martinsburg WV)

1868 (holdings incomplete)

Martinsburg Weekly Independent

Jan 1874-March 27, 1875

Martinsburg Independent

1875-April 3, 1899


Martinsburg Statesman

Martinsburg Statesman

1874-Sept 14, 1906

Martinsburg Statesman-Democrat 

Sept 21-Dec 1906