digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Muscatine Journal
MJ Famous Fronts 9 1 2005.jpg
The September 1, 2005 page
of the Muscatine Journal
Type Monday - Saturday newspaper,
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Lee Enterprises
Publisher Bob Blackman
Founded 1840
Language English
Headquarters 301 E 3rd St Muscatine, IA 52761-4116
United States
Circulation 7,598
Official website MuscatineJournal.com

The Muscatine Journal serves 25,000 adult readers in Muscatine and Louisa counties and is delivered to nearly 8,200 homes Monday through Saturday. The Post, its sister shopper publication, is delivered every Tuesday to nearly 16,000 households. Both publications are part of the Quad-Cities Group of Lee Enterprises, which is located in Davenport. The role is to provide as much local news coverage as possible, while giving readers both local and regional advertising information.

According to the Iowa Newspaper Association, the Muscatine Journal has a circulation of 7,598.[1]


The Muscatine Journal traces its history to October 27, 1840, when the first issue of the weekly Bloomington Herald was released. On June 7, 1849, the town’s name was officially changed from Bloomington to Muscatine, and the newspaper then became the Muscatine Journal.

The late John Mahin played the most significant role in the newspaper’s early history and headed the Journal for more than a half-century. John Mahin was apprenticed by his father in 1847, at the age of 13 to the owners of what was then still the Bloomington Herald to learn the printing trade. Mahin and his father, Jacob, purchased the Journal in 1852. Mahin became the Journal’s editor at that time, at the age of 19, and continued to publish the newspaper until his retirement in 1903. It was through Mahin that Alfred W. Lee came to Muscatine and later founded the newspaper group, which evolved into what now is Lee Enterprises, Inc.

The most famous contributor to Muscatine Journal articles was Samuel Clemens otherwise known as Mark Twain. Clemens contributed writings to the Journal in 1853,1854, and 1855. Clemens lived in Muscatine in 1854.

In September 1864, John Mahin married Anne Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Lee of West Branch. In about 1880, Mr. and Mrs. Lee moved to Muscatine and Mahin’s father-in-law (John Lee) became the Journal’s bookkeeper. With them came their youngest son, Alfred, to take a position in the Muscatine post office under John Mahin, who was the postmaster as well as the newspaper editor. Alfred W. Lee later joined the staff of the Journal and started his newspaper career here. In 1886, Lee moved to Chicago where he continued his self-education in the newspaper business. Lee returned to Iowa to buy his first newspaper in the early 1890s when he took charge of the Ottumwa Courier. In about 1899 he acquired a controlling interest in the Davenport Times. Lee and his associates purchased the Muscatine Journal in 1903 when John Mahin had reached the age of 70 years and was ready for retirement. Walter Lane was named as the Journal’s publisher when the Lee group assumed control and served until death in 1907. The Journal has had many locations throughout its history, including the second floor of what is now DC Arnold’s on Iowa Avenue.

In 1919, the current building was constructed, with the pressroom and mailroom added in the early 1970s. That remodeling was made to accommodate a new Goss Community offset press, and coincided with the Journal’s conversion to cold type composition. In 1999, the Muscatine Journal began printing remotely at the Quad City Times and the press area was remodeled to become the Muscatine distribution center for delivery of the Journal, Times, and The Post.


  • "Muscatine Journal Handbook: Includes the history of the newspaper titled "How Did We Get Here? pages 42–43.

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscatine_Journal — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.

4971 news items

Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:39:56 -0700

MUSCATINE, Iowa — After putting in long hours working full-time, raising two kids and assisting in a performance by the Pearl City Players, Muscatine resident Laura Liegois recently received word that she had been recognized by Volunteer Iowa for her ...
Muscatine Journal
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:56:15 -0700

Muscatine Journal · Clear. 81°. Clear. Weekly Forecast. Partly cloudy. Tuesday. 93° 70°. Mix of sun and clouds. Wednesday. 80° 57°. Mix of sun and clouds. Thursday. 80° 59°. Mix of sun and clouds. Friday. 80° 66°. sponsored by. Advanced Search ...
Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:00:57 -0700

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Fighting Chance Solutions, a five-week-old Muscatine company, has already garnered national — and international — attention for its product, The Sleeve. The Sleeve is just what it's name says it is: a metal sleeve. It's intended to ...
Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:03:44 -0700

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Two months after a local motorcycle club unsuccessfully tried to host a fundraising event on its property, a second attempt got a good reception from county officials. The Eastern Iowa chapter of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club ...
Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:33:45 -0700

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and agreed to hand over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held ...
Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:26:15 -0700

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The Muscatine Flames moved two games closer to a .500 record in the Black Hawk Valley Conference on Sunday. The Flames, a week after getting swept by the Quad City 76ers, swept the Palmer Dragons 2-0 and 13-3 at Douglas Park ...
Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:41:15 -0700

MUSCATINE, Iowa — It's a contest that could lead some area nonprofit organizations to get some office equipment — and some publicity for what they do in their communities. The Davenport-based office-supply company RK Dixon and its sister company, ...
Muscatine Journal
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Muscatine High School senior softball player Katie Shoultz was selected the Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year for the third straight season. Shoultz, who will continue her softball career at North Dakota State University, led the MAC ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Muscatine Journal

You can talk about Muscatine Journal with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!