The Alpharetta free press. (Alpharetta, GA.) 188?-19??
Place of Publication:
- Alpharetta, Fulton county
Dates of publication:
- Alpharetta (Ga.)--Newspapers.
- Fulton County (Ga.)--Newspapers.
- Georgia--Fulton County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01211153
- Also on microfilm: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Libraries.
- Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 1 (Jan. 27, 1893).
The Alpharetta free press. January 27, 1893
George D. Rucker and W. T. Collins published the first issue of the Alpharetta Free Press in January 1890. The paper circulated every Friday at a subscription cost of one dollar and politically supported the Democratic Party. The paper was anti-populist and editorialized in favor of conservatie Democrat William Yates Atkinson’s successful run for governor in 1893. By 1895, the Free Press’ popularity forced its competitor, the Milton Enterprise, out of business, and the Free Press became Milton County’s legal organ. After Collins left the Free Press in 1892, Rucker managed editorial and publishing duties until he established a second newspaper, the Lawrenceville News, in November 1893. John J. Newton then took over management of the Free Press while Rucker focused on establishing the Lawrenceville Publishing Company. In January 1895, Rucker returned to Alpharetta, founded a law practice, and assumed control of the Free Press, which he managed well into the 20th century. The Free Press ceased publication in the 1930s after Milton County merged with Fulton County and the Free Press lost its status as the county paper of record.