The Miller County liberal. (Colquitt, Ga.) 1897-current
Place of Publication:
- Colquitt, Miller county
Dates of publication:
- Began in 1897?
- Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 20 (Jan. 2, 1907).
The Miller County liberal. January 2, 1907
Widowed teacher Zula Brown Cook began publishing the Miller County Liberal in Colquitt, Georgia in September 1897. She is believed to be the first woman in Georgia to establish a newspaper. In order to found the Miller County Liberal, Cook saved two hundred dollars from her teacher’s salary to purchase a press and collected five hundred signatures of support from residents of the county. Cook simultaneously maintained her teaching job while printing the paper until she married Joe Toole in 1901. Zula Brown Toole continued to serve as editor of the weekly Democratic Party-aligned paper into the early 1930s and passed away shortly after the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the paper. Her son-law Bert Priest took over publishing duties in her absence, followed by her grandson George Terry Toole. The Toole family continues to publish the Miller County Liberal today as one of the oldest family-owned papers in Georgia.