On August 22, 1895, Anthony C. Clippinger and B. B. Miller established the Norris City Record. Graham Black bought Miller’s interest and a short time later, A. C. Clippinger and Sons bought complete interest in the newspaper. His three sons were Ralph, Roy, and Cecil. Roy Clippinger was later active in various newspapers in Carmi. Roy worked with his father in Norris City until 1909, when he moved to Carmi to begin his newspaper career there. Following the death of A. C. Clippinger, Ralph continued to operate the business until the 1930s and the depression era, when it was discontinued. The last issue in the possession of the Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield (the Abraham Lincoln Library) is dated January 3, 1935.
Norris City came into existence after two railroads crossed at a site where no village or town existed. The Springfield and Southeastern Illinois (later known as the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, and then as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad) was built through the site in 1870. It ran from Beardstown in Cass County (north of Flora) to Old Shawneetown in Gallatin County. The Cairo and Vincennes Railroad (later became the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis or Big Four Division of the New York Central System) was completed through the same area in 1872 It ran from Chicago to Cairo.
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The Norris City Omaha Senior Class of 1956 had their annual reunion at the Indian Creek Township Building on Sunday afternoon, May 26, 2019. When this class started as freshmen, the high school was just Norris City High School. By the time the class graduated 63 years ago in 1956, the [Read more…]