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Time Capsule: Meet the founding couple of the Chippewa Herald

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Chippewa Herald founders

Flora and George Ginty are the founders of the Chippewa Falls, publishing the first issue on Jan. 29., 1870.

General George C. Ginty (1840-1890) published the first issue of the Chippewa Herald on Jan. 29, 1870. The Herald was a weekly newspaper until June 25, 1894, when it then became a daily.

Born in Toronto, Canada, on Feb. 14, 1840, George Ginty was a printer and editor by trade, but he also led a life of public service from a young age.

His many accomplishments include: Member of the Wisconsin Legislature in 1863; member of the Army during the Civil War; president of the Board of Education for the city of Chippewa Falls from 1868 to 1884; representative for the 30th Senatorial District in Wisconsin, comprising the counties of Dunn and Chippewa from 1881 to 1885; U.S. marshall for the Western District of Wisconsin; and owner/editor of the Chippewa Herald from 1870 to his death in 1890.

Flora Beall (Outhwaite) Ginty (1839-1907) was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sept. 27, 1839. She was a descendant of a delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Flora Ginty moved with her parents at a young age to Green Bay, and she married George Clay Ginty in 1861, moving with him to Chippewa Falls in 1869, where she took an active role in the city and state.

She was an avid writer and editor, and authored many poems and articles. After her George’s death on Dec. 9, 1890, she took over editing and publishing the Chippewa Herald until Feb. 12, 1892, when the Herald Printing Co. was formed.

Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history in the Herald. The Area History Center at 123 Allen St., has multiple rooms of displays about Chippewa County history and genealogy. Visit www.ChippewaAreaHistoryCenter.org to learn more about the future Chippewa Area History Center and how you can help support local history preservation and education.

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