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Markdale Standard


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Markdale Standard


The first paper to be established at Markdale in Grey County was the Markdale Expositor by George J. Blyth, in 1875. With the acquisition of this paper by Charles W. Rutledge, in 1880, its name was changed to the Markdale Standard. The first issue was published 17 September 1880. This paper, a weekly, remained concerned primarily with local news, and assumed no political stance. On 16 January 1908, the Standard Printing Company of Markdale, under the control of J.W. Tucker, took over. Rutledge remained in the picture however at least until 5 January 1921 when A.E. Colgan and McIntyre became the proprietors of the paper. The latter person disappeared from the ownership roster on 25 March 1926, leaving Colgan and Son as proprietors. In the 1960's this paper has been edited by R.G. Craig. William Kennedy of the Durham Chronicle purchased this paper in June of 1968. (The previous year the Chronicle had acquired the Tara Leader). The Markdale Standard continues in publication at this time (1969).