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John S. Uncle Jack Robinson on right; his second son, Henry, on left published the Jewett Messenger in the early days. The Jewett Messenger is one of the oldest newspapers in continuous operation in the United States today. John S. Uncle Jack Robinson took over the weekly newspaper, The Independent Farmer, and renamed it The Jewett Messenger in 1885. Robinson was editor until his death in 1941.

From 1885 until 1941, Uncle Jack and his newspaper became famous for his quotations and candid humor, and also his fictitious story about an escaped gorilla near Jewett. He was invited to appear on the radio broadcast We The People but declined because he would have to fly to New York.

After the death of Robinson in 1941, his daughter, Anna Belle Pettey, continued to publish the newspaper. When she died in 1964 her son and daughter-in-law, L.D. and Carolyn Pettey, inherited the paper and continued it for the next 36 years, with Carolyn assuming most of the responsibility. In June 2000

Peggy Robinson bought the paper and celebrated The Messenger's 119th birthday in 2004. 

223 Cameron St.
Jewett, TX 75846
Ph: 903-626-4296
Fax: 903-626-5248
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