The Press: Memphis Captured

Scripps-Howard's parent company entered Memphis 30 years ago with the Press. In 1926, the Press swallowed the News-Scimitar. Same year the powerful old morning Commercial Appeal aimed an Evening Appeal at the Press-Scimitar. Just before the Evening Appeal appeared, Editor & Publisher Charles Patrick Joseph Mooney suddenly died. Because Mr. Mooney had been a great & able editor, the Appeal papers languished without him. Promoters Luke Lea and Rogers ("We Bank on the South") Caldwell acquired the papers in 1927, milked them of cash, lost them to receivers when the Lea-Caldwell empire collapsed...

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