The Citizen Instances at 150 — smaller but continue to feisty

Reporter John Boyle holds a newspaper from 1916 found in the Asheville Citizen Times building at 14 O Henry Avenue downtown.

Someplace out there, Randolph A. Shotwell is getting a great chuckle.

Or perhaps he’s spinning in his grave just a touch.

Shotwell, you see, established this newspaper 150 yrs in the past — actually, a weekly forerunner known as the North Carolina Citizen, which afterwards grew to become a everyday, merged with what grew to become the Periods and grew to become the paper you happen to be keeping today (or reading through on your cellular phone or iPad).

Explained in an 80th anniversary of the Citizen Situations specific part as a “fiery, fast-tempered” guy, Shotwell fought in a lot of Civil War battles, including Gettysburg, and was promoted to lieutenant for gallantry. He didn’t operate the paper for long, later on became embroiled with the Ku Klux Klan, got arrested and served a federal prison sentence ahead of remaining pardoned.

But let’s not dwell on the negatives.

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Shotwell published the 1st version of the Citizen on Feb. 3, 1870 and then unloaded the paper on July 18 of the identical 12 months, the to start with of many journalists to end by for a cup of coffee on the way to other endeavors.

The Citizen Times building at 14 O. Henry Ave. is undergoing significant renovations on the interior.

Or in his circumstance, jail. Shotwell obtained convicted on federal charges in what was possibly a politically enthusiastic trial, and was sentenced to 6 years but served significantly less, getting an unconditional pardon from President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.

Dang it. … I dwelled on the negatives.

Evidently, Shotwell was a colorful character. As the writer of that anniversary piece wrote: