The Hancock Journal – town’s earliest newspaper?

A partial front page of an 1858 Hancock newspaper published under the name of The Hancock Journal was lent to us years back. The paper was just getting started, as this issue was the 24th in Volume 1 – meaning the paper was in its 24th

week in its first year of publication. That was 164 years ago. The contents, if you can decipher them from the old print, are interesting, including a report on the number of slaves in the United States at that time . . .