The Citizen Newspaper Archive: Duncan, British Columbia's Hometown Paper
- The Citizen is a newspaper serving the city of Duncan and the surrounding area in British Columbia, Canada.
- The paper has been in operation since 1892 and is published every Wednesday and Friday.
- You can explore for free The Citizen Digital Archive and find articles, clippings and obituaries from 1985 to 1996.
The Citizen is the oldest business in Duncan and one of the oldest newspapers in Western Canada and had many owners over the years, but it has always been based in Duncan. In recent years, the paper has faced challenges due to the rise of digital media. However, it remains an important part of the community and continues to serve its readers with local news and information.
It provides news and information about local events, businesses, and happenings: the goal is to keep people informed and connected to the local community. The Citizen is a trusted source for local news, and it also offers ads, obituaries, and community events listings.
The Citizen's History
The Citizen was founded in 1892 by John Alexander Campbell, a veteran of the Fraser Canyon War. Campbell served as the paper's first editor and publisher. He was born in Scotland but immigrated to Canada as a young man. After fighting in the Fraser Canyon War, he moved to Duncan and started the newspaper.
Campbell ran The Citizen for several years before selling it to George W. Holmes in 1896. Holmes was born in England but came to Canada as a young man as well. He owned The Citizen for two years before selling it to William Forrest in 1898. Forrest was also born in England but immigrated to Canada as a young man. He owned The Citizen for four years before selling it back to Campbell in 1902.
Campbell owned The Citizen for two more years before selling it to Henry Marshall Bunbury in 1904. Bunbury was born in England but came to Canada as a young man as well. He owned The Citizen for two years before selling it back to Campbell in 1906.
After owning The Citizen for two more years, Campbell sold it to James Bickle in 1908. Bickle was born in England but came to Canada as a young man as well.. He owned The Citizen for four years before selling it back to Campbell in 1912.
Over the years, The Citizen has undergone several changes. In its early years, it was published weekly, but it eventually switched to a bi-weekly format. In recent years, The Citizen has been published online as well as in print form. Despite these changes, The Citizen remained committed to its roots as a community newspaper.