“The first newspaper to be published in La Porte City was the La Porte City Progress, which was started in 1869 by J.T. Metcalf. The next year the paper was sold to Dr. [Jesse] Wasson, Dr. G.W. Dickinson and Charles Vale. Late that year, Dr. Wasson came into sole possession of the sheet and, as he was a staunch Democrat, he advocated the policies of that party. The second paper to be established in town was the La Porte City Republican, published by W.H. Brinkerhoff in 1872. After a few months, this sheet died. In 1879 Dr. Wasson took his son, Buren, into his partnership in the Progress, and the same year the La Porte City Review was begun by W.E. Thorne and S.A. Wagoner. In 1892 the Progress and Review were consolidated and published as The Register. In 1893 the plant was sold to E. Duke Naven who changed the name to Progress Review.”
– from Historical Narrative of La Porte City
With the dawning of a new year, we turn the page of the calendar to 2013 and begin volume 141 of the official written record of the news in and around La Porte City, Iowa. It’s an exciting time at The Progress Review, as we celebrate our tenth anniversary as publishers of this official newspaper of Black Hawk County. Much of the excitement stems from the completed renovation of our new office at 213 Main Street.
When we purchased The Progress Review and the commercial printing business that accompanied it in October 2002, we knew we were buying a building that was well-suited for an industrial purpose. Looking at the large room filled with offset presses and related equipment during those early days at 313 Main Street, we understood that the conversion of the newspaper and printing business to a digital environment would, one day, leave us with a lot of empty space at The Progress Review’s longtime home.
So, when the building one block north became available for purchase in 2009, we jumped at the chance to pursue a dream years in the making- living on Main Street above the business we own and operate.
Starting from scratch with what was essentially a gutted building, we began the renovation process upstairs, finishing the apartment in time to share it with the community as part of the 2010 Holiday Tour of Homes.
Taking on the bulk of the finishing work ourselves, the renovation of the downstairs office proved to be a lengthier process. The finished product, though, is one we are confident will continue to serve the community well for many years to come.
Next week, on Thursday, January 24th and 25th, we will celebrate the Grand Reopening of The Progress Review and La Porte City Printing & Design with refreshments, door prizes and a drawing to win a number of special prizes. We hope you will be able to join us for this special celebration and thank you for choosing to be a reader of The Progress Review.