R.J. Moore

The Star began publication under the direction of Harry Linney sometime during 1900. If the volume numbering is consistent the first issue was published on Thursday, October 4th, 1900. Linney operated the paper for about a year (1901) when it was sold to R.J. Moore. Although there is some confusion as to the date of the sale, the Souvenir of Fenelon Falls [which Moore printed] states that Moore took over control of the paper in August 1901; his name first appears in the directories in 1902. The Star office was located on the west side of Colborne Street, north of Francis, “opposite Heard’s store”. Moore continued to publish until 1907 or 1908. By 28 May 1908, Moore had moved to Lindsay and merged The Star with the Weekly Free Press which began publication on that day. “Mr. Moore…is the former proprietor of the Fenelon Falls Star, which has been merged with The Weekly Free Press, thus giving the new paper a valuable circulation of 500 copies in the county surrounding Fenelon Falls and in North Victoria.” [WFP 4 June 1908; 4].

568 McKim's Canadian Newspaper Directory states that Linney operated the paper until 1905, but there is no evidence for this anywhere else. 569 Moore is also listed as an Agent of the Federal Life Assurance Company in the 1903/04 edition of the Ontario Gazetteer and Directory.

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