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It is difficult to summarize an entire decade of newspaper articles, but many generalizations can be made about the first decade of The Western Catholic as the diocesan newspaper. During the period of 1909-1919, The Western Catholic covered primarily national and international events that affected Catholics living in the United States and abroad.

It is difficult to summarize an entire decade of newspaper articles, but many generalizations can be made about the first decade of The Western Catholic as the diocesan newspaper. During the period of 1909-1919, The Western Catholic covered primarily national and international events that affected Catholics living in the United States and abroad.

The Western Catholic focused on issues such as anti-Catholic organizations and the Mexican Revolution, but was mostly silent on the major event of the decade, World War I. The few stories pertaining to the war had to do with local parish and diocesan efforts to support the war and to show Catholic loyalty for the war effort. The newspaper completely ignored major events, such as the United States’ entry into the war and the armistice.

Articles about what was happening within the diocese were mostly limited to major events, such as the fire that destroyed Sacred Heart Church in Oconee. Bishop James Ryan did use the newspaper, though sparingly, to issue regulations and notices to Catholics living in central Illinois. The majority of local notices and stories focused on the people and parishes in Quincy, where the newspaper was published at the time.

What follows is a sample of the types of articles one might read in The Western Catholic during its first decade as the diocesan newspaper. Some of the articles are original pieces found in the newspaper, but this introduction and two stories were written by the diocesan archivist, Michele Levandoski. These articles are meant to explain some of the major world and American events that were covered in the newspaper.  

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