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Darke County Boy Newspapers (SC-360)

Identifier: SC-360

Scope and Contents

“The Darke County Boy” was a non-traditional newspaper in Greenville, Ohio during the early 20th century. Calderwood wrote on page 4 in the April 1911 issue, “the ‘Boy’ is not a newspaper… neither is it a magazine.” The paper came out monthly and Calderwood admitted in that same April issue, on page 5, “this paper must live on its merits. I haven’t time to interview people, [and] hunt up photographs…” The paper was based on what local people sent to Calderwood and the kind of stories he wanted to tell. This was a paper, controlled by Calderwood, that allowed citizens of Greenville to socially network and stay up to date on the actions of notable members of the community.

This collection contains several issues of “The Darke County Boy” monthly newspaper, dating from December 1910 to March 1912. There are 20 total items in the collection, accounting for 14 unique issues. (The collection contains multiple copies for a few of the issues.) The collection is lacking the issues for January 1911 and February 1912.

George Washingtion Calderwood was the sole writer and editor of these papers, with additional stories being based on material sent straight to Calderwood from local community members for publication. Much of the paper is Calderwood’s opinions, retelling of local stories, and promoting products he likes. Additionally, there are sports reports, government actions, political news and commentary, local events, public announcements, published letters sent to Calderwood, historical reminiscing, local advertisements, and photographs of notable individuals. The paper contains an extremely diverse range of topics as Calderwood was able to publish anything he wanted.

One of the most notable topics is Calderwood’s personal history of the 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Beginning in the November 1911 issue, and continued into the December 1911 and January 1912 issues, George Calderwood and Capt. A. S. Matchette detail their experiences serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Calderwood and Matchette describe camps, clothing, procedures, army movement, food, enemy engagement, and the dates in which events took place. They also list the names of army band members, officers, and other notable individuals.


  • Creation: 1910 Dec-1912 Mar


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The newspapers in this collection are believed to be in the Public Domain under the copyright laws of the United States.

Biographical / Historical

George Washington Calderwood, the sole writer and editor of “The Darke County Boy,” and an outspoken advocate for prohibition, was born September 1848 in Darke County, Ohio, and died May 1919 in Los Angeles, California. George served in the Union Army’s 193rd Ohio Infantry from March 3rd, 1865, to August 4th, 1865. Before George began his own paper, he was the publisher for the “Greenville Sunday Courier” from 1875 to 1895. He began “The Darke County Boy” in 1910.

George’s father, Andrew Robeson Calderwood, was a Union Army Captain and commander of Company I, 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Andrew was also a judge and the three-time elected Mayor of Greenville.


1 linear feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Several issues of “The Darke County Boy,” a local Greenville newspaper written and edited by George Washington Calderwood, with dates ranging between 1910 and 1912.


The newspapers are arranged in chronological order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Researchers should take special care in handling the newspapers, particularly since most issues consist of a single large sheet folded into quarters to create 8 pages, but the individual pages remain uncut, making it necessary to unfold the entire sheet in order to read the full issue.

Other Finding Aids

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Existence and Location of Copies

According to the Library of Congress, a microfilm copy of this newspaper title may be available at Bowling Green State University (see

As of 2022, most, if not all, issues of "The Darke County Boy" are available online through the subscription service, although these appear to have been digitized from the microfilm and the quality (photos in particular) are not as good as the original paper issues in this collection. (This information is provided only as a referential courtesy to researchers; WSU Libraries has no affiliation with, and this information should not be considered an endorsement of the site.)

Guide to the Darke County Boy Newspapers (SC-360)
Tyler Elam
2022 October 11
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Repository Details

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