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June 27, 2014

Banner celebrates 122nd birthday

DUNCAN — Today’s edition of The Duncan Banner marks the start of its 122nd year in business.

Founded by Col. J.P. Sampson in 1892, The Banner originally shared a 25-foot front building in the 800 block of Main Street. A picket fence down the center of the building divided Sampson’s hand-fed press from his saddle shop.

Sampson’s son, Fred, took over the paper in 1901 and sold it to Ed Leeman in 1922.

B.L. Abernethy purchased it in 1926 and moved it to the north part of a building at the corner of North 8th and Willow (the old Paul Smith Oldsmobile-Cadillac location) and later, in 1947, moved it across to the street on the northwest corner of 8th and Willow where the BancFirst parking lot is located.

Harrington Wimberly bought The Banner in 1963 and with the help of his daughter, Janis, and her husband, Al Hruby, built the current building at South 10th and Elm in 1972.

It was sold to American Publishing Co. in August 1997 and was sold again to Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. in February 1999.

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