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Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 5:01 pm

The Chronicle is proud to be Columbia County’s oldest newspaper and oldest business.

The paper began in 1881 as the Oregon Mist, which eventually became the St. Helens Mist.

The St. Helens Mist combined on April 7, 1933, with a relatively new startup, the St. Helens Sentinel, which began in 1926.

For more than three decades, The Sentinel-Mist was published every Friday with a yearly subscription rate of $2. At one time, it claimed to have the largest weekly circulation in Oregon.

Paul S. Paulson started the St. Helens Chronicle – a one-page sheet paper – in 1936 and distributed it free of charge every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

By the 1950s, The Chronicle began charging an annual subscription rate of $2.50.

On July 1, 1968, The Chronicle purchased The Sentinel-Mist and dubbed itself The Sentinel-Mist Chronicle. At this time it was Columbia County’s only newspaper.

The name eventually changed to The Chronicle and Sentinel-Mist, and consolidated to The Chronicle on March 25, 2009.

The Chronicle is Columbia County’s largest classified and real estate section.


Throughout the decades and centuries, a number of owners, publishers and editors have presided over The Sentinel, The Mist, The Chronicle, The Sentinel-Mist, The Sentinel-Mist Chronicle, The Chronicle and Sentinel-Mist and The Chronicle.

Ira B. Hyde was the editor and publisher of The Mist’s final publication, March 31, 1933.

When The St. Helens Sentinel-Mist came to be, Jessica Longston was its president and publisher, Bernice Brownlow was the secretary/treasurer and Lee Coe was the editor.

Paul S. Paulson started The St. Helens Chronicle in 1936, selling it in 1968 to Gilbert and Eldridge Crouse. The Crouses purchased the Sentinel-Mist from publisher Ted Natt to form a single paper.

The Crouses then sold the newspaper to Earl and Irene Parsons in the 1980s.

Their daughter, Pamela Parsons, took over the newspaper and sold it to Country Media on Feb. 2, 2009.

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