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MHS Centennial Business: Virden Empire-Advance

In July 1885, the Virden Advance newspaper was founded by C. J. Atkinson and edited by Walter Henry Hall. Twenty years later, in July 1905, the first edition of the Virden Empire by published by John Alexander McLachlan and Colin S. McLelland. The two papers merged in September 1907 to form the Virden Empire-Advance, which is still published today.





Walter Henry Hall (1858-1906)


D. J. Benham (c1876-1949)


John Grant Rattray (1867-1944)


John Alexander McLachlan (1869-1947)


John Rundle McLachlan (1911-1969)


Donald Wilbur “Bill” McLachlan (1919-?)


Glacier Media Group

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Empire Publishing Building (300 Nelson Street West, Virden)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Post Office Building (221 Nelson Street West, Virden)


The Story of Manitoba’s Weekly Newspapers by Albert Maurice Pratt, The Manitoba Weekly Newspapers Association, 1970.

A History of the Virden Empire-Advance, compiled and edited by Nicole Lebeau-Pringle, The Empire Publishing Company, 1982.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2022

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