During the more than one hundred years since the printing of the first newspaper in Ocala, this community has had an important and unique part in the journalistic history of Florida. Statehood had been achieved but two years before when, in 1847, the Ocala Argus began publication. Within the next two decades, seven other newspapers were established here. Several existed but a few months, others from four to six years, but the last of this group, the East Florida Banner (later the Ocala Banner) was to have a distinguished career of usefulness, with a record of editorship and ownership within one family for nearly seventy-five years.
Ott, Eloise Robinson
"Early Newspapers of Ocala,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 35:
4, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol35/iss4/4