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With the development of communities in Osage County, came local start-up of newspapers.  Early newspapers played a significant role in development of communities and dissemination of information.  The first newspaper published in Osage County was known as the Weekly Osage Chronicle and the Osage Burlingame Chronicle. It began publishing October 12, 1863.  This was a Saturday weekly paper published in Burlingame by pioneer newspaperman M. Marshall Murdock. 

In 1873, Murdock sold to W.F. Chalfant, and the name was changed to The Osage County Chronicle.  Murdock then moved to Wichita, founded The Wichita Eagle, becoming an icon in his field. As was frequently done, newspaper operations popped up overnight, then were sold months or years later, switching owners and names.  The Burlingame Enterprise was first published in October 1895 by C.A. and Ed Stoddard.  The Burlingame Enterprise bought The Chronicle on May 29, 1919, and a week later, changed its official name to The Enterprise-Chronicle.  This newspaper outlasted all the county’s other newspapers. 

On July 15, 1977, Kathleen and Kurt Kessinger bought The Enterprise-Chronicle from Jerry and Belinda Engler. On March 2, 2002 Kurt Kessinger died and his wife sold it in January 2007 to Chris and Catherine Faimon, ending a nearly 30-year newspaper career.  The combined newspaper was known as The Osage County Herald-Chronicle but the name has more recently been shortened to The Osage County Chronicle, reflecting its 150 year history in Burlingame.


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Tricia Kline

Burlingame, KS 66413
Phone: 785.224.1403
Melissa Miller-Atwood
107 N. Topeka Ave #208
Burlingame, KS 66413
Phone: 785.554.8500
Christi Droege

Burlingame, Kansas 66413
Phone: 785.224.7340
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